At Last by Jill Shalvis

Redonk Nutshell: Emotional basketcase is drawn to local forest ranger

Another story of romance set in Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor.  Amy Michaels is a woman that has closed herself off to romantic attachment. She had a rough adolescence and she carries some deep scars.  She avoids Matt Bowers, mostly because she can sense his interest, and also because she recognizes him as a threat to her detachment.  When a hike turns awry and she finds herself lost, Ranger Matt comes to her rescue, and she finds herself falling for his charm.  Matt has thought Amy had a certain spark from the moment she strolled into Lucky Harbor. He eats at her diner daily in order to get his daily dose of her presence, though she’s made it clear she’s built a fortress around herself.  When he comes to her rescue, he plays at being a gentleman, though he has other things in mind he’d prefer to do.  They gradually strike up a friendship as well as a backwards courtship that gradually evolves into a relationship.  When a homeless teen rolls into their town and Amy recognizes the patterns of her behavior, she takes it upon herself to try to help, drawing Matt and local law enforcement in as well as the teen continues to make poor choices.

This was a super sweet romance story.  Amy is a tough cookie.  She’s been through some serious crap in her life, and in order to protect herself she’s more or less sworn off men in general.  Her friends egg her on when it comes to Matt Bowers, but she shrugs them off.  When Matt proves to be everything she thought didn’t exist, she has a hell of a time trying to break herself of old habits.  Luckily, Matt is a relatively patient man.  Their courtship crackles with sexual tension.  You can’t help but root for them to work it out.

If you’re a fan of the Lucky Harbor series, you’ll definitely enjoy this latest installment.  If you’re new to the series, don’t be afraid to pick it up – each can be read as a stand alone, and the characters are easy to fall in love with.

At Last by Jill Shalvis

Rating: B

Romance: 4/5              Raunch: 3.5/5

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