ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE
A Heartbreaker Bay Novel #3
January 24, 2017
eBook, Mass-Market Papreback: 384 pages
Hardcover: 272 pages
Audio: Narration by Karen White | Published by Harper Audio | Duration: 9:33
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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… http://jillshalvis.com/books/accidentally-on-purpose/
Like most of Jill Shalvis’ work, this entry into the charming, San Francisco based, Heartbreaker Bay series focuses on family issues as the basis for behavior and emotions in her, now, adult characters. In this book it focuses on bad parenting ranging from pushy expectations to downright criminal. The issues then continue to problems between siblings.
This always stands out for me in her books because it is a really pervasive theme. I think I have read one story by Jill that has not included bad parenting as a theme. In some the siblings depend on each other and in others the kids are forced to deal with the awful parents on their own. Sometimes the parents are just self-involved and in other books, like this one, they are criminal. Because of the persistent use of the theme I have found myself wondering if these books are meant for an audience with bad parents or if Jill is working out something for herself. And, it have been what I come to expect from her stories, served up with really hot hook-ups that turn into solid relationships.
I always look at editing when I review a book. As I read this one only one popped out at me in the form of a bad, but not unusual to see, word choice. In reference to some stolen goods, they are labeled “invaluable.” Invaluable means extremely useful; indispensable. A calculator is invaluable to a math student, a horse is invaluable to a cowboy, but an antique is valuable. It’s the only one I found though which, given some of the mistakes I find makes it small potatoes.
This series deals with a bunch of people working in building(s) around a central plaza with a fountain. The fountain is supposed to dispense true love in the way of fountains. The courtyard-nature of the location provides the small-town dynamic I have found enjoyable in Jill’s other series, but which could, otherwise, have gone missing in a more urban location like San Francisco.
Each couple has a prior connection in the past. Each has some kind of obstacle. In one it is that her parents did something bad, two were high school connections, and this one is along the lines of cop and rescued criminal-activity collaterally endangered.
The feelings between Archer and Elle run from aggravation, guilt, and imagined animosity to lust and, respect. I did find one suggestion that Archer wanted to strangle Elle disturbing. The hook-ups were occasionally painful sounding. Most of the issues between the two are caused by that really annoying, overused device: poor communication. Sometimes it’s also willful suppression of feelings.
We know the couple belongs together, all their friends know it too. It always takes a crisis, loyalty and some good loving to get them together and the journey is the reason we read the book.
This journey is rocky, dangerous, hot, sultry, and occasionally confused. It’s a good part of the series.
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