Monday, May 16, 2016

Early Review of Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay #1) by Jill Shalvis

Title: Sweet Little Lies: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Heartbreaker Bay
Format: Paperback; 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (June 28, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0062448021
ISBN-13: 978-0062448026
Author's Website:
Notes: I received an eARC loan of the book for review purposes.

A girl with a secret.
A guy with issues.
One wish made by tossing a coin into a fountain...
and love will find a way.

This is a new series for Jill Shalvis called Heartbreaker Bay. The series takes place in San Francisco where Pru, the heroine of the story, is the Captain of a tour boat. Finn O’Riley, the hero of the novel, is the co-owner of one of the area's local pubs. Both have a lot of baggage, and Pru has some that could end up being a relationship breaker. For some reason, I kept picturing Finn saying, "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." Granted, this is no Casablanca and Pru doesn't end up in Finn's bar accidentally--she's a woman on a mission--but for some odd reason that scene just kept playing in my head. If you've never read one of Ms. Shalvis' books, you are truly missing out on something special. She combines sexy characters with witty banter, humor, and fun situations that have me grinning as I'm reading and smiling long after I've finished.

Finn is a man with a plan. He's bent on making the business he and and brother, Sean, started a success. Distractions, like Pru, do not fit into his plan, but even though he tries to resist the attraction that exists between the two, he and she keep gravitating towards one another.

Pru is a fun loving individual who wants Finn to be happy. One of the first things we see is her do is make a wish that Finn find happiness. While he's not a sad individual he just isn't really "living" which is ironic because someone later says the very same thing about her. Seeing these two come together against their better judgment was amusing and extremely entertaining.

The song that started playing in my head as I read was 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen:

"I threw a wish in the well
Don't ask me I'll never tell
I looked at you as it fell
And now you're in my way

I trade my soul for a wish
Pennies and dimes for a kiss
I wasn't looking for this
But now you're in my way..."

Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 out 5 roses. It was a fun and sexy tale that left me with a feeling that all was right with the world. Ms. Shalvis was also able to incorporated a tiny heartwarming little tribute to Prince (even though she didn't know at the time of her writing that he would pass) as Pru and her friends sing one of his songs while doing karaoke. It made me smile as I read it.  On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one scored a STEAM  rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

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