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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Throwback Thursday Reviews is dedicated to those books that have been around for years but you’ve only recently discovered. They’re the “New but Old” reads that are just too good NOT to talk about because there’s no such thing as “Too Many Books!”

This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is:Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: December 1, 2011
Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn't ready to settle into a quiet life running their family's newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble--and trouble with love-draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who'd like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.

Suddenly Chloe can't take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff? Or will Chloe's colorful past keep her from a love that lasts . . . and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?

What’s it About? Wild Child Chloe doesn’t want to settle down like her sisters and seems to revel in riling up sheriff Sawyer Thompson. When her latest stunt gets her into trouble Chloe can’t help but poke at Sawyer a little bit. But then she can’t seem to take a step without Sawyer letting her know he’s keeping an eye on her. With Sawyer constantly in her way and on her mind Chloe starts to wonder if making a permanent decision might be worth facing her fears.
Yay or Nay? Yay.
Why? Chloe and her sisters haven’t exactly endeared themselves to me as characters and while I liked Head Over Heels I’m glad to be moving on from these three to other characters.

Chloe did grow as a character from the first time she appeared to now in her own story but I still felt like her free spiritedness was actually immaturity. Chloe did change how she reacted to her sisters’ well intentioned meddling and I saw a significant growth in the three sisters’ relationship. Oddly enough the most endearing thing about Chloe is her willingness to put her own safety on the line in order to try and do the right thing. That’s something new in her personality because she was a selfish little child in the beginning. Chloe wants to be a dependable person, she wants to be reliable but at the same time she was afraid.

I actually liked Sawyer even though he was a very straitlaced guy. He was dedicated to walking the straight and narrow in order to make up for some trouble he got into when he was younger. He was dependable, honest, and had a hidden sense of humor that I didn’t think came out with anyone other than Jax and Ford. To me Sawyer had the natural characteristics that brought out the best in Chloe. Sawyer was once a wild child like Chloe but through a series of events learned to balance out his life better but at the same time he didn’t judge Chloe’s need for freedom, just her lack of concern for her safety.

As a couple, I liked the unique challenges Chloe’s asthma presented in her relationship with Sawyer. I thought her asthma would be a total downer and bring down the light and steamy vibe of the story but it didn’t. It showed just how considerate Sawyer could be and how determined Chloe could be. I liked that the chemistry between them started in the first book as antagonism on Chloe’s part and a reluctant attraction on Sawyer’s. Shalvis handled their differences well and without making it into an over dramatized act. I did feel like the romance lacked a little or maybe it’s because I didn’t fully connect to Chloe that I felt like the romance was just run of the mill despite the unique circumstances.

Click It or Skip It: Click It. Even though Head Over Heels didn’t hit all the checkboxes it’s still worth reading.

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