Publisher: Avon


Jan 23

Review * Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

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.

Review * Accidentally on Purpose by Jill ShalvisAccidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Published by Avon on January 24, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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five-stars
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…

What I Thought…

• The tension between Elle and Archer ran high throughout the entire story. I loved how their backstory unfolded, it was just woven into the story, a little bit here, a little bit there until finally you knew what happened. To me that felt like such a natural way for the reader to find out the details, as they were remembering it, rather than just being told all the things.

• Sometimes Archer drove me crazy, but in the end he won me over. I get his need to want to protect Elle, but c’mon! That is generally not liked by anyone so he should not have been surprised to see that blow up in his face (more than once lol).

• Elle also had a fierce need to be independent. She’s worked hard to be that way, but sometimes you have to learn to accept help and Elle had a hard time with that.

• While Elle and Archer have a past, it’s a bit different from those typically featured in contemporary romances. It was nice to see what happened, how it shaped them, and how they came back together in the present.

• As always I enjoyed getting to know more of the characters, including Spence who I found adorable and hilarious and I can’t wait for him to get his own book. I really want him to get his own HEA. He needs it. I also enjoyed the reappearance of characters I’ve already met, and seeing what they’re up to.

• I wish that there was a bit more of Elle’s sister, but I also feel like she should get her own book (maybe with Spence???) so I’m ok with there not being more there if there is more of her in the future.

Overall another great addition to the Heartbreak Bay Series and one I would highly recommend!

Kimberly


Jan 24

Review * The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

Reviews 14 ★★★★

Review * The Boy Next Door by Meg CabotThe Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
Series: Boy #1
Published by Avon on October 11, 2002
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 379
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
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What I Thought…

  • Why oh why did I wait so long to discover Meg Cabot???? Her books are so cute and funny!
  • What the synopsis doesn’t tell you: The Boy Next Door is about Mel who discovers her neighbor had been knocked out and left unconscious in her apartment. Mel is taking care of her pets until her neighbors nephew shows up to take over. She falls for the nephew… only the nephew isn’t the nephew.
  • The Boy Next Door is told through emails. I thought this would be annoying, but surprisingly it wasn’t. I was however annoyed that there were no chapters. The emails provided good stopping spots, but still, I need chapters. I think the reason why the emails worked so well for me is because they are not just from Mel, but from all the characters, so you get to see the other sides of the story.
  • I knew pretty early that I was going to love Mel because we both share a love for disasters. I know that sounds awful but they are just so fascinating! Plus she was a lot of fun and she cared so much, though she was definitely not perfect. Especially when it comes to being on time.
  • I really liked John (the fake Max) as well. Even though he was lying to Mel he felt bad about it but couldn’t find the best time to come clean. But you know how it is, the longer you wait to come clean, the harder it is to do it. I loved the emails between him and his sister in law. Hilarious.
  • Mel’s best friend (Nan) was great too, both in her emails to Mel and to her fiancé Tony. I loved how Nan would send an email to Mel and then turn around and send one to Tony because she was freaking out about what she said, and if it was too much or too harsh or too nice.
  • Mel’s parents have also discovered email and those emails are exactly what you would expect from parents. My favorite one was probably the one where she told Mel that “he’s not going to want to buy the cow when he can get the milk for free.” Gotta love parents!
  • The secondary characters were great. There is Dolly, (the co-worker), Max (the real one), Vivica (the supermodel) Aaron (the ex), George (the boss), and a slew of others. All of them great in their own special (and sometimes annoying) way. My favorite was the meddlesome, know it all Dolly.

Overall The Boy Next Door is another Meg Cabot book that I simply adored. If you haven’t read her yet I insist you do so!

 

Kimberly