Friday, October 17, 2014

Blog Tour: One in a Million by Jill Shalvis with Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway


One in a Million
(Lucky Harbor #12)
by Jill Shalvis
Published:  October 14, 2014
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing

As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

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One in a Million
Jill Shalvis
NEW YORK BOSTON
Chapter 7
By the time Tanner grabbed the empty chair and pulled
it out for himself, Callie’s heart was knocking hard
against her ribs in panic.
And okay, a little bit of lust as well. Or, you know, a lot.
In checking up on her grandma, she’d been through Lucille’s
social media pages. Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter…
and she’d inadvertently learned a lot about Lucky Harbor’s
citizens.
One in particular.
Tanner Riggs was Lucky Harbor’s current most popular
bachelor. Actually, Lucille had called him the Last Hot Single
Guy for Two Hundred Miles. Calliewondered if he knew.
Not that shewas going to be the one to tell him if he didn’t.
“Real pants today,” Tanner noted. “I like the boots.”
She’d argued with herself earlier when she’d gotten
out of the shower and stared into her closet. Yoga pants or
jeans? Don’t care or care?
Turned out she cared. Hence the jeans.
And the boots. “They’re my kick-ass boots,” she said.
He smiled and she forgot how to breathe. Just plain
forgot.
“You plan on kicking any ass today?” he asked.
“Too early to tell,” she responded. Look at her, all
smooth and cool. “But I wanted the odds balanced in my
favor if anything comes up.”
“I like the way you think.” He straightened out his leg,
letting out a long, careful exhale as he did.
“You okay?” she asked quietly.
“Yes.” He drank deeply of his coffee and her gaze was
drawn to his throat as he swallowed.
And then his broad chest.
And flat abs.
And the way his jeans—faded and threadbare in some
of the good spots—fit him. Which was perfectly. “I meant
your leg,” she said.
“It’s fine.”
“Huh,” she said.
He slid her a look. “Huh what?”
“Well, it’s just that ‘it’s fine’ is a typical guy response.
Men tend to use ‘fine’ as a catchall.”
“A catchall.”
“Yeah,” she said. “You know, a noun, adjective, adverb,
whatever. Tell me the truth—your leg could be
literally falling off and you’d still say it was fine, right?”
“Nah,” he said. “When it was actually threatening to
fall off, I was most definitely not fine.”
Her smile faded and she regretted her flippancy. “I’m
sorry.”
He shrugged. “Shit happens. You were saving me a
seat,” he said, back to teasing.
“No,” she said in automatic denial. “I—”
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He flashed her a knowing grin that was so innately
Tanner-Riggs-of-the-Past—all cocky, popular football
star, aka the guy she’d never been able to say two words
to without tripping over her own tongue—that she once
again found herself momentarily tongue-tied.
“What are you working on?” he asked, gesturing to her
laptop. “Ordering a litter? Designing three-D wedding invitations?”
“Both,” she managed to say in what she hoped was a
perfectly normal voice.
Because you are perfectly normal, she reminded herself.
You are not just a computer geek. You are so much
more. You…ah, hell. She couldn’t think of a single thing
when he was looking at her like that, like maybe she was
amusing him again.
“Your job suits you,” he said.
“What does that mean?”
“You have this sort of…” He waved his cup at her.
“Dreamy, romantic air about you.”
She let out a low laugh and he set his cup down, sitting
forward, at attention. “You going to start choking again?”
he asked.
“No,” she assured him. Or she hoped not anyway.
“And it’s not a romantic job. It’s a technical job.”
“How are hearts and flowers and chariots technical?”
he asked.
“Okay,” she conceded. “Maybe it’s romantic for a
minute or two, if you believe in that sort of thing.”
“And you don’t?” he asked.
“My job is to create the right setting to culminate their
romance,” she said, trying to explain her job. “That’s all I
can do. I can’t guarantee a happy ending.”
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He grinned.
“Not that kind of a happy ending!” she said, and
laughed in spite of herself. “The stats are completely
against a real happily-ever-after, not that anyone wants
to think about it while planning their wedding. Which
means that TyingTheKnot.com should really be called
AnotherOneBitesTheDust.com. But I doubt I’d be able to
make a living with that.”
“Huh,” Tanner said, cocking his head as he studied her.
“Didn’t see that coming.”
“What?”
“You’re a cynic.” He gestured at her with his cup. “All
wrapped up in a sweet, warm package.”
He thought she was sweet and warm.
Don’t get excited, a little voice inside her warned. He
also thought you were cute. Like a puppy. And he doesn’t
remember who you are. “I earned the cynicism,” she said.
“Someone break your heart?”
He didn’t say this with a mocking inflection. Nor did he
sound like he was pitying her. She looked into his eyes—
those hot-as-hell eyes—and saw that he was just genuinely
curious. Which was the only reason she answered him.
“Yes, actually,” she said. “But it was my own fault.”
“How’s that?”
His voice was low and a bit morning gruff, and she
found herself staring at his mouth. “That’s a little bit personal,
don’t you think?” she asked, her own voice low,
too, but not because it was morning.
It was more because he was turning her on with little
to no effort.
He leaned in and smiled. “You don’t want to get personal
with me?”
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Her breath caught. Her pulse skipped another beat. Or
