Tuesday, August 26, 2014

(Review) It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Title: It's in His Kiss
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor, #10
Published: August 26, 2014 (Grand Central Publishing)
Rating: Staying in Tonight
Format: Egalley provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)
Summary: Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?
If I could pack up and go live in my choice of any fictional setting I've ever read, I would choose Lucky Harbor. And not just because I've always had an obsession with small towns or the fact that it's constantly overflowing with hot, available men (though that certainly doesn't hurt). Maybe I'm just feeling a little melancholy and bittersweet because this is the beginning of the end - the first book of the last "trilogy" in the Lucky Harbor series. But really. Truly. I love the atmosphere of the town. I love Lucille. I want to stay at the B&B and visit the Love Shack and maybe even get pulled over by Sawyer (because yum!).

In all seriousness, though, Shalvis has captured my heart again. I am completely head over heels for this new group of guy friends: Sam, Tanner, and Cole. They have years of co-worker/friendship/blood brothers bonding behind them, and if I'm a sucker for any dynamic, it's that one. I love a good male friendship. I was already excited for Sam's story because he was the sexy, taciturn runner we got to see just enough to be teased in the previous set of Lucky Harbor books, but I was just as fascinated by Cole and Tanner as I was by Sam. I found myself wanting to know more about each of them individually, and I can't wait for their stories.

But back to the love story that I did get this time around, because it was a doozy. I laughed (because hello, this is a Jill Shalvis book, and if I don't laugh at least a dozen times when reading a Jill Shalvis book, call an ambulance) and sighed and swooned. I was captivated from the first page. I picked it up during Bout of Books, not sure if I was going to go for it or one of my other books on my goal list. But as soon as I started page one, I was a goner.

See, Sam wasn't the only one with secrets; in fact, that was not his department as much as it was Becca's. In fact, he wasn't nearly as silent as he gave the impression of being. He cared deeply for those within his circle. He was very sweet and sincere in his actions, even when not in words. Yeah, he was gruff sometimes, but it worked for him. I could absolutely see why Becca fell head over heels.

As for Becca, my heart hurt for her immediately, because you just knew she had something in her past that was haunting her. But she was a fighter. She went after what she wanted (including Sam, telling him straight-up what she wanted from him on a number of occasions, from wanting to sleep with him to wanting to date him, and can I just revel for a second in how refreshing that is?). She was scrappy and fun and totally obsessed with ranch popcorn and knew how to laugh at herself. Basically, I would totally be friends with her if I could somehow finagle my way into this fictional universe.

I was completely captivated by this story. It dealt with family problems and friendship, with fears and expectations, all against the charming and fun backdrop of the Pacific and Lucky Harbor. It had a good story and great characters, and not only the leads. I want to know more about Cole and Tanner. I want to know more about Olivia, Becca's neighbor. Thankfully, it seems I will be getting my wish in the next couple books! And while I'm not excited about getting closer to the end, I think these stories will be worth it.

Monday, August 25, 2014

(Bout of Books 11) Sharon's Wrap-Up

I had such fun this Bout of Books! It was my first time doing BOB while simultaneously working a full-time job, but I had total confidence that it could still be fun and successful. And I was right!

My Goals for Bout of Books 11

   • Read 2,000 pages from the following books
   • Discover some awesome new blogs and friends
   • Participate in one Twitter chat
   • Participate in four or more challenges


Results

I did it! Even though it's not in the picture, I named Game of Thrones as an official alternate, as it had not yet come in for me at the library when I made the post. I met my goal of 2000 pages on Friday and wound up reading several hundred more pages, though the last book was not on my goal list. In total, I read 2,364 pages (5.84 books), an average of 337 pages a day.

Books I read:
My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten (SO charming and adorable!)
Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston (All I can say is that I'm glad I only went in for the LOLs.)
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (Pretty good, but a little disappointing.)
It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis (Wonderful, as always! I'm going to cry SO HARD when this series ends.)
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Worth the wait! I started the second one today.)
The Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville (Started but finished after BOB. But it's not a Bout of Books without at least one historical romance!)

Even though this isn't in the best "book count" result I've ever had, I am thoroughly happy! Flail, not fail! Plus, I FINALLY started the Song of Ice and Fire series, which I've been wanting to read for nearly a decade. I also wrote a review during Bout of Books for the first time in the nine times I've participated. Gasp! I also completed more than four challenges, met some fabulous people, AND (in addition to the awesome chat Saturday) was even able to participate in about half the Twitter chat on Wednesday, though I thought I would miss it completely. *cheers*

I also liked having the page goal instead of the book goal, because I then didn't feel stressed about starting a book at the end I wasn't going to have time to finish. It really doesn't affect anything either way, but it bothered me less for some reason, haha. Regardless, jury's still out on whether I'll stick to this or go back to a book goal next time. But whatever I do, I'm sure it'll be a blast!

Until next time, my fellow #boutofbooks-ers. ♥

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Perfect Summer Book!

I did two infographics for Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas because I love that book so, so, so, much and I wanted to do something special for it and since I had so much fun making the graphics, I decided to do another one for a book I thoroughly enjoyed and I'm quite obsessed with.

So, behold, THE PERFECT SUMMER BOOK: BOOMERANG BY NOELLE AUGUST.
Okay, I know summer is almost over but JUST ROLL WITH IT! I did this over a month and half ago and just had time to post.

Check out my review of Boomerang for more detailed lovin'.


Boomerang is $2.99 for ebook and it is SO WORTH IT! Hop on it, yo. You'll thank me. So, if you've read Boomerang, tell me what you thought! If you haven't, here are buy links for you: Kindle | Nook.