Monday, August 13, 2012

Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor #6) by Jill Shalvis

Grace never thought she’d be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh’s loveable mutt to caring for his rambunctious kids. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad…

With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family–until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “good bedside manner.” Josh and Grace don’t know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day…

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3/5
Rating: 5/5

Oh man, what a fantastic book. I loved every single glorious second of Forever and a Day and am completely and utterly smitten with this group of characters. From Josh, the overworked single dad nearly at his breaking point to the slightly demonic bug-eyed pug puppy, sweet, scattered Grace and everyone in between. I was glued to the pages from the very beginning and flew through this story. Shalvis has a hilarious sense of humor and such a talent for creating an amazing tale that feels real and honest. One that'll have you laughing, crying and without a doubt head over heels in love by the end of the journey.

Everything kicks off with a mis-dialed number that lands Grace the disastrously entertaining gig of being Josh's dogwalker and eventually so much more. I adored Grace and Josh as individuals and as a couple. They've got one of those slow burning sneak-up-on-you romances going on that's wonderfully done. The sexual chemistry and tension that builds up between them is absolutely delicious. 
"Oh my God." 
“He didn't see anything." 
She rolled to her feet. "I was in your bed! We could have scarred him for life!" 
"Grace, we weren't doing anything. Well, I wasn't. You were snoring." 
"I don't--" She smoothed her dress down and searched out her sandals, shoving her feet into them. She glanced at herself in the mirror over his dresser and groaned. Hair, wild. Lips, swollen. Face, flushed. 
Nipples, hard. 
"Dammit!" She clapped her hands over them. "It's like they're broken!”
I'm a sucker for a hero that's a single dad. And Josh? He's mouthwatering. He's raising his son and his younger paralyzed sister and is completly stretched thin at home and at work. But this guy. He has a heart of gold and is an honest-to-God hero. He's a total alpha but has a very vulnerable side that really touched my heart. I seriously wanted to wrap myself around him the entire book and not let go.

Grace is just as wonderful a heroine. She's in Lucky Harbor trying to find herself and is struggling with fears of not living up to family expectations. She puts everything she is into what she's doing (dog walking, flower delivery, a little nude modeling-that was hysterical) and is just a sweet and caring woman. I love how she slowly became an important part of not only this little family but the whole town without even realizing what was happening. 

This book really was about an entire family and not just Grace and Josh finding their own HEA. And gotta say I really loved that. It's about Josh's son finding a mother's love and his sister dealing with the anger and pain of being paralyzed and finding her place in life. She's not an easy character to love but I hope we'll see more of her in the future. Shalvis painted such a vivid picture of all their lives you feel like you're right there with them experiencing their struggles, their joys and the everyday little moments that come with being a family. 

Forever and a Day is one book I know I'll revisit again and again. It was touching and sweet with the perfect amount of humor and characters you'll wish you knew in real life. The town was it's usual zany self and, as always, I adored them in all their Facebook addicted, storming the jail, gossipy goodness. Shalvis has done a remarkable job creating not just couples we can fall in love with but an entire community. If you haven't checked out the Lucky Harbor series you really need to grab them up soon. It's hands down one of the best things I've read all year.

And yeah I totally squealed when I saw there were going to be MORE Lucky Harbor books :) I'm dying to know who's next!
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  1. I love the Lucky Harbor series and didn't know the latest one was out already! I'll definitely be reading this book soon :)

    1. I think just about two weeks ago. I think it was my favorite of the series so far :) Happy Reading Sara!

  2. Sounds like such a fun series! I could use some light, fun reading and these seem like just the thing. I enjoyed your review- I could actually feel your excitment. :)


    1. Ahhh it so is! Shalvis is always good for a pick me up. Her books are a great combo of fun/sweet and sexy. Can't go wrong :)

      Thanks for dropping by Jess!


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