One in a Million: Lucky Harbor #12 by Jill Shalvis

One in a Million: Lucky Harbor #12 by Jill Shalvis

Returning for the last in the Lucky Harbor series – we get a story of hope, redemption, healing and again all of the fun from the town we’ve come to expect from Jill Shalvis. Narrated by Angèle Masters, please read on for my review of

One in a Million

Tanner is the last of the “charter boat crew’ and the most damaged from the oil-rig wreck, his own guilt over poor choices, and his determination to tone down his adrenaline-junkie recklessness. He’s got plenty of reasons, not the least of which is being the father (and man) that his son Troy deserves after so many moments of letting him down. Tanner deserves hope and happiness just as much as everyone else, but his own difficulty in trying to say do what I do NOW, and not what I did isn’t really making his job with Troy any easier – and Troy’s being his own teenaged self, with plenty of sullen moments, poor choices and even what seems to be a reckless disregard for his own future. Like father like son some say, but in Lucky Harbor, everyone is willing to offer up another chance, even when they aren’t surprised when you mess up.

Callie is back in town to check on her grandmother Lucille and see if she’s capable of staying alone. With a successful wedding planning business – she’s never quite ‘off duty’, even as she spends more time believing that marriage, love and forever aren’t reality. She comes solidly into her own in her interactions with Troy, however, even as she can’t seem to separate the here and now from her high school crush on his father. Of all the heroines we’ve met – Callie is both the most cynical and shallow of the group – an on-line wedding planner just doesn’t make a ton of sense to me since I believe most want hands-on, but she’s making it work – despite her anti-romance stance.

I was hoping for much more angst and depth for Tanner’s story- he deserved to have his story told and the issues given much more than a pass-over, and unfortunately the shallowness of Callie really didn’t allow for them to feel correct as a couple. The standout in this story was Troy, even as he could have been far more disruptive to the lives and their relationship- there were just pieces that needed more flushing out for me. Narration again provided by Angèle Masters, and she managed to balance the rather fluffy Callie with a more tortured Tanner, giving the sullen-teenager-ness of Troy it’s full due. Secondary characters give the story a bit of heft and solidly place it in Lucky Harbor – where everyone knows everything, and it was clear that having yet another ‘hometown girl’ come back to where she belonged was important to everyone.

Stars: 3 Narration 4 Story 3

One in a Million: Lucky Harbor #12 by Jill Shalvis

Title: One in a Million
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #12
Also in this series: It's in His Kiss , Lucky in Love , At Last, Forever and a Day, It Had to Be You, Always on My Mind
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Small Town
Narrator: Angèle Masters
Published by: Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Audio
ISBN: 1455529540
Published on: 14 October, 2014
Format:Audiobook
Source: Hachette Audio
Pages: 368
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 48 minutes
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

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.

 

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

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