Giveaway: Win a digital or print ARC of Jill Shalvis’ It’s In His Kiss

It's In His Kiss - Jill Shalvis - Lucky Harbor seriesWould you like an ARC?

That's an advanced reader copy, aka, this book's not out yet, but we have review copies, aka, wait, this paper feels kinda weird.

Jill Shalvis and her publisher have offered up 10 digital review copies via NetGalley, and 10 print review copies via The Post Office, should you wish to win. 

Do you wish to win? Sure, why not, right?

Here's some info about the book: It's a romance!

(I should have told you to sit down first. I'm sorry.) 

(Are you ok?)

(Ok, good.)

Here's the back cover copy, which explains things while using the word “boatbuilder:”

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?

It's In His Kiss is book 10 in the Lucky Harbor series, which is comprised of a set of 4 trilogies, this being the start of the 4th. Shalvis told me, “This book can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. I did that on purpose for people who've never read Lucky Harbor and wanted a new starting point.” 

RITA® Reader Challenge reivewer Christine T said of Lucky Harbor in her review of It Had To Be You: 

I think most of Shalvis’ readers would agree that her books are great comfort reads in large part because of the small-town settings. The Lucky Harbor books work particularly well for me because I’m a Northern California girl presently stuck in the urban vortex that is Los Angeles, and I like to imagine that someday we’re going to break free of this place, battle our way north up the 405 and land somewhere green, clean and friendly like Lucky Harbor.

In most regards, Lucky Harbor is as idyllic as ever in It Had to be You—the ocean and mountains are there to provide recreation and catharsis, the town is decorated with twinkly lights, and whenever anybody needs an ice cream or chocolate chip pancakes, they’re right around the corner. Awesome! (Obviously, we can find all of those things here in the greater Los Angeles area, but we generally have to drive to get to them and then pay to park. Nobody seems to have to pay to park in Lucky Harbor.)

I nodded through both of those paragraphs when I read them, because, aside from the California part (I'm in the NY Metro area), it's true. Lucky Harbor is idyllic and no one pays for parking. If you like small town contemporary romance, you'd like this series.

The other thing I personally like, though I am not a SERIES IN ORDER OF COURSE reader like, say, Freebird, my 8 year old son, is that you can enter the series at pretty much any point. Other characters will appear in the background, but not everything about their stories gets spoiled in later books. When I pick up any book set in Lucky Harbor, it's not difficult to picture everything again, and enjoy the familiarity of it. I really like to revisit the world/community.The Lucky Harbor books I've read, I've read out of order (I know, I know. Some of you are probably shaking your heads at me, reading series out of order like that. I know Freebird would be, if he were online… and reading about romance novels.) 

I haven't read this one yet, but the early reviews on GoodReads are very positive. It has a 4+ star average so far, and the gif quotient is visible but not alarmingly so. 

Would you like to learn more about this book? We have options! You can find out more at Jill Shalvis' website, or at BN, or Kobo, or iBooks, or you can ring up your library and ask them to reserve or order a copy if they don't already have it ordered. (No link to Amazon because Amazon and Hachette are still in a fight.)

So, would you like to win a copy? Digital? Print? Either? Here's your widget set to enter, and, as always, if you have trouble with them, please email me

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Standard disclaimers apply: I'm not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Open to international residents where permitted by applicable law. Must be over 18 and ready to read the literary format of your choosing. Whereas, upon participation in the contest as aforesaid, said participant shall nontheless deliver hereunto all such paraphernilia as reasonably necessary and appropriate. Notwithstanding anything hereinafter to the contrary, the contest shall nonetheless be conducted as heretofore described thereupon. By submitting an entry to the contest as set forth herein, each entrant does acknowledge and agree that, in the event such entrant is victorious, such entrant will perform a ceremony reasonably appropriate to such circumstance. Entries close at 12 midnight 8 August 2014.  I'll select the winners at random on Friday 8 August 2014 at 12pm ET.

Have you read any of the books in this series? Which have you liked? What other small town contemporaries do you enjoy?

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  1. 1
    Cheryl says:

    I’ve read all of them in this series and have really enjoyed them. “Lucky in Love” is my favorite, at least until I re-read “It had to be You”. Or “Always on my Mind”. Or “Once in a Lifetime”.

    Sorry. It’s just too hard to choose!

  2. 2
    Katherine Ivan says:

    Surprisingly, I’ve yet to read any of the Lucky Harbor series, though I have read some of Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism titles.  I’m a fan of Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold books.

  3. 3
    TrishJ says:

    I have read them all.  I tend to love the one I just read, cuz they are all good!!  Jill also writes the animal magnetism series revolving around veterinarians.  It is equally as good.  Love the romance and humor in her books.

  4. 4
    Patricia M. says:

    I am working my way through the entire series and I am enjoying them very much.  I could not say which is a favorite since they all seem to stick in my mind with really happy thoughts.

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    Terrie says:

    The Jill Shalvis books are a lot of fun.  So is her blog, for that matter.  I really enjoy Susan Mallery and her Fool’s Gold series as well.

  6. 6
    LSUReader says:

    I’ve read all of the Lucky Harbor books. Forever and a Day is my favorite. I also enjoy the Harmony series by Jodi Thomas.

