Friday, June 29, 2012

At Last by Jill Shalvis

Title: At Last
Author: Jill Shalvis
My Rating:  A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lucky Harbor #5  
Main Characters: Amy and Matt
Release Date: June 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.
A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can't deny their attraction-or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it's up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.

My Review:
I love Jill's books that explore the great outdoors (my favorite series of hers is the Wilder brothers series who are all outdoor adventure guides). This book features Matt...hottie park ranger...that right there just made the book for me. Add to it that, Amy is an artist who goes out on nature hikes to draw and reflect on her grandmothers journey through these same mountains. Yep, I pretty much loved these two characters and thoroughly loved getting to read about their romantic journey.

To say that I'm a Jill Shalvis fan is putting it mildly...I read and LOVE everything she writes and this book is no different. Told with fun and emotion, all her books are truly fabulous. If you enjoy reading contemporary romance at all, I challenge you to read her books. I promise you, you won't regret it.

I think what makes this particular series a favorite of mine is that all the main characters have circles of friends who build them up and tell them the harsh truth when they need it.  Always, these friends are there with their sarcastic humor and tidbits of wisdom that are always funny and entertaining. 

For the main couple in this book, they have an interesting dichotomy. Matt was a Chicago cop at the same time that Amy was living and trying to survive on those same streets he was working in Chicago. For both of them, that was a lifetime ago and although they are very different people now, they still carry wounds from that time. Those wounds lead them both to have trust issues, so they agree to keep their relationship as entirely sexual...yeah, you know, that never works, but it does make for some absolute fun reading for us!

Overall, this was another amazing read in the Jill Shalvis library. I received this book as an  e-book for review, but immediately went out and bought a print copy too because these are my keeper read over and over and over again.


Julie said...

I'm reading this soon and I can't wait! :)

Jill Shalvis said...

Thanks for a lovely review!