by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 28th 2016 by Avon
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I had never heard of Jill Shalvis until I saw an Instagram picture with stacks of books by Jill Shalvis. That’s when I became interested in her work. I noticed Nick (she’s the reason I’m requesting too much and spending money on books) gave it a great rating. Since an eARC had already been sent to me, I immediately started it.
Pru went through a tragic event in her life where her parents died and many others suffered as well. Pru decides to give back to all who were affected by this accident. While doing that, she moved to a new neighborhood where she officially meets Finn, the owner of a pub. Pru tells herself she should stay away, but she cannot resist the incredible man that is Finn.
Let me get out of the way what I didn’t like so we can focus on all the good things this book has. I had problems with Pru and the way she would talk to Thor, her little and lazy dog. I know we treat dogs like any loved one, but Pru took it to another level that had me a little worried for her sanity. Besides that, Pru is a great character. I love that she is very selfless, always putting others before herself.
Finn has carried a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. He had to grow up quickly when his father passed away in an accident and his mother took off. When that happened, Finn was already 21, but his brother was only 14 years old. Finn did everything he could to help out his brother and continue raising him while trying to keep them alive. Just knowing this information, I knew Finn would be a character I would love. He could have taken the easy route and give his brother to the system, yet he didn’t He manned up and took care of both of them, struggling to do so. His life is finally stable, but he still doesn’t have time to get into a serious relationship, but maybe a certain woman could change his mind when a dart literally pierces his chest.
“You going to teach me how to have fun, Pru?”
I loved the connection and obvious chemistry that Pru and Finn had from the start. Some of their interaction had me laughing, while others had me swooning. Their romance and witty banter is so believable and adorable. I loved when Pru named herself “fun-whisperer”, which had me laughing so hard and it’s where everything started for this beautiful couple.
I’m so in love with the secondary characters and I can’t wait for each one of them to have their own book. Finn’s and Pru’s friends felt more like family than anything. I loved how close they are and how they are there for each other no matter what.
Overall, Sweet Little Lies is a very romantic and fun-filled story, a great start to a new series! The sneak peek for the second book has me so giddy!
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