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Friday, October 8, 2010

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis - Book Review and Giveaway!

Title: Simply Irresistible
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing/Hachette

My synopsis: Maddie and her two half-sisters, Tara and Chloe, have inherited an old inn from their mother in Lucky Harbor, Washington.  For Maddie, it has come at a perfect time as she has just broken up with her abusive boyfriend, which has also left her jobless and homeless.  She is looking for a fresh start and is hoping to make a home at the inn.  Unfortunately, her sisters aren't of the same mindset.  It soon becomes apparent that they want to sell the inn as quickly as possible and get back to their lives.

Maddie pulls into town while almost plowing down a man on a motorcycle.  He turns out to be Jax Cullen, master carpenter, town mayor, and resident hottie.  Of course Maddie finds this out in small doses, and as she has sworn off of men, tries her best to stay away from him.  Jax has some baggage of his own that he has been carrying around for five years, and is surprised at the power of attraction that he feels for Maddie.

In the weeks before Christmas, Maddie, Tara, and Chloe spend more time together than they have in their entire lives.  An affection develops that can only be found among sisters, and as much as Tara and Chloe continue to resist the idea of running the inn together, they grudgingly agree to give Maddie a temporary stay in selling it.

My thoughts:  I really enjoyed reading this book.  It is the first in a new series and of course, is Maddie's story.  I can't wait to find out more about the sisters and see how they are going to fit into the big picture.  I enjoyed seeing the change come about in Maddie and how she learned to stand on her own two feet.  Something I believe she probably did all along and just had not been aware of how much.  The chemistry between her and Jax is palpable and brought to mind the memory and excitement of those first days of attraction that one feels in a new romance. Seeing as how it is set before Christmas, this would be a fun holiday read.

~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for my review.~


I have 3 copies of Simply Irresistible to giveaway courtesy of Hachette books. There are a few ways to enter:

1. Sign up to be a follower of this blog - just let me know how you follow. (1 entry)

2. Follow me on twitter (@kherbrand) and tweet or use tweet button below. (1 entry)

3. Comment on any non-giveaway post and let me know. (1 entry)

All entries can be left in one comment, but must leave email address also! Giveaway open to US/Canada only - no PO boxes. Giveaway will end on Oct 29. Winners will have 48 hours to respond. Any unclaimed books will be given away on twitter at that time.

Publisher/Publication Date: Grand Central Publishing, Oct 2010
ISBN: 978-0-446-57161-6
311 pages


holdenj said...

This looks like a lovely story, especially heading into the holidays. I am a GFC follower. Thanks!

Sandy Jay said...

This one is on my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway.

I'm a GFC follower.

Twitter follower and tweeted at http://twitter.com/ForWhlz/status/26768702340

forwhlz at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I am a GFC follower

Looks like it will be good.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

DarcyO said...

Sounds like a great read. Please include me. I subscribe with Google Reader.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

DarcyO said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/darcy1956/status/26785113902

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

AmandaSue said...

I follower you through my reader and google friend connect thanks!

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scottsgal said...

I follow on GFC thru reader
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Martha Lawson said...

I love Jill's books!

follow on gfc

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Anonymous said...

Following Books and Needlepoint with NetworkedBlogs on Facebook -- I would love to read Simply Irresistible :)

Following @kherbrand on Twitter and Tweeted the giveaway


Shaiha said...

This book sounds really great! Please enter me. Oh and I follow thru GFC


Shaiha said...

I follow you thru twitter



debbie said...

I am a gfc follower, I would like to read the book.

Pam S (pams00) said...

This looks like a great read - love Jill's books I've read so far.

gfc follower - pams00
email subscriber - pams00@ aol

twitter follower - pams00

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Karen said...

I am an email subscriber and follow on GFC!

kpuleski at gmail dot com


rbooth43 said...

I would love to read Maddie's story. I am an email subscriber and Google follower.

Brooke said...

Thanks so much! I'm a GFC follower.


Dawn M. said...

I follow with GFC.
I follow on Twitter.
Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/librarygrinch/status/26916142693

Thanks! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

ossmcalc said...

I follow on Networked Blogs and GFC and subscribe via email.

Thank you,


ossmcalc said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/26917640342

Thank you,


Cindy W. said...

This looks like a wonderful read. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Cindy W. said...

I am a GFC follower.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Benita said...

I'd love to read this. I'm a GFC Follower.


Judy H said...

I'm an old GFC follower with Headlessfowl

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donnas said...

Thanks for the chance! I am a GFC follower.

Also a twitter follower and tweeted - http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/statuses/27002618580

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Jane said...

I'm a fan of Jill's books and look forward to reading "Simply Irresistible."

I'm a GFC follower.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

mbreakfield said...

Please enter me in the contest.
GFC follower.

Heather said...

Blog follower!

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Heather said...

Twitter follower!

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Heather said...

Commented on a non-giveaway post too!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

rubynreba said...

I follow on google and by emails. Please enter me.

spynaert said...

i am a google friend follower

Amy said...

GFC follower

Mary said...

Sounds like a fun read. I like Jill Shalvis!

I follow in my google reader.


Mary (Bookfan)

chey said...

This book sounds good!
I follow by gfc.
chey127 at hotmail dot com

minishoes1 said...

This book would be one I could really get into. Thanks! jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

minishoes1 said...

I forgot I follow. Also, I made a comment on the may 10 post about the book-A womans walk in grace.jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book!

I am a follower

Tweet! Tweet!

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