14 Oct '14

Review Post : One in a Million by Jill Shalvis (5 Star slightly fan-girlie review)

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One in a Million by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #12
Published by HEADLINE on 2014-10-28
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
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five-stars
As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

FTC : I requested this book for a fair and honest review. I am so sad the series is coming to an end.

It’s over, I can’t believe it but it’s true; no more Lucky Harbor. Does Tanner’s book give a fitting end to the series? I think it does and it may also be my favorite of the series. It helps that I saw the majority of my favorite characters again and that Lucille gets a whole load of pages. Oh, there is also the fact that he’s a single dad .. I’m a sucker for the single dad trope and I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!

Callie is awesome as I could see a lot of myself in her. A cynic at heart, she runs a one-stop wedding site that caters for bridezilla’s. She doesn’t get dressed unless she has to (me), she is a bit of a clutz (me again) and she has bat-shit crazy relatives (me me me!). However, she’s a lot funnier than me and Ms Shalvis has created another awesomely lovable heroine. I loved reading about Callie and her conversations with just about everyone. From reading her interactions with her crazy brides (a pet cow?? really??), her interactions with Lucille (I agree Tumblr is the best place for Lucille) and her time with her friends (I think Jill Shalvis writes the best friendship groups), I adored her. She and Grace are officially my favorite heroines of the series.

Tanner is a hero that is written to swoon over. The sole parent of a teenage boy, he is used to doing things for everyone but himself. He is a good man to have a fling with (charming, protective, completely dreamy….) but he doesn’t want any commitments, which is unfortunate for him but not for us (heh heh heh :P). I loved him as a main protagonist. He wasn’t a 2D character, his development rich and compelling. From his romance with his Callie to his struggles to become a full-time Dad, his story kept me reading from page 1-360.

The relationship between Callie and Tanner was a slow burner but I liked it. There was too much personal baggage for it to be otherwise and I loved that they both saw each other through their personal upheavals. They were the last to know about their love, the readers being clued in far earlier. I found the book completely emotionally satisfying whilst staying true to the charming, funny ethos of the entire series.

This is the end to a truly fantastic series and I will miss it. This book brings it all full-circle, a surprise romance mixed in with the advertised one that gave me happy tears and (another) reason to reread the series. I loved this book for so many reasons but some I want you to discover yourselves. To all fans of the series, I hope you love it as much as I did. It is a bitter-sweet journey that deserves to savored.  

five-stars

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