Review - Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @avonbooks

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Date Read: January 21, 2017
Source: Edelweiss

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

Elle Wheaten’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. But now that she’s earned happiness and success, Archer just wants Elle 24/7. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco Earthquake, and 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…

My Review

I have been waiting for Elle and Archer's story ever since the first book in the series.  They just obviously belonged together but I knew that watching them figure it out would be a lot of fun.  This book lived up to my expectations and I really enjoyed watching Elle and Archer admit their feelings both to themselves and each other.

Elle and Archer are very close.  They have known each other for a long time and actually have a very interesting history that really explained a lot.  Elle feels like she is in Archer's debt because of the events of the past.  Archer does not feel like Elle has cause him any damage and has looked out for her over the years.  They both have deep feelings for each other but they have never acted on them.

I liked learning about Elle's past.  She is such a confident and put together woman and it was interesting to learn just how different her teen years were.  It really explained why she works so hard to better herself and strives to be as perfect as she can.  The fact that Archer knows about her past is a fact that Elle never forgets.  He doesn't hold anything against her and is in fact impressed by all that she has accomplished.

I loved Elle and Archer together.  The chemistry between the pair was incredibly intense.  Waiting for them to actually act on their attraction to each other was intense and I was relieved when they finally kissed.  The way they acted towards each other as the book progressed was fun to watch.  Their romance ended up being as intense as I had expected.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This is the third book in the Heartbreaker Bay series but it could be read as a stand alone.  It was fun to hang out with the characters from the previous books again for a little while.  I hope that we see a few more books in this wonderful series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.

The Series - Heartbreaker Bay
Book #1 - Sweet Little Lies - My Review
Book #2 - The Trouble with Mistletoe - My Review
Book #2.5 - One Snowy Night - My Review
Book #3 - Accidentally on Purpose

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.


  1. I jus finished this one and really enjoyed it!! I actually haven't read the other but it read fine as a stand-alone. I do want to go back and read the rest though. Loved Elle and Archer!! Great review!!

  2. I love Jill Shalvis and I've been super excited about this series. This one sounds amazing and I love characters that have a long history together. I'm also super glad that Archer doesn't feel like Elle owes him anything. Those kinds of dynamics always make me a little uncomfortable. This sounds like a great read and one I'm really looking forward to starting.

  3. I did read my first Shalvis book with the first Lucky Harbor novel and I really enjoyed it. I'm curious now to read more and maybe this series after the one I'm reading!

  4. Everyone loves this book! I need to read it. Heck, I need to read this author in general.

  5. oh I hear Ellie and Archie are such a great pair to read!!! Glad you liked this one.

  6. Yes! I really loved them together. Their shared history was very interesting. Definitely explained a lot.

  7. Yay! Glad you enjoyed this one! I liked getting to learn more about their past too. So happy they got their HEA (: Lovely review, Carole!

  8. I love all the books by Jill Shalvis. I loved this book as well so glad you loved it too! The chemistry between Archer and Elle was just yes, incredibly intense so amazing!
    Priyanka @ A Booklion's Hideaway


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