Jill Shalvis does it again! At Last is another wonderful book that I absolutely loved. It is the second book in the Chocoholics Series set in Lucky Harbor and is a story about two people who are neither looking for nor are interested in finding love. Forest Ranger Matt Bowers, aka Ranger Hot Buns, has been there, done that when it comes to the whole love and marriage thing and he is determined not to go there again. Tough girl Amy Michaels has had a rough childhood and has issues when it comes to men and trust. As determined as the two are to fight it, there is no denying the powerful physical attraction between them. When they come together (no pun intended), it is magical. But the road to their happily ever after is not a smooth one. Amy has to learn to trust Matt and to realize that she doesn’t have to do everything alone. Matt on the other hand, needs to leave his failed marriage in the past where it belongs so he can build a future with Amy.
I loved both of these characters. Amy had to deal with a great deal as a teenager and was trying to build a new life for herself. She was tough and spunky and a little bit grumpy, but had a big heart as evidenced when she took Riley, a runaway, under her wing. Matt was swoon worthy and I fell in love with him, as I do with all of Ms. Shalvis’ heroes. He was tough and strong and take-charge, but also sweet and compassionate and understanding. Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that he was a complete and total hottie!
Ms. Shalvis is incredibly talented at writing characters that are real and relatable. Any one of her characters could easily be your best friend, your sister or your neighbor. She makes you wish you were there in Lucky Harbor with crazy Lucille, in her neon sweat suits, and all the other residents, sitting down for a meal at the Eat Me Cafe.
As in the prior book, at the beginning of each chapter there is a chocolate-ism that chocoholics everywhere will adore. Two of my personal favorites: “A balanced diet is a chocolate in each hand” and “A day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine”.
Everyone should run out and buy this book! It is chock-full of humor, sexy men, hot love scenes, witty dialogue and of course chocolate! I’m eagerly awaiting the next and final book in the series.
Review written by Scarlet