Accidentally On Purpose – Jill Shalvis


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…


I received an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4 Stars

Within moments of finishing Accidentally On Purpose I purchased the first two books in the Heartbreaker Bay series. My reason? Every single series that I love revolves around a close knit group of friends – the kind of close knit group that stick their noses into each other’s business in the most hilarious ways. This series has that fun group dynamic in spades. Although I had never read a novel by Jill Shalvis prior to this one, I definitely plan to continue to read her works.

Elle, the female lead in Accidentally On Purpose, checks every single box on my female lead checklist – she is confident, sassy as hell, independent, and has an amazingly dry sense of humor. The book begins with her ripping Archer, the male lead, to shreds over something that absolutely wasn’t his fault, it was a great way to grab my attention and made me love her almost immediately.

Archer was the perfect book boyfriend, if a little underdeveloped as a character. I felt that he was a secondary character to Elle, with her big personality and sordid past. As I generally like for my lead characters to be equal in development, this did kind of bother me. He was just a typical male lead – pig headed and stubborn in the beginning and sweet as molasses from about the 50% mark on.

As I mentioned previously, the secondary cast played a huge role in my love for this novel. Their dynamic as a whole had me grinning like a total goon for the majority of the book. As I got to know each of them, I found myself wanting to hear their stories. Considering Spence’s relatively large role in this book, I hope that his story will be next. I actually kind of hope that he will be paired with Elle’s troubled older sister. In Accidentally On Purpose, she is struggling to get her life back on track. I would love to read about her succeeding and snagging a great catch like Spence in the process. Fingers crossed!

My Takeaway: My favorite thing about this book was hands down group dynamic provided by the secondary characters. I look forward to reading more books in this series and can only hope that the next male lead Shalvis writes is better developed.

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