Review: At Last by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #5)
June 26 2012
Mass Market Paperback
Yummy Man – Matt Bowers
Kick Ass Chick – Amy Michaels
From Goodreads –
Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she’s looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she’s tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won’t make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.
A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn’t let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can’t deny their attraction-or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it’s up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.
At Last is the fifth book in Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. This time around we follow Matt and Amy as they discover themselves, each other and what it means to be truly happy.
Amy came to Lucky Harbor because her grandmother wrote about it in her journal. Amy was very close to her grandmother and once she passed, decided to follow her path. In her journal, grandma also writes that Lucky Harbor is where she found peace and heart – things that Amy desperately wants to find too. Matt is a forest ranger that lives in town. He visits Amy at the restaurant where she is a waitress pretty much every day. We see that in the fourth book and it continues in this book – and that part is just so cute. Their chemistry is amazing and even when they are just talking, it sizzles the page. But Amy is focusing on finding herself and isn’t looking to repeat some mistakes she made in the past by jumping and falling too quickly for what she assumes is the wrong man. So needless to say, there is some resistance on her part. And on his.
I really liked Amy. She is a tough and hard woman but you see that there is so much softness to her. And Matt helps bring some of it out too. They are really well matched but that should be no surprise since Jill has gotten the couples bang on in each and every book in this series. Matt is strong and smart and blames himself for issues in his past. But really, it’s not his fault at all. Your heart goes out to him but you never think he really needs a full boost. Amy is not there to save him, she is there to help him and he does the same for her. She needs to feel in control and he gives her that, but won’t let her walk all over him either. As I said, these two balance each other perfectly.
There was no giant conflict which was nice because, as I’ve said before, sometimes you just want to read a book about two well-matched people who are falling in love and who are doing it kicking and screaming, but that just makes it extra cute. I did cry at one little part (again, Jill made me cry a little, grr *grin*) and it involved Amy’s grandmother and a certain drawing that shows up. Oh my goodness did I cry. That scene had such heart…it was beautiful.
Forever and a Day is the next book in the series and it hits shelves on July 31st 2012. I am going to be buying it the day it comes out to add to my keeper shelf along with the rest of this series. I am so glad I was coerced by my blogging friends to give this series a try because it really is fantastic.
There really isn’t much else to say here. This is a great series and At Last was a very good installment. Fans of contemporary romance books really need to pick them up. Really. Like now.
Giggle worthy quotes –
A sigh escaped her lips. ‘I really want to sleep with you, but…’
‘Damn,’ he said. ‘That was a great sentence right up until the ‘but’.’”
“’No emergency,’ Amy said. ‘I just—‘
‘It’s a complete emergency.’ Grace interrupted. ‘Amy has a date with Ranger Hot Buns.’
Mallory squealed with delight so loudly that Amy had to pull the phone away from her ear.
‘Jeez!’ Amy said. ‘Warn a girl. And how did you know it would be with Matt?’ she asked Grace. ‘I hadn’t said.’
Grace laughed. So did Mallory.
‘Well, who else could it be?’ Mallory asked. ‘Matt’s the only guy you’ve ever looked at twice. And good Lord, the way he looks at you is contributing to global warming.’”