Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay #1) by Jill Shalvis: ARC Review

Blurb:

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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About the Author:

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.


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Review by Yvette:

I've never met a Jill Shalvis book I didn't love and her newest release, Sweet Little Lies, is the perfect example of this author's spell-binding writing. Jill Shalvis is a master at blending laugh-out-loud humor, blush-inducing romance, and gut-wrenching emotions, which she does to great success in the introduction to her Heartbreaker Bay series. I can honestly say there isn’t one thing I didn’t absolutely adore about this book and I’ll even say this is my favorite book of the author’s to date. The reason it’s my new favorite? The eclectic and lively cast of characters whose tightknit friendship and effortless rapport had me smiling from start to finish. Sweet Little Lies is a swoon-worthily romantic, heart-meltingly sweet, feel-good romance that should absolutely be on everyone’s must-read list.

From the very moment I met our protagonists, Pru Harris and Finn O’Riley, I was riveted. Chemistry between characters, particularly when they’re love interests, is vital, and these two have chemistry in spades. Around Finn, the hard-working, responsible owner of the local bar, Pru is like a schoolgirl with her first crush, bumbling, blushing, and (hilariously) awkward. The two have a teasing, flirtatious banter, with Pru drawing out Finn’s playful side as part of her self-appointed quest to bring more fun to his life. There’s nothing I crave more than a book that makes me laugh and, between the antics of Pru's exercise-hating dog, the number of unexpected exclamations that emerged from Pru’s mouth at the most inopportune moments, and Pru's tendency for accidentally maiming Finn's body parts, I was chuckling pretty much the entire time I was reading.

As comical as this book is, it’s also a story that will tug on your heartstrings. These characters are three-dimensional, with complex backstories. Pru's haunted by a secret from her past that could jeopardize her budding romance with Finn, yet it doesn’t prevent them from forming a close emotional bond and developing a sexual intimacy. Pru is the endearingly clutzy, unfailingly altruistic type, while Finn is the serious, brooding type. Not only do they complement each other emotionally, but their sexual chemistry is off-the-charts. When they’re together, Finn and Pru lower their inhibitions and wholeheartedly give in to their all-consuming desire for each other. It’s because of this that Sweet Littles Lies is one of the author’s steamiest books yet.

With her new series, Jill Shalvis brings her signature comfy, small-town atmosphere to an edgier, big city locale courtesy of the supporting characters. As the neighborhood hangout, Finn’s bar is the heart of the story, providing a haven where he and his group of friends can congregate and where readers can become better acquainted with the characters that fill the books’ pages. One of my favorite things about starting a series of interconnected standalones (with Jill Shalvis, in particular) is being introduced to characters knowing there's the potential that they'll get their own story. After finishing Sweet Little Lies, I’ve never been more excited to continue a series, so much that I broke my own rule and read the sneak peek of the next book. What can I say? I’m hooked.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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