Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis

Title: Lucky in Love

Series: Lucky Harbor bk 4

Author: Jill Shalvis

Genre: Contemporary

Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she’s expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she’d like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he’s only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he’s gone…

For the first time in his life, Ty can’t bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn’t including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all…anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.

One of my go to contemporary authors is Jill Shalvis. Her stories are always well written with a story that is real and honest. Her characters are real men and women who aren’t perfect, in fact they are very much flawed and yet together they make each other better.

I have been in love with Lucky Harbor from the very first book Simply Irresistible. So when Jill announced that she was writing more books in this series I did little happy dance of joy. I didn’t care who the story was going to be about, I just wanted more of this town and the residents who care about one another.

In Head Over Heels we were introduced to three new guys “Mysterious Cute Guy” was one of them. Man was he intriguing. Who was he? What was his story? In Lucky in Love we get those answers.

Who was he? A friend of Matt (the Forest Ranger and hero of the next book in this series), a former Navy SEAL (I love SEAL heroes). What is his story? I’m not going to tell you, you have to read the book to discover this and it’s very much worth it. Trust ME (Have I ever steered you wrong when it comes this?)

Watching as Ty (Mysterious Cute Guy) goes from a recluse who only wants to get back to his life (still not telling you why he’s a recluse), come out and help Mallory time and time again. Even when he knows he isn’t good for her.

Mallory however is tired of being the good girl and with the help of her friends Amy and Grace (their the heroines of the next two books) she starts to go after what she wants and not what everyone expects of her. One of the things she wants is Ty. She knows he’s not sticking around. He’s made that clear.

There is a lot about this book that I loved. How without being aware of it Ty and Mallory help each other deal with events in their pasts, all the while unable to stay away from each other because they are drawn to each other (man are they drawn to each other). The ease with which they are with each other. It’s not complicated. There is no drama between them. Once scene imparticular is my favorite. Mallory knows that Ty is leaving, however she still goes to see him…

‘Your pretty amazing, you know that?”

“Yeah.” He flashed his own small smile. “Too bad you dumped my sorry ass.”

She looked at him for a long beat, “I might have been too hasty on that,” she whispered. “Twice now.”

“Is that right?”

“Yeah. Because your ass is anything but sorry.”

He gave her a smile…. 

This was just one of the scenes between them. Then there’s how Mallory knows that Ty loves her. Its a matter of actions speaking louder than words, so when Ty finally confesses his love for her, it’s really sweet. Plus is involves a sweet ride a ’68 Shelby (DH’s dream car)

There is one person I wanted to reach into the book and slap and that was Ella Mallory’s mom. She wasn’t a good mom for most of the book and it isn’t until something happens that she realizes she is to blame for a lot of the issues Mallory has. Also the couples from the first three books don’t make an appearance except for Sawyer because he’s the sheriff. While I wished they’d been there I understand that this is a new story arc in the series and it didn’t detract from the story at all.

This is one of those books where the love story/romance isn’t complicated. In fact it’s really normal. I loved that about it. No major angst. Just two people falling in love and having to decide what they want in their future.

If your a fan of this series you won’t want to miss this book.

Grade A

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