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He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

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First of all, if you’ve never read anything by Shalvis before, then buckle up because you are in for a treat. She has a special skill for bringing characters alive and making the whole story feel like a group of friends you’re eavesdropping on. This book finds itself set in her Lucky Harbor series, a small town in the Pacific Northwest, inhabited by a charming and wacky group of residents.

Oh, and she writes sex wellllllll. I mean, very well. So that’s a bonus.

He’s So Fine concerns Olivia and Cole, two people with secrets and pains in their pasts which threaten to keep them apart. They have a particularly eventful meet cute before settling into a magnetic series of events before they arrive at their happily ever after. Olivia, a former child star, is desperate to leave her Hollywood past exactly there, in the past. Cole, who operates a water sports charter company with his two best mates, has a broken heart that he thinks to be mended but that is clearly not. As they navigate their physical attraction and sexual compatibility, the emotions and vulnerability prove more a challenge for each of our heroes.

I loved this book, but I am a sucker for both Shalvis’ writings and her creation of Lucky Harbor. I understand that it’s fictional and that these people don’t really exist, but it certainly feels like they do. Like I said before, as far as I’m concerned, this is a group of friends I’m reading biographies on, not a fictional creation. I’ve been reading this series back-to-back since first picking it up a few weeks ago and each of them have been read in one or two sittings. He’s So Fine is no exception.

I would recommend this book to fans of small town stories and stories with large rambling families. Cole’s is one of those creations that only seem to exist in romance novels; a tribe of meddling but well-intentioned women who both rely on him and coddle him. Thankfully, Olivia is charmed and welcomed by their tribe, just as she has been by the remainder of Lucky Harbor. The banter between Cole and his sisters in one scene at a party is particularly delightful, as is the description of his interaction with his infant nephew. No real child characters, the brief cameo by the infant adds to Cole’s attractiveness level significantly.

Speaking of Cole’s attractiveness level – wellllllllll. Shalvis describes a body well toned by constant physical labor and his love of water sports. The sexual acts he’s able to achieve (including bringing Olivia to orgasm in a pantry with two strokes of a nipple and a quick fingering) sound, well, fantastic and certainly contribute to the steam of the sex scenes.

Other features of the book include characters from previous books – including the town matriarch Lucille, who has been banned from various social media websites for posting too many shirtless pictures of the male residents of Lucky Harbor, and the couple from the previous book in the series, It’s In His Kiss, and for the next one, One in a Million.

Overall, He’s So Fine is a delightful read of vivid characters and a very satisfying happily ever after. Highly recommended to enjoy with a comforting cup of coffee. Shalvis is high octane delight, but one enjoyed with warmth.

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I received this book from my library’s e-book lending program. Don’t belong to your library? Join! If your library doesn’t have an e-book service and you’re in the U.S., check the biggest city in your state – for example, Philadelphia Free Library offers library cards to all state residents.

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