Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wondered if I would struggle with this book, as I loved the first three so much and how the burgeoning relationship between Maddie, Tara and Chloe was woven through the first three books.
Mallory Quinn plays it safe. Is a good girl, taking care of everyone else and devoting her life to this.
Mysterious Cute Guy, AKA Ty Garrison, is solitary, does not want involvement, no connections!
They both carry the emotional scars from the past, and the guilt of that has led them down the path they are both treading!
So what happens when Mallory decided she does not want to play it safe, be the good girl, always thinking of others?
At first, I struggled to connect with Mallory, mainly as I was missing the sisters! The whole “Chocoholics” thing with Amy and Grace felt almost forced, as if to recreate the magic that was interwoven through the first three books with the sisters.
But, in saying that, after the first 20% or so, I was drawn into the story of Mallory and Ty (although I do wish we had had more glimpses of the first 3 couples! They are all of an age in a small town, surely they would be friends!!).
Again, as with the other Jill Shalvis books, it is a lovely heart-warming, almost gentle read about two souls overcoming their own demons and issues and realising they belong with each other, with a great set of secondary characters and a great setting, it makes for a fun, light, relaxing read.
However, maybe because I have read the first 4 ( well, 4.5 books if you count the little Christmas novella) one after the other, I am noticing slight little niggles!
It is like, when you first start going out with a boyfriend you really really like! That first rush of joy and almost giddiness for having found something you can love, you just do not notice faults. But after a few weeks or months, do you still love the boyfriend? Well, probably, but you are noticing the faults, the little niggles that annoy you!
I have started to spot the book equivalent of leaving the toilet seat up or dirty socks on the floor! Is it a dealbreaker? No, does it make you grit your teeth ever so slightly for a few seconds in annoyance! Yes.
I pointed this out at the end of book 3! But details details details! If you mention someone has brothers in one book, when you get to their book, make it so they have brothers! if they have blonde hair, keep it blonde, not change it to brown etc!
In this book, it is said that the nurse Lance has been seeing for a few months is called Nancy! In book 3, when he first started seeing the nurse, she was called Renee. (and it was not told as if it was a different woman, and given Lance’s situation, and it is said in this book they have been together for a few months, I will assume it is meant to be the same nurse!)
Also, Ty, during a flashback dream, mentions he got to one of his friends first, Kelly who was already dead. Later on in the story, when he is telling this to Mallory, it is Tommy he got to who was already dead.
Now, little things like this may not be an issue for other people! But for me it pulls me out of the story, and I am thinking “Wait..what..but I thought…?” and then I have to go back pages, or go back to another book to check the facts!
But, it is still a 4 star! And I am going to carry on and read what I have on my kindle, as I already have book 5, 6 and 6.5 waiting to read, and I am determined to read what I have before I buy any more!
But, I will have a Jill Shalvis break after that, so as those little annoying niggles do not get blown up to a real annoyance and then I have to have an author/reader break up! I love Jill Shalvis, she has a formula that works and that I really like! But even too much of a good thing can be too much!
Amazon Uk Link: Lucky In Love: Lucky Harbor 4