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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

I just loved this book! I'm a girl on a mission now!

Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: June 28, 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.

I’m just going to say that this year has been the year of Jill Shalvis for me. I’m not kidding, I recently discovered her books and I’m on a mission to get ALL of them and eventually review them ALL. Lofty goals my friends but well worth it because I just LOVE her style! There’s never a dull moment and Sweet Little Lies proves it. The setup is that tour boat captain Pru has been trying to right the wrongs her parents did throughout their lives and that leads her to Finn O’Riley. Finn owns a pub and is a good guy but all he does is work, work, and oh yeah, work. He makes time for his group of friends but that’s about it. So Pru takes it upon herself to help him lighten up, without telling him her connection to him. But then she goes and falls for him and when her secret comes out, she’s afraid Finn might not forgive her.

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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