Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review and Giveaway of Lost and Found Sisters (Wildstone #1) by Jill Shalvis

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood.

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.


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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.

To Mick’s relief, he caught Quinn in the parking lot, leaning against her car, her thumbs moving furiously over the screen of her phone. When she saw him, she grimaced.

He lifted his hands and stayed out of her personal space. “Thought you could use a ride back to the B and B,” he said.

“I’m not driving.” She lifted her phone. “I’m trying to get an Uber.”

He smiled. “How’s that going?”

She sighed and slipped her phone into her pocket. “So Wildstone doesn’t have drive-throughs, Thai takeout, or Uber? Seriously?”

“We have other things.”

“Yes,” she said. “Ghosts. Big bugs. Cute dogs. And girlfriends, apparently.”

“Lena’s not my girlfriend,” he said. “She’s Boomer’s. Sort of.” He shook his head. “It’s complicated.”

She didn’t take her eyes off him. “But you’ve slept together.”

He arched a brow.

“I’m sorry,” she said, closing her eyes. “That was rude. There’s a chemistry there, and a familiarity, that’s all. You know what? Don’t listen to me. My tongue’s running the show and I think I’m just jealous at how everyone else seems to take life’s shit in stride and keep going. I haven’t learned that trick and I need to. And how to keep going, that is. Like the Energizer Bunny. Or my electric toothbrush. God.” She pressed her hands to her face. “I really need to stop talking. Make me stop talking!”

He took her hand and tugged her to his truck.

“Wait,” she said, putting a hand to his chest and fisting it in his shirt to hold him to her. “You’re not a murderer or a rapist or anything like that, right?”

He lifted a hand. “Scout’s honor.”

“Were you a Boy Scout?”

Laughing a little at that because he’d been just about the furthest thing from a Boy Scout, he gently pushed her into the passenger seat and leaned in to buckle her seat belt, and suddenly their faces were an inch from each other. He heard her suck in a breath and he did the same.

Talk about chemistry.

“Mick?” she whispered.


“Are you feeling something?”

“You could say that,” he murmured. “You?”

She licked her lips and he nearly groaned. “I think so,” she whispered.

“That’s good.”

“Are you going to kiss me?”

He cupped her face, let his thumbs trace her jawbone, his fingers sinking into her silky waves. “No,” he said quietly. “And not because I don’t want to, but because when I do, I want to know you’re ready. That you’ll feel it.”

She sighed. “Guys do whatever they want all the time, no emotions necessary. I want that skill.” Another shaky breath escaped her, and since they were literally an inch apart, they shared air for a single heartbeat during which neither of them moved.

Her gaze dropped to his mouth. “Okay, so I’m definitely feeling things.” She hesitated and then her hands came up to his chest. “Maybe we should test it out to be sure.”

God, she was the sweetest temptation he’d ever met, and he wanted nothing more than to cover her mouth with his. Instead, he brushed his mouth to her cheek.

“Please, Mick,” she whispered, her exhale warming his throat. He loved the “please,” and he wanted to do just that more than anything. But when she tried to turn her head into his, to line up their mouths, he gently tightened his grip, dragging his mouth along her smooth skin instead, making his way to her ear.

“Not yet,” he whispered, letting his lips brush over her earlobe and the sensitive skin beneath it.

She moaned and clutched him. “Why not?”

It took every ounce of control he had to lift his head and meet her gaze. “Because I want to make sure you’re really with me, that you’re feeling everything I’m feeling. That there’ll be no doubt, no regrets.”

“You sure have a lot of requirements.”

He laughed. And she was right, it was all big talk for a guy who didn’t do relationships anymore. Still, he forced himself to step back and shut the passenger door.

As he rounded the hood to the driver’s side, he tried to remind himself of all the reasons she was a bad idea. He lived two hundred miles away and he was hoping to move his mom up by him and never come back here. Not to mention that Quinn lived an equal two hundred miles in the opposite direction and she was in a deeply vulnerable place. No way would he even think about taking advantage of that.

