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Jan 24

ARC Review, Giveaway & Excerpt – Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3) by Jill Shalvis

Accidentally on Purpose is Shalvis at her best, she weaves so much history, feelings, and craziness into these characters lives and then she forces them to deal with it even when they fight it tooth and nail. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series…

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About ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE:

There’s no such thing as a little in love . . .

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 . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust . . .

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 . . .

There is such a thing as . . .

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her 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 . . .

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I’ve really enjoyed the books in the Heartbreak Bay series and Accidentally On Purpose was completely entertaining with two very stubborn people who have a history trying to deny the attraction between them even when everyone around them has seen it for over a year. This is Shalvis at her best, she weaves so much history, feelings, and craziness into these characters lives and then she forces them to deal with it even when they fight it tooth and nail. I loved this story, these characters and every stupid little thing they did to get on each other’s nerves because it was so them, it was the way they related to one another and for them it was perfect.

Ten years have passed since Archer Hunt helped out Elle Wheaton who at the time was a scared, injured girl in a very bad spot. One year has passed since Elle went to work as the general manager of the building that Archer’s investigative firm is head of security and one year has passed with them pretending there is nothing more between them than business. The tension surrounding Archer and Elle is so thick that whenever they are near one another they argue, the fight, they nitpick, they bicker and everyone around them can see they want more from one another, but they are both too stubborn to believe the other one wants them as they are without the past coming between them.

I loved watching Archer and Elle together and the fact that this wasn’t a hearts and flowers type of romance, this was two people whose paths collided years ago that changed both their directions. They are still trying to figure out how they move past that and when Elle decides she’s never going to get what she wants from Archer she decides it’s time to move on and get on with dating men who might be able to offer her what she needs. Of course this is like waving a red flag in front of a bull and Archer realizes he needs Elle in his life in ways he never imagined. There were lots of ups and downs and a bit of danger thanks to Elle’s estranged sister reentering her life, and through it all Archer and Elle both still couldn’t quite seem to figure out that being together was better than letting one another go. I got a bit frustrated with them both at times (hence 4.5 stars instead of 5), but kept it interesting to say the least.

One thing I’ve always appreciated about Ms. Shalvis’ work is the sense of community in her books and that has continued in this series. I love seeing the couples from the previous books, I enjoy the witty banter between all the characters, and I’m intrigued about whose story will be told next.

Accidentally on Purpose has it all; great characters, an exciting story, fun times, intelligent dialog, and most of all two people finally figuring out being together is not a sign of weakness.

4.5 stars

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EXCERPT

His hand caught her, long fingers wrapping around her elbow and causing all sorts of unwelcome sensations as he pulled her back around.

“What?” she asked.

“Waiting for my apology.”

“Sure,” she said agreeably. “When hell freezes over.” She lifted her chin, grateful for her four-inch heels so that she could almost, kind of, not quite look him in the eyes. “I’m in charge of this building, Archer, which means I’m in charge of everything that happens in it. I’m also in charge of everyone who works for this building.”

He cocked his head, looking amused again. “You want to be the boss of me, Elle?” he asked softly.

I am the boss of you.”

Now he outright smiled and her breath caught. Damn, stupid, sexy smile. And then there was The Body. Yes, she thought of it in capital letters, it deserved the respect. “If you don’t want to be walking funny tomorrow,” she said, “you’ll stop invading my personal-space bubble.”

Complete bravado and they both knew it. She’d only been at this job for a year and it’d come as a surprise to her that he’d been in the building at all. An unfortunate coincidence. Before that it’d been years since they’d had any contact, but she still knew enough to get that no one got the better of him.

He was quick, light on his feet, and physically strong. But that wasn’t what made him so dangerous to her. No, it was his sharp intelligence, his quick wit, how he was willing to go as dark as he needed to in order to do what he thought was right.

And then there was the biggie—the way he had of making her feel shockingly alive.

He did as she asked and stepped back but not before pausing to make sure they both knew who was in control here, and it most definitely wasn’t her.

No one did intimidation like Archer, and in his line of work he could be in a coma and still intimidate everyone in the room. He had muscles on top of muscles but didn’t look beefed up like a body builder might. Instead his body seemed lean and seriously badass, with caramel skin that strayed from light to golden to mocha latte depending on what the season was, giving him a look of indeterminable origin.

And sexiness.

It worked for him, allowing him to fit in to just about any situation. Handy on the job, she imagined. But with her he was careful. Distant. And yet she’d seen the way he sometimes looked at her, and on the rare occasion when he’d touched her, like when he guided her through a door with his hand low on her back, he let himself linger. There was always a shocking and baffling yearning beyond both the glances and the touches.

That, or it was all just wishful thinking.

Not that it mattered since he still held back with her. The problem was she yearned too. Yearned for him to see her as a woman, strong and capable enough to stand at his side.

But after what they’d been through, she knew that would never happen. She turned away, annoyed by how her entire body had gone on high alert as always, every inch of her seeming to hum beneath the surface.

She should have just emailed him.

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And don’t miss the previous books in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE and ONE SNOWY NIGHT, now available! Grab your copies HERE!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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3 comments

  1. Timitra

    Sounds good. Thanks for the review Slick

  2. Diane Sallans

    I like a couple that like each other & have a common goal

  3. Marianne W

    Love Jill! And of course, I love to read about an Alpha man!

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