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Review of The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Thing is a contemporary romance novel by Jill Shalvis. This is the 2nd book in the Lucky Harbor series.

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.

The first three books in the Lucky Harbor series deal with the three sisters who came together in the first book. This particular title is about Tara, the southern belle.


Tara isn’t my favorite sister. Of the three, I think I like Chloe best. I like her pink hair and free spirit.

Overall it was a good story. I would have said I absolutely loved it but I was a little bothered when they got to the part about the two teenagers having sex. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to read a romance novel that goes into the sex lives of two underage children.

I think they would have probably done best to leave that particular part of the story out all together. It was inappropriate to say the least and really pulled me out of the story all together.

People often ask what the difference between porn and romance novels are. Well this book is a great example. In porn if you show two underage kids having sex you go to jail. In romance novels, people typically turn a blind eye to it, even if it is inappropriate.

I read a review by someone else who mentioned it. I can’t find now where I read it but basically it said something like, young love is great and all but you shouldn’t ever cross the line and go into detail about their sex lives. I couldn’t agree more and it’s the reason I’ve giving this particular story a lower score than I would have normally given.

The only other negative thing I might mention was the heavy use of southern stereotypes in the book. The author didn’t really seem to do a lot of research into anyone from Texas. I think she just watched a few to many re-runs of Designing Women and just went with it. If you are from the south, particularly from Texas you might find some of these a little offensive or at the very least annoying. If anything we learned from reading this book that Jill Shalvis isn’t from the south, probably have never been to the south and doesn’t probably have any friends from the south.

So what did I like about the story? I think Ford and Tara had great chemistry. The return to the long lost love was very well done by Jill Shalvis in the book.

The writing was also top notch, as with all books written by Jill Shalvis.

Should you give it a try? Well, if you liked the first book in the series, mind as well give this one a try as well. In fact, I really do recommend the entire Lucky Harbor series.  The Sweetest Thing is worth a read, if for no other reason than you’ll get to find out what happens with everyone else in the town, which will be important for later books in the series.


Stacei Fox

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