Released: September 30, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?
Olivia Bentley is an aloof newcomer to Lucky Harbor. She has only been in the port town for just over a year. She mostly keeps to herself but has made friends with her neighbor Becca. Since she owns the Unique Boutique she also converses with her customers as well as has weekly Drama Days with the school kids as an after school program. Does it get more wholesome than this? She has been hiding lots of secrets in hopes of creating a new life for herself. Unfortunately, with these discretions she also establishes a life of solitude.
Cole Donovan is the man everyone depends upon. His mom and sisters rely on him as the now patriarch of the family. He’s the captain to the local charter boat company with his pals Sam and Tanner. He’s the town handyman and resident MacGyver. Ever since losing his best friend Gil in a rig fire, Cole hasn’t quite been the same. It the confidences he carries from that accident that have made him harbor anger and sadness. While he is always around family and friends, he hasn’t dated anyone since the tragedy.
While fixing something on the boat, Cole has a small incident and ends up in the cold water. Thinking he a man in trouble, Olivia jumps in to save him. Really she only makes things worse. This is one of the best meet queues I’ve read in a while. It sets up the story for two stubborn and independent people to create their swoon worthy bond. There’s a lot of back and forth about when Olivia will disclose her secret and whether the straight shooting Cole will run away from her like everyone else in her life previously. It’s filled with angst but also understanding. My only issue with this is the abrupt ending. Literally, I finished the book, blinked, and wondered where the real ending was.
I love this series. I really can’t get enough. It’s like those old standards. It’s filled with great modern females and sensitive alpha males. The stories are engaging and we always get a happy ending. One thing you can bet on is Jill Shalvis will deliver every time.
Rating: 4 Stars
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