I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.It's In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #10
Published by Grand Central on August 26, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.
Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?
What I Thought…
I don’t know how Jill Shalvis does it. This is her 10th Lucy Harbor book and each time it still feels like I’m reading something fresh and new. Shalvis takes a place I love and fills it with people that I can’t help but care about. I absolutely love how she takes troubled characters and has them work through their troubles together and separately to make things right, all while having them develop a realistic romance.
It’s In His Kiss meets all the requirements of a perfect end of summer read. A woman you could be friends with. A man you can’t help but stare at (if only the real world were populated with ultra hot guys like Lucky Harbor is). A small town where everyone knows your name (and your business). The ocean. Hot guys to look at. And some feels.
Becca is just making a “pit stop” in Lucky Harbor and looking for a temporary job that she talks Sam into giving her. She was a little more standoffish compared to other Lucky Harbor ladies, but I did like her. She’s also suffering from anxiety over performing in any type of situation. I really liked how the people of Lucky Harbor helped her with this without being obvious about it (except maybe Sam, at the end). She also has a secret that she’s dealing with that causes her to be a bit jumpy. It takes quite awhile before she finally comes clean but you could just feel the relief poor off of her once she finally let it out.
Sam’s “secret” is pretty much out in the open. His dad is a less than awesome father, always borrowing money, and when Sam was a kid he spent some time in foster care. Sam’s dealings with his father were hard. You know that he had to be that way to his father but at the same time it feels like his dad is trying to make things better and you want Sam to see that. Fortunately Becca doesn’t know how to mind her own business and stepped in a few times, despite what Sam wanted.
We also get to meet Cole, Tanner and Olivia, which promises to make the next two (and last two) Lucky Harbor books fantastic. The only thing I wished for more from It’s In His Kiss was some more cameo’s of characters from the previous books. There were a few here and there, but I always want more! And of course Lucille is still around… causing trouble on Pinterst now instead of Facebook.
Overall It’s In His Kiss is a great end of summer read and I look forward to my next two trips to Lucky Harbor!