IT’S IN HIS KISS: Enabling Change

It’s In His Kiss

It's In His Kiss CoverLucky Harbor Series #10
Jill Shalvis
Grand Central/Hachette August 26, 2014
Mass Market Paperback & E-Book 368 Pages,
Audio 9:50 Narrator: Suehyla El Attar

E-Galley provided by publisher via Net Galley for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.

ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca’s heart? http://jillshalvis.com/books/its-in-his-kiss/

 

square "my take"A Jill Shalvis novel is always something to sink into and enjoy. They are really hard to put down, and even though the happy ending is a sure thing, there are bound to be nervous moments, hot, raging hormones and life lessons. In Jill’s novels, especially this one, the future is hopeful and often bright, Love clears the way, and people can change.

That may be the bigger life lesson in IT’S IN HIS KISS. All the major players in this Lucky Harbor novel grapple with change and come to grips with truths about themselves, who they hurt, who they love and what they are hiding from. Some of the major influencers in the book are not very present in it, but their actions still have a lot of impact on Becca and Sam.

QUESTION MARKThe thing about people changing – long term stuff or short term stuff is that not only does the person with the issue need to make the effort and commitment, but significant others have to enable the change by allowing it and believing it can happen. Only by Herculean effort can someone change if no one allows it. This is definitely the case between Sam and his father, Mark.  I’m sure it is clear to everyone else, but I realized through this book that not only do our loved ones enable addiction but they have to enable change as well.  I think, that’s usually the case anyway. What do you think?

The attraction between Sam and Becca is instant, believable and hotter than the desert at noon in summer. And the hook ups are so hot, despite a blue condom, the alternate title could have been “He’s a Magic Man.” After one love scene I made my only note for the book; it reads simply,, “wow.”

If you like steamy contemporary romance this book is a delightful must read. I always want to find another of Jill’s books to read right away. She’s a must read author on my list!

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