Publish Date: Out now
How I got this book: NetGalley
As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It’s that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she’s sworn off love . . .
Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he’s still paying for his own mistakes? It’s hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there’s something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?
*Blurb from Goodreads*
I love the Lucky Harbor series, and as it draws to a close, each book is making me more and more giddy and sad at the same time. I can’t believe it’s over, and I’m desperately going to miss this series and quirky little town.
Callie loves her job as wedding consultant extraordinaire, but the thought of finding her own happily ever after isn’t on her never ending to-do list. Coming back to Lucky Harbor has Callie not only crushing on her former high school crush, but also finding a great group of new girlfriends.
Tanner hasn’t had an easy go of it, especially now that his teenaged son is living with him. But running into Callie again makes Tanner wonder what he can do to be a better father, boyfriend, and friend. He wants Callie, and nothing will stop him from going after what he wants. But juggling work, a teenaged boy, and a new relationship is harder than Tanner expected, but giving Callie up without a fight isn’t an option.
I have to admit that the romance between Callie and Tanner was really stand-0ut for me in this book. I loved the way their relationship progressed, and thought it was one of the best written by Shalvis. Tanner pushed Callie to step outside her comfort zone and admit that she really was a closet romantic. And Callie pushed Tanner to really think long and hard about the man he wanted to be, not just for himself but for his family as well.
One of the things that I think sets Shalvis apart is her ability to write children into a story and make them appear like real people and not just a plot device. I loved Tanner’s son, Troy. He was a little broken because of the way his parents treated him and each other, and at the same time he was so hopeful for a family. Every interact he had with both Tanner and Callie was so great. The bond he formed with Callie really helped him to understand Tanner, and build a stronger relationship with his father. I loved that.
Since this is the last book in the series, we did get to see a little bit of some of our favorite characters. I would have liked to say goodbye to some of the previous heroes and heroines, but understood why we weren’t able to do so. I have to admit, I’m going to miss the old Lucille like crazy!!
Another aspect of this book I loved was the way that Shalvis continued to grow and develop the friendship between the heroines, as well as the heroes. I loved that this last group of heroines really closed ranks around each other and formed deep connections, despite coming from such different backgrounds. I also liked how the men, who were already great friends, continued to push and challenge one another to be even better.
All in all, I’m so sad to say goodbye to Lucky Harbor series, but have loved pretty much each and every book. Callie and Tanner were no exception. I thought they had a wonderful romance, great friendships, and as individuals I adored them. I can’t believe this series has come to an end, but I’m looking forward to what Shalvis has in store for us next!
I give One in a Million a B+