Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

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Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill ShalvisSweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Published by Avon on June 28th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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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13 Responses to “Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Nick

    I think I liked this one just a bit more than you, but I can understand your frustrations with Pru. I kinda figured she wouldn’t tell him until he figured it out himself towards the end, so I guess that helped? I loved Finn & Pru together so much. They were totally too adorable for words. And omg Thor! He was so funny and loveable.
    I hope the next book is better for you, Quinn! 🙂
    Lovely review!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      They really were too adorable for words. I adored Thor. I did still like Sweet Little Lies. And I absolutely want to read the next book. I’m not a big of of the Big Secret thing, so that is why this book didn’t 100% work for me.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    The Big Secret drives me crazy! Nine times out of ten the only reason the secret becomes a BIG secret is because it doesn’t get announced early on. I do like the sound of Pru and her adorkableness. I love a good Shalvis heroine! I wasn’t completely in love with the last book I read so I have a feeling my expectations won’t be particularly high when I pick this one up.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I am a big Shalvis fan, but I have found that sometimes her books just don’t work for me. Because of the plot. Her writing is great, and she makes these heroines that are just so adorable, and they don’t have their lived figured out and I love that. This wasn’t my favorite of hers, but I still love her books sooo much!

  3. Lover Of Romance

    oh this was a fun book to read!!! I didn’t WOW me, but I liked it and I loved all the side characters we got introduced to. Pru wasn’t my favorite though, the whole secret got dragged out a bit too much for my taste. But these were so cute together. 🙂 Great review.

  4. Sharlene Wegner

    I just finished this in a day! I think Pru waiting to tell Finn had to happen later in the book, just to keep you on the edge of your seat, just waiting for the “dark moment”.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      The Big Secret was the major conflict in the story, so I understand that it had to happen later in the story. But, it almost felt more like a device to add conflict to the story after awhile, instead of it just feeling natural. But, I am really not that much a fan of the big secret plot either. I did still like this book, and I’m a total Jill Shalvis fan girl. I just didn’t love this one. Thanks for the comment!

      • anna@herding cats & burning soup

        I didn’t love the big secret thing. I really didn’t GET the big secret and why she didn’t just tell him. I’ll definitely agree with ya on that being an eh point. I liked the characters quite a it though 😀 Book 2 was fun and didn’t have that element thankfully.

          • anna@herding cats

            Doooo it!!! lol The hero totes a cranky cat around in a pink rhinestone cat carrier. Ha!

  5. Kaja

    I definitely understand why you were frustrated with Pru. I thought her keeping that secret so long was silly, too, especially since she KNEW she’d have to tell him eventually; she really shouldn’t have gotten that deeply involved with him.
    But I liked the beginning of this series better than I did the Cedar Ridge series, so I’m really happy with it. Once you’ve read this many books from one author, it’s easy to get overly critical, I think, which is why I was so disappointed with Cedar Ridge – now I just wanted to have a good time reading her newest novel and I did. 🙂

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      You know, I generally find with Jill Shalvis that the alter books in the series I like better. The first book in a series is never my favorite. That’s how it was with Lucky Harbor, Animal Magnetism, and Cedar Ridge. I think it takes her a bit to set up everything. I did like this though, I just didn’t LOVE it.

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