Monday, July 30, 2012

Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis *ARC Review*


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 lovable mutt to caring for his rambunctious son. 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 . . .

There is something about Grace and Josh. After reading Lucky in Love and At Last I knew where Shalvis was going with her trilogy within a series (3 women, 3 hunky bachelorettes - you do the math) but I don't think I could have known just how much I was going to love this last installment. The previous books are good but this one really takes the cake, and not only in the sparks department; the balance of supporting characters, town cooky-ness, and past tragedy is done incredibly well.

There's a lot of back story by the time we come around to Forever and a Day. Josh is trying to raise his son and essentially his sister too, after a car accident killed both their parents. That's a really heavy load to have on you and Josh handles it as best he can (though no one's perfect and he has a tendency to be a bit heavy handed). Grace is just trying to figure out her next step in life and gets sucked into all this; they both enter this 'relationship' with serious misgivings. Neither feel ready to commit to anything long term, and they don't have much of a clue where the future is going to take them. All of this uncertainty combines into a book that I was totally engrossed in. I found myself smiling on almost every page (especially during a hilarious mom-daughter-Josh phone conversation) and feeling really committed to these two finding their HEA. 

There are less interactions with the town gossips, which I thought allowed the couple to shine more, and I enjoyed touching base with Amy and Mallory plus their now fiances. All in all I have no complaints and this book is my favorite of the three - though all of them are completely worth (and deserving of ) a read!

Overall Feeling - A+

Series - 1) Simply Irresistible 2) The Sweetest Thing 3) Head Over Heels 4) Lucky in Love 5) At Last 6) Forever and a Day (7/31/12)

**Title requested from NetGalley**