Monday, October 6, 2014

Can You Tell - My Review of ONE IN A MILLION by Jill Shalvis

Title: One in a Million (Lucky Harbor # 12)
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 10/28/2014
Source: ARC from Netgalley

As the brains behind wedding site, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. 

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If you haven't read IT'S IN HIS KISS or HE's SO FINE, there may be a few spoilers below.

From the moment I first met these sexy surfers, I've been intrigued by Tanner.  On the outside he appears to be carefree and funny, but I just knew there had to be more layers hidden in there.  Boy was I ever correct.  

Callie moves back to Lucky Harbor temporarily to check up on her grandmother, who just happens to be Lucille, the town busybody.  When she's not spying on her sexy neighbor and former high school crush, Tanner, Callie can be found at a table at the local bakery, munching on a donut and hiding out from any sign of her ex and his new wife.

One morning while quietly munching on her sugary breakfast, Tanner spies her and asks to share her table.  Callie frets and hopes that Tanner doesn't remember her from high school while he sits and thinks of ways to let her know he knows exactly who she is.  This begins a morning tradition that is sweet and quaint and absolutely perfect.

Tanner divides his time between work and trying to keep his teenage son out of trouble all while trying to share custody with his ex who seems to be ready to leave them both in the dust behind her new life.  He really doesn't have time for relationships, but he isn't opposed to making a little casual arrangement with his super smart and sexy neighbor.

Callie and Tanner's son, Troy, form a really tight bond and Tanner finds himself grateful that if his son isn't talking to him, at least he has a level-headed adult in whom he can confide.  Callie also gets Troy on her side by hiring him to keep an eye on her precocious grandmother.  Troy has his own secrets and struggles to find where he belongs and feels accepted.

I am extremely sad to say that this is the last book of the Lucky Harbor series, but really, if you have to go, make sure you go out on top.  That's exactly what Shalvis has done.  She lead us on a magical journey through this wonderful world, filled with fascinating characters who help and support each other through thick and thin.  I have enjoyed every single book and novella in the series.  I cannot recommend them enough.

5 out of 5 stars

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