Series: Lucky Harbor #7
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 28 May 2013
Jill Shalvis has begun a new trilogy within her long running Lucky Harbour series. Rather than focus solely on the romance, Shalvis has introduced a welcome mystery element. Our heroine is florist Ali Winters whose optimism is severely tested when in a matter of hours she is dumped by hot town clerk Teddy, threatened with eviction and accused of stealing money from her ex’s office. Fortunately for her, police officer and owner of the rental, Luke Hanover is back in town to hide out after screwing up a case. Although he was rather surprised to find a hot woman clad only in underwear wandering around his property, he quickly adjusts and decides to help Ali out.
Ali’s had a pretty tough life and grew up in less than ideal circumstances with her mother and sister. She ekes out a living as a florist and a pottery instructor but times are tough, especially as her family relies on her to send home extra cash. Despite the collapse of her relationship with Teddy and the police investigation, Ali remains positive. Luke however is a binary opposite as he blames himself for the world’s problems. He lets Ali stay with him and bit by bit starts to fall for her. The chemistry between the two is great even though it moves so slowly and Luke is determined to return to the big smoke. I couldn’t really understand why everyone was so against him being with Ali as he didn’t exactly come across as a cad. He puts his police detecting skills to good use and even ends up helping out random town folk. It is sweet that two people who were so used to helping other people find someone who wants to look after them.
The plot is fairly predictable – we know that there will be a HEA and that all problems will be resolved. I found myself being greedy and wanting more beyond the standard Lucky Harbour romance which is no one’s fault but my own. What I really enjoyed in the last few books, I only liked this time round because I had seen it over and over again. I think that Shalvis is moving in the right direction with the mystery as a side line as it is offering a partial reboot of the series.
The strength of the novels in a series tends to vary. The strength of the novels in any series tends to vary and even though this is not the most gripping one in the Lucky Harbour series, it is a comfortable read and will keep you entertained.