Her love has come along....
Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.
A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can't deny their attraction - or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it's up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.
©2012 Jill Shalvis (P)2012 Hachette Audio
This is another case where I'm not sure if they story was bad or the narrator just made a good story bad. I've had good books that a bad narrator killed, this may be one of them. The chemistry between Amy and Matt wasn't that great and I got to the point where I didn't care and wanted it just to be over. Save your Audible credit and read this one.
Live, love, laugh...
I am really mad at the producers of this audiobook. The previous book Lucky in Love had me in a cloud of pure bliss for the few days I was listening to it. The story was amazing and the narrator Suehyla El Attar was perfect. So obviously I immediately got this title with the hope of extending my cloud of bliss for a few more days. As soon as I started listening, the rain started and I was left feeling like a wet dog in a storm.
Why did the producers changed the narrator? Why? Erin Bennett used the exact same voice for all the characters. She also sounded too old to interpret Amy's character and she showed zero emotion. She was more of a reader rather than a narrator. Worst narrator. EVER!!! Hachette Audio will cause irreparable injury to me if they use Erin Bennett as the narrator of the next book of this series. >\
I must clarify that Jill Shalvis is a great author and the story is pretty good. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it much more if I had read this book or if it was narrated by the previous narrator Ms. El Attar.
I've enjoyed this entire series. I do prefer the other narrator however. Looking forward to the next three in the series.
Nice, enjoyable story--wasn't too mushy. While it was a romance novel, it still had something to it. But I do wonder why everyone always blames themselves in this type book, but they surely don't in real life--maybe we should be more humble.
No matter, I enjoyed the story--narrator was so wrong for this story. She messed Lucille (the older lady in the book) up so much and she wasn't the main character. And the beginning of each chapter when she gave the chocolate note--so wrong. Like so many others, I question why they changed narrators. I am hesitant to listen to the next installment because EB narrates that one as well. But I guess my sense of wanting to know how Grace and Josh end up will probably win out and I will purchase it.
Hope Ms. Shalvis writes more about the folks in Lucky Harbor.
I love this author, and I find her stories entertaining and fun to read. Unfortunately, I do not like it on Audible. The narrator is monotone and boring and that's not how the books should be read.
Don't know, I couldn't get past the first 10 pages of listening. I'll buy it for my Kindle.
If she's the narrator, absolutely nothing. It was awful and she put absolutely no emotion into the characters.
Didn't get that far.
This has made me seriously rethink buying any more books on Audible.
I loved the story between Matt and Amy but the narration could have used some work. It felt like there was no distinction between the characters. Perhaps it was the change in narrators as I kept going back to previous narrations and comparing them.
Busy mom and "Nana." Love the audiobooks so I can keep hands free for multi-tasking. Originally from So. Calif., living in Montana
Not my favorite. I love the Lucky Harbor series but it stands to reason at some point I wouldn't like one. So far this is it. What I found after reading several of this series is that the author tends to use the same phrases over and over again. Such as: eyes the color of melted chocolate, ground his back teeth to powder, been there, done that bought the t-shirt and the list goes on. The sex scenes tend to be almost interchangeable among all of the books. A little variety would be nice.
My main objection to this book is not the graphic sex, but the haphazard casual way that the protagonists view sex. We have a “tough girl” and a man who by all accounts of Lucky Harbor residents is a great guy, kind, decent and all that. Amy and Matt decide to fall into a sexual encounter just for the release—no strings attached. Matt has watched Amy for some time and developed an interest in her. So this “decent” guy who has an interest in Amy uses her like this? I might be an army of one, but in my world that does not indicate respect or even a gentle fondness. At one point they have sex in the woods after Matt's shoulder is dislocated, then painfully put back into place. Really?
The entire story bothered me, the sport sex, Amy's hard attitude, the insistence by all that Matt was this decent upstanding guy yet he was willing to use this woman for sex---in the woods, in a car, on the top of his desk at the ranger station. Not my idea of a decent man---but that is just my opinion.
Will I read other Lucky Harbor stories? Absolutely. I have throughly enjoyed many of this series and will keep going.
No, in fact I found myself doing other things while listening. I had to often rewind bc my brain traveled off.
Hands down, the character development. Matt's character especially was all over the board. He wanted just sex, no emotions, yet he was upset that sex was so emotionless for Amy. He didn't want a relationship, he did, he didn't. I understand making characters well rounded and flawed, but these two were so flip floppy that it was hard to get a sense of who they truely were. Storyline was pretty boring too and scenes seemed to unroll in a forced or unreal mannor. I've liked Shalvis's other books much better. This one felt like it was written on a deadline.
I need more than three words here. Many reviewers are upset with EB's reading. She isn't horrible, but the previous narrator was AWESOM, so by comparison, EB was really hard to listen to. My biggest complaint is...the odd pauses...you think....she has come to the end.....of a senentence, but then....there is more left to say. It was annoying. I will agree with others who have said that she completely ruined the old raspy lady whos name I cant think of...Louise?
If this were a movie it would be a made for tv special. It's not interesting enough for film.
I am reeeeally sick of reading about fb. Is she getting a kickback or something?? Enough already!
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
J.S. has this wonderful Chocolate triology, my fave of the 3, Forever and a Day, Dr. Josh aka Dr McHottie. This is about Ranger Hot Buns. J S has out done herself on these 3. Great fun dialogue that makes you smile REAL big. These are not brain teasers or FSOG type books. Just great fun when you need a reminder not to overlook it in the daily grind. Fun chocolate receipes at the end of each book. This set of 3 are better than the last 3 of Luckey Harbor, 3 sisters running an inn. These will not disappoint and are so much better writting, storyline and dialogue.
Luckey in Love and Forever and a Day. SH made sure she worked hard to give the fans humor, hunky men, and a good moral reminder.
Ok, she is not the best of readers, BUT she had great material in 2 of these 3 stories and she made our hunky hotties not miss a beat. I did not agree with other reviewers. Suela El Attar has a higher pitched voice and did good on Ty's story, but she is not my fave either. Now Karen White's reads of SH are to die for. Everything good.
yup, I owned Ty's story and Dr. Josh. After I finished Dr. Josh, I downloaded and listed to this one as I wanted to continue the warm smile reader left me with. I know Ty's story will finish the job with S E A reading.
make sure you catch the wonderful Chocolate receipes at the end of each book. JS has a new batch of characters. I can only hope the readers do justice to her fun pace and dialogue.
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