Review – It’s In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

It's In His KissPublisher: Forever
Publish Date: August 26th
How I got this book: NetGalley

Becca 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?
*Blurb from Goodreads*

I’m such a huge fan of the Lucky Harbor series, so anytime Shalvis releases a new book, I’m eager to pick it up and read it straight through. This was no exception.

Becca has come to Lucky Harbor with one goal, to get out of the crazy life she was living, and find some balance for her own life. She rents a tiny little studio, and while the space isn’t all that great, the view of sexy surfer guy next door makes up for it. Sam is intense and a little moody, but something about him keeps Becca coming back for more.

Sam isn’t looking for a relationship, but everytime Becca crosses his path, he can’t resist the attraction between them. But Sam doesn’t want to get involved with someone who isn’t willing to stick around Lucky Harbor for the long haul, so he keeps a part of himself back, even after Becca begins to lay down roots.

I have to admit, I’m pretty darned excited about this new group of heroes. I loved Sam and his friends, and thought they were all such fun and sexy heroes. Their relationship with one another was so strong, and I loved the bonds they had made over the years. While I frequently love reading about books with strong female friendships between heroines, it’s also refreshing to read about heroes that value the brotherhood bonds they’ve built over time.

I thought Becca was a great character. Having dealt with her brother’s issues her entire life, she finally reached the point where enough was enough and is stepping out on her own. I loved the way she took her independence and ran with it, but also had little quirks like refusing to kill spiders on her own. 🙂 It was a cute aspect of her personality, and made me love her all the more. I desperately wanted her to succeed on her own, but watching as she started getting more and more involved in the Lucky Harbor community was a treat. Seeing her deal with people allowing her the freedom to be on her own, but also supporting her in every way possible was such fun to read.

The things that poor Sam went through growing up were heartbreaking. I could understand completely why he hard a hard time letting people into his life, but also thought he had enough exposure to healthy families and relationships that maybe he wouldn’t have been so jaded. His little freak outs over his father and developing relationship with Becca were both hilarious and sad, and I wished that he would have been able to reach out with his emotions sooner than he did.

The romance between Becca and Sam was great. I loved their first meeting, and the way that they handled the chemistry between them. Once Becca accepted the job as their office manager, I loved the way they had to figure out and change their interactions. I thought they were very mature in handling their romance, and adored them as a couple. They might be one of my Lucky Harbor favorites. 🙂

All in all, Shalvis has another winner on her hands with this series. The new group of heroes are to die for sexy, and I can’t wait to find out more and more about them. I’m anxious to continue with this series, and love the humor and heat that Shalvis brings with each installment.
I give It’s In His Kiss a B+


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