Jill Shalvis released her Heartbreaker Bay series last year, and it quickly became a favorite contemporary romance series for me. With heart, humor, a wonderful group of friends and the animals who love them, it’s a guaranteed smile on my face read. Please read on for my review of
Accidentally on Purpose
Elle and Archer – the two literally have sparks flying at every encounter. Like striking two flints, it’s immovable force (Archer) meets impenetrable object (Elle). Stubborn and driven, these two are the caretakers of the group. Elle with a past that doesn’t allow her to open or accept anyone easily has allowed the people of the Pacific Pier building to become her friends, and her responsibility. Archer, former cop and now heading a security firm is ALWAYS watching out for everyone he knows, and that includes Elle, after his first encounter with her some eleven years prior.
Getting to know Elle has been an experience. She had a crappy childhood: absent father, grifter mother and an older sister that she, for years, looked out for. Rescued from a dangerous, if not foolhardy, situation when she was 16, Archer abandoned the orders of his superior officers to spirit her away from danger and potential arrest. She has always felt indebted to Archer, a feeling she despises as in her newly created life she is independent, in control, trustworthy, competent and unaccountable to no one.
Archer’s rescue of Elle when she was a 16 year old child was the tipping point for him, showing him that he would always follow his own moral code and protect those who needed it, even as those decisions may not align with his superior officers in the police. He left the police department after rescuing Elle, to set up his own very successful and in demand security firm. E’s never lost sight of her though, attracted to her, amazed by her, and worrying for her.
Now both are adults, they are constantly in contact at the building, and the sparks have them both discombobulated. Archer can’t get Elle out of his mind, and can’t actually connect to his actual feelings to not grunt, order and especially romance her. Elle can’t get past their very first encounter, and slowly is discovering his involvement in her life ever since that night. She’s feeling like his obligation, no matter how strong the pull between them, or her girly parts dancing the lambada every time she sees or thinks of him.
Oh so darn fun – these two can’t get out of their own way to see what’s best for them, even if everyone, including ALL their friends and his very alpha set of employees are reading it like a neon billboard. Slowly both of them reveal their fears, and with plenty of back and forth, a bit of danger, a farting dog (one too many breakfast sandwiches) and a gunshot wound, Archer finally learns to speak for what he wants, in ways that Elle can hear. Plenty of advice (reluctant and otherwise) from the friends who know their match is perfection, their story comes full circle with plenty of smiles, steam and the perfect happy ending.
Title: Accidentally on Purpose
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Also in this series: Sweet Little Lies, The Trouble with Mistletoe, One Snowy Night, Chasing Christmas Eve, Holiday Wishes, About That Kiss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 24 January 2017
Source: 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…
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.