Title: Sweet Little Lies
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: 28 June 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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. . . .
Sweet Little Lies is one of those books that seems to slip past you unless it is shoved under your nose, which is exactly what happened to me and I have to say I am so glad it did.
The third person narrative is imperative with maintaining the plot threads through the narrative, the main focus is on Pru and Finn providing alternating insight into both of their lives. Jill Shilvas does a brilliant job of progressing the story, providing background detail and paving he foundation for the other books in the series.
Pru is a wonderful character; she is utterly selfless, has a heart of gold while still being a fun person. She draws people to her yet she has a constant sense of loneliness, the internal sense that she isn’t enough for anyone to want to keep her on a permanent basis. She is the type of character that makes you want to reach inside the book and give her a big hug. She is ever the optimist for everyone but herself.
The characters lives are entwined by a tragic accident eight years ago, while Pru is aware of the details, Finn is not. The longer Pru keeps the knowledge to herself, the more damage the inevitable truth will cause Finn. While the repercussions of hte accident affected people in different ways, the results may not be as envisioned.
Pru and Finn connect on a deep and emotional level from the start, without recognising they complete each other emotionally. I adored watching their relationship progress and the level of comfort they were able to give one another. While there are emotional barriers on both sides, it is easy to see Pru and Finn belong together.
I adored the peripheral characters in Sweet Little Lies, such a diverse group of loyal, supportive friends. While they are close-knit group who are very protective of each other, once they accept you, they are friends through thick and thin. Hints and tidbits about each of the group are scatter through the narrative adding to the intrigue for the other books within the Heartbreaker Bay series.
I am so glad I gave this book a chance.