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Rebecca M Avery Books

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Romantic Rants

Head over Heels - Jill Shalvis (Four Stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on March 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As I've mentioned before with other reviews... You will notice that I only post about books that I know I will finish and that I at least somewhat like. I was raised that if I don't have anything nice to say about something... just don't say anything. However, you will find that only books that I couldn't put down and end up re-reading multiple times (even years later) make the five star list.

Head Over Heels is the third book in Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series.  This story revolves around the youngest of the three sisters, Chloe.  I enjoyed this book as I felt like Chloe is one of those people I would want to be friends with.  She's willing to stick her neck out for those things... or people... that are important to her.

Likes:  Chloe is a free spirit and of all the sisters, I related to her the best.  Shes a no holds barred, live in the moment kind of woman.  Her character was fun and all around sweet.  The plot involves her brushes with trouble and the local Sheriff...  Again, a few humorous moments over all.  This book was my favorite of the series because it touched on realistic feelings regarding her sister's not giving her the opportunity to show that she's matured and taken on more responsibilities for the Inn that they all inherited.  I liked that the issue was one that you could see not only Chloe's point of view on the matter but could also understand where the other two sisters were coming from.

Dislikes:  I don't believe that I will continue with this series because the next book revolves around a new character that is introduced about half way through Head Over Heels.  I'm not invested in this new person enough to read her story and the other books in the series appear to be about characters I haven't even met yet.

The Sweetest Thing - Jill Shalvis (4 stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on March 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

As I've mentioned before with other posts... You will notice that I only post about books that I know I will finish and that I at least somewhat like. I was raised that if I don't have anything nice to say about something... just don't say anything.  However, you will find that only books that I couldn't put down and re-read multiple times (even years later) make the five star list.

That being said I read The Sweetest Thing, which is book two in the Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor series which is the oldest sister, Tara's story.  I enjoyed it as it was a story about rekindling the spark with an old flame.  In this case it was a spark that never died.  Overall I liked this book enough to buy and read the third book in the series which I will post my review for.  I gave this book four stars.

Likes - Much like book one in this series there were a couple of humorous moments. The external conflict in this book revolves around the two lovebird's first attempts at a relationship during their teenage years.  Bring in the ex husband who has decided it's time to try the relationship again and it gets interesting.  Though not as interesting as I thought it would when the concept was first introduced.  I think this could have been played up more than it was.  Again though... I'm loving the side characters because they add depth to the overall feel of the story.  You feel like you could actually live in Lucky Harbor so that part is very well done. 

Dislikes - For fear of giving spoilers (which I hate to do if I can avoid it) a secret from the past comes back to be acknowledged.  However, this secret had way to much freedom in my opinion.  If you read the book and are a parent, you might understand what I am referring to here. 

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis (4 stars)

Posted by Rebecca M Avery on March 15, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I've never been one to read a book and then write down my thoughts on the story or even review it (which is bad since reviews are huge to most authors as they promote book sales whether positive or negative).  However, now that my own secret writing talents have been discovered I've been encouraged to start doing so (by the hubby who would rather I share my opinions on a book with my own readers than him as romance novels are not his thing).  You will notice that I only post about books that I know I will finish and that I at least somewhat like.  I was raised that if I don't have anything nice to say about something... just don't say anything. 


So with that in mind I'm currently reading Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis as she is a recommended read of one of my favorite authors (Lori Foster).  I'm liking the story, it's a little predictable but sweet at the same time.  I will definately finish it and plan to read at least two more in this series (Lucky Harbor series) though I'm unsure yet if I will add her as an author to the must read list.


Likes - A couple of great laugh out loud moments for sure!  The comaderie between the three sisters in this book is great (very relatable if you have siblings).  I'm also liking the external conflict (salvaging the Inn left to them by their late mother).  The insinuated love interests of the sisters will rope you into their story lines as well as the main characters.  I personally like when there are a lot of side characters in a series, it makes me feel like the story is more genuine and realistic.  At least more so than when there is only the two lovebirds with very few other outside characters/friends/family to influence the happy couple.  Sure, we'd all like to hibernate with our love interest for extended periods of time.  However, life happens and the real world doesn't care that you can't get enough of each other.  So if you're going to be interrupted let it at least be by another character that you like just as much.  :)


Dislikes - I like hot steamy love scenes as much as the next girl but multiple chapters worth is a little much.  I kept waiting for a little more action, drama or conflict (outside of the bedroom).