Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis - Review

Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
A Lucky Harbor novel, #4
Published: May 22, 2012 
by Grand Central Publishing

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.

My Review:
Mallory has always been the good girl. But she's tired of being known as the "good" Quinn, and she is ready to take a walk on the wild side. Ty is the perfect "Mr. All Wrong" to show her the way. Mallory's two best friends more than support her foray into exploring her bad side and even give her bad girl heels. Somewhere along the way, Mallory realizes that maybe Ty has some endearing qualities about him and maybe taking a walk on the wild side without her heart getting involved isn't as easy as she thought.

This is the second Lucky Harbor novel I have read, and I have enjoyed both of them. Jill Shalvis has created an interesting heroine that is easy to like and relate to and a perfect bad boy hero. It's hard to resist a bad boy, especially one that is so caring underneath that tough, outer shell. My only complaint about Ty is that he is very brash, let's just say, "in the heat of the moment" and said things that would have definitely turned me off and almost had me laughing at times that weren't meant to be funny, but to each her own.

I was hoping to see more of the sisters from the first three books in Lucky in Love and was a little disappointed that they didn't play a bigger part. However, Mallory and her chocoholics group made up for it. Jill Shalvis seems to have a knack for creating female characters that you just want to be best friends with, and I am looking forward to reading more about Mallory's friends, Amy and Grace.

I don't read this genre as much as I used, but Jill Shalvis has quickly become one author I will always look for when I am ready to read a sexy contemporary romance.

*Not recommended for anyone under 18.

A copy was provided by the publisher for review.

About the author:
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras also run by 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. You can also like her on Facebook at and follow her on Twitter @jillshalvis.   

You can also read my review of Head Over Heels, Lucky Harbor novel #3.

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