SWEET LITTLE LIES
A Heartbreaker Bay Novel #1
by Jill Shalvis
June 28, 2016
E-Book/Print 384 pages
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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 lover 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 a 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 heat’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything…
A new series from Jill Shalvis is always a highly anticipated treat for me. Jill writes outstanding chemistry, attraction and hook-ups and even in this story, which takes place in a city, Jill manages to give the book a small town feel, because of her use of an almost magical enclave of a courtyard with businesses, apartments and really great friends and neighbors.
Of course Pru is wildly attracted to Finn — I think you would have be dead not to be. And he is attracted to her. But, the two people each have baggage. Pru’s is something pretty big and essential because she has built it up that way and let it take on grandiose proportions.
Like many of Shalvis’ books, this one has a backing track of bad parenting and how it shapes lives. My own morbid curiousity has always made me wonder about it.
I have said before no one does the big reveal like Jill SHalvis and this book is no different. At one pint in the book the character’s inner voice says “Tell Him,” and I typed a shouty note – “Eff telling him, tell us!”
Another thing about Jill’s intimate encounters is that they are sexy but never vulgar, romantic but not cheesy. They are punctuated by sharp, funny dialog and are the kinds of sexual encounters we all wish for.
Even more, I loved the feeling of this story: the interplay of the characters. I was charmed by the main characters and loved the little mythical bit of San Francisco Jill brought to life. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
HARPER COLLINS: http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062448033/sweet-little-lies