After her mother dies, Maddie Moore returns to the small coastal town of Lucky Harbor, having inherited an inn from her free-spirited mother. The inn was left to Maddie and her two half-sisters, Tara and Chloe. Having only met her sister’s a few times, Maddie feels a little overwhelmed and awkward around them, but after a while the sisters begin to relax and get to know each other.
What a great start to a series. I really enjoyed Simply Irresistible, and sorry for the pun, but it was exactly that, irresistible – I couldn’t put this book down. There are some really great characters, fun banter between siblings and a very sexy hero.
Although the inn is in bad repair, Maddie really wants to give it a go, but her sister’s don’t want any part of it, and just want to get back to their lives. Maddie’s vulnerability is very endearing and due to her sad past she’s more reserved than she would like to be. She knows people called her “the mouse” but deep down there’s a strong gritty determination. Shalvis does a really good job at showing this side to Maddie without it being unbelievable, which made Maddie a plausible heroine. It was lovely to see her blossom, take control and work her sisters around to her way of thinking. What I liked about the three sisters was that they all had a distinct voice and personality. I enjoyed their sibling banter and I am really looking forward to reading the other books in the series to find out Tara and Chloe’s story.
The path is never easy though but Maddie does well overcoming her issues. Her past is mentioned but it didn’t go on and on about her abusive relationship with her ex, it is just touched upon to give us an idea of what she went through and the reason why she is so meek. I liked that there were only snippets of Maddie’s past as it kept the story light and romantic rather than dark and intense.
As well as getting to know her sisters, deciding what to do with the Inn, Maddie also has to resist the advances of Jax Cullen, which is easier said than done. Jax is gorgeous. There’s lots of perfect dialogue from Jax that just made me swoon. It was beautiful, heart warming and romantic – and when needed, HOT.
Jax understands what Maddie has been through, and although he is persistent he is also gentle and playful, and of course Maddie can’t resist for long. That’s not to say this relationship happens easily, it doesn’t, and Jax had to work for it 😉 Maddie is shy, but cute, and their interactions had me giggling.
I also loved the small coastal town of Lucky Harbor with its two thousand residents, everyone knows everything about everyone else, which led to some quite funny situations.
Although Simply Irresistible is set around Christmas, I wouldn’t say it was particularly Christmassy. I don’t really like to read Christmas books out of season, but I think this can be read anytime of the year.
A wonderful feel-good story with great characters and a heart-warming, sexy romance. I’m really looking forward to reading Tara’s story next in The Sweetest Thing.
Rating: 4 Stars
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
(Lucky Harbor #1)
Forever (Oct 2010)
Paperback: 311 pages