Jill Shalvis comes to the blog with the tenth in her Lucky Harbor contemporary romance series, the first I’ve read (hangs head in shame). This is narrated by new to me narrator Suehyla El Attar. Please read on for my review of
It’s in His Kiss
Becca is in need of a reset – and perhaps moving from New Orleans to Washington state will help provide that change. An ad online brought her to a cheap apartment, and better still, it’s far away from her problems. A jingle writer, she’s got a bit of writer’s block, another reason that moving away from home and being removed from family (a large source of issues) is what she hopes will make the difference. But, arriving at a run-down warehouse building with an ‘apartment’ that is far different than advertised, with neighbors who are less then friendly, she’s stuck. No money to move into another place, she needs furniture, a job and some inspiration. Perhaps the view over the ocean will help, or the three super-hot men who appear in her view.
Sam is a native and with his two best friends has opened a boat charter business, and he builds boats on the side. He’s a hedgehog – full of protective prickles and ‘stay away from me’ spikes, he’s had an up and down life with his father, and if it weren’t for his best friend’s mother, he’d really never have had a sense of family life. But when he was old enough, he and three friends left to work on oil rigs – unfortunately an explosion took one of them, and the guilt that Sam carries from that is oppressive. Love isn’t a ‘thing’ that happens in the real world, and giving your heart to anyone can only mean never-ending hurt. So he’s not interested. Not one little bit in Becca. Nope. Not at all.
Of course their chemistry is electric – and their interactions as the story develops, from snark and a no-strings one night has them both wanting more – it doesn’t help that everyone seems to be pushing them together. This they both will fight tooth and nail – all the time justifying that it’s ‘just a thing’ until it isn’t. A lovely introduction (for me) to the people of Lucky Harbor – and simply everything you’d want in a story where two people, broken and bruised, come togher to find hope, love and healing.
Narration for this story is provided by Suehyla El Attar and she brought Becca to life with her portrayal. Sam was a bit more difficult to ‘feel’ from her presentation, but the emotion, the second-guessing and even the gradual softening of reserve and determination to stay single from both of them was clearly present and easy to feel. Distinct and clear character voices, a touch of accent and a solid sense of letting the work speak for itself was present, and much of the story felt as if the narrator was enjoying it as much as the listener.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 5
Title: It's in His Kiss
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #10
Also in this series: Lucky in Love , At Last, Forever and a Day, It Had to Be You, Always on My Mind, Once in a Lifetime
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Suehyla El Attar
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 26 August, 2014
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 50 minutes
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ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVERBecca 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?
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.