Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis Review

Posted September 28, 2017 by Asheley in review / 0 Comments

Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis ReviewSweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Published by Avon on June 28, 2016
Pages: 352
Source: Library
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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. . . .


I’m convinced that any book by Jill Shalvis is perfect when I need a break from the real world. Sweet Little Lies was not my favorite of hers, but it was good. Pru’s darn secret just kept me from loving it as much as I wanted to.

In true Shalvis fashion, she’s given us a large group of fun, quirky friends in a small-town setting. Since this is the first book in this series, I’m excited that I have the chance to get to know the rest of these characters. Finn and Pru are highlighted in this book and they’re both great. Finn is a local pub owner – along with his brother Sean. He has raised Sean since his father was killed in a car accident years ago. Finn is just wonderful, all around. I love exactly this type of hero. Pru is a boat captain who also lost her parents years ago. She and Finn have that similarity, and Pru tries to convince Finn that he should work less and try to have a little bit more fun in his life. The two hit it off well and become friends, and they have good chemistry.

About Pru and this secret: the secret that she is keeping isn’t so bad. (As readers, we find out the secret early on.) I just hate that she knows that she should be honest and tell him, and she spends so much page time thinking about this. Even Pru’s friends urge her multiple times to be honest. She just hesitates. And hesitates. TRUE, sometimes it’s hard to tell the deep parts of ourselves, but OH MY GOSH. In full disclosure, this is my least favorite trope – the secret that could destroy everything.

Anyway, it all works out because it’s Jill Shalvis and she’s one of the best. She really is. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and get the backstory on some of these other characters.

Check out my other reviews in the Heartbreaker Bay Series:

Sweet Little Lies | The Trouble with Mistletoe | One Snowy Night | Accidentally On Purpose
Chasing Christmas Eve | Holiday Wishes | About That Kiss
Hot Winter Nights | Playing For Keeps | Wrapped Up In You | Twist Of Fate


About Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis Author Photo

New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.


About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

Find Asheley on Litsy @intothehallofbooks!


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