Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis


I'm so happy to be a part of the Blog Tour for wonderful Jill Shalvis! 

PhotobucketThe Sweetest Thing
Book 2 of the

Author:  Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
ISBN:  9780446571623
Release date:  3/29/11
More info at:

Received book from publisher to review.

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. 

I visited Lucky Harbor again and had a great time!  We are introduced to Tara and Ford in book 1 of the series, The Sweetest Thing, and know that they have had a relationship in the past.  We know that things didn't end well and that there are some issues between them that haven't been completely resolved.  Tara avoids Ford every time she sees him while he take this opportunity to flirt with her.  It's obvious that Tara is still attracted to him and doesn't want to give into that attraction.  To make things worse, her ex husband Logan is a famous race car driver and decides to come to Lucky Harbor to win her back.  So not only does Tara get pulled into 2 different directions between 2 men, she also has to deal with her sisters Maddie and Chloe, and the entire town of Lucky Harbor that seems to get into the middle of everything.  This does not bode well for Tara and her control issues.

Tara and Ford's relationship is like an onion and as the layers are peeled away we get to see exactly what happened in the past.  Without giving away a major plot point, the reveal of it was perfect!  I had a feeling that this plot point was one of the main reasons why Tara was avoiding Ford and loved that it added more complexity to their relationship.  We know that these two care about each other deeply, but both are afraid to show it.  Tara is afraid to give into the pull that she has to Ford.  No other man has made her feel the way that she does when Ford is around.  Ford on the other hand wants Tara badly, but doesn't know how to see a relationship all the way through.  They realize exactly what the other wants and even though there are times of frustration, they cannot deny that they are right for each other.  I could feel their attraction to one another as I was reading and as the tension built between the two of them I knew that Jill Shalvis was going to give us some great love scenes for making us wait!  Ford was so irresistible that I had to add him to my Book Boyfriend list and my buddy Danielle can't stop talking about him!  He can cook me an quesadilla anytime!

I'm giving it a rating of:


I loved that there were so many people involved in this story.   The entire town was rooting Tara and Ford and hoping their relationship would work.  I know that I was as well. There is also a great build up to the next book in the series Head Over Heels which will be released in November and will feature the youngest sister of the group Chloe and her love interest Sawyer.  I can't wait to visit Lucky Harbor again because I feel that this book is going to be a hot one!

Now you have the chance to visit Lucky Harbor & win a copy of The Sweetest Thing!
Thanks to the wonderful folks at Hachette Books, I have 3 copies to giveaway!
Please follow the instructions below to enter:
  • Open to US/Canada residents only.
  • No P.O. Boxes please.
  • Please include you email in your comment if you would like to enter, that way I can contact you if you win!
Giveaway ends 4/6/11 at 12 pm EST.  Winners will be chosen using and posted on the blog the same day.  

Good luck!

PhotobucketIn the meantime we can revisit Tara and Ford on April 15th when this ebook of recipes is released! 
Since Tara is a chef, I'm sure there will be lots of yummy recipes in it.

You can pre-order the Kindle copy by clicking here.



  1. Great review Bells and thanks for hosting this giveaway. Count me in!


  2. I really have to give this series another try! Not entering the giveaway-just wanted to say that you've convinced me to give it another go.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to win a copy! wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I am not a big contemp romance fan (unless we are talking m/m) but you give this one such high praise I don't think I can risk not reading it . Thanks for the review and give away!

  5. Oh I love Jill shalvis can't wait to read it!!!
    Great Review Bells

  6. Would love to win this book!!!

    pocokat AT gmail DOT com

  7. Pick me! I can never have enough Ford! ;-)

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like to be entered please. :)


  9. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  10. Please enter me in the contest. I have heard great things about this book.

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  11. I definitely would love to win. Heard all great things about this book.Looking forward to reading The Sweetest Thing. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L

  12. I loved Simply Irresistible and can't wait to read this one!

    buriedbybooks at gmail dot com

  13. I loved the first book in the series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  14. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  15. I am so looking forward to this book! Thanks for the giveaway, please count me in!


  16. Have heard so many great things about this author and recently purchased the first book in this series based off of the reviews. Spring break is next week and I'll be reading it:)

  17. Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to win a copy of this book.

    jen at delux dot com

  18. Thanks for the giveaway.
    asiancocoa94 at aol dot com

  19. I would love to win a copy!

    Thanks for the review and contest.

    mkethridge1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Everyone is saying such great things about this book! I would love to win


  21. I just got the first book in the series and would love to read these back to back and would love love love to win this. Thanks so much for the chance