New Series! Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

Posted June 24, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 10 Comments

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New Series! Sweet Little Lies by Jill ShalvisSweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Narrator: Karen White
Published by HarperAudio on June 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads

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. . . .

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I’m all about Jill Shalvis, so when I saw she had a new series coming out I knew I was going to read it. But when the opportunity came to listen to Sweet Little Lies narrated by Karen White, I figured, Why Not? I’ve loved the author and narrator pairing in the past with Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series.

I have a history of not falling in love with the first couple in a series. I don’t know why, but it seems like the couples that follow have better storylines and/or chemistry. For me, Pru and Finn fell into that first couple syndrome. They were likable but not lovable. I think (for me) what kept them from reaching the lovable status was the “big secret” Pru was keeping from Finn and everyone else. It was the reason she wouldn’t let herself fall for Finn.

All romances have that one thing that keeps the couple from getting together or the story wouldn’t last long. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, the end. Pretty boring. Sometimes the “drama” element is believable or over the top and if we are lucky it’s somewhere in the middle, making for a great conflict giving the readers a satisfying ending when the couple gets their HEA.

After I finished Pru and Finn’s story, I didn’t have that satisfaction.  What I was left feelings was ‘I want more of the secondary characters’, because I enjoyed them more than the leads. Like I said before, I feel this way with most of the series I read. So I don’t blame Jill’s writing or Karen’s narration. It’s just my thing, I rarely read the first book of a series and think OH MY GOD this is the best book ever.

Sweet Little Lies might not have hit the WOW factor for me, but it is still Jill Shalvis! Which means you’re going to get laughs and fun with your sexy times. I’m used to Shalvis’ small town setting with her other series but even though Sweet Little Lies is set in San Francisco it still has a small town feel to it. I think the big reason is the cast of characters is small and close-knit.

Sweet Little Lies was an enjoyable listen and Shalvis fans no doubt will want to pick up a copy. I’ve already added the next two books The Trouble with Mistletoe and Accidentally on Purpose in the series to my TBR shelf on Goodreads and I can’t wait to see where Shalvis takes us with the next couples.

Karen White delivered another noteworthy performance with Sweet Little Lies. Karen does a fine job with the pacing of the story, delivers the characters with distinctions and adding just the right inflections and tones where they are needed.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: four-stars

About Karen White

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included inAudiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, Too Good to be True by Erin Arvedlund, and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor) and she has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards, recently for and You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam and Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. Publishers Weekly says of Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience.” Speaking of Audiobooks says of her, “Karen is one of my auto-buy narrators – if I think a book may interest me, her narration will sway me to give it a try.”

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: four-stars
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10 responses to “New Series! Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

  1. Ani

    I’m becoming more interested as I see more reviews for this book. I love Jill Shalvis if only because she’s got a great sense of humor in her books, even if not all of her books have worked for me. And also, I totally get that “first couple syndrome” thing, because I think I’m the same way as well. I think it might be that later couples get introduced early on and you get to see more back story for them before you finally get to their book. Or something.

    Also, I’m excited to hear that this book is narrated by Karen White! I might have to check that one out. She also does books by Julie James, another contemporary author I love!

    • I think is the fact that we get looks at the couples before they are front and center. It gives us time to see their relationships develop.

      Yes I enjoy Karen’s work. I have James’ series on my TBL pile.

    • Julie is one of my favorites, too – she combines humor and real issues in a similar way. It has been hard to wait for her next book!

  2. I have a paperback copy of this, as I haven’t reviewed any audiobooks for Harper. Too funny about your first couple syndrome. I do hope to read this soon 🙂

  3. I’m usually the other way around, I’ll love the first book and barely like the second book if each book is a different couple. This sounds like a entertaining read regardless.