Review: Accidentally on Purpose & One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Posted January 23, 2017 in Review / 10 Comments

Review: Accidentally on Purpose & One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Accidentally on Purpose

Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
by Jill Shalvis
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on January 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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

Elle Wheaten’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. But now that she’s earned happiness and success, Archer just wants Elle 24/7. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco Earthquake, and 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…

Addictive Swoon

I’ve been looking forward to Archer’s story since Jill Shalvis’ the last full book in the Heartbreaker Bay series.  Archer is so closed off with quiet confidence and he’s hard core scary to everyone.  He’s my second favorite guy in the series!

And then there’s Elle.  She scares just about every guy because she’s got the “Boss” thing going on.  She dresses immaculately, she has a “take no prisoners” attitude, and she oozes control.  From book one, Elle and Archer have been like oil and water, most of the time they don’t mix up easily but give them a good shake and they are very tasty (I like mine on salad).

We finally learn why these two are so combustible..  they share a past.  I had no idea!!  That was pretty cool to find out and not get spoiled for me.  We learn a lot about where Elle comes from and it was a total surprise to me how she built her life.  She works very hard.  She goes to school for two hours every morning before work and she’s going to be an accountant.  I fell in love with Elle’s character even more!

When I learned about Archer’s past and how his intertwined with Elle’s, I got even more giddy about this story.  This was turning out to be more than just a happy-go-lucky romance.  This one had “meat” (for lack of a better term).  The romance is back and forth so much because they are both dealing with moving forward despite their shared pasts.  One thinks the other has baggage (sort of) that is making them feel like they owe the other to be with them.  Archer doesn’t want Elle to feel like she has to be with him to pay him back.  Elle doesn’t want Archer to feel like he has to protect her for the rest of her life.  That’s a tough situation to try and build a relationship from.

Characters from previous books show up to support these characters but it’s done in such a way that you don’t have to have read the previous books in the series.  It’s great if you have because some of the jokes are funnier that way.  But you’ll still be able to enjoy the story and this couple thoroughly without having read the previous books.  I did like the addition of Elle’s sister to the story.  I didn’t think she got in the way of the couple, nor was her story too overwhelming or did it over-shadow their romance.  Archer’s dad was an interesting addition and I’ve got to say, Ms. Shalvis honestly surprised the heck out of me with the retirement dinner.  It’s hard to surprise a romance reader anymore, especially because the formulas, I think, are starting to run out.  Apparently, they’re not all gone 😉

I just found out that my most favorite character, Spencer, gets his HEA this fall with a Christmas story called Chasing Christmas Eve.  I did dance a little jig when I found out.  Rich nerds need love, too 🙂

 

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Review: Accidentally on Purpose & One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

One Snowy Night

Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
by Jill Shalvis
Published by HarperCollins, Avon Impulse on November 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 160
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

Addictive Swoon

 

I read this story for the HoHoHo Read-a-thon back in November of last year and it was exactly what I needed, when I needed it.  It was short, sexy, had a plot, and it was a Christmas story during the Christmas season.  Bam, exactly what I wanted!

Rory is trying to make amends to her family and make it home for Christmas.  She feels like the black sheep of the family and if she doesn’t make it home by the time she told them she would be there, she will have yet again disappointed them.  She wants to be closer and have a relationship again with her family and she feels like this is the only way.

And with the weather the way it is this Christmas, her only way home is to hitch a ride with Max and his dog, Carl.  Max and her grew up in the same town, went to the same high school, and Rory even had a crush on Max.  But for some reason, despite their chemistry, there’s a tension on the car ride home and it all stems back to an incident in high school.  What happened and why?  You’ll just have to read to find out.  Suffice it to say, neither Rory nor Max has the story quite right (say what?)

This short story is really, really, really short.  I would have liked to have seen this in a full length book, if not at least a little longer in a novella length.  The ending seemed a bit abrupt.  It didn’t leave me wanting more.  It just kind of left me staring at the door that just closed in my face, wondering what just happened.  I needed more!!!

Maybe somewhere.. down the road… we’ll get a bit more about these two.

 

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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10 responses to “Review: Accidentally on Purpose & One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

  1. Great reviews! I didn’t enjoy Accidentally on Purpose as much as you did but it’s all good. It was still fun. I was worried that Spencer was going to end up with Morgan but I’m SO glad to see that that’s not the case. Morgan was meh to me. *shrugs* Oh well.

    Max and Rory’s story was short and sweet. I love Carl!
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