Review: Nothing to Lose by Jill Shalvis

Review: Nothing to Lose by Jill ShalvisNothing to Lose by Jill Shalvis
Published by Signet on September 3, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon


Antique dealer Jade Barrett has had it better. First she’s dumped by her boyfriend after she catches him in flagrante delicto with her own bookkeeper. Then she’s not only locked out of her apartment for back rent, but discovers that someone has cleaned out her entire bank account. When she’s approached by the handsome, aggressive, and heavily armed Will Malone, Jade figures that it’s an inevitable end to a really bad day.

As luck would have it, Will’s on her side. He’s a DEA agent avenging the murder of his sister, an expert in antique jewelry—and like it or not, Jade’s an unwitting link to the crime. When Jade and Will become the targets of an unknown assassin, they have little choice but to hit the road and lay low. Now Jade wonders what other surprises are in store for her—and for this sexy stranger she’s starting to warm up to. After all, her life depends on it.

Includes a preview of Jill Shalvis’s Rumor Has It
Nothing to Lose previously appeared inDare Me

It’s kind of odd reading Jill Shalvis’s earlier books. You can see how she developed into the author she is today, but everything is just a little less polished. It’s also a bit hit or miss with her older books. Some of them I have loved (Serving up Trouble) and some I didn’t care much for (Her Knight to Remember). Nothing to Lose by Jill Shalvis falls right in the mediocre pile. It’s not great, but not horrific either.

Nothing to Lose is about Jade Barrett, an antique shop owner who’s having a very bad day and DEA agent Will Malone who’s trying to capture the man who murdered his sister. Jade gets pulled into a crazy adventure with Will, and of course, along the way they fall for each other.

There were some definite Jill-Shalvis moments in Nothing to Lose. Jade, the heroine, felt very much like a Shalvis heroine, and catching her boyfriend sleeping with her bookkeeper in her own store was such a Shalvis plot point. Jade was pretty easy to root for, and I definitely felt for here when her life suddenly went to shit. Jade does make some crazy decisions, which felt more as a way to move the story along that what she would actually do, though.

Will has been haunted by his sister’s death, which is understandable. But he’s gotten a bit too crazy in hunting down his sister’s killer and will do anything he has to. He even ends up getting Jade to help him find the murderer, which probably isn’t the best thing because she’s a civilian. But he does start to deal with it, and I did grow to like him.

The romance happened super fast. Although I don’t mind characters falling for each other quickly, it didn’t really work for me here. There wasn’t anything about these characters that made me think they specifically belonged together. Although I liked them both, they didn’t have a super strong connection, in my opinion.

There is humor in this book, too, but not quite as developed as her current style. While I didn’t mind Nothing to Lose, it isn’t book I would recommend to someone wanting to try Jill Shalvis out for the first time.


4 Responses to “Review: Nothing to Lose by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Nick

    I feel the same way about her older stuff. They are very hit or miss for me. Her newer books are much more polished and enjoyable. This one doesn’t sound too bad, but it’s annoying how fast that romance seems to happen. I’d much rather read a slow-burn romance that takes the whole book to develop than read about insta-love.

  2. Rowena

    I don’t read very many old school Jill Shalvis because like you both, she’s hit or miss for me. This doesn’t sound very interesting to me either so I’m glad that I read your review. I probably would have bought it if it came up for sale or something. I won’t now.

  3. Angela @ Simply Angela

    I always find it interesting to watch how an author has progressed in their writing. Like you, I often find their earlier books are hit or miss. I’ve not read this one yet but now I’m curious just because those professions usually call to me in books.

  4. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

    LOL Quinn! I agree! I read a lot of her ‘older’ books a long time ago, and I wonder sometimes what I’d think of them if I read them now. She almost always have characters I grow attached to, but sometimes in her books from years ago, the romance is way too hurried for me.
    Great review!

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