Mallory Quinn, ER nurse, is Lucky Harbor’s good girl. She takes care of everyone and is the “rock” for her family; she’s also tired of being good. Just once she’d like to break out and go a little wild, forget about responsibility, just enjoy and feel. Find Mr. Wrong since Mr. Right never seems to work.
Ty Garrison comes from a military family. A Navy Seal medic until the plane crash that took the lives of his team and friends leaving him medically discharged and alive; Ty carries the guilt of not being able to save a single one of his friends. He works for a government contractor now; still an adrenaline junkie but sidelined by re-injuring his leg jumping out of a second-story window. Forced to recoup he does so in a house rented for him by his friend Matt, the Ranger, in Lucky Harbor.
Mallory is about to have her Mr. Wrong wish come true when a freak storm traps her, Amy, and new friend Grace in Eat Me, the town’s diner.
Mysterious Cute Guy, you can’t get much more Mr. Wrong than the mysterious reclusive stranger in town.
LICKY IN LOVE is a stellar example of Ms. Shalvis’s signature proprietary blend of a heartwarming, humorous, sexy, sigh inducing romantic journey to HEA. In this instance the couple is Mallory and Ty.
Mallory is a wonderful heroine. Her strength, compassion, and willingness to put herself out there for others never crosses the line into saccharine sweetness. She’ll go the extra mile for someone who needs her help but rarely stands up for herself; the guilt she carries prevents it. I enjoyed her growth and reveled in the release of her inner bad girl. It’s in her interactions with Lucky Harbor’s requisite mean ol’ biddy, Mrs Burland, that we best see the progression of Mallory as she discovers her backbone. In true Mallory fashion she accomplishes it without coming across as hateful or mean.
Ty Garrison. I often like heroes, harbor the occasional fantasy, but rarely do I relate to the hero. I related to Ty. As an Army brat with a dad in Special Forces, I grew up around those kinds of guys. Ty felt so wonderfully real to me and I understood what he’d been through and how he distanced himself in protection. I so got Ty.
Lucky Harbor is so typical small town but with a lot more charm and humor. Imagine naming a stranger Mysterious Cute Guy and posting sightings on the town’s Facebook page. Lucky Harbor is full of quirky, loveable residents who, along with the town itself, play a delightful role in LUCKY IN LOVE.
The chocolate captions heading each chapter never failed to bring a smile; as did the friendship of the Chocoholics, Mallory, Amy, and Grace. The recipe for The Chocoholics Wickedly Awesome Chocolate Cake is included.
After the tension between Matt and Amy in LUCKY IN LOVE I am so looking forward to AT LAST, their book. Teasers for AT LAST and FOREVER AND A DAY, Grace’s book, are at the end.
Ms. Shalvis has once again earned a place on my keeper shelf with LUCKY IN LOVE.
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