The death of Maddie's estranged mother brings her to Lucky Harbor, where she and her sisters have inherited their mother's inn. The inn is run down and, much like Maddie's life, is in some serious need of a makeover. Maddie, excited at the opportunity to start anew convinces her reluctant sisters to stick around town and fix up the inn. Maddie soon meets Jax, the local Renaissance man. Jax had returned to Lucky Harbor several years earlier to have his new beginning. The attraction between Maddie and Jax is undeniable as he helps Maddie and her sisters fix up their late mother's inn.
Although I enjoyed this book, I struggled to cheer on the Maddie/Jax romance. I felt their relationship was a little shallow and thought there to be too many "nothing fights". I tend to appreciate a little push and pull, but I felt the sources of conflict between the two were a little overwrought, as most were "no big deal" situations.
All criticism aside, I really enjoyed Jill Shalvis' writing style. The situational humor was fun and Shalvis' turn of phrase was delightful. Although I didn't love the central romance in this book, I look forward to reading more from Shalvis. "Simply irresistible" is the first novel in the Lucky Harbor Series. As I found myself gravitating toward the supporting cast, I am looking forward to picking up the second installment.
Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.
Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.