Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.
Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
Simply Irresistible swept me up in a delightfully humorous take on three half sisters and a down on its luck inn situated in Lucky Harbor. Maddie kept me on my toes while Jax allowed me to fantasize about the handyman. Humor is a big part of this series and I found myself both laughing and crying throughout the story.
Ever find an author that you wonder how you missed them and the wonderful books they write? Well this is my author, Jill Shalvis. I read one book a couple of years ago, loved it and then never got back around to reading more of her books. Flash foward to September 2016, when I read her second book in the Heartbreaker’s series and I was hooked. I started her Animal Magnetism series and fell right back in love with her. Thinking of 2017 and my Never Ending Series Challenge, I decided to start Lucky Harbor and read all 12 books for the challenge. Man I so glad I saved this and now can binge read it all at once!
“I chose the path less traveled, but only because I was lost. Carry a map.” – Phoebe Traeger
The story opens up with Maddie having a bad day, well Hell, a bad month. She breaks up with her dick of a boyfriend, gets fired and learns her mother she barely knew has passed away leaving her and her two sisters a run down inn. Faced with nothing hopeful in her future, she gathers up her courage and belongings and heads to Lucky Harbor to make the a go of it with the inn with her sisters she barely knows. Finding Mr. Sexy isn’t in the cards, but fate isn’t accepting questionable cards.
In comes Jax, the local handyman and so much more, but I don’t want to give away spoilers. He sizes up more than just the inn for repairs and finds Maddie needs a little loving to loosen up. Leaving his upscale job years ago, he loves the low key life he has made for himself in Lucky Harbor where he grew up. While most would mistake him as just a contractor, he has a lot of jobs in town and it is fun discovering each one. Jax wasn’t too complex to figure out, mostly you just discovered new faucets of his personality as the story moved along.
Sorry I almost killed you, here’s my license, insurance, and the last twenty-seven dollars?
This is a town where everyone knows your name…and all your business. Lucille, the local art curator (and I say that loosely) runs the Lucky Harbor Facebook page, so expect her to show up in all the books in this series. Well, Lucille tells it all like it really is, and everyone goes to the page to get the scoop. There are even polls on outcomes of romance, happenings and sightings. Lucille is the bomb baby!
The interworking of sisters always fascinates me as I never had a sister. What made this more complicated is Maddie, Tara and Chloe really don’t know each other. While Maddie is getting in a relationship (against her will) with Jax, she is also building relationships with her sisters. And to make all more complicated, she is working on herself, as she is known as the mouse between the sisters.
Through everything, there was a lot of humor. Every bad situation had another moment of levity to off set it. Also each chapter starts with a phrase from their mother who collected them in a recipe box. Some are quite witty, funny or downright roll on the floor gasping for breath. Phoebe left a legacy for them even if she was the worst, free-spirited, Dead Head to exist.
Just when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, someone will hand you a shovel. – Phoebe Traeger
Jax and Maddie have no problems in bed, mostly the conflict came when they weren’t doing it in the attic, or closet or where ever. They worked as a couple because I truly liked both of them as characters and people. They cared, shared, and loved so hard. Now I can’t wait to get Tara’s story!
Challenge me will you?
I found a spoon several times throughout the story,
so score one more on the Literary Pickers Challenge.
This series New to Me as well as the Series That Never Ends!
Need a song to go with the book? Might I suggest….
Climb Ev’ry Mountain –
adding one more to the Books ‘N Tunes Challenge
If you read and loved Simply Irresistible,
here are some other stories you might like from Jill Shalvis.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Books 'N Tunes Challenge
- Literary Pickers Challenge
- New to Me Challenge
- Review Writing Challenge
- The Series That Never Ends Challenge