Hi there! Today I’m excited to share a review and giveaway for a new contemporary romance from Jill Shalvis. ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE is the third book in her Heartbreaker Bay series, and pairs a former cop-turned-security specialist finally catching up with the determined woman he’d saved out on patrol all those years ago.
Catch the excerpt and get in on the giveaway below.
About the book:
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. 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…
How about a little taste?
“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,” Spence said.
“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?”
Elle 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.
Elle Wheaton’s come far from the penniless teen daughter of a grifter who messed up Archer Hunt’s first drug sting more than a decade ago. A rookie officer, Archer learned quickly that doing right and doing it ‘by the book’ aren’t completely the same, and he couldn’t quite forget the young woman who showed so much courage that fateful night.
Archer left the police force, but he didn’t leave behind Elle. Building his own security company, he was able to monitor her–from afar because he’s not a creeper–and helped her educational and professional goals whenever he could. All without Elle’s knowledge.
Now, though, she’s a grown woman, and his company is housed in the building Elle manages, a job he recommended her for. Elle dresses for success, takes classes on the side, and earns every dollar she makes–even taking some stakeout assignments from Archer for a little extra cash. It would be easy for her to fall into the grifter pattern set by her mother and elder sister, but Elle wants a real life, and a good one. What upsets her is the notion that she’s responsible for Archer losing his job with the police force, and straining his relationship with his father.
Archer has long-harbored a protective affection for Elle, but now that she’s grown he’s recognizing there’s an attraction, too. Elle’s trying to find the “right” man, and Archer’s not convinced any man is good enough for her–going as far as sabotaging a couple dates. It’s enough to make Elle crazy, and she lets Archer know his interference isn’t welcome. Though they’ve been working near each other for the past year, they’ve hardly spoken more than formalities. Archer has to open up if he wants to win Elle for himself, even if he’s not sure he deserves her.
This is the third book in a series, but easily enjoyed as a standalone. Elle and Archer dance around each other for a long while, until Archer reveals his history with the police force, and Elle gets over her unfounded guilt. Also, Archer has to give up being the white-knight-savior–because Elle likes to fight her own battles. I liked the camaraderie of the ensemble cast, though there’s sometimes too many people to really keep track of, to my taste. The drama regarding Elle’s sister Morgan, and Morgan’s desire to live a clean, sober and law-abiding life seems too good to be true, and I was glad that Elle wasn’t too easily drawn into that web–though she does help Morgan on her own terms. The love story for Elle and Archer develops slowly and in fits-and-starts which I appreciated for a couple with such a long and complicated history. There are some nice sexytimes, danger from outside forces, and a definite HEA; it’s a solid romance. The writing is easy to fall into, and I’m eager to read more of this series in the future.
And don’t miss the previous books in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE and ONE SNOWY NIGHT, now available! Grab your copies HERE!
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Good luck and keep reading my friends!
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.