The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis

Lucky Harbor, Book 2

Synopsis: Two Men Are One Too Many . . .
Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.
But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can’t control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she’s lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.

Review: I have not read many Jill Shalvis novels yet, but I have always heard a lot of good things about them. I had a really good time with the first volume of the Lucky Harbor series following Maddie and I was looking forward to following Tara this time.

We could have had a little glimpse of this character in the first novel and I was curious to discover her story. Tara and Ford did not necessarily have an easy story 17 years ago and with the fear of being hurt once again, our heroine prefers to avoid him and tries to live her life by managing her business with her sisters. Yet, nothing happens as expected, when finally her ex-husband arrives in town to win her back and that she tries to give Ford another chance. What to say when two men are fighting for her while the city has fun by making bets and polls to find out which one she will choose. It is not easy and yet Tara could be carried away by her feelings. But that’s not all, as her heart is moved when her daughter, Mia, whom she had abandoned younger, arrives in town to reconnect with her two parents whom she never met.

It was really touching to see Tara with her daughter and to make her understand that abandoning her was not easy. Their exchanges are initially awkward but a link is finally created between the two for our greatest pleasure. We will also follow, as I said, the choices of our heroine in relation to the man she would like to have in her life even if we understand her mistrust after all that she has endured.

We find Chloe and Maddie to our delight as we discover what they had become in this second volume and I really enjoyed learning more about them. This volume begins to tell us the story of the next novel between Chloe and Sawyer and I confess that I am curious to see what will happen for both. The three sisters are very different but they have all been hurt by life and I really want to see how Chloe will get away with it! A very good second volume to the height of the first!




27 thoughts on “The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis

  1. Whew! Tara does have quite the situation there. Glad it was a good one for you. I still haven’t read much of her books, but I know they are great the way so many already love them. Nice review, Melliane!

  2. I’m starting to feel like I’m the only one who still has to read any of her works . . . Nevertheless, I’ll remedy to that soon, Lexxie did a pretty good job convincing me as well, lol Glad you loved this one! 🙂

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