Review: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Posted February 11, 2017 by Shari in Reviews / 16 Comments

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Review: Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
Simply Irresistible

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Series: Lucky Harbor #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Forever
Released on October 1, 2010
Pages: 314
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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

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About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Sophia Rose

Oh man, it gutted you, huh. That can be good, but it sure leaves you in an emotional place. Interesting stuff going on with his protection and her secrets. Neat that characters from the older series cross over.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

There were some brutal scenes that I really wasn’t expecting. The pace was off a little I felt in the middle, but I enjoyed the story anyway. I love how the MMA fighters are all family and there through thick and thin!


Lori Foster just keeps getting better and better! Hugs…

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

She does doesn’t she!

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB

I do love a man who has his work cut out for him in proving himself from the very beginning! And is there some law somewhere saying this woman must have the best covers in the biz? Her covers are so damn tempting!

Great review. 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

The covers rock the book! He has a background that isn’t perfect, but he does change himself to be a better man and that’s the only man the heroine sees.

Cyn @ Bookmunchies

Glad to see you enjoyed this too! I think Leese was pretty awesome in this and I loved the fighter boys made an appearance! Great review, Shari!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

Leese is pretty awesome after you know where he came from. I love this spin off series.

Sophia Rose

I meant to tell you earlier that I love the bit of extra spit and shine you’ve given your reviews. But that is so fun the way you presented your challenges, too. 🙂

I love that you picked her books for your challenge. I’ve read one story from an antho and swore I’d try her books and still haven’t. Maddie, Jax, sisters, Lucille, and small town sound fabulous.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

Thanks! I was wanting something to spiff it up and hopefully engage the readers more. It’s still a work in progress, but I am getting there.

I have been binge reading her books lately. I can’t stop they are so good.

Anita Truong

This is a series I’m planning on finishing this year as well. I started it two years ago, and have slowly made my way through the first five books. The first three are still my favorites, because, so far, I feel like other main characters don’t seem to live up to my love for the three half-sisters, Maddie, Tara, and Chloe.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the series. The third book, Head Over Heels, is my favorite, with one of my favorite romance couples to date. Chloe and Sawyer are so sweet together!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

Chloe and Sawyer…swoon. I just finished book 4 so I am getting along. I bought the entires series after book 3 so I would have them all ready to go. The chocolate clubbers are very funny!

Alyssa Susanna

I’ve been trying to read a Shalvis book for quite some time now! I have two of her more recent ones, from last year, which I WILL get around to reading, eventually. This one is a little older so I may not get to it… unless I plan a Shalvis marathon. 😀 I am liking the idea of a lot of humor in a romance novel. I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Shari!

Have a great weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

I love humor in romance, but it’s hard to do right. Shalvis does it really good while also hitting some hard topics. I am binge reading this series! I am so in love with the characters.


I tried one of Shalvis her books two years ago I think and since then I’ve been reading all of her new releases. i really want to go back and read this series eventually as well. I already own book one. It sounds like a great read 🙂


Oh you did read this one as well, my first Shalvis book! I’m curious to read more to see what will happen next!