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Simply Irresistible | [Jill Shalvis]

Simply Irresistible

The proof is irrefutable: Jill Shalvis is a USA Today best-selling author whose romantic fiction is one part steam, one part soul-lifting laughter. After leaving an abusive relationship, Maddie Moore heads to Lucky Harbor, Washington, and vows to channel her inner tough girl—and land the man of her dreams.
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Publisher's Summary

The proof is irrefutable: Jill Shalvis is a USA Today best-selling author whose romantic fiction is one part steam, one part soul-lifting laughter. After leaving an abusive relationship, Maddie Moore heads to Lucky Harbor, Washington, and vows to channel her inner tough girl—and land the man of her dreams.

©2010 Jill Shalvis (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Heartwarming and sexy … an abundance of chemistry, smoldering romance, and hilarious sisterly antics.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 09-11-12
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Not for me"
    What disappointed you about Simply Irresistible?

    The characters in Simply Irrestible we not irrestible to me. I found it difficult to bond with any of them. I was able to make it to the end of the book, but will not be interested in the series. The story was too predictable, and much of it was crude, instead of being romantic.
    Two stars were generous.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-26-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 03-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Almost too perfect..."
    Would you try another book from Jill Shalvis and/or Celeste Ciulla?

    I would try another book by the same author and/or the same narrator. This was a nice book. Simply Irresistible is book one of the Lucky Harbor trilogy. This is the story of Maddie. She has lost Her job and broke up with her abusive boyfriend and goes to Lucky Harbor to work on the Inn her mother left her and her sisters as inheritance. Maddie goes throug a personal journey that is quite interesting and seeing the relationship with her sisters get better is really nice.

    I don't think I'll get book two because it is narrated by the same person and the voice she gave Tara is way too old for the character. Tara sounds like a 45 yo smoker. So I'll skip that one and get book three (Chloe's story). It has a different narrator but sounds great.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was the best part of the book. It gave me the happy ending I love and you get to understand the characters so much more.


    Did Celeste Ciulla do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Celeste Ciulla did a very good job differentiating the characters and she did an amazing job with the different male voices. The only thing I did not like was Tara's voice.


    Do you think Simply Irresistible needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The trilogy in order:
    Simply Irresistible
    The sweetest thing
    Head over heels

    It would be nice if the subsequent books revisited Maddie and Jax story.


    Any additional comments?

    I love romance books and I enjoyed this story but it was almost too perfect. Jax is the type of man that I cannot even imagine ever existing. He was just that perfect. I like fairytales as much as the next girl but come on, the author over did it a bit. Jax is gorgeous, has a law degree, has lots and lots of money and his values and integrity are so high he stops being a lawyer (I think the author has a very low opinion of lawyers), leaves everything and goes to Lucky Harbor to become a handyman (just for fun cause he's rich). Too good to be true? Well that's not all, he goes around saving people of Lucky Harbor from financial ruin and lends them money to save their business or house. He falls madly in love with Maddie and wants to make sure she is not sleeping with him just for the physical part but for love. He even refuses to have sex with Maddie at one point because he feels she is

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kandis Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-07-13
    Kandis Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story but narration almost spoils it."

    Not a fan of the narration. I've listened to a few books with narrators that I didn't enjoy but this is the first time that it impacted by enjoyment of the story. I kept trying to imagine the words not spoken by the narrator. Probably a much better book to read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Goldschmidt 01-10-13
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    "Oh, Dear!"

    This book has an unimaginably thin plot. The principal female characters also suffer from arrested development.

    Why do so many romance novels match the Strong Perfect Man with the Weak Pathetic Woman? Is this really romantic?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mon San Francisco, Ca 03-27-12
    Mon San Francisco, Ca 03-27-12 Member Since 2010

    12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!

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    "Simply Boring"

    I wanted to like this book. I was looking for a FUN, easy, cheesy engaging read. It was mostly cheesy with nothing else holding it together. The main characters are so boring and their romance is boring. I also didn't care much for the narrator. I wish I would not have blown a credit on this audio.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Martineau 09-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Endless teenage longing and body descriptions."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story had endless, lusty, body descriptions by ALL characters. These constantly overshadowed the otherwise well-written story.


    Have you listened to any of Celeste Ciulla’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to her other performances but this one was enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    diane Des Moines, IA, United States 11-12-12
    diane Des Moines, IA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sweet"
    Would you listen to Simply Irresistible again? Why?

    Yes. I love the story, the characters and the town.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maddie. She's had a rough time and has been hurt but no matter how she tries to tell herself she's done with it all she leaves the door open a little in case there is someone who could make her believe again.


    What does Celeste Ciulla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having a story read to you always makes the details more vivid.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The dynamic between the 3 sisters is pretty real.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CJ Griffin Aurora, CO United States 07-09-12
    CJ Griffin Aurora, CO United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "New author for me"
    Where does Simply Irresistible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book and will listen to more by this author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Simply Irresistible?

    When Mattie finally admitted she was in love with Jacks


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hartshorne, OK, United States 05-02-12
    Amazon Customer Hartshorne, OK, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love this series"

    This was an awesome book it was worth a credit. I hope they get the rest of the books soon they only have the first three.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 08-26-12
    Kristin 08-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Enjoyable!"
    Any additional comments?

    It held my interest. The characters were believable and I really enjoyed the story. It didn't drag for me and always got to the point. Romance and wit always makes for a fun book. I would recommend to a friend and I plan on listening to the rest of this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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