Let me start by thanking the wonderful ladies at Avon Addicts for providing this book for review. That being said – I’ve read it FOUR times – yes, four. I needed the humor and feel-good moments frequently this past while, and Jill Shalvis can, and does, deliver both. The first of a new contemporary romance series set in San Francisco, please read on for my review of
Sweet Little Lies
Pru is a charter boat captain with a mission. Since her parents’ death she has attempted to assuage her guilt and remorse by covertly and overtly helping the families that were impacted by her parents’ choices that night. Not only did Pru lose her parents that night, but her father was driving drunk, and the accident killed or impacted others. She’s stepped in to use all of her resources to help these families and ease their path in life. But, the last family she’s helped still need her.
Finn was 21 when his father was killed by a drunk driver. He left school and a promising baseball career to step up and manage his younger brother Sean, building a life for them. Owning a bar wasn’t on his short-list, but he’s done everything, and works endlessly to make a go of things. Unfortunately, he never really sees that Sean appreciates or understands the necessity of work, dedication and commitment. He’s desperately in need of some relaxation and fun in his life, it just won’t be a woman. Or perhaps, the water-logged blonde with legs for days and a nearsighted mini-mutt with mega attitude may be the cure.
I loved these two – both are stuck in their own little boxes. Pru spends so much time trying to do for others to make up for something that was never her responsibility that she’s never really moved forward from the night of her parents’ death. Her only living relative is her paternal grandfather: an elderly, infirm man struggling with dementia and anger. She nearly bankrupted herself to help everyone impacted by the accident, and still her own happiness eludes her as she doesn’t think she deserves it. Finn’s journey is a bit different – a deceitful girlfriend just added to his issues: determined to make good and overcome his father’s expectations for both he and Sean, he’s guarded and focused – on work.
One of those stories that just gets better as it proceeds – with secondary characters that are as important to the relationship between Finn and Pru, the wishing well at the center of the story, and Pru’s nearsighted and obstreperous little dog Thor. Each of the secondary characters brings that sense of ‘family you make’ to the story, supportive and protective, these are the friends everyone wants in their corner. A wonderful start to a new series – go grab this now for plenty of smiles with a few tears, sure to leave you smiling.
Title: Sweet Little Lies
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Also in this series: The Trouble with Mistletoe, One Snowy Night, Accidentally on Purpose, Chasing Christmas Eve, Holiday Wishes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon
Published on: 28 June, 2016
Source: Avon Addict
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 35 minutes
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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. . . .
A copy of this title was provided via Avon Addict for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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