Sexy, engaging, and fun despite some imperfections.

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE

After a troubled childhood, Elle Wheaton is getting her degree and finding her way, with help from her friends and her job, and if her attraction to colleague Archer Hunt is a problem, it’s one she's determined to ignore—in the same way he ignores her.

Most days, Elle loves her job as the general manager of the Pacific Pier Building in San Francisco, and she definitely loves the circle of friends she’s made in the businesses around her. She does not love the fact that she has to work directly with the head of Hunt Investigations, the building’s security company. Archer is “big and tough, and frustrating beyond measure for so many reasons.” Elle and Archer share a past, and after years of not having seen him, she was stunned to find him in the building where she landed the manager position a year ago. They’ve both avoided being alone together, though they’ve worked on projects and investigations with his team. When a freak electrical accident forces them to interact, however, Elle admits to herself that she’s attracted to him and allows a thread of hope that he may feel the same way. Entering a new phase of a relationship that has always been complicated—they met when she was a minor, and he lost his job as a police officer when he sabotaged a mission to help her—the couple must grapple with their decision to explore a long-standing attraction while overcoming years’ worth of baggage, then are thrown up against some dangerous old enemies when Elle’s sister shows up seeking redemption. Shalvis continues her Heartbreak Bay series with Elle and Archer’s roller-coaster romance that never confronts obstacles quite as difficult or dramatic as they choose to make them. For one thing, their individual decisions to protect themselves and each other from their attraction/romance/love with repetitive dramatic rejections grow tiresome. But using her signature witty banter, emotional back story, hot chemistry, and affecting romance, Shalvis pulls it off.

Sexy, engaging, and fun despite some imperfections.

Pub Date: Jan. 24, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-244806-4

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2016

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Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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