02 Oct '14

A Nix Review – He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis (5 Stars)

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He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #11
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2014-09-30
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

FTC : I got this from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.

Another Lucky Harbor book that checks all the boxes for me; God, I love this series. This edition features a stubborn man and a woman with secrets who find that, sometimes, you need to let new people in to fully forgive sins of the past.

Olivia is a Shavis heroine who is hard on the outside and gooey on the inside. From her snarky attitude to her well dressed feet, she is unavailable and distant to every adult outside her inner circle. This image is a far cry to the woman who holds story-time for the neediest kids every week and that is how I knew that Cole would worm his way in… the hard exterior is just a front. I love this kind of Heroine, the one’s that try so hard to hold on to their sense of self. However, she couldn’t hold up against the charm offensive of Cole. She kept her secrets for a reason and I respected them; she wanted to be judged on her present and not her past. I did have an issue with her continuing to keep it a secret for so long though, way past the point I thought that was reasonable for any Heroine that I wanted to see in a relationship. It started to feel like deceit rather than a secret and I didn’t like that much; Cole annoyed me at points but he didn’t deserve that.

Cole is part good Hero part dumb-ass Hero. His pursuit of Olivia was yummy (he is pretty dreamy) and I wanted to see him happy. He too has secrets, one’s which he has kept for a very long time. Thing is, unlike Olivia, he doesn’t use his secrets to change his life for the better or become something he is happier with. He simply keeps the secret and lets it brew, the toxicity of it poisoning his view of future relationships. This is where the dumb-ass side starts to appear and I despaired of him. There were parts where I couldn’t see him in a relationship with someone I liked as much as Olivia. I was so conflicted.

There is the usual side-crowd in the book, the usual small town dynamics that have ran throughout the series. I love Lucille, Lance and the gang and, honestly, I think that these are the folks that I will miss the most when this is all over. How will I find out what social media Lucille has perverted recently? This being a Lucky Harbor book, it was fluffy, sexy and quite a bit of fun. Yes, I was conflicted about the relationship at the center of it but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story. To be honest, it was quite a nice change to have to think whilst reading such a light book!

This is my favorite contemporary series and these last few books have reminded me so much of the first trilogy which hooked me in. This is a fantastic addition to the series and I loved every page.

Nix

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