Blog Tour + ARC Review: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Rating: 4.5/5
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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…

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[I live-tweeted while I was reading this! Read the thread here.]

It has always been delightful to read a Jill Shalvis book because it’s a surefire romantic, funny, sexy and hit all the feels. Accidentally on Purpose is not an exception.

Archer Hunt and Elle Wheaten has a thing in the past that still affects them both now. Elle, despite her change from that girl in the past to the woman she is now, still couldn’t get past Archer’s barrier to think of her as nothing but that girl. And Archer, being Elle’s saviour of that fateful night, couldn’t make peace to the fact that if he pursues Elle and she agrees, it’s only because it will serve as a payment for everything he has done for her. They wanted each other for like ever but this thing between them holds them back. Also, they wanted different things. Or so they thought.

Now let me say it was truly entertaining to get to know Archer and Elle.

Archer who’s the lead security of the building where Elle works at, is all alpha, gorgeous in every way, cold (because he has to) and a little funny. Let’s call him Mr. Alpha. He gets his way–always, very smart, manipulates people (it’s a job thing) and really is a big stubborn man. Also, who can resist a man in uniform?

Apparently, Elle can. I loved Archer (duh) but I’m not chicken to admit that I loved Elle more. I love a badass heroine and this woman definitely fits the bill. She worked through the shit storm that happened to her life. She didn’t let the past define her. She’s independent, fierce, rocks heels like they’re just flats and can be a mean undercover. Archer didn’t scare her. In fact, she could fight him all day without breaking a sweat. I have mad respect for women who can set their men straight.

I’d like to think these two would be under my Power Couple list because of their fire. And the thing about both of them? They have layers. They’re not just pretty good looks and hot bod.

The story didn’t give light to what happened in the past until it was halfway mark so I kept on guessing what it was, who were involved and why they acted the way they did. I would have wanted a flashback scene when it happened to clarify things easier. But all I read were narration from the characters the way they viewed it. Not that I’m complaining–it did work. I also learned the depth of trust both characters have to each other.

It was also pleasing to see the whole gang from the previous books here. They’re still the adorable bunch I’d known and they added to the familial warmth and strong bond that was there from the beginning.

The pacing was okay, I didn’t get bored thanks to the banter that was flat out hilarious and one of the best I read. It’s one thing that they have this sizzling chemistry but add in the enemies-to-lovers with a hint of friendship and that they know each other most of their lives and want to tear clothes off of each other, the tension just hit its maximum level. It was fun to see how they push each other’s buttons and bicker like sexually frustrated adults. I enjoyed it so much in the beginning but as I go along, I thought it got dragged out. Not annoying but it would’ve been enough to cut the chase shorter.

But other than that, this was a solid romance book that I’d highly recommend. It was charming to see they surrendered to their true feelings and got a do-over. The story was sweet but not over the top just enough to keep you swoon and drool haha, and totally endearing that I grinned at every character’s interaction with another. This is a must-read!

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