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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

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

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 03-26-12

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. <br/><br/>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:<br/>Simply Irresistible<br/>The sweetest thing<br/>Head over heels<br/><br/>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

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • Sandia, TX, United States
  • 09-11-12

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.<br/>Two stars were generous.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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too bad...

read this book before & i LOVED it. too bad the narrator just killed it for me. maybe next time.
thanks.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mon
  • San Francisco, Ca
  • 03-27-12

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Cute Story

Listened for Fun (Audible)
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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sweet

Such a sweet book. Jax and Maddie...swoon. Also love Maddie’s sisters. Narrator did a great job as well.

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Classic Shalvis. Narration was OK.

I’ve read or listen to most of Shalvis current books and been meaning visit her backlist. Lucky Harbor series is a long one, but I’ve been told that it’s set up in threes. I figured I could tack it in behind other series by reading three at a time. My library has all the books, some in ebook and others in audio, but then I saw a few of the titles offered through the new Audible Romance program.

I also decided to try the title on audio because I’ve never listened to Celeste Ciulla narration work. She reminded me of one of favorite narrators, Marguerite Gavin. For the most part I enjoyed the narration, but there was a lot of “dead air”. By that I mean there was long pauses between sentences and not for drama effect. I’m not sure if it was the narrator’s choice or a production thing.

In any case, I grabbed Simply Irresistible knowing I would be entertained because Shalvis has never failed me before. The same voice is there. The small town, sweet (and sometimes hot) romance is there. The likable characters are there too.

If you’re looking for a romance with heart and a touch of the holiday spirit pick up a copy of Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis.

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Great story, lousy narrator.

I really wish there had been a different narrator. I had previously read the book and loved it! But the voices were inconsistent with the same character and some were just plain annoying!