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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Inkslinger Blog Tour: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Wow, not even a full month into 2017 and I've already read a book that is definitely going on my Best Reads list for 2017!

About Jill Shalvis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the- mountains adventures.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 24, 2017

There’s no such thing as a little in love . . .

Elle Wheaton’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust . . .
Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as . . .
As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along . . .

Holy cow but I’m seriously digging Jill Shalvis and Accidentally on Purpose is a prime example of why!

Security expert Archer Hunt and Building Manager Elle Wheaton have a contentious relationship and a history. Years before Archer saved a teenaged Elle from a life of crime and gave her the chance to turn her life around. Elle is grateful to Archer for what he did for her, but at the same time he frustrates and ticks her off, even though she thinks he’s the hottest guy on the planet. Archer on the other hand has had a thing for Elle since the beginning but he’s determined to make sure she gets more out of life than an emotionally shut off ex-cop who reminds her of the lowest point in her life. So what does he do? He makes sure that he projects a “no emotions allowed” vibe around her. Which is why Elle is mad at him more often than not. But when Elle decides to move forward and date other men, Archer snaps out of his self imposed exile from Elle’s life and decides to sabotage her dates. Not a great idea when the woman in question has a sharp wit and an even sharper tongue.

Archer is all alpha, all the time. But then again so is Elle which is why they tend to set each other off, but at the same time there was a pinch of sweetness to their antagonistic relationship. Archer and Elle could argue until the end of time but if one of them was hurt or needed help, the other was the first in line to help. That’s what really cemented the fact that all their arguing was nothing more than some kind of weird courtship. They were both stubborn and it might sound weird but all the arguing worked for them. It forced them to admit what was bothering them about the other and created some very intense and hot scenes between them. Jill Shalvis really has a way with catchy dialogue and humor.

Another thing I noticed Shalvis excels at? Creating a tight knit friendship between a group of people that is downright enviable! I would give anything to have friends like Elle and Archer have. That whole group is so damn loyal and caring without an ounce of malicious intent or petty jealousy that it made me sigh in longing. I think that is what makes the Heartbreaker Bay series so addictive to me. This group of characters has such a great relationship with each other that the I got caught up in their day to day interactions and arguments. They’re supportive without being suffocating, honest without being mean, and willing to fight tooth and nail for each other while arguing about the funniest things. I just loved the scenes with the others because they often brought the comedic relief and the insight Archer and Elle needed in order to face the truth that their friends already knew: They were nuts about each other.

Accidentally on Purpose had such a great pace to it too. Every scene easily flowed into the next without any hiccups. I feel like Shalvis takes a reader’s time into consideration and doesn’t waste it with unnecessary dialogue or pointless scenes. Even the supporting cast of friends pulled their weight in getting Archer and Elle to their happy ending. I do hope that every member of that motley crew gets a story, especially Spence. I have a soft spot for a heartbroken geek.

Final Verdict: Accidentally on Purpose had me laughing out loud at times and was in general, one of the best reading experiences I’ve had this year. Archer and Elle had plenty of heat between them but also the best group of friends anyone could ask for. I just adore this entire group of characters and can’t get enough of them!

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     Elle made a move to snatch the knife from Archer’s fingers but the bastard held firm. She started a tug-of-war with him before remembering that she no longer let anyone see her sweat and forced herself to go still.
     Not that Archer let go. “You still have it,” he said, a whisper of surprise in his voice.
     The equivalent of a full-on double take from the man who was all but impossible to shock.
     And yes, of course she still had the knife. Did he really think she wouldn’t? She didn’t blush very often but she felt heat rush to her face now. Regret, partly.
     Mostly full-blown mortification.
     She’d very carefully taught herself to be strong and confident and to never look back.
     Sentimentality didn’t have a place in her life. Or so she told herself. So why then had she been carrying the small packet knife Archer had given her the night he’d saved her all those years ago? Especially since the thought of how she’d tried to repay him—and God, the humility of how she’d actually offered him the only thing she’d had, that being her body, which he’d turned down flat—still made her face flame. The worst part had been when he’d vanished like it’d been nothing to him, when to her it’d been everything.
     She might not know why he’d done what he had but she still wasn’t leaving here without that knife. It was a badge. A reminder of who she’d been and who she was now.
     Neither of them had moved. Around them the night life in the pub went on. Laughter, conversations, more dancing…all oblivious to this tight, little cocoon of just the two of them crouched in front of the bar. They might as well have been completely alone for all the attention anyone paid them.
     Balanced with apparent ease on the balls of his feet, Archer leaned in even closer if that was possible, close enough that his knees touched hers. Close enough that she could see every single gold spec in his hazel eyes. Every single black-as-ink eyelash framing those eyes. He was hours past a five o’clock shadow and a muscle ticked in his square jaw.
     A rare tell from a man who could be a stone when he wanted.
     The rest of him was as big and bad and intimidating as ever. His large body blocked out everything behind him and although he could be terrifyingly scary when he wanted to be, he never was with her. With her he was careful. Cautious.
     And she hated that most of all.
     This time when she tried to tug the knife from his long fingers, he let her. Rising, she stared down at him. “We done here?”
     He rose to his feet too. And just looked at her.
      “Well?” she asked.
     “We’re never done,” he said.

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