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Review – He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

He's so FinePublisher: Forever
Publish Date: September 30th
How I got this book: NetGalley

For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It’s the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she’s rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she’s ever laid hands on.

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?
*Blurb from Goodreads*

I love this series, so as each new installment comes out, I rush to get my hands on the next book. I was excited to read more about Olivia, especially since she was a little mysterious in the last book in the series.

Olivia has a secret that she is hiding, and Lucky Harbor seems to be the perfect place to keep it. She doesn’t want anyone to know about her past, especially Cole. But after her failed attempt to “rescue” him, Cole and Olivia start spending more time together, and Olivia is finding it hard to keep her secrets from the sexy man.

Cole has never wanted to be in a relationship. But each moment he spends with Olivia makes him want another, and another. But Cole has no idea what Olivia is hiding, and as the truth begins to unravel, Cole will have to decide if he can live with the lies Olivia told him, or if he is going to commit himself to a life alone, forever.

I love the heroes of this trilogy of books, and learning more about Cole was so awesome. I both loved and hated his backstory, and as the truth started to come out, I felt awful for him. Between the guilt and the anger, I’m surprised that Cole wasn’t a bit more screwed up than he already was. 🙂 One thing that did bother me a bit was Cole’s reluctance to deal with the problem. He refused to get a handle on his grief and his anger, and instead let it manifest until he was unable to trust new people. I wanted more for him, and was so sad that he struggled so hard to let Olivia in.

Like Cole, Olivia’s backstory was a doozy. Knowing the struggles she went through as a child star that spiraled down into a hot mess in front of the media and the world was tough. But, I loved the strength of character and spirit that Olivia had, and how focused she was on living her life the way she wanted. I loved the way she stood up to her mom and sister, the way she took the life she wanted by the horns and refused to let go of it. I liked that she was strong enough to recognize that she needed something different, something more suited to the person she strived to become, and then watching her achieve that was perfect. I think Olivia might be among my favorite of all the Lucky Harbor heroines.

The romance between these two was great, like all the other books in the series. I liked that Cole was a bit of the aggressor, on both the physical and emotional front. There was one scene where Cole took Olivia to a family party at his house, and watching him get flustered over the treatment his mom and sisters gave Olivia, as well as Olivia’s struggle with being around such a loud and loving family, it was a perfect moment in their relationship and I loved it.

All in all, I thought this book was one of the best in the Lucky Harbor series. I loved Olivia and Cole and can’t wait to see more of them in the next book. I thought their individual characters were so incredibly developed, and their romance was great as well.
I give He’s So Fine a B

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By MinnChica

MinnChica can usually be found with her nose in a book (or nook), and can ALWAYS find a few minutes to read: stuck at a red light, sitting in the doctors office, on her lunch break. She's so addicted to reading that her family frequently threatens to host an intervention. Currently MinnChica is devouring every romance book she can get her hands on, especially ones that feature 'friends to lovers' stories. Some of her favorite authors currently are Ilona Andrews, Jill Myles, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and Susan Mallery.

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