Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay #1) by Jill Shalvis
Published in June 2016 by Avon.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased (for Kindle).

Genre: contemporary romance.

My rating:

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. . .

srcekIf you’ve been around my blog for any length of time, you’ll have noticed that I have a deep affection for Jill Shalvis’s books. You can check out my reviews of Simply IrresistibleThe Wilder seriesSecond Chance Summer, and My Kind of Wonderful. I also wrote an author addiction post about her last year. That said, not all her books are equally good, as you can well expect from a writer who has more than 20 books under her belt. The Cedar Ridge series, for example, was my least-favourite so far, but this new series, Heartbreaker Bay, is shaping up to be better.

I liked both main characters a lot. Pru is a good person and she has her heart in the right place, and Finn is a typically gorgeous, strong Shalvis hero with a steady character and a good dose of pride. Their story was sweet and funny and I rooted for them from the beginning.

Of course, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. I thought the big secret Pru is keeping should have been told a lot sooner, especially since the two of them got pretty serious pretty fast. I’m a big fan of honesty and communication in relationships, so this was the biggest reason for my slightly lower rating.

There’s also the fact that Shalvis usually takes some time to set up her series and I never like the first book of her series the best. So I’m hoping for an even better romance in The Trouble with Mistletoe, which is coming sometime in late 2016. I really liked the group of friends and neighbors we met in Sweet Little Lies, especially the ladies. There’s some chemistry between the characters already, so the situation is bound to get interesting.

Shalvis remains one of my favourite romance authors and her books are still auto-buy for me. It’s like they’re the perfect fluffy read and I love that I can count on her to deliver a solid love story without too much drama – and without making me cringe and roll my eyes like I do with some other popular romance writers that will remain unnamed. :)


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  • I adore jill Shalvis too. And I agree completely about the first book in Shalvis’ series always not being quite as fabulous. While I did like this book, I was so frustrated with Pru, though, that she didn’t talk to Finn about her secret. Especially when her friend Jake kept telling her to!

    I have read The Trouble with Mistletoe and it’s pretty cute.

    • Ooh, lucky lady! I’ll have to wait for Trouble to be released the usual way. It’s coming so soon! I thought for sure it would be a winter release.

      And yeah, Pru just kept at it, despite knowing it was going to blow up in her face, so I couldn’t really feel sorry for her. Oh, well!

  • Is it weird that we seemed to have very similar thoughts on this book? I feel like I’m reading my own thoughts on screen. I really loved the setup for this new series but I wasn’t fully in love with this book because it was a whole lot of set up for the series itself. I was so annoyed Pru continually put off telling Finn her secret because it was illogical that she said nothing. It was weirder that she kept it secret for so long.

    I am excited for the next book because I feel this series will be good. I’m hoping it will be anyway. I mean, I know it will be good, It’s Shalvis, but I’m hoping I’ll really enjoy it because this one definitely lacked a certain something for me to fall head over heels for it.

    • Nah, I think most of the readers had the same problem! It’s just Pru’s story and her decisions – I think most of us really reacted badly to that.

      And yeah, I hope the rest of the series proves to be better. I wasn’t a huge fan of Cedar Ridge series, either, so I’m craving something good!

  • I just got a review request for one of Shalvis’s books and I was very intrigued. After reading this review and your love for her, I think I’ll go for it!

    • YAY, I hope you like her book. Is it The Trouble with Mistletoe? It’s the next one in this series. I liked her earlier work better, to be honest, but another reviewer has read The Trouble already and said she liked it better than Sweet Little Lies. But you can ALWAYS count on Shalvis to deliver a good fluffy read, no matter what! :)

      • Yes, it’s Mistletoe. I went and replied yes to the request, so I’ll let you know what I think! I’ve been curious about Shalvis for a while, so I’m excited to read one of her books!