Smart and Sexy by Jill Shalvis Release Date: March 27, 2007 Publisher: Brava Book #1 of the Sky High Air series Number of pages: 288 Mass Market Paperback Source: Warren Public Library Contemporary Romance/Suspense M/F Rating: XXX Read 5/31/17 – 6/5/17
This book just wasn’t engaging me. I can’t exactly pinpoint the reason, but I think it has to do with some sloppy story telling. Man! How I hate to say that about one of my favorite authors! But there were things in this story that just didn’t make sense to me. In most cases, I find Jill Shalvis to write smart stories. This one had too many holes for me. This is the peril of reading a favorite author from their earliest stuff…sometimes you’re going to get some not so stellar stuff.
I actually adored the hero, Noah. I think it would have helped to have actually relived his issue that kept his grounded for 6 months. It would have given me a deeper connection to him and a better understanding of his frame of mind. Once I knew what he had been through I did feel bad and sympathize for him, but I felt a sort of disconnect from the event since Noah doesn’t even really have flash backs or anything.
The heroine, Bailey, was likable but I didn’t love her. I’ve seen some reviews saying she’s an idiot. I don’t think that’s true. That’s where things come back around to plot holes. I don’t want to give anything away, but since when do people not look behind artwork for safes? They’ve been doing that since the dawn of time (or the popularization of houses and safes anyway). That was one of my biggest issues with this story. Bailey wasn’t doing anything that the goons who were after her couldn’t have done without her. Silly.
One of my pet peeves was played out in this book and I’m sure that had a lot to do with my disinterest in it at times. The constant withholding of important information to “protect” other people, talking in circles, trying to take a huge task on alone when it’s obvious that impossible. Over and over and over. It was too much!
The author must have done something right along the way though because I am interested in reading about what happens with the rest of the people at Sky High Air.