Joint Review: He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #11)
September 30 2014
Mass Market Paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Received from publisher via NetGalley
Yummy Man – Cole Donovan
Kick Ass Chick – Olivia Bentley
From Goodreads –
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?
Julie: He’s so fine is the eleventh book in Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. If you follow this blog, you know that Anne and I love this series and this author.
Anne: Anything by Jill Shalvis and I’ll be reading it. Her characters always make me feel and laugh and worry. There is a warmth and real feel to them, and humour that I love. And we’ve mentioned before how the town itself is a character as well. There is the excitement of seeing old favorites. And the relationships between the gal pals and the bromances are what we wish we all had.
Julie: Love the gal pals and love the bromances!
This time around we read about Cole and Olivia. Olivia is a former child-star who is trying to live a normal life – something she’s always wanted. I found her a little hard to relate to because of her background. I can’t say I have experienced anything that she has in her life. Good for me, not so good for Olivia.
Anne: Olivia’s past and family are over the top. But I guess this is FICTION. I get Olivia, although her past is not such a realistic thing to happen to most people. But I can relate to her feelings. Her reactions to her past life are realistic. I like her and the life she is making for herself.
Julie: I agree. I think she is doing very well for herself seeing where she once was. I get that her privacy is extra important because she is trying this new life of hers in secrecy, but I didn’t love the lies and cover stories. Sort of understand where they came from but still didn’t like them. She is not a bad character – the opposite really – I just didn’t click with her like I do most of the other heroines in this series.
Anne: We know a bit of Cole from the previous book, as well as his family. He has some awesome people in his life; it’s fun to see more of them in this book. His angst is sad, based on some misconceptions and ego and a few truths. He has a code of integrity and it helps him get closer to Olivia.
I LOVE Cole. He’s HOT and loyal and a handyman and funny. O_ooo! Guys who are smart enough to figure out how things work are awesome and he’s amazing with his sisters’ children, too. Melt me.
Julie: I really enjoyed Cole too and I’m with you about a guy who is smart and good with his hands. He was well written and I adored the scenes with his family. Loved his sense of humor and found it added a lot to this book.
Anne: The humor here is great! The teasing in the family situations and the bromance just makes some really funny parts. I can just see Cole with a scowl on his face, saying shit, when he realizes some things. That made me laugh too.
Julie: Yes! That’s how well the banter and humor was written. I can totally see Cole’s face in those moments clearly.
Anne: I do wish the town wasn’t quite as involved at the end. I grew up in a very small town, so everyone does know too much about everyone else’s business. But I wish Cole and Olivia had some of their declarations in private. That felt a little too much.
Julie: That felt a bit much for me as well. I would have liked to see that done a tad differently too.
Anne: The personal struggles Olivia and Cole had to face dragged my heart around. I guess all those feelings make me more connected to their story. Is there only one more Lucky Harbor story to come? One in a Million is out Oct 14th. Say it isn’t the end!.
4.5 stars from me.
Julie: It’s hard to think that the series’ end is just around the corner. But what a ride it has been. He’s So Fine was a good addition to the series even though not my favorite. Olivia and Cole do make a good match and I can’t wait to see them in the next book.
4 stars for me.
Giggle worthy quotes –
Not moving, she stared as his chest. “You’re c-c-crazy if you think I’m g-g-going to s-s-strip–”
“That.” he said, “or I call nine-one-one. Nonnegotiable, Olivia.”
She blinked. “You kn-kn-know my name?”
“Yeah. You’re the woman who watches me and the guys surf while pretending to talk to Becca. Get moving, SuperGirl.”
“I d-d-don’t watch,” she said, her gaze still lingering on his chest.
He had to laugh. “Okay, fine. You don’t watch us.” And he was the Tooth Fairy.
“And I’m f-f-fine,” she said with a shiver that nearly threw her off the bench.
“You’re blue, is what you are. You could pass for a Smurf.”
“The boy gave another belly laugh that was utterly contagious, and Cole brought him in for a smacking kiss that had the toddler’s legs kicking in sheer joy.
Something deep within Olivia quivered.
“Why does he always stop crying for you?” Cindy demanded, and took the Lorax back.
The baby lifted his hands back out to Cole. “Mine. Mine Cole!”
Cole grinned at him. “You and me later, dude. We’ve got ‘nap’ written all over us.”
“I can feel irritation at your bossiness,” she said. “Does that count?”
He grinned. “That’s a good start.”
She didn’t bother to roll her eyes. “You seem pretty at ease with a woman’s irritation,” she noted, curious about him, which was unusual in itself. Since moving to Lucky Harbor, she’d done a lot of keeping to herself, and other than a habit of staring at Cole every chance she got, very little noticing of the opposite sex.”
“A woman’s irritation doesn’t scare me much,” he said. “I’ve got three sisters. I grew up in the house of Estrogen.” He shrugged a broad, bare shoulder. “I’m good at inspiring whole new levels of irritation.”
Books in the Lucky Harbor series –
The Sweetest Thing
Head Over Heels
Lucky in Love
Forever and a Day
It Had to be You
Always on My Mind
Once in a Lifetime
It’s in His Kiss
He’s So Fine
Once in a Million (October 2014)