Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis Release Date: January 24, 2017 Publisher: Avon Book #3 in the Heartbreaker Bay series Number of Pages: 391 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 3/3/18 to 3/4/18
This book reminds me of the Jill Shalvis I know and love. Although I’ve enjoyed the first few books in this series, none of them quite lived up to the esteem to which I hold this author. This story was a Jill Shalvis home run. I loved it!
Of course, I have been curious about Elle and Archer from the very first book in this series. Their push-pull has just gotten more and more intense through the next couple of books. I was ready for them to combust…and they did. Their real story of how they met, and all the years since then, really gave their relationship a whole new depth. Sure, Elle is the Ice Queen. But if you read the other books you know she has a heart of gold when it comes to those in her inner circle. And Archer isn’t the unbending tough guy he wants everyone to think he is. Well, he is to a certain extent but he also has a heart of gold like Elle. They’re perfect for each other.
Elle hovered on the edge of being annoying with her need for independence. Where I got where she was coming from. I even understood why she felt like she was a “job” to Archer. But she sometimes went a bit too far. I love how the author turned that around and showed us how much of that had to do with Elle’s own insecurities than with anything else though.
I really feel like this series is picking up some great steam with the last two stories and I couldn’t be happier about that. Not only have I been looking forward to Spence’s story from the beginning, but it’s a Christmas themed story to boot. One of my favorite sub-genres.