by Jill Shalvis
Shalvis' series is actually two trilogies. Nearly all of them feature at least one main character who is native to the cozy Northwestern town. All six are filled with far more traditional romance than other trilogies that have been making headlines this year. Shalvis also manages to keep the steamy scenes hot enough to scorch the fingers that grasp the book.
Shalvis captures life in a small town with exquisite clarity as she brings many other locals along for the ride. The supporting characters make the stories more believable. Every small town inhabitant knows life is more funny when it happens to someone else. I literally stood at the stove stirring dinner with one hand while reading with the other (more than once).