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Accidentally on Purpose

(Heartbreaker Bay #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,943 ratings  ·  849 reviews
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 .
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Avon
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Accidentally on Purpose is book three in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself because I am so lucky to get the opportunity to read these fabulous books. Time after time I get to submerge myself into these wonderful stories, lose myself in the characters. I most definitely did that with this one. I can’t wait for you to meet Elle and Archer. You’re going to fall in love.

Accidentally On Purpose - Jill Shalvis:

We have known these two since the beginning of the series and it was always obviou
Stacey is Sassy

It’s no Accident I Purposely read a Jill Shalvis

2017 has started off a little rocky for me on the reading front. It doesn’t happen very often but I have been dragging my feet to pick up my kindle. I’ve had the ARC of Accidentally on Purpose for a little while and maybe, deep down, I held off starting it because I knew that I’d need a little Jill Shalvis magic one day.

I can freely admit that Jill Shalvis is one of the main reasons why I read and review. Her books always make me laugh, smirk, squ
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

What is it with us?” she murmured.
He laughed softly. “How is that a funny question?”
“Because I try very hard to always know what I’m doing,” he said. “But I’m winging it here, Elle. I have no idea what we’re doing but one thing I’m sure as hell not doing is walking away from you. Not ever again.”


I adore Jill Shalvis books. Simply adore them. She never fails to deliver an amazing romance with some of the most endearing characters I've

Title: Accidentally on Purpose
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #3
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release date: January 24, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

Fellow romance lovers, I have a shocking confession. It's been five years since my last Jill Shalvis book. Five. Years. I had to go consult my goodreads shelves to find out because I couldn't even remember how long it had been. After reading Accidentally on Purpose, I feel like I need to claim temporary insanity for my crime. This book wa
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "We're never done." Stars!

We return to the Heartbreaker Bay series for book three; Accidentally on Purpose. I am not ashamed to admit I did a little happy dance when I found out this was Elle and Archer’s book.

Jill has tempted and teased her readers with the undeniable chemistry between this pair throughout the previous books in the series, and going in you know that this is a couple that has a past, and it’s a past that the rest of the gang only know the bare essentials of.

"I just don’t

Jill Shalvis has been a favorite author of mine since I was in high school and sneaking my mothers romance books from her shelf. But I was reading to beat her door down and demand this book when I learned we were finally going to get Elle and Archer's story. They've been the characters that I've noticed since book one because of the unquestionable connection they shared.

In Accidentally on Purpose we get to learn the past these two characters share and how it has impacted the p
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4.5 'Loving the real you' Stars!

I am sure many of you, at this point, already know that I am becoming addicted to Jill Shalvis. Her Heartbreaker Bay series fascinates me and I was extremely excited to finally read this story. Jill had been teasing us about Elle and Archer’s chemistry since the very start of the series and I can now assure you their story was fantastic! These two are more than meets the eye and I was so surprised of the many things we did not know about them.

So, Accidentally on
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 It's Always Been You Stars!

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Elle Wheaton came from nothing & has built a life for herself she's proud of. No longer the scared weak girl she once was, she's now a strong, confident woman. She's moved on and is never looking back. She lives in the Cow Hollow district of San Francisco, has fabulous friends & a wonderful job as the general manager at the Pacific Pier Building.

Elle's job requires her to work closely with the security firm down the hall, Hunt Investigations. The head of securi
On sale for $1.99 (04/18/2017)

A sassy, sizzling battle of the wills with lots of heart. Jill Shalvis always brings a smile to my face.

Having nothing but given ea chance by a rookie cop who put his job on the line for her, Elle Wheaten has spent the last decade making a life for herself. Leaving her grifter origins behind Elle is studying to get her accounting degree while working as a building manager. It may seem like a lot but she expertly balances everything with e
Jessica Gadziala
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance

I haven't read traditionally published romance in a good long while. Blame it on the fact that I prefer the "rough around the edges" type of stories, anti-heroes and/or asshole heroes, and very explicit sex scenes that indie books tend to have more often. But this little gem came to me in my Romance Reveal box and it looked cute.

And it WAS cute. Sure, maybe it was a touch sweet and lovey-dovey for my usual taste, but that was its charm. It was a nice feel-good love story. Archer was yummy. An
Bindi Boo
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Sweet second chance romance read where hero saves heroine while sacrificing his life and career, then leaves only to reappear 11 years later. Lots of push and pull from main characters, as they try and figure their feelings whilst melting their frozen hearts. But ultimately, they knew they belonged to each other.
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I have been waiting for Elle and Archer's story ever since the first book in the series. They just obviously belonged together but I knew that watching them figure it out would be a lot of fun. This book lived up to my expectations and I really enjoyed watching Elle and Archer admit their feelings both to themselves and each other.

Elle and Archer are very close. They have known each other for a long time and actually have a very interesting
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

I freaking ADORED this book!! I was in the mood for a feel-good contemporary romance, which Jill Shalvis definitely delivered. This is only my second book by her, and my first in the Heartbreaker Bay series, but I’m thinking I need to read the rest of this series and more from her backlist… asap! Gah, this book was seriously so sweet and funny. I swooned over Elle and Archer’s story. If you’re ever in the mood for a romance that will totally put a smile on
Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis is a 2017 Avon publication.

