BOOK REVIEW⎜The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis

MY RATING

This novella packs the feels and humor the way a full length novel does, providing an all swooning effect I like to call “Jill Shalvis Magic”.
Lovers of second chance at love this is your next romance fix!

Book Infos

This summer, romance blooms again in Wildstone!

After a difficult few years, Tilly Adams is ready for life to start going right. Though she has a case of first day nerves teaching art at the local community college, she knows it isn’t anything a few snuggles from her rescue puppy won’t cure. Until she sees Dylan Scott again, her one time bff and first love sitting in the front row.

Dylan knows he should’ve left well enough alone, but when he sees Tilly living her dream, he can’t help but make contact. Ten years ago, he left Wildstone and everything in it behind, including Tilly. He had his reasons, but now he wants her back in his life, anyway he can get her.

When Tilly agrees to design the logo for Dylan’s new helicopter touring company, it’s business only…until she finds herself falling into his arms once again. Can she possibly open her heart back up to the only man who’s ever broken it? But soon they’re both realizing the truth — love always deserves a second chance.

Author : Jill Shalvis
Title : The Good Luck sister
Series : Wildstones #2

Number of pages : 147
Publisher : Avon Impulse (William Morrow)
Release Date :  May 1st, 2018
Genre : Contemporary.

My Review

It demands skills to wrap the feels, the humor and swooning romance in so few pages!

Lovers of second chance romance, you have your next treat to sink your teeth into.

Tilly and Dylan were secondary characters in “Lost and Found Sisters” and although “The Good Luck Sister” is a direct sequel to their story, it can be read as a standalone. Told in Tilly’s POV and interspersed with flashbacks from eight years ago, it gives readers both the opportunity to catch up and an insider’s outlook about Tilly and Dylan’s story as teenagers.

At the time both were experiencing heavy family issues, Tilly was this angsty and surly teenager, Dylan was her best friend and first love until he suddenly left without giving anyone a warning, least of all a devastated Tilly. There had been an awful lot of unrequited love then between them too.

Eight years later, it’s time for Tilly and Dylan to collide again, and learn about each other anew. Although they both did a lot of growing and maturing during their time apart, Tilly is still hurting from Dylan’s leaving her and is not sure how to feel about his now relentless pursuing.

Dylan knows he had something real with her before he ruined it , he’s coming back his heart and mind clear of the past troubles, well intent on making amends to Tilly. He wants back in her heart and prove her he is here to stay.

There is little to no angst from this tiptoeing situation, just enough to give our romance reader’s heart a pinch. Despite Tilly’s reservations regarding Dylan reappearance she’s quick to listen to her heart and to let emotions and passion fly.

Jill Shalvis graces us with yet another adorable and fickle little beast of a dog, creating some sweet and adorable duels of mights between man and canine over who’s getting the girl. We’re also getting snippets of other characters from the first book, especially some hilarious and tender moments from Quinn and Mick. (Pregnant Quinn being ten times crazier than her norm!)

All in all, this novella packs the feels and humor the way a full length novel does, providing an all swooning effect I like to call “Jill Shalvis Magic”.

EXCERPT
“The Good Luck Sister” by Jill Shalvis. ©

Excerpt “The Good Luck Sister” by Jill shalvis. ©

Chapter 1

“I’ve finished my free trial of adulthood and am no longer interested, so please cancel my subscription.” From The Mixed Up Files of Tilly’s journal.

Tilly Adams sat in the vet’s office staring at the doctor in shock. “Say that again?”

Dr. Janet Lyons smiled. “I think Leo faked being sick. Probably so you’d stay home from work today.”

Tilly looked down at Leo. “You do know he’s a dog, right?”

All six pounds of him smiled up at her. About a month ago, she found him on a street corner hiding beneath a bus bench; wet, dirty, cold, hungry and matted. He’d been Dobby meets Gremlin meets neglected, abused Care Bear. Tilly had looked around for an adult, and then had to remind herself that at twenty-five years old, she was legal herself. So then she’d searched for an adultier adult, but she’d been the only one in sight.

So she’d scooped the little guy up and had brought him to the SPCA, who’d said he was about five weeks old, a possible Maltipoo, which meant he came by his care bear look naturally. He was malnutritioned and suffering from mange. They’d said they’d do what they could, and Tilly had turned to go. That had been when she’d seen all the eyes on her from an endless row of cages … and she’d realized her care bear would soon be sitting in one too. Then she’d heard herself offer to foster him until they found him a forever home.

They’d found him one too. Tilly had signed the adoption papers last weekend in spite of the fact that just that morning he’d escaped his crate, eaten her favorite sneakers, destroyed her favorite pillow, and then yakked up the stuffing from the pillow. 

He was a destructo of the highest magnitude, and something else too. He had no idea how small he was. He went after her sister Quinn’s twenty-plus pound cat and her neighbor’s hundred pound black lab with the same fierce, fearless gusto. Turned out, the little guy had a bad case of small-man syndrome, which was how he’d earned his name. 

Leo, short for Napoleon.

And now on top of Leo’s impressive chewing skills, his escape artist skills, and his ability to get up on her bed and yet still not understand why stepping in his own poop was annoying, he had a new skill. 

He’d faked being sick.

Proud of himself, Leo smiled up at her. Smiled. An hour ago he’d been coughing and limping and acting all sorts of odd. Now he just kept smiling up at her while sending her meaningful glances at the open dog biscuit bin between her and the doctor.

Dr. Lyons laughed and gave him one.

“Dogs can’t fake sick,” Tilly said while Leo inhaled the biscuit whole before licking the floor to make sure he got all the crumbs. “Can they?”

Dr. Lyons scooped him up and gave him a kiss on his adorable snout. “Yours did.”
Tilly sighed. It was too early for this. She’d had a crazy late night. Not hanging at Whiskey River, the local bar and grill. Not at a club with friends. Not working on her designs for he upcoming graphic art showing.

Nope, she’d been on a serious stress bender — a marathon of Game Of Thrones. She hadn’t fallen asleep until after two and her alarm had interrupted her in the middle of a really great dream starring Jon Snow. 

Dr. Lyons handed Leo over. He immediately snuggled into the crook of Tilly’s neck and dammit, her cold heart melted on the spot and she hugged him close. “You’re sure he’s okay? He was coughing. And then he limped funny. And then he wouldn’t eat.”

“But he hasn’t coughed once that I’ve seen. And he’s not limping either. And you said all his food vanished while you took a quick shower.”

“Yes,” Tilly said.

Dr. Lyons waited for her to catch up.

Tilly sighed. “He really did fake me out.”

 

Author Bio & Links

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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