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    Alice in Nova Scotia says:

    I have read all and everything Jill Shalvis has written. Love her stories, funny, sexy and warm! I read through her Lucky Harbour series while I was recovering from breast cancer surgery.  They really helped me through a rough time.  I read through her Firefighter series while going through radiation treatments, how’s that about appropriate reading :))!  I read her blog daily and follow her on FB and Twitter, too.  She’s a hoot!!

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    library addict says:

    I read the first Lucky book when it was released but the others sat in my TBR pile. I finally read them all (books 2 – 9 plus the novellas) this year and just finished last week. It’s hard to pick a favorite as they’ve all been enjoyable reads.

    For small town romances I also enjoy Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series (which I actually like more than Lucky Harbor, shh!), Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski series, Meg Benjamin’s Konigsburg series, Jaci Burton’s Hope series, and Nicole Helm’s Harrington Airfield and Farmer’s Market series.

    I think it’s a rule that if you write a romance set in small town it must be a series ;)

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    Sofia says:

    I have read all the books in the series, and loved the first three the best as it dealt with the sibling dynamic. I have read other series such as Animal Magnetism, Kowalski or Fool’s Gold as well.

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    Cheryl says:

    I have read and enjoyed all of Jill Shalvis’ books. I also read Robyn Carr, Susan Mallory, Brenda Novak and Emily March’s small town romances.

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    SB Sarah says:

    Grumble grumble stupid widgets. My apologies -fixing right now!

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    Hannah says:

    I’ve read all the Lucky Harbor books that are out.  The series is just fantastic.  I’m surprised that I still enjoy them as much as I did when I first started. I usually lose interest, like I did with Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series.

  13. 13
    Celia Marsh says:

    I just read books 1 & 2 of two small town serieses:  Rock Canyon Romance and Marsden, which were both very enjoyable overall.  RCR I picked up as a library book that looked interesting (I cruise the ‘new ebooks’ section on a regular basis.)  Marsden was a cheap or freebie for book one and got me to pay money for book 2.  And I won a freebie of Silver Creek book 3, which is already good enough that I’ll be tracking down the first two as well.

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    LML says:

    Thus far I have only read reviews of and comments about Ms Shalvis’ books (here at SBTB).  I am confident that I will enjoy her books, and I want ALL 10 on hand when I—unlike SB Sarah—begin at the beginning!

  15. 15
    Celia Marsh says:

    Also, that may be the finest small print since the Marx brothers.  (You should have been at the first party.)

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    azteclady says:

    I am having a Monday moment (or a CRS moment) because I can’t answer the question with any certainty. I *may* have at least one of the titles in the Lucky Harbor series in the humongous TBR pile, but I’m not positive whether I’ve read any of them.

  17. 17

    Ooh, yes please – I love the Lucky Harbor books. Total comfort novels!

  18. 18
    Meredith says:

    I’ve read all the previous Lucky Harbor novels, so I’m looking forward to the last trilogy. I actually jumped in right in the middle, so there’s definitely no need to read the books in order. I actually love that about this series. Each book can stand alone, but they’re much richer if you know the stories of the other characters mentioned.

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    Rebe says:

    I like Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series as well.

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    Lisa J says:

    I haven’t read of the Lucky Harbor books, but I know my sister has and she likes them.  It would be great to give them a try,

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    Heather S says:

    Free books are totally best. I was stationed in Monterey for over a year and it was an amazing place. I long to move back to Cali, but don’t know if I’ll ever be able to afford it.

  22. 22
    Lynn N. says:

    I’ve read all of the Lucky Harbor books that are available. I’ve enjoyed them all, but my favorites are the original 3.
    Besides Lucky Harbor, my other favorite small town series are Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold and Marie Force’s Gansett Island.

  23. 23
    Malatt says:

    I’ve read them all and liked them all, but if I had to choose, I like The Sweetest Thing the best—I’m a sucker for second chances. I also enjoy Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, even though they’re a little formulaic and cheesy.  The whole small town pulling together to help one another really works for me.

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    Tammy N says:

    I have read the entire series, some of the books more than once.  It is my favorite series of books by any of the authors I read.  I love the romance mixed with comedy…being swoon-worthy and entertaining is my favorite combination! All of them are fun reads!!!

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    Val says:

    Love Jill’s books. This and her animal magnetism series are two of my favorite contemporary series that I follow :)

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    Lindsey says:

    I absolutely adore the entire Lucky Harbor series! I continue to re-read them because they are just that awesome! I also have read the Animal Magnetism series which is amazing! I love these books but I would have to say my favorites would be Simply Irresistible, Lucky in Love, Forever and a Day, and It Had to be You.

  27. 27
    Lisa Zeigler says:

    I have read all of the Lucky Harbor books and love all of the main and secondary characters, pets, and the lovely sounding views of the ocean and mountains.  The stories are entertaining, sweet and sexy and hit the spot anytime. 

    I also love her Animal Magnetism series.

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    ReneeG says:

    I’ve started the Lucky Harbors books at Trilogy 1 and am on the Sweetest Thing, because I have to read them in order.  I really enjoyed Ms. Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series.

  29. 29
    Kim says:

    I’ve only read one book in this series. I like Rachel Gibson’s small town romances.

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    erinf1 says:

    I am woefully behind on this series. I have it… just no time to read it!!! I’m hoping to get a staycation here soon where I can lock myself in the house and just dive in :) Thanks for sharing!

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