Jill Shalvis consistently delivers fun, romantic, well written reads that leave one very satisfied! Accidentally on Purpose is no exception to this ruJill Shalvis consistently delivers fun, romantic, well written reads that leave one very satisfied! Accidentally on Purpose is no exception to this rule.
Elle and Archer, our main characters in this story, have a very long and complicated history and lots (I mean lots) of chemistry! Elle was a great character, tough and independent because she had to be but hiding a bit of insecurity and a deep desire for love and protection. Archer is the perfect answer. He is fiercely loyal and completely devoted to protecting Elle from everything…including himself. It’s obvious where this is heading.
I loved seeing a little bit more of their San Francisco neighborhood and peeking in to see how some of our couples from earlier books in the series were ding. So much fun.
And I just love any scene that involves Carl or any of the menagerie from Willa’s shop!
Shalvis also manages to weave in a bit of mystery and suspense with this addition to the series which adds a nice bit of dimension to the plot.
My only complaint about Accidentally on Purpose (and really the whole Heartbreaker Bay series in general so far is the exaggeratedly circuitous route that they take to “find” each other. Sometimes it really feels like we are dealing with a group of teenagers rather than 20-30 somethings based upon the immature way that they act and think.
That said it’s only a minor frustration and the book is still enjoyable if not 100% relatable for me.
I definitely recommend it to any Jill Shalvis fans and/or lovers of contemporary romance....more
I’m almost at a loss as to where to start with this one. The premise behind Swear on this Life sounded so fantastic that I knew I could not postpone rI’m almost at a loss as to where to start with this one. The premise behind Swear on this Life sounded so fantastic that I knew I could not postpone reading this one any longer…and then it just didn’t live up to that premise…
I love second chance romances..but to be honest…this really didn’t even feel like a romance to me.
I loved the half of the story that was made up of the content of J Colby’s bestselling book. The story of these two youth and what they went through and how they fell in love was so completely raw and beautiful that it just blew me away. Renee Carlino did an amazing job of bringing their childhood to life. Em and Jason’s story was everything I could have hoped for and really touched me on a deeper level.
That said…it did not at all read like a “bestselling novel” so I really had a hard time believing that aspect…much as I loved reading this part of Swear on this Life.
I wish I could say that I enjoyed the present day half of the story just as much…but I didn’t. Em and Jason just confused and annoyed me. I could not for the life of me sort out any of their feelings or motivations and therefore, I could not at all connect to their adult selves which was a real problem for me. What in the world was going on with her relationship with Trevor? Does she really even want to be a writer? And why did Jason take so freaking long to publish the book and try to reconnect with her. I just don’t buy any of it….
I really wanted to be sucked in and to fall along with them…but there was no real “falling” here.
They both just seemed so immature that I lost most of my interest while reading the present day sections of the novel. I kept pushing on…hoping fr a turn or some resolution that would better explain their actions…but I didn’t really get one and was left feeling pretty unmoved by the conclusion of the book.
I will say that a few secondary characters in the present day helped me push forward including Em’s aunts & her roommate.
All in all what started as an amazing idea would up being just an OK read for me....more