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Head over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Head over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Breaking rules and breaking hearts

Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn’t ready to settle into a quiet life running their family’s newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble–and trouble with love-draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who’d like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.

Suddenly Chloe can’t take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff? Or will Chloe’s colorful past keep her from a love that lasts . . . and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?

Title:Head Over Heels
Author:Jill Shalvis
Series:Lucky Harbor (Book 3)
Pages:328
Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Opposites Attract
Law Enforcement Romance
Point of View:
Location:Lucky Harbor, Washington, US
HEA:✔️
Release Date:1st December, 2011
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A likeable, if tame, end to the series

This is the third in ShalvisLucky Harbor series after Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing. I’ve noticed that there will be other books set in Lucky Harbor in the future but this one seems to conclude the stories of the three out of town half sisters Maddie, Tara and Chloe. Although it’s probably not a necessity, I would suggest that you don’t read this book if you haven’t read the first two in the series as you might miss out on some of the family dynamics if you come in blind.

Over the course of the first two books I’ve been not so patiently waiting for Sawyer and Chloe to get their own book and get together. I love a couple who are antagonistic towards each other in the beginning and this pair certainly were that. I think what happened for me is that we had so much back story about them fighting and being at each other’s throats in the previous books that when it came to their story, in this book, we were already half way through the beginnings of their relationship. Perhaps that took the sparkle out of it but something was definitely lacking. I’m even willing to admit it that my high expectations – or anticipation – of this book resulted in a standard that would never likely be met.

“I love a couple who are antagonistic towards each other in the beginning and this pair certainly were that.”

However, I liked Chloe better than I thought I would based on the first two books; she really grew into a character I liked and could root for. I thought I would find her quite juvenille and, well, annoying – so my liking of her came as a great relief!

Sawyer was a great brooding hero although I think I would have liked him to open up a little more to Chloe. At least once their relationship had turned the corner somewhat. He had a difficult relationship with his dad which gave him depth, although what happened to Sawyer’s brothers (mentioned very briefly in the first two books) is beyond me!

Giving this book a rating was a little bit of a dilemma for me because while I liked it and it was readable – nothing much happened! I erred on the side of generosity as I like the Lucky Harbor series as a whole although it’s probably a low 4 stars and definitely not the best of the series, you still can’t go wrong with this book.

*If you want to read more about Chloe and Sawyer – after their happily ever after – there’s a cute novella also featuring the couple, called Merry Christmas, Baby.*

Jill lives with her family in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters (any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is mostly coincidental). She does most of her writing on her deck surrounded by more animals than humans. Which is quite astonishing considering she’s a city girl who was plucked from the wilds of L.A. to the wilds of the Sierra’s. Most of her books come from a combination of hard work, cookies, and hot guy pics, and not necessarily in that order.

Jill often travels to reader weekends & conventions where she LOVES getting to meet and hang-out with readers. The only problem being she tends to get lost in her hotels. So if you ever see NYTimes Bestselling author Jill Shalvis roaming the halls, someone please return her immediately. 

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Lucky Harbor Series:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 2.4
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5
Book 6
Book 6.5
Book 7
Book 8
Book 9
Book 10
Book 11
Book 12
Book 12.5

You will also find individual, Lucky Harbor stories in these anthologies:

Book 2.5
Book 8.5

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