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 hardworking 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....
©2016 Jill Shalvis (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I laughed so much through this book. I loved the characters. Karen White is one of my favorite narrators. I look forward to more stories in the series.
I liked that the author used domestic abuse as a theme in this story. It's good to get it out in the open so more women will feel confident to ask for help.
Not sure you would call my high blood pressure from frustration over how impulsive the heroine was. She seemed incapable of thinking anything through. Perhaps that made her more real to some readers. I just got frustrated and yelled at her a few times. :-)
Karen does contemporary romance well. She has a distinctive cadence to how she reads which works for most of the contemporary novels I've listened to her narrate.
The heroine being less of a feather brain, reactive twit.
I've enjoyed this series. This book is my least favorite.
The voice inflections the narrater has drove me nuts. Make sure and LISTEN to the sample to see if you can deal with her dramatic flare. I finally turned the reading speed to double so I didn't notice them as much and could finish the story.
Oh secret keeping. It's always painful. Such is the case for Pru. She is trying very hard to right the wrongs that were created by an accident when she was eighteen. Everyone who was hurt needs to be happy, except she overlooks herself in that little equation.
The darts. I do think she overreacted here. I wanted to tell her to get a grip but Finn does a good job of handling her. I do love Finn. He's trying to help his brother and run the pub that is his life now. A car accident when he was in college took their father - if you can call him that. Since then, Finn has tried to look out for Sean but his brother hasn't made it easy. Finn has a tight group of friends that are his family. He doesn't let anyone else in - until Pru showed up in his pub. Everyone in the group is surprised at Finn's reaction to her. He doesn't do relationships, not since...well he doesn't do relationships. So the group all wants to help. And let me tell you, this group finds out every little detail of what's going on...including the dumb waiter.
Oh yes, you have to read it for that part alone.
But there is this secret Pru has and it just drove me crazy. I wanted to shake her! Tell her to listen to Jake, who kept telling her to TELL HIM. Of course, she doesn't. Maddening. This is always the part about lies in books that makes me nuts. I'm just not a fan of this. Beside this little trait, I do like Pru. She's trying to help those that were hurt and she forgets herself all the time. I related to that a little too much. She deserves some happy too.
It's a sexy, fun read. Lots of laughs and some great yummy kissing...and more.
If you love those stories where the whole group of friends wants the couple together kinda books, then this is a great choice for you. It has a small town feel despite being in the city and I think the group does that. Everyone knows everyone's business including the embarrassing dumb waiter parts. Ha!
I absolutely adored this book. It was sweet, funny, heartbreaking and refreshing to read. The characters were super engaging and I just loved the book.
Even if you're a Jill Shalvis fan (like I am) this is a waste of money. You've read it a million times before and will be very disappointed. It's the old - I have a secret - can't tell him my secret (but I can have sex with him) - need to tell him my secret (but won't be able to have sex with him again, because the sex is really love) - but I can't tell him - he finds out any way, yada yada, yada ...
I love Jill Shalvis and I've bought all of her books, but this books is way too similar to other books she's written. Additionally, even he same phrases and lines are used.
Very cute story with the outstanding narration of Karen White. Enjoyed these two.
But Jill Shalvis made a mistake by writing that the Giants colors were red and white instead of orange and black.
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