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Release Review: Sweet Little Lies: Jill Shalvis

Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay #1)
Jill Shalvis
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Expected June 28, 2016


Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .


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Pru Harris is a day tour captain and settling into a new place. She's sweet, sassy, smart, and fun, but hides guilt and sadness regarding events that were really not her fault. She has a limited support system and is used to taking care of things on her own. She is selfless and goes out of her way to help others.

Finn O'Riley is a busy bar owner just trying to keep it going. He is handsome and charismatic, but he works all the time at the expense of a real social life or fun. He does have a brother and a quirky group of friends that support him. It was easy to tell he is one of those closed off hotties that was just waiting for inspiration to show off his passion and heart. He was hot, sweet, thoughtful, and charming.

They develop a mutual attraction and flirty banter. Pru just wants Finn to be happy, but she has a big secret. And that secret could have a negative effect on Finn.

I liked all of the crazy side characters: his friends, Archer, Spencer, Elle, Willa, Haley, and his brother, Sean. I was also drawn to her protective boss, Jake, with his own issues and intense personality. And Thor is her mighty little dog that really came alive in the pages and took over all of his scenes.

I liked Finn and Pru together. They were compatible and had good chemistry. She brings Finn some balance, fun, and gets him to live a little. She finds that she wants to really belong somewhere. But the more attached he gets, the more her secret weighs on her and makes her hold back. She's always been alone and this could be a way to not only lose a man that  has come to mean more to her, but also her new group of wacky and supportive friends. She does not hold out much hope that Finn would forgive her lie of omission.

This is the first of the new Heartbreaker Bay series with a whole cast of quirky, fun, and interesting, single characters. It gives the author a lot of chances to continue this series with new couples.  It was a bit predictable, and it was not terribly angsty. I thought the premise itself was unique. We knew the secret in the first quarter of the book, but it did not come out til the last part and that frustrated me a bit. But it was an easy, engaging read that was sweet, funny, sexy, and romantic.

I was gifted an arc in exchange for an honest review. 
The Trouble With Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2)
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Expected September 27, 2016

If she has her way . . .

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . .

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . .



Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3)
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Expected January 31, 2017


There’s no such thing as a little in love…

Elle Wheaten’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust…

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. But now that she’s earned happiness and success, Archer just wants Elle 24/7. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco Earthquake, and Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as…

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along…
Jill Shalvis

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.

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but he doesn’t even remember her.  How can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .


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