From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series…
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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“Hey, honey,” Trudy said in her been-smoking-for-three-decades voice. “Need anything?”
“Nope, I’m good.” Good plus mad, but although she adored Trudy, the woman couldn’t keep a secret to save her life. “Just taking in the nice morning.”
“Oh, that’s a disappointment,” Trudy said. “I thought maybe you were looking for that hottie with the nice package, the one who runs the investigation firm down the hall.”
Elle nearly choked on her tea. “Nice package?”
“Well I’m old, not dead.” And with a wink, Trudy pushed her cart down the hall.
It was true that Archer was annoyingly hot, not that she cared. Hot was useless to her. She’d much rather have the things that had eluded her for most of her life—safety, security…stability.
Three things Archer had never been accused of.
At the other end of the hall, she stopped in front of the door with a discreet sign: HUNT INVESTIGATIONS.
The investigative and elite security firm was carried on Archer’s reputation alone, no ads or marketing required. Basically Archer and the men he employed were finders and fixers, independent contractors for hire, and not necessarily tied by the same red tape as the law.
Which worked for Archer. Rules had never been his thing.
She opened the door and let herself into the reception area, which was much bigger than hers. Clean, masculine lines. Large furniture. Wide open space. A glass partition separated the front from the inner offices.
The check-in counter was empty. The receptionist wasn’t in yet—it was too early for Mollie. But not for the other employees. Past the glass Elle could see part of the inner office. A group of men, five of them, entered by a private door. They’d clearly just come back from some sort of job that had required them to be locked and loaded since they currently looked like a SWAT team.
Elle literally stopped short. And if she was being honest, her heart stopped too because sweet baby Jesus. The lot of them stood there stripping off weapons and shirts so that all she could see was a mass of mind-blowing bodies, sweaty and tatted and in all varieties of skin colors.
It was a cornucopia of smutty goodness and she couldn’t tear her eyes away. In fact, she couldn’t speak either, mostly because her tongue had hit the floor. Her feet took advantage of her frozen brain, taking her to the interior door, where she wanted to press her face up against the glass.
Luckily, someone buzzed her in before she could. They all knew her. After all, her job required her to work closely with the security firm, and therein lay her deepest, darkest problem.
Working closely with Archer Hunt was dangerous in oh so many, many ways, not the least of which was their history, something she did her best to never think about.
She was greeted with variations on “Hey, Elle” and “Mornin’” and then they all went their separate ways, leaving her alone with their fearless leader.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
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About Jill Shalvis:
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.