Book Review - Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @avonbooks

Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Date Read: June 23, 2016
Source: Edelweiss

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. . . .

My Review

This was such a delightful romance!  There was just so much that this book did right.  The characters were great, including a wonderful cast of secondary characters.  The chemistry between the couple was so intense that I just couldn't enough.  I loved the little pieces of humor that worked its way into the story.  The story was great and felt real to me.  I am so glad that I picked this one up.

The characters in this story were simply amazing.  I was sucked into the story right away just by Pru's character.  Oh yeah, Pru's dog, Thor, may have had a small part in grabbing me right away as well.  I just loved Thor.  It took me a little bit longer to really get a feel for Finn but once I did, I may have swooned a bit.  He was such a great match for Pru.  Finn's group of friends, who quickly became Pru's group of friends only added to the appeal.

I have read a lot of romances so there isn't too many plot ideas that I haven't come across during my years of reading.  The "big secret that could tear the couple apart" theme is generally not one of my favorites.  But you know what, it worked for me in this story.  I was actually a bit nervous about how things would work out since it is a romance novel and the odds are really good that the couple would get their happily ever after in the end.  It really speaks to the quality of the story that I was so invested in this fictional pair's happiness.

There was a wonderful playfulness to the story.  I found many sections of the book to be quite funny.  The humor in the story really fit in very nicely and didn't feel forced in any way.  This was just such a fun group of people that laughs would naturally occur anytime they are together.  The humor was nicely balanced with tenderness between Finn and Pru.  My heart melted just a bit when he worked to take care of her.  Everything about this story just felt so incredibly real.

The chemistry between Finn and Pru was off the charts.  Personality wise they fit together perfectly but the physical heat that they shared was breathtaking.  The sexy times in this book were intense but they had chemistry during every scene that they were together in the book.  I even felt the heat of Finn's stare when they first shared a page.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  Jill Shalvis is quickly becoming a go to author for me anytime that I am in the mood for a romance.  I have only read a few of her books so far but I will be working on her backlist soon.  I can't wait to see the next book in the Heartbreaker Bay series because I can't wait to spend more time with this group of characters.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. The books that make us feel good are definitely wins. I still need to pick up her books. I read one a while back and loved it.

  2. Love the sound of this, Carole! I've been a huge fan of Ms. Jill for a while, though I didn't know she's got a new series. Definitely scouring amazon for a copy. Lol.

    1. I only recently found Jill Shalvis but I am really liking her work so far. I hope you enjoy this one!

  3. Haven't read a Shalvis book in a long time. Glad you enjoyed this!

  4. oh yes, I had a blast with this one for sure!!! Such a cute couple. Loved Finn and his brother though :)

  5. I have got to read one of her books! I'm almost positive I have a couple from when they were on sale. Great review, Carole!

    1. I have only read a handful of her books so far myself. I bought a few on sale not too long ago to read when I am in the mood for this kind of story.


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