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Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #4)

Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she’s expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she’d like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he’s only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he’s gone…

For the first time in his life, Ty can’t bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn’t — including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all…anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.

Mallory is tired of being the “good girl” and with her friends Amy and Grace’s help, decides to go after Mr. Wrong just so she can break the monotony of her static life.  So when fate (and a storm) throws Mysterious Cute Guy into her path, she decides to stop doing what everyone expects and do what she wants.  But the Mallory that does what she wants is almost a carbon copy of the Mallory who is the good girl, except she begins sleeping with Mysterious Cute Guy.

Ty, aka Mysterious Cute Guy, is not looking for attachments of any kind.  That’s where the Mysterious part comes in.  He’s been in Lucky Harbor for months, and rarely ventures from his rented house, except for pie at the Eat Me diner and to see his doctor.  You see, years ago, he was in a helicopter crash that killed his four best friends and left him with a limp.  After another accident put him on the disabled list at work, he’s been holed up during his recovery, anxiously awaiting his return to work. 

In a town like Lucky Harbor, it’s hard to be isolated because people are nosy!  And meddling.  But there’s something about Mallory that pulls at Ty and when she needs help, he comes to the rescue without even thinking about it.   Again and again.  Someone needs to explain to him about isolation. 

I identified with Mallory.  Her siblings pretty much do what makes them feel good, despite what may be healthy or legal.  So Mallory is left to play the part of the dependable person, and she’s kinda sick of it.  It’s ingrained in her to be nice, thoughtful, caring, and she doesn’t exactly want to give that up, but being the good girl all the time is tiring.  I completely understand. 

Ty is in recovery for more than one issue.  He’s got a lot going on and is not in a position to be able to offer a lot to another person, but he gives her what he can, all the while warning her not to be having long-term kind of thoughts about him.  But of course, she just can’t help herself.

Mallory and Ty were a great couple.  There was a lot of heat and sweetness to them.  I really liked them together.  I also really liked how the town was fleshed out more in this book than in the previous three.  We meet a lot more residents and the town becomes a real place in the book.  The girls in the previous books were kind of isolated at the Inn, so it was a nice to come into town, so to speak.

My favorite part of the book, though, were the glimpses into the next Lucky Harbor book, At Last, about Mallory’s friend, Amy, and Ty’s friend Matt.  I can sense some history there and I can’t wait to get to it.  Amy is stubborn and Matt is obviously harboring some feelings for her.  It’s always fun to watch as someone loses control. 

But yes, Lucky in Love is a definite recommendation.  It’s funny, and sweet, and hot.  My kind of book.

Pecans: 4/5

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