Blog Tour~ The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis~ review & Giveaway

03 April 2011


Two Men Are One Too Many . . . 

Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can't control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she's lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor. 

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author JILL SHALVIS lives in a small town in the Sierras also run by quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books are, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website at for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountain adventures.

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever (March 29, 2011)
Series: Lucky Harbor #2
ISBN-13: 978-0446571623

My Review:

While this is the second book in The Lucky Harbor series it can easily be read as a stand alone. With that being said, I LOVED this book!! From the first chapter I was hooked. I couldn't get enough of tough-as-nails Tara and too-charming-for-his-own-good Ford.
To give you a little background, Tara and Ford had a thing during the HOT month of July when they were 17, choices were made and hearts were broken ( I assume); an unplanned pregnancy freaked Tara out and she gave the baby up and bolted out of Lucky Harbor and Ford's life.
 Now Tara is back and Ford wants her again ( maybe just her body.. can't give away too much), but Tara's ex comes around wanting to win her back....
Who will she choose??? Extremely sexy and the cause of her young heartbreak; Ford? Or the ex??
Pick up your copy to find out!!


Contest is open to anyone over 13 years old with a US or Canadian mailing address (no PO Boxes)
Contest ends on 4.14.11 Winner will be chosen by on 4.15.11
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is sponsored by Forever Romance and THREE copies will be available.
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Book Review: I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin

I Know It's OverTitle: I Know It's Over
Author: C.K. Kelly Martin
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Date: 9/23/08
Pages:  244
ISBN: 9780375845666
Source: bought
Purchase: I Know It's Over

PURE. UNPLANNED. PERFECT. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then, weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant. Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over. (Goodreads)

My Rating:

My Review:

I love young adult books, even though I am way older than most of the characters I read about; I still feel as though I can relate to most of the characters in books.
I have never read anything by C.K. Kelly Martin and I Know It's Over was an amazing book to start off with.
I loved that it was told entirely from 16 year old Nicholas' point of view. Not to often do you find a book about teen pregnancy told from the "fathers" point of view.
I couldn't relate to Nick personally, but I knew how it felt to be a teen and pregnant so I could relate to that aspect of his life.
I don't like the way things were handled between Nick and Sasha. Her parents were a little stricter than I remember any of my friends' parents being, their rules for Sasha dating Nick made sense to an extent, but I feel that when there are a ton of rules placed on teens that the parents are just asking for trouble.
The ups and downs that Nick goes through while waiting for word as to what Sasha is going to do about the " thing" inside her, are really heart breaking. I love that he acted like I believe a normal teen boy would in a situation like that. He didn't shun her or make it all her fault like some teen boys are known to do.
Even though I was not please with what happened in the book, I did enjoy reading it. Nick is a very lovable character.