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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday Review: At Last by Jill Shalvis

Throwback Thursday Reviews is dedicated to those books that have been around for awhile but you’ve only recently discovered (Or made time for). They’re the “New but Old” reads that are just too good NOT to talk about because there’s no such thing as “Too Many Books!”

This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is: At Last by Jill Shalvis

Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.

A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can't deny their attraction-or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it's up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.

What’s it About? Amy Michaels likes her life in Lucky Harbor just the way it is. She doesn’t want or need anyone disturbing her plans but when she goes on a weekend hike through the mountains, takes a wrong turn and gets lost, she has no choice but to let forest ranger Matt Bowers rescue her. But that’s all because she doesn’t want anything to do with the local heartthrob. As a former cop, Matt has seen almost everything and doesn’t want any one getting too close but there’s something more than just physical chemistry happening between him and Amy.

Yay or Nay? Yay.

Why? Matt and Amy were delicious together! These two spent so much time circling each other like two prize fighters and that lead to a lot of heated exchanges, smoldering looks, and quite a bit of frustration from both of them. I enjoyed Amy’s stubbornness and strong personality, it wasn’t off putting in the least and I found her observations to be entertaining and heartfelt. As confident as she seemed, I loved that Amy had a vulnerable side, and in some ways she was still trying to find herself through her hikes. I understood Amy’s conflict with trying to find answers about her grandmother and how that connected to her own journey. And Matt? He had that natural instinct to rescue people all while keeping them at arm’s length. I loved his humor and whenever he let his sweet and romantic side show I felt just a teeny bit jealous of Amy.

Jill Shalvis always puts the perfect amount of humor in her books and At Last is no exception. Whether it was Matt, Amy, or a supporting character, there were laughs to be had. Matt’s friends were an endless source of teasing and humor that I couldn’t get enough of.

     He’d done his share of grinning like an idiot. And it’d been good. Hell, if it’d been any better, they’d have gone up in flames. But—
      “Yes!” Josh yelled in triumph, because while Matt had been thinking too much, Josh had used his gorilla arms to reach the ledge. With a whoop, Josh collapsed on the plateau like a limp noodle, lying there gasping. “I finally beat you.”
     Matt rolled over the ledge. “Fluke. Just a one-time fluke.”
     Josh came up on an elbow, sweaty and dirty and grinning. “Everything on the menu. I want everything on the menu.”
      “Fuck.” Matt stared up at the sky, also gasping for breath. “Fine. But I’m not putting out afterward.”

In a town like Lucky Harbor, there aren’t many secrets and that’s thanks to Lucille. She’s the Lucky Harbor’s version of the town crier, except funnier, and way sassier. As much as the town gossips about, well, everyone, they’re actually pretty tight knit, something that I didn’t notice until now.

There’s a really touching scene with Amy and practically everyone in town that almost made me cry too.

Click it or Skip it: Click it. Matt and Amy are one of my favorite couples in the series and to me At Last shows just how special Lucky Harbor is.

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