a hundred. And there were other reactions, too, things that
really shouldn’t be happening in public. But once upon
a time she’d dreamed about him wanting her. She’d even
gone as far as to send him a secret Valentine, one of those
anonymous lollypops with a heart that you paid a dollar
to the student body fund for and then it was delivered to
the recipient’s homeroom class in front of everyone.
Except Callie hadn’t sent hers anonymously. She’d
signed her name.
And he’d never said a word about it.
And suddenly that bugged the crap out of her. Love
sucked. Romance sucked. And even if that hadn’t been
true, there was no way she was going to admit her failures
out loud to a guy she didn’t really know. She shook her
head. No, she didn’t want to get personal.
“You really don’t believe in love?” he asked.
Did he think she was just being coy? “Let’s just say
that I know that love isn’t enough,” she said. “And I’m not
interested in it. Not for myself.” She knew this without
a shadow of a doubt. After all, she’d had the perfect guy
and the perfect life, and had planned the huge wedding to
celebrate it—and it’d ended with her heart crushed.
Nope. Love was not enough. Not by a long shot.
Tanner startled her by running a finger along her temple,
tucking a wayward strand of hair behind her ear. “A definite
cynic,” he said softly, meeting her gaze. “I like it.”
“You do?”
“Not exactly a romantic myself,” he said, and leaned
back. “And no disrespect to your work, but I think love
was something made up by Hallmark for Valentine’s Day
and…well, wedding websites.”
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She laughed. Touché. “So I guess you think Valentine’s
Day cards are pretty dumb, too. Even if, say, you
got one from a girl who had a crush on you.” She held
her breath for a beat, and then someone bumped into him
from behind and the moment was broken.
The cute brunette who’d done the bumping sent a big
smile Tanner’s way. “Sorry,” she said breathlessly. “My
fault. Let me buy you a coffee to make up for it.”
Tanner lifted his coffee. “Already taken care of.”
The woman looked disappointed but moved on and
Tanner turned back to Callie. “Sorry, what were we talking
about?”
Well, she’d been about to admit that she’d once sent
him a Valentine’s Day card, which meant she’d also be
admitting to her painful crush.
And that would lead to him saying out loud that he
didn’t remember her. So she was eternally grateful they’d
been interrupted. “We were discussing you being a cynic
too,” she said. “You’re not…involved.”
“No,” he said. “I was married once, for about ten minutes.”
She knew all about him and Elisa. It’d been the talk of
the town back then. “It didn’t work out?”
His laugh was mirthless. “No. I got beat all to shit.”
So she did have something in common with this big,
built, tough, gorgeous man. “I’m sorry.”
“It was a long time ago,” he said. “And I did get something
really great out of it. My son, Troy. But it’s not
anything I’d repeat.”
She understood that. She lifted her coffee and touched
it to his in a toast, acknowledging that they were in perfect
sync on this sentiment.
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“If it makes you feel better,” she said, “I got all the
way to the altar before I got beat to shit. Didn’t actually
say the I dos but it was close enough to teach me that
happily-ever-afters are for fiction.” She smiled. “Don’t
tell anyone, though. It’s not exactly good for business.”
He didn’t smile back. In fact, his gaze was dark and
unreadable but also somehow…warm. Commiserating
without pity. “Your secret’s safe with me,” he finally said
softly, and they finished their coffee in comfortable silence.
Well, Tanner was comfortable anyway, at least going
by his kick-back, sprawled posture in the chair.
Callie, not so much. She was wishing that she believed
what she’d said about not wanting romance for herself because
as she watched him, while pretending not to, she
found herself aching just a little bit.
Damn, she really wished he remembered her.
“Gotta get back to work,” he said and rose.
“Right,” she said. “Me too.” She slipped her laptop
back into her bag. Then she stood up and…knocked over
her coffee.
Tanner grabbed a stack of napkins and efficiently
cleaned up the mess in about three seconds, during which
time Callie ordered herself to get a grip. “Sorry,” she said.
He shook his head. “No need.”
Good. Great. No need for her to be sorry that she was
an idiot. A clumsy idiot. She gathered the rest of her
things, trying to keep her hands busy.
And her brain.
Just get out the door without further incident, she told
herself. But Tanner was standing close, looking down at
her, his dark, dark eyes holding hers prisoner.
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“What?” she whispered.
Again he ran a finger along her temple, letting the
touch linger. “I’m sorry I never thanked you for that
Valentine,” he said quietly. “I should have.”
And then he was gone.
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My Thoughts:  I just love the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis.  Each novel is a companion novel and can be read as a standalone, though you do get glimpses of characters from previous novels in the series.  One in a Million is Tanner and Callie's story.  It is set in the beautiful little town of Lucky Harbor, and Jill Shalvis has created one of those "book fantasy places" that you just want to be magically transported to.  Being a small town, everyone pretty much knows each others business, especially thanks to Callie's grandmother, Lucille, who is a social media nut and has played a role in so many of the previous novels.

