Sometimes a book comes along right when you need it, making it the right book at the right time. Simply Irresistible was the “right time-right book” for me. I’d been in a reading rut and, eager for something light, humorous and full of just-right romance tropes — small town, clumsy heroine, sure-of-himself hero — Jill Shalvis’ Simply Irresistible more than delivered. This book is the epitome of a romance done right.
SYNOPSIS: Seeking a fresh start, Maddie Moore heads to Lucky Harbor where she’s been left part-ownership of a broken down inn with her two estranged sisters. As soon as she steps foot into town, she runs into Jax Cullen, who’s instantly smitten with Maddie and wastes no time telling her so. Having sworn off men, Maddie makes it clear that she’s off the market, but decides that the “new” Maddie should have a bit of fun while in town. “Fun” includes a no-strings fling with Jax, which soon turns into something more that neither of them expected. In addition to juggling between her heart versus head, Maddie realizes that running the inn could be her new calling, but has to find a way to convince her sisters to hop on board with the idea — if she can get them to reign in their catfighting. Will the “new” Maddie reign supreme in the end, or will everything backfire and crumble to pieces for the timid middle child?
From the start, Jax makes it clear that he wants Maddie and though it takes her a minute to catch up, Maddie eventually comes around, making their cat-mouse game enjoyable to follow. Maddie has a serious case of middle-child syndrome and watching her come out of her shell was a real treat and had me cheering for her success.
Since this is the first book in the Lucky Harbor series, it also deals with the fledgling relationship between Maddie and her sisters. Though the three of them are complete opposites, it’s clear that they would do anything for the other, despite not having grown up together. Their storyline is wrought with emotion, revealing what I feel is a true-to-life depiction of sibling interaction (you can’t pick your family, am I right?).
In the end, a trip to Lucky Harbor was exactly what I needed. Now, not only do I have a renewed love of romance books, but I also have a new favorite author as well as a new fictional town to add to my list of “fictional places I wish were real.”
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