Friday, October 1, 2010

review and tour: simply irresistible by jill shalvis

Simply Irresistible is pretty cute. Upon the death of their mother, three half-sisters come together at the dilapidated inn they inherited. The women’s mom was a little scattered, so the sisters were raised separately—Chloe, the youngest, by their mom; Maddie, the middle child, by her father; and Tara, the oldest, split her time between their mother and her father’s parents (her father traveled a lot). Maddie, who grew up in Los Angeles, was the only to not spend much time in Lucky Harbor, WA (and I just have to mention how amused I always am that all these Washington towns are so close to Seattle, which is frequently mentioned in the book) and is the only one who actually wants to stay. Tara is particularly eager to sell the inn and get on with her life. Maddie, on the other hand, has just broken up with an abusive boyfriend and lost her job; she really has no reason to return home and has even more reason to stay when she almost literally runs into Lucky Harbor’s very attractive bachelor carpenter/mayor/ex-lawyer. Simply Irresistible is a romance with a secondary focus on the relationships between the sisters. They frequently argue, especially regarding what to do with the inn, but it’s clear they love each other. As Maddie explores a relationship with Jax, Chloe and Tara are encouraging while also protective. The balance between the sister story and the romance was terrific. The recipe cards from mom that start each chapter are a nice touch—a great way to get to know more about the woman who played a major part in these women’s lives.
4/5
Review copy provided by the publisher, Forever.

Be sure to check out the giveaway that goes along with this tour!

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