I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3) by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Published by Avon on January 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: the Publisher via Edelweiss
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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…
I love this book. I know you guys are probably getting tired of hearing me say it but I’m always surprised at how much I continue to love the new books that Jill Shalvis keeps putting out. I always think, it’ll be the same as the others. But they aren’t. They’re all fantastic, all easy to get lost in, and all incredibly swoony!
This book is the third in the Heartbreaker Bay series. Of course, you could always read these out of order and the only thing that you’ll miss the the background on the other characters’ relationships. And while I will always recommend reading them in order, it isn’t a huge deal if you just want to pick this one and start here. Elle and Archer make a great couple and will probably make you want to read the rest of the books in the series anyway!
My absolute favorite thing about this series is that all of the characters have pasts. Each pair has something from their past that connects them and gives them just a little bit deeper of a relationship than the ones where people just meet for the first time and fall head over heels in love. And the whole books aren’t spent on whatever this thing from their past is, either. And Elle and Archer are no different. Their connection is more recent than the others in the series but no less intense. Plus, they’ve kept in contact for most of that time through their jobs and locations. So it’s really interesting to see them go from the people they were when they met and the situations they were in to where they are now and how they treat each other. I love that they’re close because their friends are close but keep their distance because they both feel a chemistry that pulls them together but aren’t sure they’re actually ready for anything or willing to put themselves out there. Both Elle and Archer are stubborn and it was really fun to see the back and forth between them. It gets a bit repetitive at times but not so much that it actually annoyed me too much. Mostly I just enjoyed watching these two learn how to care for each other and learn about the connection from their past.
If you haven’t read a Jill Shalvis book yet, I highly recommend them. They are fun adult romances that have more complex characters than I imagined I’d see in a romance book and are never quite as predictable as I think they’ll be. And this series so far has definitely been my favorite! Check out the excerpt I have below and make sure you don’t miss the giveaway!
Elle made a move to snatch the knife from Archer’s fingers but the bastard held firm. She started a tug-of-war with him before remembering that she no longer let anyone see her sweat and forced herself to go still.
Not that Archer let go. “You still have it,” he said, a whisper of surprise in his voice.
The equivalent of a full-on double take from the man who was all but impossible to shock.
And yes, of course she still had the knife. Did he really think she wouldn’t? She didn’t blush very often but she felt heat rush to her face now. Regret, partly.
Mostly full-blown mortification.
She’d very carefully taught herself to be strong and confident and to never look back.
Sentimentality didn’t have a place in her life. Or so she told herself. So why then had she been carrying the small packet knife Archer had given her the night he’d saved her all those years ago? Especially since the thought of how she’d tried to repay him—and God, the humility of how she’d actually offered him the only thing she’d had, that being her body, which he’d turned down flat—still made her face flame. The worst part had been when he’d vanished like it’d been nothing to him, when to her it’d been everything.
She might not know why he’d done what he had but she still wasn’t leaving here without that knife. It was a badge. A reminder of who she’d been and who she was now.
Neither of them had moved. Around them the night life in the pub went on. Laughter, conversations, more dancing…all oblivious to this tight, little cocoon of just the two of them crouched in front of the bar. They might as well have been completely alone for all the attention anyone paid them.
Balanced with apparent ease on the balls of his feet, Archer leaned in even closer if that was possible, close enough that his knees touched hers. Close enough that she could see every single gold spec in his hazel eyes. Every single black-as-ink eyelash framing those eyes. He was hours past a five o’clock shadow and a muscle ticked in his square jaw.
A rare tell from a man who could be a stone when he wanted.
The rest of him was as big and bad and intimidating as ever. His large body blocked out everything behind him and although he could be terrifyingly scary when he wanted to be, he never was with her. With her he was careful. Cautious.
And she hated that most of all.
This time when she tried to tug the knife from his long fingers, he let her. Rising, she stared down at him. “We done here?”
He rose to his feet too. And just looked at her.
“Well?” she asked.
“We’re never done,” he said.
And don’t miss the previous books in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE and ONE SNOWY NIGHT, now available! Grab your copies HERE!
About Jill Shalvis:
New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.