BWW Review: THE GOOD LUCK SISTER at Jill Shalvis + Excerpt!
"You were my best friend and the love of my life, and you never even looked back. You're such an asshole."
~THE GOOD LUCK SISTER
Last year, BroadwayWorld treated readers to a special excerpt of LOST AND FOUND SISTERS, the first book in the new series Wildstone from New York Times Best Selling Author Jill Shalvis. Today, we're giving you a sneak peek at brand-new novella THE GOOD LUCK SISTER, which leads the way to next month's release of RAINY DAY FRIENDS, the brand-new book in the Wildstone series.
While the series doesn't have to be read in order, readers who have read LOST AND FOUND SISTERS will be happy to be reunited with characters they've already come to love as they dive into THE GOOD LUCK SISTER. In LOST AND FOUND SISTERS, readers were introduced to Tilly Adams. Now, it's her turn to find love--and there are even some great cameo moments showing the happily ever after of Quinn and Mick! The novella leaps forward ten years, so a lot has changed, and again, the books don't have to be read in order.
THE GOOD LUCK SISTER is all about growing up and changing and finding love again. Maybe you date someone and it doesn't work out. Maybe it was never meant to. Maybe the timing just wasn't right. For Tilly Adams and Dylan Scott, they never had the chance to find out. Dylan left Wildstone, left Tilly, and left a lot of hard feelings in his wake. Now he's back and wants to reunite with her. Tilly, of course, wants nothing to do with him and is infuriated when he shows up in one of her graphic design classes on her very first date. He's an unwelcome blast from the past, but Tilly finds herself roped into helping design a logo for his new business. It's harder to guard her heart a second time around, and maybe this time, she doesn't want to...
Tilly and Dylan both need the chance to grow up and spread their wings. Dylan went through a lot when he was younger, and even though leaving was detrimental to their relationship, it was crucial to his survival. The novella manages to flesh out both the past and present in a way that creates a full story and really shows readers what they went through in order to get where they are today. They are finally in the right place at the right time.
Throw in an adorable side story about rescue puppies--complete with funny scenes full of puppies being, well, puppies, and peeing when least expected, and you have a lot of "aww" moments and humor thrown into the mix from the get-go! (Plus, you can really tell a man's--or woman's!--character based on how they interact with animals and small children. When they are sweet and kind and genuinely care for them, it just melts your heart that extra lit bit. I think that's why they're so frequently in romance movies and books! It's that extra sugar on top!)
Puppies and second chances at love: Jill Shalvis has all the instant fixings of a Hallmark movie in her latest novel, as well as a winning formula for a romance novel. Books about second chances and lightning striking twice are always one of the most fun romance tropes to read, and Shalvis won't disappoint if you're a fan of the sub-genre!
THE GOOD LUCK SISTER was published on May 1, 2018 by William Morrow/HarperCollins.
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Check out the first chapter below:
"I've finished my free trial of adulthood and am no longer interested, so please cancel my subscription." From The Mixed Up Files of Tilly's journal.
Tilly Adams sat in the vet's office staring at the doctor in shock. "Say that again?"
Dr. Janet Lyons smiled. "I think Leo faked being sick. Probably so you'd stay home from work today."
Tilly looked down at Leo. "You do know he's a dog, right?"
All six pounds of him smiled up at her. About a month ago, she found him on a street corner hiding beneath a bus bench; wet, dirty, cold, hungry and matted. He'd been Dobby meets Gremlin meets neglected, abused Care Bear. Tilly had looked around for an adult, and then had to remind herself that at twenty-five years old, she was legal herself. So then she'd searched for an adultier adult, but she'd been the only one in sight.
So she'd scooped the little guy up and had brought him to the SPCA, who'd said he was about five weeks old, a possible Maltipoo, which meant he came by his care bear look naturally. He was malnutritioned and suffering from mange. They'd said they'd do what they could, and Tilly had turned to go. That had been when she'd seen all the eyes on her from an endless row of cages ... and she'd realized her care bear would soon be sitting in one too. Then she'd heard herself offer to foster him until they found him a forever home.
They'd found him one too. Tilly had signed the adoption papers last weekend in spite of the fact that just that morning he'd escaped his crate, eaten her favorite sneakers, destroyed her favorite pillow, and then yakked up the stuffing from the pillow.
He was a destructo of the highest magnitude, and something else too. He had no idea how small he was. He went after her sister Quinn's twenty-plus pound cat and her neighbor's hundred pound black lab with the same fierce, fearless gusto. Turned out, the little guy had a bad case of small-man syndrome, which was how he'd earned his name.
Leo, short for Napoleon.
And now on top of Leo's impressive chewing skills, his escape artist skills, and his ability to get up on her bed and yet still not understand why stepping in his own poop was annoying, he had a new skill.
He'd faked being sick.
Proud of himself, Leo smiled up at her. Smiled. An hour ago he'd been coughing and limping and acting all sorts of odd. Now he just kept smiling up at her while sending her meaningful glances at the open dog biscuit bin between her and the doctor.
Dr. Lyons laughed and gave him one.
"Dogs can't fake sick," Tilly said while Leo inhaled the biscuit whole before licking the floor to make sure he got all the crumbs. "Can they?"
Dr. Lyons scooped him up and gave him a kiss on his adorable snout. "Yours did."
Tilly sighed. It was too early for this. She'd had a crazy late night. Not hanging at Whiskey River, the local bar and grill. Not at a club with friends. Not working on her designs for he upcoming graphic art showing.
Nope, she'd been on a serious stress bender -- a marathon of Game Of Thrones. She hadn't fallen asleep until after two and her alarm had interrupted her in the middle of a really great dream starring Jon Snow.
Dr. Lyons handed Leo over. He immediately snuggled into the crook of Tilly's neck and dammit, her cold heart melted on the spot and she hugged him close. "You're sure he's okay? He was coughing. And then he limped funny. And then he wouldn't eat."
"But he hasn't coughed once that I've seen. And he's not limping either. And you said all his food vanished while you took a quick shower."
"Yes," Tilly said.
Dr. Lyons waited for her to catch up.
Tilly sighed. "He really did fake me out."