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Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Published by Avon on January 24, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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...
This Heartbreaker Bay series has been consistently good, if not too realistic in some aspects. Jill Shalvis is an auto-buy author since I enjoy everything she writes. I looked forward to the story of Archer and Elle. Their tension had built through the last two books as a side aspect.
Accidentally On Purpose is Elle and Archer focused. Two changes throw things into gear. First, Elle decides to admit to herself Archer will never want her and she begins to date. Second, their past comes roaring back into the present in the form of Elle’s sister and the situations which caused them to meet. It is difficult for them both. They’ve moved on but never dealt with the issues. Each becomes vulnerable to the other in working through the truth of the past.
Archer and Elle have quite a bit in common. They have family issues, trust issues and they prefer to be in control. Smart and competent, they don’t show any weakness. They bicker and each tries to be the boss. I like them and getting to know them better. Each grows and supports the other. They really have each other’s back, and so do the rest of their friends, which have become quite the family.
The rest of the group of friends appears here but so very briefly compared to the other books. I do wish there was a bit more of the rest of the group. Spence is the only one we see much. He’s close to both Archer and Elle. It’s fun and sexy despite the past problems, leading to the future mess. I’m really enjoying this series from one of my very favorite authors.