Monday, January 3, 2011
Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis
Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.. — In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddies leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother - a ramshackle inn nestled in the coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. — Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career - if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes - and mouth - are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
This is a fun, quick-witted read. I enjoyed how Maddie becomes a self-sufficient, empowered woman after having dealt with the insecurities that come from finding yourself in an abusive situation that you have allowed, even if unintentionally. Maddie sees herself as an entire failure when she goes to try to find a new start after having been left a share in a resort with her 2 sisters (whom she doesn't know since they each have another father). She is longing to find a true family and feels like an outcast after seeing her sisters who seem to have it all together. After nearly running over a HOT fella on a motorcycle, she is amazed to find him later while she is trying to clear her mind after dealing with her sisters. In spite of having sworn off men, Maddie can't help watching and yearning for what she can't have. In spite of dealing with her past, her sisters and her rioting emotions, Maddie finds herself falling in love with the Inn, the Town and her sisters. I give this book a 4/5. It's an amusing, quick read that leaves you smiling!
Thank you to Hatchett for providing a copy of this book for me to review. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.