Tanner is a hot, sexy, ex Navy SEAL who is part owner of Lucky Harbor Charters with his best friends Cole and Sam, who the previous two novels were about.  He is also the last most eligible bachelor in the town of Lucky Harbor, at least according to Lucille.  Callie finds herself back in Lucky Harbor after years of being away, here to check on her grandmother for a while.  These two find their path crossing more than once and Callie soon finds her high school crush rekindled for this man.  Both Callie and Tanner have been unlucky in love in the past, and are reluctant to get into a relationship, though the chemistry between them is undeniable.  She is feisty, he's a bit broody and sexy as sin, and the romance between them makes for one of those reads that lets you just get caught up in it and disappear while you're reading it.  I loved the characters and I loved the story.  Once again, Jill Shalvis has delivered an outstanding story that her fans, as well as fans of contemporary romance will love.  Check it out.
Jill's Bio:
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 for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

You can learn more about Jill at:
JillShalvis.com
Twitter @jillshalvis
Facebook.com/jillshalvis 


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6 comments:

  1. So, I am absolutely in LOVE with this series and may be slightly heartbroken that the series is coming to an end. BUT, I know everything Jill writes is awesomeness, so I will fall in love with whatever else comes next.
    Thank you, Jill, for blessing us with Lucky Harbor for the last few years. You have given me a place to go when I needed a place to make me happy. I will forever be grateful for that.
    Mimi
    miminbennett(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. I think I would like Tanner as well!
    Have a great weekend Ellen!

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  3. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE tanner!!

    thank you for such an awesome series!!

    Lovely excerpt!! :)

    thank you so very much :)

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  4. this looks and sounds awesome!!!! I'm finally catching up on this series and I'm excited to get started. thanks for sharing!

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  5. A great review! I am a huge Jill Shalvis fan and I really enjoyed the excerpt.

    Thanks for sharing Ellen.

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  6. Thanks for the post and your thoughts on this book, I enjoyed reading them. I am sorry to see this series end but am excited for Tanner's story. Thanks for the chance to win!

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