From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series…
About Accidentally On PurposeTitle: Accidentally On Purpose
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Also in Series: The Trouble with Mistletoe, One Snowy Night, Holiday Wishes, About That Kiss
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Avon, Avon Romance, Harlequin
Publication date: January 24th 2017
Target Audience: Adult
Length: 384 Pages
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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…
Excerpt from Accidentally On Purpose
“My life isn’t normal,” she said with a shake of her head.
“Forget normal. Normal’s overrated. Now drink that gross green stuff you can’t survive without.”
“It’s just tea, you weirdo. And I could totally survive without it if I needed to.” She paused. “I just can’t guarantee anyone else’s safety.”
“Exactly, so why take chances?”
Ell rolled her eyes. She was still taking what had happened last night personally. She knew everyone in this building, each and every business on the first and second floor and every tenant on the third and fourth floor, and she felt responsible for all of them.
And someone had been hurt on her watch. Unacceptable. “You do realize that the emergency exit system falls under security’s jurisdiction,” she said. “Which means the security company you hired failed us.”
Spence, following her line of thought, stopped looking so amused. He put down his coffee. “No, Elle.”
“Spence, a year ago now you sought me out for the general manager job. You put me in charge of covering your ass, which we both know I’m very good at. So I’m going to go discuss this matter with Archer, your head of security.”
He grimaced. “At least let me clear the building before you two go at each other.”
“There won’t be a fight.” At least not that she’d tell him about. “I’m simply doing my job and that includes managing one Archer Hunt.”
“Yes, technically,” Spence allowed. “But we both know that he answers to no one but himself and he certainly doesn’t consider you his boss. He doesn’t consider anyone his boss.”
Elle smiled and mainlined some more tea, the nectar of the gods as far as she was concerned. “His problem, not mine.”
Looking pained, Spence stood. “He’s not going to enjoy you going off on him this early half-cocked, Elle.”
“Ask me if I care.”
“I care,” Spence said. “It’s too early to help you bury his body.”
Elle let out a short laugh. Her and Archer’s antagonistic attitude toward each other had been well documented. The thing was, Archer thought he ran the world, including her.
Jill Shalvis consistently delivers fun, romantic, well written reads that leave one very satisfied! Accidentally on Purpose is no exception to this rule.
Elle and Archer, our main characters in this story, have a very long and complicated history and lots (I mean lots) of chemistry! Elle was a great character, tough and independent because she had to be but hiding a bit of insecurity and a deep desire for love and protection. Archer is the perfect answer. He is fiercely loyal and completely devoted to protecting Elle from everything…including himself. It’s obvious where this is heading.
I loved seeing a little bit more of their San Francisco neighborhood and peeking in to see how some of our couples from earlier books in the series were ding. So much fun.
And I just love any scene that involves Carl or any of the menagerie from Willa’s shop!
Shalvis also manages to weave in a bit of mystery and suspense with this addition to the series which adds a nice bit of dimension to the plot.
My only complaint about Accidentally on Purpose (and really the whole Heartbreaker Bay series in general so far is the exaggeratedly circuitous route that they take to “find” each other. Sometimes it really feels like we are dealing with a group of teenagers rather than 20-30 somethings based upon the immature way that they act and think.
That said it’s only a minor frustration and the book is still enjoyable if not 100% relatable for me.
I definitely recommend it to any Jill Shalvis fans and/or lovers of contemporary romance.