A sassy, sizzling battle of the wills with lots of heart. Jill Shalvis always brings a smile to my face.
Having nothing but given ea chance by a rookie cop who put his job on the line for her, Elle Wheaten has spent the last decade making a life for herself. Leaving her grifter origins behind Elle is studying to get her accounting degree while working as a building manager. It may seem like a lot but she expertly balances everything with ease except her love life, that’s occupying of the offices in the building she manages. She’s tried to get Archer Hunt to notice her ever since he helped her all those years ago, but the man is an island never letting anyone in. A frustrating fact that’s pushed her to try and move on.
From the moment he saw the fearless and strong Elle, he wanted her. But being six years her senior while she was a mere sixteen forced him to take care of her from afar. Now that she has her life on track though he can’t find it in him to stay away any longer. But after a decade of keeping her at arm’s length there are a few minor setbacks. He’s sabotaged a couple of her dates earning him her ire and he can’t seem to be able to convince her to take a chance on them.
Even though each book in this series can be read as a standalone, I kind of wish I had read the previous ones before getting to Elle and Archer’s story. Having read this book, I can only imagine the explosive interactions between them in the past. Love-hate relationships that ooze sexual tension can’t get any better than with two difficult, wilful and clueless characters with a history that binds them.
Elle is strong and independent, never a hair out of place, a woman who most men line up to have shot at. She’s smart and sassy and isn’t afraid of directing her sass towards a man who intimidates just about everyone. She’s very easy to like and I got how all her friends and Archer’s friends flocked around her.
jill Shalvis creates tough on the outside heroes with a melt-your-heart inside. Archer is a deliciously brooding alpha male with a stoic façade. But he cared for Elle since he met her, he was practically obsessed with it. I enjoyed watching him realize just how much he loved her.
The two of them were wonderful together. They had each other’s back no matter what they were feeling towards the other in the moment which made for a beautiful friendship. They also drove each other insane with desire, lust and sometimes just flat out craziness because of their lack of communication. They have a lot of things to work through besides their burgeoning feelings and explosive attraction. He has secrets, she feels indebted to him, and they both have fears. But throughout it all I was highly entertained and invested in them.
I really enjoyed getting to know Elle and Archer’s entire group of friends. They all gave the story an added layer of charm, that made me want to get to know each and every one of them but I especially loved Spencer. Archer and Elle’s best friend who played a reluctant cupid between the two. I’m sure his story will bring a huge smile to all Jill Salvis fans including this romance lover.
Accidentally On Purpose is the third book in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. It is a standalone, full-length, contemporary romance full of fun banter and super sexy bits that will bring a smile to your face. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author and HarperCollins Publishers via InkSlinger PR. The excerpts are from that copy. *