Review: He’s So Fine – Jill Shalvis

Posted 30 September, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 14 Comments

*I received a free copy of He's So Fine from Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: He’s So Fine – Jill ShalvisHe's So Fine by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #11
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 30 September 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
5 Stars

For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

At the end of He’s So Fine, I found myself with a silly, cheesy smile of my face, just feeling the happiness of another awesome Lucky Harbor story.

My He’s So Fine review:

As usual, my visit to Lucky Harbor was utterly satisfying. I loved getting to know both Olivia and Cole better, they both had pretty much a fixed idea about what they wanted about life, and being in a romantic relationship was not part of the plan. He’s So Fine was both sweet and hot, and the tentative relationship that Olivia and Cole were building was heartwarming.

I always feel like I’m going to visit with my favorite friends when I read about Lucky Harbor, and He’s So Fine was no exception. The cast of characters is so well done, and while the story revolved around Cole and Olivia, several other characters from past books were present as well. The way Olivia and Cole really met was so humorous – he fell into the water while repairing one of the charter company’s boats, and Olivia thought he was drowning and swiftly jumped into the water to save him. Leading Cole to actually have to save her. Close to hypothermia, they got up on the boat, and had to – yes – share body heat to get each other warm again.

Olivia was extremely reluctant to let anyone close to her, even after Becca became her friend, she didn’t share everything with her. With Cole, she also kept her walls up, even if he didn’t really realize that. The fact that Cole was such a straight shooter, thinking complete honesty was always the way to go made for a very big complication though. Especially when Olivia’s past came breathing down her neck while she still wanted to keep it a secret.

The writing was flawless, I felt like I really got to know both Olivia and Cole, and their hot encounters were delicious to read about. If you enjoy contemporary romance set in a small town where everybody knows each other, Lucky Harbor is the perfect series for you. The only thing that made me sad while reading He’s So Fine is that this is the penultimate book in the series.

Some of my favorite He’s So Fine quotes:

For a guy balancing his weight between the stern of his boat and the doc, thinking about sex instead of what he was doing was a real bonehead move.

She did her best to give Cole a reassuring I’m-peachy-perfect-all-is-well smile, but she had to settle for baring her teeth because she was an inch from breaking down and she had no idea why. Oh, wait, it was because a man had just put her well-being before his own.

“Fine. Be Stubborn. Change the subject. Works for me. I want to talk to you about something else anyway.”
“I’m talked out.”ย 
Unconcerned, she rose, snatched the beer right out of his hands, and took a long pull from it as she looked around his yard.

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14 responses to “Review: He’s So Fine – Jill Shalvis

  1. *sigh* It’s always so nice to return to a place where you feel comfortable and as though you’re among friends. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s So Fine does sound heartwarming, Lexxie. Shalvis didn’t make it onto ‘the list’ for October. Hmm… I will read her eventually. How could I not when her books are always so satisfying for you? Nice review, my dear.

    I hope your Tuesday is wonderful!! **BIG HUGS**

    Bookworm Brandee recently posted: **Special Feature ~ OctobeRec Fest**
    • I know you will get to Shalvis one day, Brandee… maybe after we get to that island you’ll be able to find the time ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by, my dear! *BIG HUGS*

    • Heh, it’s not too shabby when reviews want you to read a different genre from your normal, is it? You should definitely try Lucky Harbor one day, but I know it’s important to be in the right mood ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by, Carmel!

    • Oh my goodness, it’s actually Christmas soon!! I hope you’ll get a Shalvis title under the tree, and that you’ll enjoy it, Silvia.
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Have you been disappointed by the latest BDB stories, too, Braine? Especially the last one didn’t follow the main couple enough for me…
      Thanks for stopping by.

    • That’s true, Kiran, but it does make for some very nice back-and-forth between the characters, and builds tension in a good way, too ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks for stopping by!

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