It’s in His Kiss, book 10 in the long-standing Lucky Harbor series, starts a new trilogy with three new couples. Right away we are introduced to Sam and Becca, the focus of It’s in His Kiss.
Becca is running from home, running from expectations and responsibilities and running from an awful event. She has always been the one to take care of her brother and make sure he was the best concert pianist around but it has come to a point where she can’t do that any longer. His reliance on drugs and the overwhelming let down she experienced at the hands of her family during a certain event, has led her to believe she just needs to get away. She will be doing things on her own from now on.
She immediately runs into Sam Brody, owner of an outdoor sporting company housed in a warehouse near her new place to live. Sam is big, yummy and total eye candy. He is running the company with his two best friends but can’t keep his thoughts off the sexy woman living next door. He has plenty on his mind with his company and father who keeps calling for money, but that doesn’t matter. Things become even more difficult when Becca is hired to be their new secretary. Now Sam has to deal with having her around all the time. And he has to deal with his rule of not sleeping with employees, kind of a bummer considering the one time Sam was with Becca things were quite explosive.
It’s in His Kiss has the trademark Shalvis humor and fun. There are moments between Becca and Sam that are sexy and make you laugh.
“He ask you out?”
“You tell him you’re busy?” he asked, pushing her into the galley.
“Didn’t know I was,” she said.
“You are.” His voice was raspy rough and teasingly sexy- a deadly combo. “Very busy.”
But their romance just kind of happened, for me. I didn’t feel the buildup or the amazing sexual tension or a real reason for why they wanted to be together. It almost seemed like a matter of two people being in close proximity due to living and working near the other and they happen to hook up. Sam doesn’t see to want a relationship and Becca doesn’t off anything compelling for him to be in one.
Maybe Becca is my big problem with the book. She knows Sam mere weeks and she is telling him how to handle things with his father. Sam had been let down time after time by his father even to the point where he was in the foster system, so for Becca to feel like she needs to but in and push for him to help his dad, well it was damn annoying. I was pretty angry with Sam’s father and wanted him to take a long walk. His actions damaged Sam and now Becca the saint is going to fix it all. That part of the book made me think a little less than positive about Becca.
Overall, I always say the first book in the new Lucky Harbor trilogy is usually the slowest. It takes some time to do the setup for the three couples and establish new people. I wish we could have seen more of the old couples here too. The couple glimpses we had of some of the previous heroes had them almost flirting with Becca in ways that bugged me. I only want to think of them happy with their heroines! But Jill Shalvis still has a good thing going with these books and they have that flirty, happy quality contemporary romance lovers will enjoy. Final grade- C
He’d bought her popcorn. Oh, God. She was a dead woman.