28 October, 2014

#BookReview :: He's So Fine (Lucky Harbor #11) by Jill Shalvis

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?

Olivia literally jumps into Cole’s life when she jumps into the water thinking that he needs saving. The physical attraction between them is instantaneous but both have reservations about getting into a relationship. But it is quite impossible to avoid each other in a small town, especially with the sparks that fly every time they meet. Given Cole’s trust issues and Olivia’s inability to share the truth – they seem to be the most unlikely couple ever… So will they be able to work through everything or were they meant to never be together?

Characters and characterization hold a lot of importance in a story… Good characters can elevate an average story and bad characterization can bring down the quality of an exemplary plot. In this particular book, I had trouble connecting with the characters. Though I understand Olivia’s need for keeping her real identity hidden at the beginning, her constant denial through the story really ticked me off. When you meet the right person, I feel that a person should be forthcoming with the truth of her life. As a result, Olivia’s character failed to grow and seemed stuck at a point like a broken record. On the other hand, Cole is shown in contradicting lights… he is supposed to be an easy going guy with trust issues and inflexible manners.

On the other hand the author has laid out an interesting plot in bringing two very opposite personalities together. And even though I haven’t read the first 10 Lucky Harbor novels, I felt I like I knew the place and the people. She has also done an amazing job of drawing out the chemistry between the two right from the beginning.

Overall, this turned out to be an average read with like-hate relationship with the characters and intrigue about how things would finally play out.

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