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Book Cover Laura C’s review of Lucky in Love (Lucky Harbor, Book 5) by Jill Shalvis
Contemporary Romance released by Forever 22 May 12

I just love Jill Shalvis. Her characters are all so down-to-earth you can almost imagine meeting them. At least the women. I never have the luck to meet men like her heroes! Mallory Quinn is a good girl who’s determined to take a single walk on the wild side. Ty Garrison is only in Lucky Harbor for a short while, so he’s not looking to get involved with anyone or anything. But Lucky Harbor has a way of changing things around.

Mallory has the kind of background that could make her a cliché, but although she is a “good girl,” she’s not a naive innocent. When she decides to have a fling with Ty, she is pretty sure she knows what she’s doing

No, for her it’d been about being selfish for the first time in recent memory, taking what she wanted. And yeah, maybe that was going to wreak some havoc on her personal life. But since when was worrying about what people thought a life requirement? Since a long time ago. Since she’d got it in her head that she had to be good to be loved.

So, okay, she has some issues. Her sister’s death at eighteen haunts her. She wants to do right by her family, by her friends, by her town. But she also wants a life of her own…or at least a little fun. And the “Mysterious Cute Guy” in town seems like a perfect candidate. I mean, just read this description:

And good God, just looking at him did something to her. His hair was tousled, like he’d been shoving his fingers through it. Stubble darkened his jaw, and his firm, sensuous mouth was unsmiling. The scar above his brow was new and shiny, and the mirrored sunglasses only added to the whole ruffian look he had going on. It suited him, in a big way. He was dressed in cargoes and a dark T-shirt snug across his broad chest and loose over his abs. He looked big, bad, built, and dangerous as hell. And he was hers for the evening. Hers.

Yum, right? But Ty is hiding—his past, his emotions, pretty much everything is kept tightly under wraps. And, as Mallory gets in deeper, she has to wonder whether he’ll ever open up, ever be able to commit to her. Or even want to.

As usual, Shalvis gives us plenty of secondary characters, but keeps them far enough outside the relationship that they don’t dilute the romance. The quirky townsfolk and Mallory’s family, along with the two women who form her “Chocaholics club” and will get their own books in this trilogy, all keep the pace up and bring humor even to the more heart-wrenching moments.

Grab this one now!

Grade: A


Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she’s expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she’d like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he’s only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he’s gone…

For the first time in his life, Ty can’t bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn’t—including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all…anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.

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