Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis, published by Headline Eternal on 28th July 2016
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...
'Sweet Little Lies' is the first book in Jill Shalvis's new series Heartbreaker Bay. With every book I read by this author, I become more and more a fan of her stories. I adore her Lucky Harbor series and this was in a very similar vein. It was feel good, romantic, uplifting and a perfect read to pick up and devour while snuggling into your favourite chair with a big cup of tea. I am so pleased that Shalvis has such an extensive back catalogue of titles because I seriously want to read them all!
The main character Pru, has spent a large proportion of her life trying to make amends for the terrible series of events that her parents caused. Her need to give to others and her selflessness lies at the core of her being. She is always thinking of how she can help people and often puts their needs before her own. She was a wonderful character and one that I immediately found myself liking and rooting for. Her latest wish is that handsome bartender Finn will find true love.
I adored the romance which begins to flourish between Pru and Finn. She gives him fun and warmth and adventure and in return, he gives her stability, trust and support. They really compliment each other and I definitely fell for them as a couple. I cared about what happened to them and I couldn't wait for them to realise that they were just perfect together. There are some pretty hot and steamy scenes between the two of them and you will be guaranteed to get very hot under the collar.
The ending was beyond perfect and for some reason reminded me a little bit of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' which is one of my favourite classics. I also have to give a shout out to Thor the dog who was utterly adorable and a complete sweetie. If you haven't discovered Jill Shalvis yet then you need to remedy that immediately. She's my new go-to author for heart warming romances which leave you feeling all fuzzy inside.