Sunday, January 15, 2023

Review: The Backup Plan by Jill Shalvis

The Backup Plan by Jill Shalvis
Series: Sunrise Cove, Book 3
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
The Backup Plan cover
ISBN: 9780063095472
Release Date: January 17, 2023
Source: Author
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When Alice receives a call about an unexpected windfall, she’s stunned to learn the gift is a falling-apart-at-the-seams old Wild West B&B she once considered home—and she’s inherited it along with two strangers. Except they weren’t always strangers. Once upon a time, they were friends. One is her ex-BFF Lauren. The other is Knox, the only guy to ever break her heart, all while never even knowing she existed.

It turns out their lives are unknowingly entangled because they once separately helped the same woman without expecting anything in return. Years later, Alice, Lauren, and Knox are broken in their own way, with their own history—and secrets— causing them to start out on the wrong foot with each other. But according to the will, they must renovate and be partners in the inn for one year or else lose their inheritance.

Stuck together, they make a list of rules to keep the peace—rules that end up doing the opposite, but by some miracle they find what they didn’t even know they were looking for—acceptance, true friendship, and in a case (or two!), true love.

Jill Shalvis’s Sunrise Cove books are like a warm hug; they’re comforting, familiar, and cozy. The Backup Plan brings together Alice, Knox, and Lauren as three people who inherited an old inn from a woman who meant something to each of them. The three of them coming together unearths old wounds, but it also brings second chances.

Alice has the nickname “Tumbleweed” for a reason. Ever since the death of her brother she’s been rootless and has never dealt with hidden scars. Knox left Sunrise Cove after grief and loss himself, now returning with a new outlook. Lauren is the only one of the three who never left. After her boyfriend’s death the town of Sunrise Cove treated her like a widow in perpetual mourning and she has never left the comfortable bubble of the library and her usual haunts. Inheriting the inn shakes things up for all three of them.

Lauren and Alice were once best friends but when Alice’s brother/Lauren’s boyfriend died their friendship cracked. I loved watching them find their way back together. Alice wants to be standoffish but that’s to protect herself from harm. Lauren desperately wants connection and to feel alive again. It was great watching Lauren break out of her rut and Alice open up. Knox is also part of Alice opening up. Her former crush has scars of his own and as Alice learns she can be vulnerable with him, he does the same with her. Their attraction is immediate and their slide into love seamless.

The Backup Plan has friendship, love, and second chances. It’s a cozy read that you can fall into and will entertain fans of Jill Shalvis old and new. Each Sunrise Cove book stands on its own, so if you want to jump in here you’re good to go. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Lauren, Alice, and Knox’s story; it’s sweet, funny, and has a good heart.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.