IT’S IN HIS KISS by Jill Shalvis

IT’S IN HIS KISS by Jill Shalvis
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Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boat builder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca’s heart?

The tenth installment in the series introduces us to three new sets of heroes:  Sam, Cole and Tanner. The three best friends are co-owners of the Lucky Harbor Charter Company. It’s in His Kiss focuses on Sam.  Financial wizard and boat builder (affectionately known as “Grandma” because of all of his useless knowledge), Sam isn’t the most friendly person. But his whole world gets turned upside down when he sets his eyes on Becca.

Becca came to Lucky Harbor to start over.  She was determined to build a life on her own, away from her parents and her overly needy brother.  She saw Lucky Harbor as a pit stop on the way to finding herself.  Becca soon discovers that Lucky Harbor is a place you get attached to with residents you come to love and consider family.

As with any Jill Shalvis book, you get the perfect mix of humor, sarcasm, and hot romance.  Together, Becca and Sam generate all of the above.  They come alive around each other, even when they think of each other as a bother.  Sam shows Becca that not all men take, but can also be there to support and believe in her.  And Becca teaches Sam how important three little words are.

The cast of secondary characters are just as interesting.  I enjoyed Cole and Tanner (and can’t wait to read their stories), but it was the relationship between Mark, Sam, Amelia and Cole that I really enjoyed.

Father and son Mark and Sam have a difficult relationship because Mark’s action often times resulted in Sam going into Foster care.  But now Mark is trying to be a better man.  Sure, mortality is part of the reason for his turn around, but I liked how Mark is able to admit to being wrong, and his desire to have some kind of relationship with his son.

Amelia was the foster mother who took Sam in.  Between herself and her son Cole, they showed Sam what is was like to be a family.  They loved him unconditionally and were never afraid to tell him when he was wrong…just like family should.  They were both quick to defend Sam or circle him to protect him (I just loved it when she went all Mama Bear on Becca).  If Sam’s father never properly showed him love, he most definitely got it from Amelia and Cole.

It’s never hard to fall in love with the characters in a Jill Shalvis book, but the characters in this series especially seem to grab hold and never let go.  Lucky Harbor is a town I love to visit and Jill Shalvis keeps creating characters that just beg you to come back to this sleepy little Washington town again and again.

Shannon Patel can often be found at the hockey rink, with her Kindle in hand, engrossed in a book or cheering for her son. Check out her reviews at Cocktails and Books, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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