The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis Release Date: May 1, 2018 Publisher: William Morrow Impulse Book #1.5 in the Wildstone series Number of pages: 144 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 8/11/18
This book is a bit of a “be careful what you wish for” type thing for me. I adored Tilly in the first book of this series, Lost and Found Sisters. The relationship she had with Dylan in that story was so full of teen angst and raw emotions. I really wanted them to get their HEA. This story takes place 10 years after the first story so we can see what happened with the two of them. It’s a novella, so pretty short and to the point.
I have no problem with the premise of this story. We quickly learn that Dylan had left town as soon as he graduated, never to contact Tilly again. He had his reasons and they were actually good reasons. Of course, Tilly was devastated and has always carried that rejection with her. This story, of how they find their way back to each other, is really rather sweet. From the moment Tilly and Dylan are in the same room together you know they still have chemistry. But in this story it seemed more like I was being told of their chemistry rather than shown their chemistry. That was quite disappointing to me.
There are a few flashbacks in this story. While I usually don’t have an issue with flashbacks, I felt these were used more for the reader that possibly didn’t read the first story. I say that because the flashbacks were scenes, word for word I believe, from that first book. Usually I feel as though this author puts a lot of time and effort into her writing. Here, I felt she was asked to do a Tilly/Dylan story and fell back on that first book so she didn’t have to take as much time to write this. That’s sad for me to say since Jill Shalvis is truly one of my favorite writers.
Since I know I’m being harder on this story because of my love of the author and how much I adored the first book, it’s still getting a decent rating. Honestly, it’s not a bad story at all. I just had such high expectations. Plus, I am still looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I have no doubt it will be back up to the standard I expect from this author.