Review At Last by Jill Shalvis
HER LOVE HAS COME ALONG . . .
Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she’s looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she’s tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won’t make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.
A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn’t let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can’t deny their attraction-or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it’s up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.
I’ve waited a while to post this review because frankly I don’t know what to say. Its one of those conundrums where you know you’re going to say entirely too much or too little. So I’m going to go with my gut and just say this.
Amy’s life is difficult. Her childhood terrible, her whole life has been merely about survival and getting from one day to the next and in At last we see her finally stable enough to be able to walk the journey her grandmother took in order to try to find herself, so that Amy can also find herself and some inner peace. As well as a reason for going on and a goal and drive in life and…. well you get the idea.
Matt’s life has been fraught with difficulty as well. A former cop whose partner ended up dirty and whose career took a nose dive when he did the right thing, he is now a forrest ranger, and is content, sort of with where he is. These are two people trying, quietly to find their places, when life took them on turns they didn’t see coming. I loved watching them try to keep each other at arms length, to try to stay away when all they really wanted to do was run to each other. It was so freaking cute and sexy all at the same time. I loved the addition of Riley who provided all the tension and stimulus in the world not to mention provided some much needed relief at times, who better than a teenage runaway to move the plot along and become a mirror for both of their broken lives.
It was just so sexy and funny and cute and emotional and inspiring, it was just so much FUN to read. Those are always the best, when you have fun reading a book, when it makes you smile even as you’re a little sad for some of the characters, its always a better story.
Overall Rating: A