Review by Suze
Elle is the manger of a building that houses both people and businesses. She's very good at her job and she runs the place with efficiency while she also studies for an accounting degree. Elle is known for her temper and she especially clashes with Archer, who runs a business and is the head of security of the building. They have a history together. Archer helped Elle when she needed it the most and because of that he lost his career. Elle feels she owes him and she's trying to make things up to him, but Archer never lets her get too close. Is that actually wise?
Archer has kept an eye on Elle ever since he met her and is also trying to keep her safe. Is it just because he cares for her as a friend or do his feelings run deeper? He's deliberately keeping Elle at a distance, but when she starts dating again Archer doesn't know if he can stand seeing her with other men. Can he risk letting her into his heart and is Elle finally ready to learn the truth about his feelings for her?
Accidentally on Purpose is a sexy romantic story. Archer is protective and strong. He's good at what he does and has a successful business. He's helped Elle a lot since he got to know her, but Elle tries to be there for him too. They have plenty of arguments, because they keep irritating one another. Their relationship is tense with a lot of chemistry. Elle is fiery and fierce, she's a force to be reckoned with. However, Archer has seen how vulnerable she can be. Everybody in their circle knows they are meant for each other, but Archer has his reasons to avoid Elle, until he can no longer stand it. Their game of pushing and pulling is fascinating and it results in some incredibly hot scenes.
Jill Shalvis writes about a fascinating group of people. Their lives all evolve around the same building where everyone seems to know and like each other. I like that friendship is as important as love in the Heartbreaker Bay novels. The people who are connected to the place all have an amazing story to tell, which is a solid foundation for a great series. I absolutely love the setting and Jill Shalvis describes it in a detailed and entertaining way. In the building anything is possible and that makes the stories wonderful to read.
Accidentally On Purpose is a fast-paced story and Jill Shalvis's writing flows easily. I enjoyed the story so much that I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting. The characters effortlessly come to life and I loved every single one of them. When I read a story written by Jill Shalvis I can literally feel the love she has for her main characters. That makes her books heartwarming and fantastic to read. The Heartbreaker Bay series is one of my favorite romatic series and I love the dazzling stories that always have a spellbinding effect on me.
Accidentally On Purpose is the third book of a series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. The other books are just as good though, so I'd recommend you to read all of them.
About Jill Shalvis
New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
“Hey, honey,” Trudy said in her been-smoking-for-three-decades voice. “Need anything?”
“Nope, I’m good.” Good plus mad, but although she adored Trudy, the woman couldn’t keep a secret to save her life. “Just taking in the nice morning.”
“Oh, that’s a disappointment,” Trudy said. “I thought maybe you were looking for that hottie with the nice package, the one who runs the investigation firm down the hall.”
Elle nearly choked on her tea. “Nice package?”
“Well I’m old, not dead.” And with a wink, Trudy pushed her cart down the hall.
It was true that Archer was annoyingly hot, not that she cared. Hot was useless to her. She’d much rather have the things that had eluded her for most of her life—safety, security…stability.
Three things Archer had never been accused of.
At the other end of the hall, she stopped in front of the door with a discreet sign: HUNT INVESTIGATIONS.
The investigative and elite security firm was carried on Archer’s reputation alone, no ads or marketing required. Basically Archer and the men he employed were finders and fixers, independent contractors for hire, and not necessarily tied by the same red tape as the law.
Which worked for Archer. Rules had never been his thing.
She opened the door and let herself into the reception area, which was much bigger than hers. Clean, masculine lines. Large furniture. Wide open space. A glass partition separated the front from the inner offices.
The check-in counter was empty. The receptionist wasn’t in yet—it was too early for Mollie. But not for the other employees. Past the glass Elle could see part of the inner office. A group of men, five of them, entered by a private door. They’d clearly just come back from some sort of job that had required them to be locked and loaded since they currently looked like a SWAT team.
Elle literally stopped short. And if she was being honest, her heart stopped too because sweet baby Jesus. The lot of them stood there stripping off weapons and shirts so that all she could see was a mass of mind-blowing bodies, sweaty and tatted and in all varieties of skin colors.
It was a cornucopia of smutty goodness and she couldn’t tear her eyes away. In fact, she couldn’t speak either, mostly because her tongue had hit the floor. Her feet took advantage of her frozen brain, taking her to the interior door, where she wanted to press her face up against the glass.
Luckily, someone buzzed her in before she could. They all knew her. After all, her job required her to work closely with the security firm, and therein lay her deepest, darkest problem.
Working closely with Archer Hunt was dangerous in oh so many, many ways, not the least of which was their history, something she did her best to never think about.
She was greeted with variations on “Hey, Elle” and “Mornin’” and then they all went their separate ways, leaving her alone with their fearless leader.
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