BOOK REVIEW: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Title: Accidentally on Purpose

Author: Jill Shalvis

Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3 (stand-alone)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: January 24th 2017 by Avon

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★

“Elle, you’re always right. It’s your world and we all just live in it.”

SYNOPSIS:

There’s no such thing as a little in love…

Elle Wheaten’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…

MY REVIEW:

4 of 5 stars to Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

★★★★

Accidentally On Purpose easily became one of my favorite Jill Shalvis novels. Over time, I think she has improved in developing great (and steamy) chemistry between her leads. Her most recent series, Heartbreaker Bay and Cedar Ridge, are proofs of that.

Elle and Archer could become my favorite couple. They are just so compatible with each other. Their back story was messy yet beautiful that set into motion what is going to be an epic love story. I love that even before I knew of this past connection, I already felt their electrifying chemistry. It was in the way Shalvis succinctly described the way Archer would stare at Elle or the way Elle would silently and reluctantly gush over Archer. See, Elle tried to fight her growing feelings for Archer because Archer always rejected her. She hated what she thought was a one-sided attraction. This dilly-dallying is what made the story so leisurely. Their pent up feelings were kept for so long that I knew it’s only a matter of time before they would explode–and it would be a hot combustion!

Elle is stubborn but so is Archer. I do not remember ever reading about two bull-headed characters who match so easily. I think that this couple had the most explosive chemistry among all of Jill Shalvis’ couples. I enjoyed their story so much that when I had to stop midway to go to work, I still kept thinking about them and what could possibly happen next.

I may have some issues with parts of the writing I found confusing. The action scenes felt half-assed and a supposedly high drama moment fell flat because there was no prelude to it. Archer was shot but it was only briefly mentioned by a character rather than develop it for a more dramatic reading experience. I have to backtrack and see if I just missed any paragraph but I didn’t. Those last few chapters seemed cramped, the ending felt rushed but prior to it, I enjoyed the story a lot so I’m still giving it a four.

***cover art: 3/5 stars. Looks cute but not really inventive. ***

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