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
“Heartwarming and sexy … an abundance of chemistry, smoldering romance, and hilarious sisterly antics.” (Publishers Weekly)
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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.
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.
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.
The trilogy in order:
The sweetest thing
Head over heels
It would be nice if the subsequent books revisited Maddie and Jax story.
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
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.
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?
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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.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
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.
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 3.00 (not part of the overall rating)
Part of my 25 Books for the Holidays for 2012
How Simply Irresistible put me in the Holiday Spirit: I love stories about sisters and them coming together for the Holidays! Also I love books that spread the Mistletoe liberally and Simply Irresistible did just that :)
What I thought of characters/story: Simply Irresistible was such a fun read. I laughed out loud at times and wanted to bear hug the sisters at other times. This was just a wonderful character driven story with a hot romance between Maddie and Jax. Can I just say that Jax was a wonderful leading man: giving, caring, but with a past that he needs to work through. More importantly, he was the first to “get it” where he and Maddie were concerned. I love Maddie but her past was a little more to work through so I am glad it took her longer to get there. I loved the sisters and can’t wait to read their stories and I think Lucky Harbor will be a place that I will love. As I know that I am one of the last to start this series, I am sorry it took me so long!
What I thought of the audio: This wasn’t my favorite Audiobook but it wasn’t horrible. The narrator, Celeste Ciulla, did a decent job with the female voices but she was way off with the males. The pacing was excellent and her voice was very clear. Her voices may not bother others as much as they bothered me. My suggestion is to listen to a sample first to determine for yourself.
This was my 1st Shalvis book. It will be my last. It was so predictable and juvenile. I cheered when it was over... because it was over.
The sex scenes were described like a porn film. I've never heard the word "erection" so much in my life. Enough already.
Clear, pleasant, talented
The characters weren't the problem
Don't waste your credit.
This was a nice change of pace for me to listen to. The love story is interesting and the characters for the most part are likeable. Te sexy scenes aren't to shabby either. ; ) Definitely worth reading.
I really liked the style of the author. I decided shortly into this book that I would continue on with the series. Easy dialog and I frequently found myself giggling aloud.
I just finished it and I really can't pick out anything I would call memorable. This wasn't an earth- shattering listen. It is more of a nice easy listen, requiring little thought. Nothing wrong with that.
I am, bc I am buying the next in the series, but she is not my favorite. Her normal speaking voice is actually quite lovely. She uses good inflection, pauses, and emotion in her voice. The part I found irriatating was the inconsistency of the characters. I couldn't decided if Jax sounded more like a douchy prep or a raspy sea captain. If Ciulla could nail down more solid voices, I think it would only improve the story. She wasn't horrible though. Certainly not bad enough to prevent listening.
It was pretty funny.
I found some passages a little trite, but afterall it's the genre. Worth a credit.
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