Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3) by Jill Shalvis: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


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…

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His hand caught her, long fingers wrapping around her elbow and causing all sorts of unwelcome sensations as he pulled her back around.

“What?” she asked.

“Waiting for my apology.”

“Sure,” she said agreeably. “When hell freezes over.” She lifted her chin, grateful for her four-inch heels so that she could almost, kind of, not quite look him in the eyes. “I’m in charge of this building, Archer, which means I’m in charge of everything that happens in it. I’m also in charge of everyone who works for this building.”

He cocked his head, looking amused again. “You want to be the boss of me, Elle?” he asked softly.

I am the boss of you.”

Now he outright smiled and her breath caught. Damn, stupid, sexy smile. And then there was The Body. Yes, she thought of it in capital letters, it deserved the respect. “If you don’t want to be walking funny tomorrow,” she said, “you’ll stop invading my personal-space bubble.”

Complete bravado and they both knew it. She’d only been at this job for a year and it’d come as a surprise to her that he’d been in the building at all. An unfortunate coincidence. Before that it’d been years since they’d had any contact, but she still knew enough to get that no one got the better of him.

He was quick, light on his feet, and physically strong. But that wasn’t what made him so dangerous to her. No, it was his sharp intelligence, his quick wit, how he was willing to go as dark as he needed to in order to do what he thought was right.

And then there was the biggie—the way he had of making her feel shockingly alive.

He did as she asked and stepped back but not before pausing to make sure they both knew who was in control here, and it most definitely wasn’t her.

No one did intimidation like Archer, and in his line of work he could be in a coma and still intimidate everyone in the room. He had muscles on top of muscles but didn’t look beefed up like a body builder might. Instead his body seemed lean and seriously badass, with caramel skin that strayed from light to golden to mocha latte depending on what the season was, giving him a look of indeterminable origin.

And sexiness.

It worked for him, allowing him to fit in to just about any situation. Handy on the job, she imagined. But with her he was careful. Distant. And yet she’d seen the way he sometimes looked at her, and on the rare occasion when he’d touched her, like when he guided her through a door with his hand low on her back, he let himself linger. There was always a shocking and baffling yearning beyond both the glances and the touches.

That, or it was all just wishful thinking.

Not that it mattered since he still held back with her. The problem was she yearned too. Yearned for him to see her as a woman, strong and capable enough to stand at his side.

But after what they’d been through, she knew that would never happen. She turned away, annoyed by how her entire body had gone on high alert as always, every inch of her seeming to hum beneath the surface.

She should have just emailed him.

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:

A Jill Shalvis book is my happy place because I know that, no matter what story of hers I'm diving in to, it's a guarantee that I'll love it. With its combination of humor, heat, and heart, her Heartbreaker Bay series is a particular favorite, with each book just as captivating, if not more so, than the one before. Her newest release, Accidentally on Purpose is another instant favorite, following the story of two not-quite-friends-but-not-quite-enemies whose attraction has become too palpable to ignore. With a swoon-worthy romance, a side of suspense to get your blood pumping, and an extensive cast of characters with whom you’ll have no choice but to fall head-over-heels in love, Accidentally on Purpose is a book that will put a smile on your face, a blush on your cheek, and warmth in your heart.

Elle Wheaton and Archer Hunt may be part of the same tightknit group of friends, yet they are known more for their constant bickering, with a rapport that would best be described as antagonistic with an extra dose of sexual tension. When Elle’s past makes an unwelcome appearance in her present, the two are thrown together in close quarters, forcing them to finally confront the unresolved feelings brewing between them. I've never enjoyed alternating perspectives more than I did with Elle and Archer. There was something about knowing how each of them felt (even while they refused to admit those feelings to each other) that heightened the tension between them to an almost unbearable level. Elle and Archer’s relationship is a slow-burning romance, one that crackles with need, yearning, and desire. The anticipation killed me in the best possible way, but the reward is well worth the wait.

Blazing hot chemistry? Check. An electric connection? Check. An inescapable, undeniable attraction? Check! Together, Elle and Archer are mesmerizing, bringing this irresistible energy that had me glued to my Kindle screen. I reveled in the biting, yet playful dynamic between Elle – a strong, loyal, fiercely independent woman – and Archer – a commanding, no-nonsense Alpha male – which was akin to an emotional (and eventually physical) tug-of-war. They pushed and pulled, give and took, all while driving each other crazy. I felt like an honorary member of the Heartbreaker Bay crew, shamelessly riveted to the delicious drama unfolding with every paragraph. Side note: I want to be besties with this group of friends. They have each other’s backs but they aren’t afraid to smack some sense into each other. The fun-loving, humorous banter between these characters gives an added bit of magic to the series, providing an excellent incentive for a reader to keep coming back for more.

Accidentally on Purpose (and the series as a whole) is about fate, and true love, and the promise of happily ever after, which is perfect for indulging one's not-so-inner romantic. Like previous books in the Heartbreaker Bay series, I couldn't get enough of Accidentally on Purpose. To me, the sign of a good book is loathing the idea that the story is coming to an end, and, while reading this book, I sincerely wished it were a hundred (or more) pages longer. Archer and Elle are two characters who commanded my attention and didn't relinquish it until the very last page, and even then, my mind desperately wanted to linger in the Heartbreaker Bay world. The only thing left to say is...who's next?

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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  4. I love heroes and heroines who begin by hating each other then come to their senses.

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  6. I like strong characters mostly, but I've enjoyed some underdogs.

  7. I always like to read about everyday guy/girl hero or heroine because it makes the story relatable for me! However, I read just about any romance novel I can find!!!!!

  8. I like to read a story about the girl/boy next door type of hero/heroine because it allows me to relate to the story. However, I will read any type of romance novel I can get my hands on!

  9. I Love the shy quiet hero/heroine that you would least expect but is sweet & honest & makes you laugh. Thanks for this very generous giveaway.

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