But when he slid behind the wheel and their eyes locked, he realized that while his mind could stand firm, the rest of his body wasn’t on board with the in-control program.

Title: Lost and Found Sisters: A Novel
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 20, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0062448110
ISBN-13: 978-0062448118
Author's Website:
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes used will need to be checked against the final version as they are subject to change. I am also an Avon Addict which means I love the books that Avon publishes enough to volunteer to read as many ARCs and books as they can send my way. So you'll be seeing a lot of books reviewed by me from this publisher. Please note, however, that if I don't like a book, it will be truthfully reflected by a low rating.
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For the past two years, Quinn Weller has been walking around numb. She's been told "It'll get easier." "Time is your friend." and "She'll stay in your heart." She knows them all to be lies. Her sister/best friend died, and life seems to have lost its luster and spark. She wants to feel again, but somehow she hasn't yet been able to get beyond the tragedy, and is beginning to doubt she ever will.

Then one day a stranger approaches her and says a relative has left her an inheritance. The stranger reveals a family secret that Quinn's never been privy to. It's the type of information that could cause one to have a brain explosion. Her life will never be the same because its about to be turned upside down--at least until she wraps her head around it all.
This is the first book in a brand new series called Wildstone. Wildstone, the namesake for the series, is a small California town that's worn many hats over the years. It's been a mining town, a place noted for wine making and ranching, a haunted Wild West ghost town, and a tourist spot for those who wanted to catch a wave and do a little surfing. It's an area rich in history, and I hope we'll learn more about the town and the ghosts that haunt it as the series continues. By the way, if you've never read one of Ms Shalvis' books, then let me just say you're in for a treat. Her books are always witty, humorous, steamy, and pretty much guaranteed to put you in a good mood. This book is no exception.

***Now I can't imagine this is a spoiler (the tittle, in my humble opinion, already let the cat out of the bag), but if you're worried about those then don't read the next two paragraphs.***

While Quinn lost one sister, as the title implies, she finds a new one. Tilly and Quinn are very similar, but deal with their grief in very different ways, and I loved the contrast. Plus, I enjoyed seeing how these two eventually help one another deal with their grief.

Now if you're wondering, this is not a depressing story. Perhaps if it had been told from Tilly's perspective that would have been the case, but Quinn is just thrown into everything head first, and instead of sadness she's overwhelmed by surprise, shock, and disbelief. Tilly does get her two cents in at the head of every chapter, each of which showcases a snippet from her journal. I loved seeing these two bond as they got to know each other. They actually had more in common than either expected.

***You may resume your spoiler free reading ***

Mick is a structural engineer who lives and works in San Francisco, but was raised in Wildstone. He's been coming home every weekend to help his mom out since his dad died. Quinn mistakes him for the Bed & Breakfast's handy man, and this causes some humorous situations. I loved seeing these two fall in love. Quinn, as it happens, works as a sous-chef in a trendy restaurant in LA so Wildstone falls smack dab in the middle of both of their worlds. A relationship between the two won't be easy, but then most good things in life seldom are.

A few of my favorite quotes (of which there were many more):

- "It's like I've been living my life from chapter two of my own story! I missed chapter one entirely! And the prologue!"

- "If it's got tires or testicles, it's gonna give you trouble."

- "Never go to bed angry, stay awake and plot revenge."

Overall, I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses. It was fun, charming, emotionally charged, romantic, and immediately grabbed my attention and held it. I loved the characters and their interactions with one another. Mick's dog, Coop, reminded me a little of my own dog, and the chemistry between Mick and Quinn was scorching hot. While this one still contained Ms. Shalvis' trademark humor, it also contained a bit more weight and depth than most of her stories, and I liked the addition. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

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  1. I love Jill Shalvis books. I can't wait to reads this latest release. It's so easy to connect emotionally wit her characters.
    Carol L
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  2. I really enjoy Jill's books and her sense of humor - her blog posts really make me smile

  3. Jill's books are always a great read and the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. This one sounds so good.

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