Book Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

Posted August 11, 2016 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments Tags:

Book Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill ShalvisSweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Published by Avon on 2016-06-28
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: a Giveaway
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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. . . .

I don’t think Jill Shalvis can write anything bad. I don’t know how she does it, and to be completely fair, I’ve only read maybe 5% of her entire catalog, but she still writes amazing romances after all this time and I still enjoy them.

For starters, the characters in this book are super likable. Actually, there is one I didn’t like but considering how many there are and that we’re probably not suppose to love him, that’s a pretty good average. And when I’m reading romances, I want to like the characters. Both Finn and Pru are loyal and honest and charismatic and way too perfect to be real people but they’re characters in a book so it doesn’t matter. I liked them and I was happy to see them together. Their only real flaws were how guarded they both were. So if having realistic and flawed characters is something that’s really important to you, you might be rolling your eyes quite a bit at how perfect these two seem to be. They have their inevitable conflict but even that resolved itself rather easily. And I didn’t mind at all because I enjoyed these characters and really just wanted them to be together and happy. But, like I said, if you want real drama and conflict and characters that really need to work on personal growth and issues, this one might not be for you. It was pretty light and enjoyable.

Besides the two main characters, I also really liked the support group that Finn had. And I’m super excited for the next couple of books in the series because of the characters those will focus on and getting to know them a little bit better. It’s one of my favorite things about series like this, just getting to know the characters and see how their lives intertwine and continue after each book. And the characters that are featured in the following books are really good ones to choose.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t too dark and drama-filled. It was a really fast read with a very swoony, chemistry filled romance. Perfect for a summer read by the pool or when you want something on the lighter side. I’d definitely recommend this one and to keep an eye out for all of the supporting characters who really do pull the whole book together.

4 Responses to “Book Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis”

  1. I love Jill Shalvis, too, but this wasn’t my favorite. I was so unbelievably frustrated with Pru and how she didn’t tell Finn her little secret. I got so sick of her thinking to herself that she needed to tell Finn, and her friend telling her she needed to tell Finn, and then she never did. Until the end when it was way late. But I did still like it. The second book in the series, which isn’t out yet, is pretty adorable, too!

    • Lori

      Yes, that was the one thing that drove me crazy! Like, it wasn’t that big of a deal, just tell him! But I sort of let things like that go in romances because there always has to be some kind of drama/conflict like it. I’m looking forward to the next one. I’m glad you liked it!

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