Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Book Review: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
Title: Accidentally on Purpose
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Synopsis: "Accidentally on Purpose is the third in New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis's Heartbreaker Bay series, featuring her trademark gift for humour, warmth and romance.
Elle Wheaton'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...
Archer's wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn't want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren't him... As far as Archer's concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging he 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..."
My thoughts: If you follow me on Goodreads, you will know that I make no bones about enjoying romance, particularly romance from Jill Shalvis. I have always enjoyed that she explores both points of view in her books. I also find her female characters to be tough, smart, and believable, which helps a whole bunch. Not to mention, I tend to love the sex scenes in her books!
This one was really quite good. Occasionally, Shalvis' books can come across as a little formulaic, and I find that I can be a bit of a jumpy reader when that happens (that is, read a bit here, skip forward a few paragraphs, read a bit there, just so I get the gist of things before moving on). But in this one, I actually loved the dynamic between Archer and Elle, and how they both had their own versions of a past event that they shared.
Shalvis is so good in this at exploring each character's insecurities and misguided beliefs, so much so that when they do come together, it feels natural and not forced in any way. Her characters are not 2D, and they also aren't afraid to call someone out on their damaging behaviours or beliefs. Having said that, I did have a few small issues with some of the gender roles in this, but they were honestly tiny issues, and hardly worth mentioning (except for just then).
This is a great book to read of-a-weekend when you want to get swept away into a bit of romance. Do recommend!
A favourite line from the book: 'Kylie shook her head, still smiling. "Does the whole world always do exactly as you command?"
She got that question a lot. "When it knows what's good for it," she quipped.
Kylie smiled. "So are you going to laugh at me if I say I really want to believe the wish will come true?"
"Well, not to your face," Elle said.'
You would like this book if: You enjoy romance where the female characters stand up for themselves, instead of swooning all the time; you like Jill Shalvis!
Tea to drink while reading this book: I'd say something nice and sweet. And steamy (sorry, couldn't help myself!). Perhaps some caramel brownie tea from T2?
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