I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Published by Avon on June 28th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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. . . .
I love Jill Shalvis. She is a total auto-read author. I’m particularly found of her Lucky Harbor series and her Animal Magnetism series. I am so excited about her new Heartbreaker Bay series with Avon. Sweet Little Lies, the first book in the series, has a lot of the things I love, however it also had some things that I didn’t like, too.
Jill Shalvis creates the most adorable characters, and that is certainly the case here. The main characters are Pru and Finn, and they live in the most adorable little area of San Francisco. Shalvis is known for her small town romances, and although Sweet Little Lies is set in a city, it still has that small town feeling. I really loved that whole aspect to the story.
Finn is the hero of Sweet Little Lies, and I absolutely love him. He’s the strong, silent type, which just so happens to be my kind type of guy. Finn stepped in to raise his younger brother when his father died, and that just made me love Finn all the more. He owns a pub in the little community where this book is set, and he’s the guy anyone can turn. He’s dependable, and responsible and, oh man, I find that ever so attractive.
Pru is that typical Jill Shalvis heroine, and I mean that in the best way. She’s completely adordorkable. I love her. She’s nice, and a hard worker. Pru is so easy to relate to. However, Pru is a bit messed up since her parents’ death, which is understandable. Which leads to the main issued I have with Sweet Little Lies – the “Big Secret” plot.
Pru feels the need to make up for something that her parents did, and so she secretly goes around to all the people her parents hurt, to help them out. And one of those people is Finn. Finn doesn’t know this, of course. So when Pru and Finn get together, you can imagine that there will be some not happy words when Finn does discover the secret.
Over and over, Pru’s friend Jake tells her she needs to tell Finn before it goes to far. She tells herself over and over that she needs to tell Finn. But of course she doesn’t until it’s way past due. It drove me crazy the more I read because Pru wouldn’t tell Finn, even though she KNEW she needed to. I was so frustrated with Pru, especially because she understood that she couldn’t keep this secret. I did still want Pru and Finn to be together. But, still, Pru drove me bonkers with the whole secret thing.
On the plus side, though, I did love Finn and Pru, and their romance is adorable,They clearly made the best couple, and there were some seriously delightful moments during their romance (the incident with the dart was a particular favorite). And I also loved the community that Shalvis created. I can’t wait to get more character’s stories. Also, Pru’s dog Thor was a wonderful addition to the story. Jill Shalvis knows how to write animals into her books.
While Sweet Little Lies didn’t feel extraordinary to me, I still did enjoy the story. And I will for sure be reading more books in the Heartbreaker Bay series as they are released. I often like later books in a Jill Shalvis series the best, anyway.
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