Book Review: The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor #2) by Jill Shalvis

Posted November 21, 2014 by Melissa in Book Review | 8 Comments


The Book

Title:  The Sweetest Thing
Series:  Lucky Harbor #2
Edited By: Jill Shalvis
Age Range:  Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 348 pages
Publisher: Forever (Imprint of Hachette)
Publication Date: April 1st 2011
Available Formats: Paperback, E-book, Audio
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Buy the book: Amazon | BN |The Book Depository
Source: Library (Archived NetGalley Title)


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


“Good judgment comes from bad experience. Unfortunately, most of that comes from bad judgment.”

My Thoughts

The Sweetest Thing is a great follow up to Simply Irresistible (the 1st in the Lucky Harbor series). Shalvis manages to once again charm us with a great small town romance that has just enough of all the most important elements (family, friendship, humor, secrets, heat, etc.) to make this a win.

Although I didn’t love Tara and her story quite as much as I did Maddie and hers, I was charmed and captivated throughout. Tara is a great character….a really strong woman with lots of hidden vulnerabilities. It was great to learn more about Tara and Ford’s past and see how they reconnected and strengthened their relationship. Although the synopsis makes this one sound as if it is a love triangle do not fear, I promise that is not at all the case.

I also loved seeing more of Lucky Harbor and the developing relationships between the three sisters who are the focus of the series at this point. I loved the development of the Bed & Breakfast and how Tara got her kitchen and ultimately her home in Lucky Harbor.

Jill Shalvis has the formula for a great contemporary romance down. A quick, easy and enjoyable read…there are no surprises here but that is ok. She delivers nonetheless.

Was It Worth My Time?

4 Timepieces

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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8 responses to “Book Review: The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor #2) by Jill Shalvis

    • Melissa

      I definitely think you can read them out of order! You may not get the full effect of the relationships between the sisters, but you won’t lose much.

  1. Over the last few months, I’ve been loving the Lucky Harbor Books. But I’ve been reading them out of order, so I haven’t read this one yet. I think my favorite was It’s In His Kiss. Or maybe Forever and a Day. Glad that you liked this, even though you didn’t like Tara’s story as much as Maddie’s.
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