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4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Harbor book 5, 16 July 2012
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Sarah (Feeling Fictional) (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: At Last: Number 5 in series (Lucky Harbor) (Mass Market Paperback)
It's no secret that I've become a massive fan of Jill Shalvis since I started reading the Lucky Harbor series so of course I couldn't wait to start reading the fifth instalment At Last. I have been looking forward to finding out more about Ranger Hot Buns Matt for ages now and he didn't disappoint!

Amy has been making regular appearances throughout the series but it was only in the last book that we started to get to know her a little better. Although she has become good friends with Mallory and Grace she still holds herself back, she is reluctant to discuss her past and always tries to put on a front that everything is fine and she doesn't need any help. As we find out more about her troubled past and how she has been on her own since running away from home at 16 you start to understand why she feels the need to have her tough girl persona always in place. Amy is a survivor and has been through difficult times but underneath the surface she is also surprisingly sweet and vulnerable. She cares deeply about her new friends and is working hard to build a life for herself in Lucky Harbor. Amy arrived in the town following in the footsteps of her grandmother who had written in her journal about finding hope, peace and her heart when she visited the mountains there as a teenager. Amy is desperately in need of hope and peace, she thinks she can do without her heart but longs to find the first two so decides to try and find the trail her grandmother took through the mountains.

A city girl though and through it shouldn't come as a surprise that Amy finds herself lost on a trail as dark approaches. Who should come to the rescue but Matt - the sexy ranger she has been trying to avoid the attentions of ever since she arrived in Lucky Harbor. Matt has been drawn to Amy from the moment he saw her and comes into the cafe where she works almost daily just to get a glimpse of her. After leaving the Navy Matt was a SWAT Officer for the Chicago Police Department but his job cost him everything and he moved to Lucky Harbor to start again. He works long hours as a Forest Ranger and spends his spare time with his friends but after the break up of his marriage he isn't looking to find love again. The chemistry between him and Amy is impossible to resist though and although they both go into things agreeing to keep it just a fling that isn't going to be an easy promise to stick to.

I love the way their relationship develops and how they are both slowly forced to face their issues and come out stronger on the other side. The addition of homeless teen Riley added a nice extra element to the story that helped to show Amy's caring side and give an outside view of what her past must have been like. I hope we get to see more of Riley in the future as I'd really like to see her settle in and find a home for herself. Matt and Amy just make the perfect couple, they bring out the best in each other and fit together really well. They are smokin' hot but also sweet, tender and protective and every time they are together sparks fly. It looks like Amy might just find her heart in Lucky Harbor after all but will she find hope and peace too?

One of the things I love most about this series is the friendships that the author forms between characters that continue to build and grow throughout each book. In Lucky in Love Amy and Grace were giving Mallory bad girl lessons but now that they've decided it is Amy's turn to sort her life out I loved the fact that they turned it around on her and started giving her good girl lessons. I can't wait to see what they decide Grace needs in the next book. We didn't see quite as much of the male bonding between Ty, Matt and Josh in the last book but that was more than made up for this time around and we get to see much more of them bantering and generally messing around together. I still feel like Grace and Josh are pretty unknown entities though so I'm looking forward to getting to know them both better in their book Forever and a Day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this series, 10 July 2012
This review is from: At Last: Number 5 in series (Lucky Harbor) (Mass Market Paperback)
Amy Michaels is the kind of heroine I like, she's tough on the outside partly as a result of her difficult upbringing and can therefore come across as quite a closed off person. However, underneath it all Amy is creative, kind and loyal. Amy is retracing the journey her late grandmother took through the very picturesque Lucky Harbor and hopes to find a similar sort of peace in the mountains that her grandmother wrote so beautifully about in her journal.

Whilst out following a trail Amy ends up lost and has to rely on the help of the very gorgeous and outdoorsy ranger "hot buns" Matt. Ranger Matt is smitten with Amy and has been eating at the dinner regularly just to catch a glimpse of her. Amy meanwhile, has been fighting her attraction to Matt as she's very much sworn off men. Matt however patientently perseveres, and their slow burning heat literally simmers on each page.

I really enjoyed Amy's story, both her search for the peace her grandmother found in Lucky Harbour and the unfolding story of her tough upbringing which has affected her adult relationships. At Last is very much a tale of Amy's self discovery. I thought the introduction of the young homeless runaway teen Riley was a really clever tug on the heartstrings storyline. Amy having been in that position herself really empathises with Riley and knows what to do to help her, it also allowed Matt to have more of an understanding of how Amy actually ticks.

At Last is a delicious read that fellow hopeless romantics are bound to enjoy, Jill Shalvis can seriously do no wrong in my eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the series., 11 Mar. 2014
I feel like I am just banging the same drum with all my reviews about this series! But once again, another great addition to the series!

Amy, who had taken a few detours through down-on-her-luck and then past Bad-Decisionville was on the right path now! That path did not include men! She loves her new life, she loves her new friends! But, she is closed off and tight lipped about her past!

But, Matt Bowers AKA Ranger Hot Buns, was lethal to her peace of mind.

Matt gives off the "laid back, easy going" vibe to most of those around him, but he moved to Lucky Harbour after his time in SWAT went bad, leading to his divorce. He is attracted to Amy, but does not do relationships!

They do not want to get involved in a relationship, yet cannot deny the attraction to each other. Against both their wills, they find themselves in a "relationship" and they both have times where they run scared and hurt the other due to their past demons raising their ugly heads!

Unlike previous books, that focused pretty much mainly on the "relationships" this book had more of a side story, with the young runaway Riley! As with Sawyers book though, which had a side story about drugs too, it fits, given the nature of Matt's job, and Amy's history. It worked well, in a way it would not have worked in any other books in the series! Jill Shalvis knows exactly when to keep a book simply about the "relationship" and when she can add a little bit extra drama to it.

Again, a great cast of secondary characters from Lucky Harbour!

I cannot put into words well enough how happy I am to have discovered this series and Jill Shalvis as an author!

(and I did not notice any of the detail and continuation errors in this book that I had the previous two books! Even in the previous books they were only tiny issues anyway)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great contemporary romance, 14 Sept. 2013
Another great addition to the series. I wasn't that enamoured with Amy's obsession with her Grandma's diaries and I am still not a fan of the town's obsession with Facebook but otherwise I enjoyed this book a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 2 Sept. 2014
This review is from: At Last: Number 5 in series (Lucky Harbor) (Mass Market Paperback)
Read from library. Great book right from the start. Flowed well. Started last night and so good it kept me reading til I finished at 1.30am. Good storyline with lots happening. Recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 May 2013
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What a great new find.... I loved Jill Shalvis' books, this is the third I have read in the series... all excellent
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