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Sweet Little Lies: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel Mass Market Paperback – June 28, 2016
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From the Back Cover
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 very much agree with the 2 star ratings. Pru was boring, the "lie" was lame and the reveal was ridiculous. I never connected with her character nor felt sympathy for her. She was too beautiful, too perfect for him, too good in trying to make up for her parents "sin". Honestly, I found her so annoying that I had to force myself to finish the book!
Finn's character also didn't pull me in.. I liked the relationship b/w him and Sean and seemed like a nice enough guy but she annoyed me so much that I could not buy their connection/chemistry. We know he was hot, sexy, blah blah since that is all she focused on and talked about. At the end I didn't care.. Just wanted it over..
I found myself wanting to read more about the friends then both of them. I loved Jack , Elle, Willa and Archer and Spence .. Looking forward to those stories! This one... Not so much!!
Happy sigh...a new series from Jill Shalvis. I cannot tell you just how excited I am about this new series. I preordered way before the books were even released, but now that I've read book #1, I'm even more so. I love the setup for this series.
It takes place in San Francisco and centers around a group of friends who all work and live in the historic area of town. Pru is new to the area and the building. She's a ships captain who does day tours around the bay for Jake. While she's been doing the job for a while, she moved to this particular building for a reason...to get close to Finn and his younger brother Sean. She has ulterior motives. She's spent her entire adult life taking care of the people who were directly affected by the car accident that killed her parents...a car accident that was their fault because her father was drunk. Sean and Finn are the last people on her list that she still feel need her intervention, because they're the ones who lost just as much as her in that accident. She lost both her parents. They lost their one remaining parent, their father.
Finn was 21, and Sean was 14 when their parents died. Finn has spent every moment since then trying to make sure Sean has a good life, something that he doesn't fully appreciate. Finn is married to the bar trying to make it a success for both of them. Sean plays. Finn has decided that life is okay this way. He doesn't have to worry about getting his heart broken. He's certainly not looking for love.
The thing that made this story for me was the building with its historic charm and magical fountain and the group of friends who all work there. They are a varied group...and there's a lot of them, but they love one another and take care of each other, even if they do gossip like firemen (lol). I loved the legend of the fountain and the dumbwaiter in the building that proved to have some interesting plot points. Even the homeless guy has amazing charm and insight into this group of people who all interact here. There was a magical quality to the story just because of all those depths. And I LOVED that about it.
I also really loved why Pru was here, and her history with Jake...wow, they have a complex friendship, but I liked that. The little glimpses of her life as a boat captain were interesting and I also loved the nights at the pub. It was simply a great book and I can pretty much guarantee that this series will have an honored place on my keeper shelf.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review, but I'd already ordered a print copy of it ages ago, because Jill Shalvis is an auto-read author for me.
Pru feels responsibility for an accident that destroyed lives when she was a child. She makes it her mission to correct the wrongs she feels her family is guilty of committing. When she meets the O’Riley’s, specifically Finn, there’s fireworks.
How can she do her duty and help him without falling for the hard-working hottie?
Finn noticed Pru the moment she walked into his bar. He’s drawn to her sweet body and feisty attitude, but Finn has responsibilities- he doesn’t have time for romance. Too bad his body didn’t get the message.
As this story unfolds there are many laugh-out-loud moments, and times when the emotional connection between these two gave me the warm fuzzies.
I give Sweet Little Lies 5 lovely kisses
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