Great Start, Slow Ending: Accidentally On Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Posted May 12, 2017 by Nereyda/ 5 Comments

Great Start, Slow Ending: Accidentally On Purpose by Jill ShalvisAccidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3)
by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: January 24th 2017
Published by Avon
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Karen White
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
Pages: 384
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three-half-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes, Audiobook Received for Review

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…

ARC received for review purposes, Audiobook Received for Review in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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This is my first book by Jill Shalvis, finally, and I have a lot of conflicting feelings over it. I did really love the first half of it, there was so much great chemistry  and interactions between not just Elle and Archer but the rest of their friends. The buildup to their first kiss, and the next few kisses was so good….but then after that it just seemed to drag along. I felt like the reasons Elle and Archer had for not being together were so flimsy and silly and unfortunately that took away from me enjoying the book as much as I did when I first started the book.

Another thing that I think made me not like this book as much as I thought I would was the narrator. Karen White is a narrator pro, especially for the romance genre, and I have heard her in a few other books and enjoyed her performance. But there was something about her performance in this book, Elle’s actual speaking voice that just annoyed the shit out of me. I don’t know if she was trying to do an accent or something, but it took me a while to get over her voice and stop cringing every once in a while.

Although I didn’t love this one as much as I was hoping to, I still ended up liking it, especially the first half. This is only my first book by Shalvis but I don’t think it will be my last. Although I wasn’t crazy about how much this dragged on at the end, I can definitely see why so many people love her books and her writing because she writes really great characters and great chemistry and I would love to try more of her books. Other than the slower ending and the cringy narration, this was a pretty good book. Unfortunately, those things kept me from enjoying it as much. If you’re a Shalvis fan, let me know what your favorite book of hers is so I can add it to my list!

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Nereyda is a 30 year-old mother of two girls with addiction to Friends, fashion, books, Pinterest, Netflix, the color black and a little bit of everything else.

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  • I felt similar to this. I liked it but it seemed long and I wasn’t into why they weren’t together. It was my first Jill Shalvis too but I will def try more. Great review!

  • I am glad it wasn’t a total bomb. Hopefully you will try this author again and find something you like better.

  • This wasn’t my favorite Shalvis book. In fact, this entire series has been a bit of a disappointment, which is sad because I’m a huge fan of old-school Shalvis. But I’ll read the last book of the series in any case. 🙂

    I’m sorry the audiobook wasn’t a good experience for you. The narration is so important!

  • I can’t believe this is your first Shalvis book! I’ve not read it yet but I’ve heard a couple of people had some gripes with this one so definitely give some of her other books a chance. Everyone loves the Lucky Harbor series so maybe try one of those. It sucks the narration put you off a little as well. It’s one of the things which puts me off audiobooks.

  • I had the same feelings as you did. Great review, Nereyda. I didn’t think that all of that stuff in the end was needed too. This isn’t my favorite book by her but I would definitely recommend her Lucky Harbor series. That was a good one.