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Sweet Little Lies: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel Mass Market Paperback – June 28, 2016
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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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The story takes place in San Francisco where Pru Harris is a tour boat captain for Pier 39 SF Tours. Finn O'Reilly enters her life in a very unorthodox way. Finn and his brother Sean own and operate O'Reilly's Pub, which is located near Pru's apartment. As you read the book, it will become apparent why Pru lives so close to O'Reilly's Pub.
Pru is a kindhearted person, who wishes to make amends to people impacted by a tragedy that her parents were responsible for. While she has lost her parents at a young age, she cashes in their life insurance policy and sells the home she grew up in to spend the money, not on herself, but helping those people.
Below Pru's apartment is a courtyard with a wishing well where people throw coins to find happiness and love. Pru makes a wish, not for herself, but for Finn that he would find love. Litttle does she realize that true love would also find her. But will it last? Enter Jake, who is Pru's boss and also her protector, and will make sure that Pru's heart is not broken.
Without giving too much away, two of the most humorous parts of the book involve a dart game and a dumbwaiter. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens.
I have never read a book by Jill that I didn't love and if this is your first read by her, I'm sure it won't be your last. If you are a long time fan of Jill's books, I'm sure you will enjoy this first book of her new series.
Finn is just an all around good guy. Life dealt him a raw deal where he had to raise his younger brother after an accident and he did the best he could. He’s not a bitter guy at all but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t wish things were a little different from time to time. I liked his personality, his loyalty to those closest to him, and his determination to make sure he and his brother did well. Finn was great, he just needed to learn to take care of himself too and I could totally see why Pru was so drawn to him. Heck I was halfway in love with him by the end of the first half of the book!
And Pru, bless her giving heart, she was just as great. She has a big heart but I also got the sense that she was lonely. She had her best friend but I never got the sense that their friendship was like Finn and his wacky group. Pru spent a lot of time trying to right her parents’ wrongs that she was neglecting herself but she was also witnessing in some cases the devastation that her parents had caused with their reckless actions. I could relate to and understand her hesitation to tell Finn the truth, especially after she got to know him and his friends and was welcomed into their group. For someone who didn’t have much of a family, that group of people became something she didn’t know she was missing.
Finn and Pru were just so good together. Even when they were trying (and failing) to be “just friends” there was something so warm and dependable about what was going on between them. I fell in love with their romance so to speak. It was quirky, fun, sexy, and funny at the best times.
Jill Shalvis introduced such a wonderful cast of characters in Sweet Little Lies and they’re really the backbone of the story to me. I learned a lot about Finn by the friends he had. Also, they’re so good for a laugh at the most inopportune times. Their presence really drives home the “Family is the People You Choose” theme and that’s super relatable to me. I can’t pick a favorite of the group because they all seem to operate as an important part of a whole. They’re just great.
Final Verdict: Sweet Little Lies is one of those books that checks pretty much all the boxes on my list. Finn and Pru are just darling together and when you add in a group of zany friends who all have different personalities, strong opinions, and a lot of love for each other then you really can’t go wrong.
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