Elle and Archer…

I’ve been looking forward to this story for a while now, and I am happy to report, it is everything I hoped it would be.

Elle and Archer’s world collided in an explosive way that changed the course of their lives forevermore.

Now, Elle’s life is working out far better than she could have dreamed. She has a job she loves, and terrific friends, but her feelings for Archer are always simmering just beneath the surf
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.3ish stars :)

This was my favorite Heartbreaker Bay book and ever-so-close to five stars, brought down only by a couple of particularly irritating and contrived plot devices which strengthened my belief that nearly all romance novels are at least 75-100 pages longer than they need to be :)

Happily, I don't expect too much from the plotting and pacing of my beloved romances anyway, preferring to focus on the characters, dialogue and whether these books make me smile and convey that 'life is act
Geri Reads
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher
Maybe Jill Shalvis just isn't my cuppa tea?
The angsty staying away from each other thing was pretty flimsy. I feel like this had enough actual content for a short story, but was stretched out into an entire novel. Meh.
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

*goofy reader girl dance* Yes! Accidentally on book noms. This was actually my first 2017 read and, gah, the magical world of Jill Shalvis is seriously my happy place.

So basically... Elle and Archer have wanted each other for practically ever. But they're difficult. And clueless. And think the other just wants to be friends or just tolerates them *hangs head* Dude. Everyone knows they want in each others panti
madandelion [hiatus 160420]
He snorted. “Elle, you’re always right. It’s your world and we all just live in it.

This book just ruined the whole series for me. I just want all of them to be about Elle now. I read romance solely to find and read about characters like her.

Not fair Jill Shalvis. Should've left this one for the last.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Accidentally on Purpose continues in the same vein as the prior Heartbreaker Bay books, and the romance made me melt into a puddle.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

This series is filled with feel-good romance, great friendships and off the chart chemistry! Accidentally on Purpose is sweet, quirky, hot and funny, I had a really good time getting to know Elle and Archer better. It was apparent in the prior books that they were reluctantly attracted to each other,
Anne OK
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
It's complicated. But oh so fun to read. How these two met will captivate you. Archer and Elle met when she was just a young girl in a situation that warranted some major help. And Archer paid the price.

Elle bugged me a bit -- her stubbornness got old after awhile. And Archer, well I really liked the guy. He was the real deal. It's a battle between them before they finally get to the good part - but well worth it. Jill Shalvis makes it worthwhile. Her writing has always appealed to me. She alwa

In the third book of the Heartbreaker Bay series, Jill Shalvis charms and delights readers with Elle and Archer’s story. These two don’t really get along well but beneath the sniping at one another, you can tell that they really do like each other and are simply trying to hide it.

I immediately liked Elle and Archer separately. Shalvis has a great way of making you care about her characters and these two might actually be my favorite characters in the series so far. The entire book is light
Terri Wino
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2017
Well, so far, this has been my favorite in the series. I loved the characters of Archer and Elle, with all their prickly character flaws included.
The supporting characters who are the group of friends in this series really add to the likability of these books.
Can't wait for Spence's story next!
This is an entertaining contemporary romance series.
Maria Rose
This review also appears at All About Romance:

Ms. Shalvis recently posted on her Facebook page that Accidentally on Purpose is her 101st published work. That’s quite a feat and worthy of celebration! She’s captured the minds and hearts of romance readers over a number of years, and can always be counted on to provide a happy ending for her characters. The Heartbreaker Bay series, set in scenic San Francisco is the latest set of novels to feature swoonwort
The third book in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. Elle Wheaton feels she owes Archer Hunt more than she can ever repay. And the best thing she can do for him is to stay out of his life. But Archer feels differently.

I have said many times that Jill Shalvis creates the most yummy of heroes. Archer is no exception. My computer is acting up so short review. I love this book and yes, I recommend it highly.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I will just never get tired of reading Jill Shalvis's books and recommending them. She is an amazing author and I absolutely love everything she writes. JS has never disappointed me and she didn't with this book either. I was waiting for this book so badly seeing Archer and Elle's chemistry in the previous books and the hints about their shared pasts, just got me excited. I was very glad to read it cause it was a very enchanting
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating~ 4-4.5 stars

This might be my favourite of the series, it has a bit different style to the rest of the books in the series. Maybe it was because of who Archer Hunt was a person; he was different that other heroes I’ve read from Jill Shalvis more rough and alpha or the suspense/side plot but either way it made me enjoy the book a lot more.

We met Elle Wheaten and Archer Hunt in Sweet white lies. Elle is the new addition to the group but not to Archer. Elle and Archer have a past and a connec
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was such a great read! One of my very favorite things is when the main characters bicker and argue, when they have that off the charts animosity that's filled with tension and need and it's oh so entertaining. Archer and Elle definitely fit the bill!

This was super entertaining! Archer and Elle have a great back and forth happening. I enjoyed their push and pull and that building chemistry between the two as the story developed. I loved the playfulness throughout and how challenging they bo
I laughed, swooned and spilt a few tears while being swept away by Jill’s storytelling and Karen’s performance...

"Whatever you need… Always."

In Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis, readers are treated to the long-awaited tale of Elle Wheaten and Archer Hunt, two favorite quint-essentials in the author’s Heartbreaker Bay series. Even though the series is set in picturesque San Francisco, which is not a small town, the stories in the series still have a small town feel because they revolve aro
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