I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Narrator: Karen White
Published by HarperAudio on June 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
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. . . .
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.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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