Published by Avon on June 28th 2016
Also by this author: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay, #2), One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay, #2.5), Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3)
Reading Challenges: Contemporary Romance Challenge
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I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 feel like one of the only romance fans on the planet to not have read all of (or at least most) Jill Shalvis’s books. I did read the first book in her Animal Magnetism series but that’s it. Anyway, I’m glad that I decided to pick up the first book in her brand new series, Heartbreaker Bay. This was a wonderful introduction to a quirky cast of characters including: a hilarious and mysterious homeless man, an old noisy neighbor, and Pru’s cute little dog Thor. Not to mention that Finn had a great group of friends (and his brother) and I can’t wait to learn their stories in the next books. If you’re looking for a funny but also somewhat emotional story with a beautiful romance, Sweet Little Lies is probably just what you need.
Pru is an amazing and selfless heroine who I really loved from the start. She has a tremendous amount of guilt due to a major mistake made by her parents that hurt many lives. Since then, she’s done everything that she can to help those people out by providing them money, jobs, houses, and whatever else they need. You could tell just how caring and giving this girl is from the scene where she makes a wish in the famous fountain that Finn will find true love. There were so many parts in the story when I wanted to give this girl a huge hug. She carried a huge weight around because of what her parents did, and I hated that for her.
Now Finn is just something else entirely. You can tell from the physical description of him that this guy is seriously hot, and he’s also an incredibly decent and selfless man as well. Finn was on track to become a professional baseball player when his father was killed in an accident and he was forced to take care of his teenage brother so he wouldn’t have to go into foster care. They ended up opening a bar together and Finn has no time for anything not involving work. Things obviously start changing for him when he meets the beautiful new girl in town, Pru. However, Pru is keeping something major for him, and he must decide if he can continue on with her after learning this secret.
I’ve never been a fan of books that have some secret that one of the characters is keeping from the other one. This one did bother me to an extent because I was just not so patiently waiting for it to all blow up in her face, but it wasn’t unbearable to me either. Once I overlooked this part of the relationship, it was actually a very steamy and swoony romance. Jill Shalvis doesn’t get ridiculously descriptive with her sex scenes, but they definitely don’t disappoint. You could feel the chemistry from them pretty early on in the book, it felt extremely believable to me and I really enjoyed it as a whole.
Sweet Little Lies has certainly made me hooked on this new series and I can’t wait to read Willa’s story. There are so many supporting characters that are introduced which is honestly a little overwhelming for only the first book, but I still enjoyed the huge personalities that Jill Shalvis has already given them. I’m particularly looking forward to Sean, Archer, and Jake’s books. Even if you’ve never read a Jill Shalvis book before, you’re sure to love this if you’re a contemporary romance fan. This book is out today, so go and buy it for your Kindle!
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