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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Jill Shalvis
Released: June 28th 2016
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Published by Avon
“I definitely feel like Shalvis could be hitting her stride again with this series and with a brand new set of characters to fall in love with, I have no doubt that this series will be a success.”
~ Under the Covers
Jill Shalvis takes readers to the San Francisco Bay area and introduces us to a whole new set of characters. As expected, the women are on the quirky side and the men, well, the men are simply hotter than hell.
Finn O’Reily puts the SEX in sexy. I was immediately intrigued by Finn’s character. He’s a hard working guy that devotes most of his time in running his bar with his younger brother. The two have a bit of tension. Finn has sacrificed quite a lot over the years and his brother, Sean, at twenty-two years old still things life is a game of chase. Shalvis explores more of their past in this story but I never thought we got the full story or the emotion behind it. We get glimpses of what happened but it didn’t feel like it was enough to really solve the mystery of Finn O’Reily.
Shalvis plays this up in the heroine of the story. Pru has her heats set on Finn; she wants him to be happy. However, it is stated throughout the book that there is a secret that she hasn’t told him yet that may change the course of their relationship. When half the book passed already and nothing was revealed yet, I knew that the secret wasn’t going to be something so earthshattering that the author would have to spend the rest of the book trying to repair it. So when it came, I was prepared and to be honest, not that surprised with what the secret was. I feel like I know Shalvis’ writing now and I couldn’t see her going any other route than the way she did with this book.
Since this is the first book of a brand new series, there are a ton of new faces. And when I say a ton, I really do mean it. While Shalvis does give each of them a great personality, the sheer number of them introduced in such a short period of time did make me have to set the book down and try to remember who was who. It’s clear that Shalvis wishes to write many books in the series and I am definitely looking forward to each of them, but out of all the characters in this one, Sean is the only one I ended up caring about in the end.
I definitely feel like Shalvis could be hitting her stride again with this series and with a brand new set of characters to fall in love with, I have no doubt that this series will be a success.
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