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Sweet Little Lies

A Heartbreaker Bay Novel

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(A standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)

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. . . .

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 21, 2016 – It's always such a pleasure to read Shalvis's contemporary romances, and this one the exciting first in a series is no exception. Readers will be hooked from the moment they meet Thor, a rescue dog who's a "tubby, afraid-of-his-own-shadow mutt," and his human, Pru Harris, who captains a San Francisco Bay tour boat. Add in Finn O'Riley, co-owner of O'Riley's Pub, and the heartwarming vibe is almost overwhelming; each character is cuddlier than the next. But Shalvis knows exactly how far to push the adorability, and never lets her sweet tale become saccharine. The characters are perfectly imperfect. As Pru tries her best to help Finn find a date while fighting off her own attraction to him, there lurks the little matter of those eponymous lies. They're really nothing more than innocent omissions, but the longer Pru postpones coming clean to Finn about the secrets she's keeping, the greater the threat to their eventual happiness together with Thor flopped contentedly at their feet. The whole package the glamorous big city locale, the appealing secondary characters, and that Shalvis magic with snappy dialogue portends a dynamite series.

Customer Reviews

Great ensemble cast and love story

Sweet Little Lies is a great first book in a new series from Jill Shalvis. It has a great ensemble cast which form a tight-knit group of friends but also tease the reader with a lot of wonderful stories yet to come. Finn is a wonderful hero, feeling the need to take care of everyone after the death of his parents. He and Pru are alike in that way, although Pru's need to take care of people is focused on a select few and driven by her guilt. Pru and Finn's relationship follows a winding path to happily-ever-after, with a lot of potholes on the way, funny antics by their friends, and hilarious misunderstandings which lead to their eventual happily-ever-after.

The city of San Francisco and the building Pru lives in set the stage for a wonderful story and the city itself is as much a character as the actual characters are. It reminded me much of the movie Singles, with a cast of twenty-somethings living in and working in a building which throws them together and forces them to feel what they sometimes don't want to feel. I look forward to future releases in the Heartbreak Bay series.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jill’s Got Another Winner Here

I love, love, love Jill Shalvis' books, every single one of them. When I hear that a new one is coming out, there's no question that I will be reading it. New book in a beloved series? Great. New series? Awesome. If Jill's written it, I'm reading it.

SWEET LITTLE LIES is the first book in Jill's Heartbreaker Bay series. Set in San Francisco, and full of the quirky and lovable characters that are part of all of Jill's books, this one had me from word one. Pru Harris is the do-gooder to end all do-gooders. Feeling responsible for something that happened years before, something that changed the course of many lives, Pru has made it her mission in life to right what she sees as the wrongs done to others by giving them something back to make up for their losses. Finn O'Riley is one of those people. He doesn't know what Pru's about, he just knows that he's never met anyone like her, and wants to know her a lot better.

"You've got an interesting job..."
"Yes...Interesting. And fun, too."
"Fun." Finn repeated the word like it didn't compute. "Now there's something I haven't had in a while."
"You know, in some circles I'm known as the Fun Whisperer."

One of the things that I love most about Jill's books is the dialogue. Sassy, snarky, often sexy, but never boring. Jill has mastered the art of the verbal, and I love seeing the words that flow between the characters, as well as the interior dialogue, because it never disappoints. Pru and Finn are perfectly matched here, and the whole cast of supporting characters keep right up with them. This, along with the relationships of the tightly-knit community in Heartbreaker Bay, made me feel like being surrounded by a group of people that are the best kind of folks to hang out with.

Another thing that Jill does extremely well is sexy time. Finn is one hot ticket, and, if Pru is the Fun Whisperer, then he is the Panty Whisperer. Spark, sizzle, intense combustible chemistry, call it what you will, but these two have it in abundance. It is a true pleasure watching their relationship unfold.

5 stars for SWEET LITTLE LIES and the residents of Heartbreaker Bay. I am really looking forward to spending more time with Finn, Pru, and the rest of the gang, and can't wait for THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, coming this fall.

Sweet Little Lies "Exciting New Series"

Great new series from Jill Shalvis! The San Francisco setting is refreshing with a group of interesting friends who has each other's back & will help each friend in many different ways. The growing love connection between Finn & Pru was full of emotion but soul searching, too.
A fabulous read with a whole group of characters! A must read for anyone! Great writing Jill!!!

Sweet Little Lies
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Jun 28, 2016
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
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