Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

November 3rd, 2016 Kimberly Review 53 Comments

3rd Nov
Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Sweet Little Lies
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
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Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .

Truffles Brothers SEXY smartfunny

Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis the first book in her Heartbreaker Bay series is only my second read by this wildly popular author. She delivers small-town swoony worth romances with spicy heat and it’s an intoxicating combo. Sweet Little Lies is a heartwarming tale filled with humor, an ugly mutt, and brothers. Shalvis had me reaching for truffles as I wiped away the tears.

Coffee Dates with Sweet Little Lies

  • First Date: We meet Pru, and her ugly pooch as Shalvis fills us in on this San Francisco Bay tour boat captain. Right away, I like Pru. She has recently moved into an apartment located near the O’Riley’s Pub owned by brothers Finn and Sean. She has befriended an old homeless man and is keeping secrets. I loved the first flirting between Finn and Pru. You could feel the chemistry sizzling. From the setting to the characters, I have settled right in and feel at home.
  • Second date: Pru has a secret, a big one that involves Finn and his brother, but that doesn’t stop her from lusting after him, even as she tosses coins in the town fountain and wishes for Finn to find his true love. A scary and ok hilarious accident involving darts soon has them playing doctor and sharing a curl your toes give me more kiss. We slowly meet others in this community, play softball and get to know Jake, Pru’s best friend and the owner of the tour boat company. We also interact with Sean and the O’Riley’s friends. We see Pru become a part of their circle and it was good seeing her make girlfriends. I am not sure about the glitter on Karaoke night, but I am looking forward to getting to know all of them. We also meet Pru’s elderly neighbor, and the woman was a hoot. I think if she could nibble on Finn she would. Shalvis provides some serious laugh aloud moments that had me snorting. All of the interactions felt genuine from the snark to teasing.
  • Third Date: We have gone from curl your toe kisses to deliciously heated moments that melted my Kindle. Did I mention how swoon-worthy Finn is? Pru is in over her head and afraid to reveal her secret, but we all know that spell trouble. Thankfully, Shalvis kept the drama to a minimum but not before causing me to reach for truffles and shed a tear. I loved how emotionally invested she had me not to mention how much I loved all the friendly interference from their circle of friends.

Sweet Little Lies left me feeling warm and fuzzy. I am looking forward to devouring this series. Search for reviews of The Trouble with Mistletoe and One Snowy Night this month on Caffeinated, and Accidentally on Purpose in January.

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53 Responses to “Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Lorna

    I haven’t read her before. I did however win one of her books so I am looking forward to finally reading something by her. I have been seeing this one around and it looks pretty good. As always, I love you coffee date reviews!

  2. Adria

    I was surprised that my library had this one. I really love this series and Jill Shalvis. My favorite thing about this is the friendships between the characters. They’re a family and they’re so protective of one another. That doesn’t change no matter who comes into the picture.

  3. Genesis

    I really liked this one! My fave so far is the Mistletoe book. The novella was okay for me. I wish it had been longer. I can’t wait for your review of these! The dog was so cute though! Hahaha I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kim 🙂

  4. Jennifer

    I just love Shalvis! I’ve never been disappointed in her books. I need to go back and read her backlist.

  5. Nise'

    I am new to this author as well. I have it on audio because I love Karen White’s narration. She is one of the best.

  6. Laurie

    Awww, why didn’t they put the ugly pooch on the cover?! Not that I’m complaining about that cover 🙂 Great review, I’ll have to add this one to my list.

  7. Lexxie

    I’m so happy you enjoyed Sweet Little Lies, Kim! I love Shalvis’ small-town romances, the tight friendships and the strong loyalty between her characters. And her romance / smexy scenes are always knocking my socks right off!
    I hope you’re having a fantastic Friday! {{{HUGS}}}

  8. Kristin

    I still haven’t read this first book but I read the second one and loved it tons!!! The fountain is truly magical!!! And the banter is witty, for sure!! Great review!! And yes, I can’t wait for the next books, either!!!!!!

  9. Bookworm Brandee

    Is it silly that it makes me feel better knowing you’ve only read 2 from Shalvis since I only recently gave her a try? Well, silly or not, it does. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed your coffee dates with Finn and Pru. I’ll definitely be meeting them once I finish with the Kincaid brothers in Cedar Ridge. 😉

  10. Angela Adams

    “Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie” — that description sure does grab anyone browsing a bookshelf. Thanks for the post.

  11. Leona

    This is another author that I’ve been wanting to try, I just have to find a story that resonates with me.

  12. Rowena

    Yay, I like Shalvis’ books and I enjoyed this one so I’m glad to see that you did too. This was a cute book and the series is fun too. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, I have been enjoying the series as well. I didn’t expect heat with Shalvis and was delighted to find she combines small-town romance with heat 🙂

  13. Trish

    I love that she is a tour boat captain, that’s a fun job. Yay for minimum drama but still lots of emotional intensity.

    I’ve never read a book by Jill yet despite ALL of my friends loving her. I will soon!

  14. Cyn

    Warm and fuzzy is a great way to describe this book! So glad to see you enjoyed this one too! This was my first Jill Shalvis and I’m happy to say the Mistletoe book was just as cute! Lovely review, Kim!

  15. Toady

    This sounds like a promising series. I have only read Second Chance Summer by this author, which I loved for the masculine men, and feminine females who are still strong. Jill Shelves impressed me with the romance, which I am not normally the hugest fan of.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad to hear you had a good experience with her. This is the first full series of hers I am reading. I read one or two Lucky Harbor novels and enjoyed those.

  16. Melissa

    I have to pick this one up! I started the series out of order and missed Pru’s story. Love how she makes a big town feel small town by focusing in on their neighborhood.

  17. Quinn's Book Nook

    I love Jill Shalvis and am so glad you enjoyed this. This isn’t even close to my favorite though. I got a bit too frustrated with Pru and her secret. Have you read any of her Lucky Harbor books?

  18. Nick

    Yay, Kim! I’m so happy you liked this one. I adore this series and honestly, it only seems to get better and better. The ugly pooch comment in your review made me laugh! 😀 That dog was one of the best parts of the book for me. And yes to those kisses! *SWOON*
    Lovely review!

  19. Debbie Haupt

    Kim this looks like something I could love and I’ve been meaning to try this author. Thanks for putting this on my radar!!