(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: One in a Million, Still the One, Second Chance Summer, My Kind of Wonderful, The Good Luck Sister, Rainy Day Friends, Playing For Keeps: Heartbreaker Bay
Published by HarperCollins on June 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
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. . . .
How did I not know that Jill Shalvis was writing ANOTHER new series? Seriously, I opened up Edelweiss and there was this beauty staring me in the face. Obviously I downloaded it and read it immediately, because there is nothing that hits the spot quite like a Jill Shalvis book does.
I loved the set-up for this story… Pru has spent her past trying to make up for mistake her parents made that affected the lives of plenty of others… she’s done all she can to help those whose lives were impacted, and now she’s got her sights set on Finn O’Riley. She’s helped in the past, but now she wants to see him happy, and she’ll do everything to make that happen up to and including making a wish at the historic fountain that has been rumored to grant those wishes… even impossible ones.
After the death of his father, Finn gave up a possible future in baseball to go home and take care of his younger brother. A windfall of money allowed him to open up the bar that they now successfully run, but the bar and his brother have been his whole life. He doesn’t have time or room for a woman, but he certainly can’t resist the draw he has to this new neighbor. But when secrets are revealed and feelings are laid on the line, he has to decide if her secrets are big enough to ruin the relationship they’ve unwittingly built.
First of all, I really loved Pru… she’s sweet and kind and giving and just the perfect heroine for this story… and Finn – *drools* six plus feet of bartender who plays baseball… Sign me up. These two just worked for me from the get-go. I loved seeing Finn and his friends pull Pru in and welcome her with open arms and I’m super excited to see the coming books in this series after getting to know some of the characters that I’m sure we’ll see. Shalvis always does an amazing job of introducing us to secondary characters and making us fall in love with them even if the story we’re reading isn’t necessarily theirs. So I can’t wait for more!
Of course this story is filled with sweet, sexy and swoons and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who does it better than Shalvis. While these stories are always formulaic, I can’t fault it, because I love each and every one of them regardless. There’s also the drama, but it’s truly short-lived and we’re not left to wonder about the future of the relationship and I do have to point out that while Pru isn’t sharing all the details with Finn, we as the reader do have an idea of what the hang up really is so that was nice.
If you’re looking for the next Lucky Harbor, search no further. HeartBreaker Bay is coming soon and if you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis, you’re going to want to grab this one as soon as possible.
Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.