Review: Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #6)
July 31 2012
Mass Market Paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Received from NetGalley
Yummy Man – Josh Scott
Kick Ass Chick – Grace Brooks
From Goodreads –
Grace never thought she’d be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh’s lovable mutt to caring for his rambunctious son. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad . . .
With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family-until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “good bedside manner.” Josh and Grace don’t know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day . . .
Oh. My. Goodness. I absolutely ADORED. This. Book. So much so that I did something I haven’t done in a long long time: I read it twice. In a row.
Forever and a Day is the sixth book in Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor. Readers of my blog know that I am fan of this series. I’ve read all the books and I can easily say that this latest one was my favorite of the bunch. And that is saying something considering how much I loved each and every installment.
This time around we follow Grace and Dr. Josh Scott. Grace well, I think Josh sums it up perfectly when he says:
“She was just a sweet, smart, hard-working woman doing her best to find herself. No complaining, no feeling sorry for herself, doing what she had to do to get by.”
That is perfectly Grace. She is amazing. Essentially, she’s lost. She lost her big important job and just sort of ended up in Lucky Harbor and now she’s doing odd jobs here and there just to get by until an opportunity comes up in her field. She always assumed that Lucky Harbor was a temporary stop for her. In this book, we follow her as she tries to decide what is important in her life and what she really wants and needs. I found Jill wrote Grace’s ‘struggle’ very well. Not once did I want to punch Grace in the face while she heed and hawed over what to do. In case I didn’t make it clear enough, Grace was amazing.
Can you believe, with how amazing I found Grace, I think I liked Josh even more?! I didn’t get much of a sexy vibe from him in the last couple of books but holy jumpin’ did it ever come out full force in this book! He is Yum-my! He is a doctor and a single father and his sister who is in a wheelchair lives with him. He is stretched so thin it’s amazing he hasn’t cracked. But he’s close, and that’s the fun. He is so kind and smart and sexy and…just your perfect contemporary romance hero.
Even better than Grace and Josh was Grace and Josh together. Jill wrote a perfect match with these two.
Anna, Josh’s sister, is the type of character that you want to both strangle and hug at the same time. Just when she gets to be a bit much, she tones it back or she and Grace have a moment. I think she helps readers see just how patient Josh is. And Josh’s son Toby, he never stole the show or ever became too much – he was just right, showing us Grace and Josh’s compassionate side. I found him to be extra cute. Even Tank the dog played a great role in this story, again helping us discover different sides to Grace and Josh’s character.
The books in this series have a slight comical edge to them. They make you smile and often make you giggle. In this book, I found that Jill outdid herself with the timing of some of her giggle-worthy moments. Josh’s son is five and ever since his aunt brought home a puppy, he’s been barking too. Jill sometimes throws in some “arf” as dialogue and I swear she does it brilliantly.
This is a perfect contemporary romance book in my opinion. The hero was brilliant and sexy and flawed and amazing. The heroine was smart and witty and lost and perfectly written. Toby was just a bright light in the middle of it all and even Anna served her purpose. Lucille really outdid herself in this book (the town’s senior busy body) and Mallory, Ty, Amy and Matt were all there just enough to make us happy but not so much as to take attention away from Josh and Grace. This pairing was absolutely perfect as was this book. Even if you have not picked up the other books in the series, run to the store to pick this one up. It will do what a contemporary romance book is supposed to do: make you smile. But it will also make you *sigh* a happy sigh and grin from ear to ear.
5 plus stars
Giggle worthy quote –
“She lifted a shoulder. ‘Little boys aren’t all that different from big boys.’
Amy grinned. ‘Now there’s a lesson that should be taught to every female in kindergarten to save years of frustrations and heartache.’”
Books in the Lucky Harbor series –
The Sweetest Thing
Head over Heels
Lucky in Love
Forever and a Day
and three more to come…