Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: Accidentally On Purpose by Jill Shalvis






Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Publisher:  Avon  

Published: 24 January 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Reading Challenges: COYER Blackout, 2017 New Release, Netgalley and Edelweiss


  

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…



Sweet Little Lies was the book that gave me my first taste of Jill Shalvis’s work.  Since then, I have eagerly awaited the release of each of the books in the Heartbreaker series.  When the opportunity arose for me to read and review Elle and Archer’s story, I was ecstatic.  Why? They absolutely intrigued me. They had a history between them as well a chemistry that was simmering beneath the surface, just waiting for that moment when it would explode. I could not wait to get the answers to the questions I had about these two.

Elle and Archer are attracted to each other; however, they had no clue that their feelings were reciprocated.  Their friends knew, but they were clueless.  Things became interesting when other men showed interest in Elle. Archer became jealous when other men showed interest, and he would find ways to discourage them.  I thought this was selfish on his part given the fact that he never made his feelings known. He kept his feelings hidden because he felt he was not good enough for her. I had mixed feelings as it relates to their behaviour when they are around each other.  At times, their actions were funny and entertaining and moments when I found it frustrating.  I could not wait for them to finally get their act together.

Despite their frustrating actions, I thought they were perfect for each other. They had so much in common. They were driven, stubborn and they both had issues from their past that were affecting the way they related to each other.  As the story progressed, Elle and Archer’s past collided with their present, which led to the introduction of new characters.  These characters brought with them an element of danger, which did not bode well for Elle and Archer.  This aspect of the story was suspenseful and riveting.

What I enjoyed about this book as is the case with the other books in the series is the strong bonds of friendship. I believed that the friendships portrayed helped to make the story compelling. The romance was not of the sweet variety, it was instead tense and antagonistic, which for me was a welcome change.  The interaction between the characters was fun and endearing.   I had several moments of laughter as a result.  One of the things I believe that makes a story worth reading are dynamic characters and Elle and Archer were perfect examples of such. The story, which was well written, flowed flawlessly and kept me glued to the pages from start to finish.

Verdict
This was an engaging and enjoyable story that I recommend to both fans of Jill Shalvis, and readers who enjoy stories about love and friendships.







I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss, which has in no way influenced my voluntary review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

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