Monday, July 30, 2012
Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
From the blurb:
LOVE CAN HAPPEN IN A HEARTBEAT.
Grace never thought she’d be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh’s loveable mutt to caring for his rambunctious kids. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad…
With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family–until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “good bedside manner.” Josh and Grace don’t know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day…
This was my first foray into the fun that is Jill Shalvis. It probably won't be my last.
And while this is #6 in a series, it completely stands on its own, so I never felt as if I was missing any crucial information.
Forever and a Day is a cute, fun, steamy romance story, infused with humorous dialogue, a bit of angst and drama and nicely fleshed out characters.
Grace, adopted child of two rocket scientist (or something to that extent), has tried her whole life to meet her parents' rigid expectations in regards to what she should become, instead of searching for and finding what makes her happy. After moving from NYC to Seattle for a banking job, and quitting said job shortly after arriving, she is currently living in the small coastal (fictional) town of Lucky Harbor in Washington State. While the may have landed there on accident, she liked it enough to stay for a while, though she's still pursuing the career her parents want for her, just so she can gain their approval.
I really like the relatability of the heroine, and her kind, caring, compassionate way of dealing with a crazy dog, a barking 5 yo child and a young, paraplegic woman full of self-loathing and anger.
Grace is the kind of person you'd want for a best friend.
Josh, a young doctor, not only works in the ER and his late father's medical practice, but also takes care of his young son and his 21 year old sister, who is in a wheelchair since a car accident that took their parents. He's doing the best he can, but when he misdials the phone to hire a dogsitter, he's introduced to Grace, and boy - does she turn his life upside down.
Josh is the kind of guy I was looking for in my twenties, and never found. I'm a wee bit jealous.
Their physical attraction is immediate, though both deny it and fight it. And that's where this story lost points for me.
What I didn't like, and what seemed like a romance story trope was that the two of them insist their kissing (which escalates quickly) is for fun only, and that neither wants a relationship. Sex is being had, without either admitting falling for the other. Until some huge misunderstanding nearly tears them apart, and one of them (or both) make the move to set things right. Cue wedding bells.
I've read the above too many times, so it felt a bit formulaic and cliched. I would have much preferred to see them realize how compatible they are before acting on the physical desires they feel.
The book kept me invested though, so I applaud the author for that. I giggle-snorted quite a few times at the banter between Josh and Grace. Their conversations were cute and humorous, and when the townsfolk were involved, the scenes turned quite comical. I laughed out loud in my doctor's office and got a few curious stares.
I was impressed with the side story of Josh's younger sister, and I completely fell in love with Toby, Josh's young son. The other supporting characters were also nicely done, lending either comic relief or providing guidance and advice in the form of Grace's girlfriends. Even Devon, the 'villain' in this boo, is a dramatic addition that gives a bit more meat to the story.
And a chocolate cupcake recipe at the end? Gee thanks, now I'm hungry.
After this, there's a good chance I will be checking out the other books in this series. They are perfect for a nice day at the beach.
I received an ARC from the publisher, Hatchette Group, via Netgalley. This did not affect my opinion of this book.
Until next time,
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