“It’s Lucky Harbor, ” she said in simple acceptance of the fact that while you could keep your car unlocked in the small coastal town and not worry about theft, you couldn’t keep a damn secret to save your own life.
Lucky Harbor, we meet again. Eleven times I have read about the hunky heroes and quirky heroines of this town. I believe I only have one more chance to read about this town as this is the last trilogy Ms. Shalvis will be writing. I think that may be a good thing because while I enjoy these books they have the same formula, provide little guessing and no angst. This is not necessarily a bad thing however it may be time to move on.
We met Olivia in It’s In His Kiss. She is Becca’s next door neighbor in the shabby warehouse. She keeps to herself and runs a vintage store called Unique Boutique. The theme of the heroines this time seems to be escape and Olivia is running from her mom, sister and former agent. She was a childhood star and when her career ended she did not take it well.
…when Not Again, Hailey! had been cancelled shortly after her sixteenth birthday. Yes, she’d gone on to have a meltdown of epic proportions. Britney Spears and Miley Cirus had nothing on her; hence the name change from Sharlyn Peterson to Olivia Bentley.
After the embarrassment and change of her name she wants to be left alone to live in peace. Her mother and sister keep calling and bugging her to do a reunion show and that is the exact opposite of what she wants to do. She is in hiding. She doesn’t even let the people in Lucky Harbor know who she really is. This turns out to be the main issue when she starts to develop feelings for Cole Donovan.
Cole is an honest sort of guy. He runs his business with his two best friends, fixes anything and everything broken and does not date. After having his best friend die in arms and the woman he thought loved him grieve more than she should have over that best friend, Cole has decided he doesn’t need to involve himself with anyone other than his family and two friends. Then Olivia comes along and he feels he has met a truly genuine, honest woman. They have sparks. He can’t stay away from her and why would he want to? She is one of the good ones.
He’s So Fine is book two in this trilogy. It is better than the last one which I found to be slow and lacked the humor we normally find in this series. The humor and craziness is back in this one though making it better than the previous book. He’s So Fine opens with Olivia jumping into the ice-cold water to save Cole even though he doesn’t need it. Instead of saving him she instead tries to drown him. Once they are back on shore it is only natural for them to take off all their clothes and share body heat. 😉
After their initial meeting Cole pretty much stalks Olivia and wears her down. Olivia resists at first because she believes as soon as he finds out who she is, he will ditch her. She is partly right but not for the reasons she thinks. Their reunion, of course they have one, this is romance!, is sweet and heartfelt.
I have one thing I am curious about how Ms. Shalvis will handle it. With only so many books remaining what will be Lance’s, the ice cream stand owner, fate? Lance has cystic fibrosis and he has been in each book. He is friend to all and much beloved. I’m almost scared to find out his future.
Overall, if you like the Lucky Harbor series, you will like this one. It follows the general theme and gives a satisfying ending. There are quick appearances and mentions of former character, as always Dr. Josh is brought up. He is probably my favorite hero so I am happy when he is mentioned. Fans should buy this one and hold it close because I don’t think we have many more! Final grade- B-
“I don’t know, man,” Tanner said. “But I’m hoping not.”
“In general,” Cole said with a clenched jaw. “Am I rigid, as in unbending. Unforgiving.”
“Okay, that question make a lot more sense,” Tanner said, relieved.