November 21, 2011

Review: Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Source: we received an e-ARC of the book through NetGalley for review purposes.

Jill Shalvis writes the type of contemporary romance that I love to read, she gives us sexy, funny, charming and entertaining stories that leave you wanting more and Head Over Heels is no exception to the rule.

This is the third book in the Lucky Harbor series and if you are not familiar with the books you should know that the series is about three sisters who shared the same mother but different fathers and grew up apart from each other. When their mother died they inherited her house in a small town called Lucky Harbor. Despite having clashing personalities they decided to work together in order to restore the house and turn it into an inn, and because this is a romance, they find their soul mates in the process.

Head Over Heels is Chloe’s book. She is the youngest and wildest of the sisters. A very spirited and adventurous woman whose severe asthma plays a huge part in her life by limiting the things she can do and making her push herself almost to the breaking point. When we first met her she was impulsive, immature and reckless, but throughout the books she’s made a huge, albeit subtle, change. She is still wild and a bit reckless, but for the first time she feels like she belongs and wants to prove to herself and her sisters that there’s more than meets the eye and that she can be responsible and reliable.

Sawyer Thompson used to be a wild child as well, but now he’s the town’s sheriff and following rules is what he does for a living. Ever since he first met Chloe he’s been attracted to her, but she drives him crazy with her antics and he’s having a hard time deciding whether he should kiss her or arrest her. Maybe he ends up doing both, but you have to read the book to find out.

This book has been on my wish list since last year. Chloe was my favorite sister because even though she was a bit obnoxious it was obvious to me that she was more than a crazy girl, and Ms. Shalvis did a great job with her character because I could see her changing and maturing a little bit more in each book, so by the time her book came along she wasn’t the same woman she was in Simply Irresistible. Lately it seems like all contemporary romances must come in threes, everywhere I look there’s a new trilogy, and I admit that it’s become annoying, especially when we have to wait so much between books. But in this particular series not only does it make sense, but it also works perfectly, because we can actually see how the characters develop through the whole series, and it makes perfect sense that Chloe’s is the last book, because she was the character that needed more time to grow.

Sawyer was a wonderful hero and a perfect match for Chloe. The best part about him (besides his name *drools*, and that he wears a uniform *drools*, and that he is built like a linebacker *drools* *drools* *drools*) was that he didn’t want to change who Chloe was. He loved her just as she was and because of who she was, yes, she drove him crazy, but his biggest worry wasn’t that he didn’t know how to tame her, but that she was a free spirit and he was afraid that she wouldn’t be happy staying in one place.

The fact that Chloe suffered from asthma wasn’t a gimmick to move the plot forward and just forget that she’s sick once the plot device was no longer needed. Her condition was an important part of her life and it definitely affected her as well as everyone around her.

As usual there’s a great cast of secondary characters including Chloe’s sisters: Maddie and Tara, and their respective better halves. I always enjoy books were the male characters are friends so I can sit and enjoy the bromance, and there’s a lot of that in these books. This is a small town story so the usual quirky characters are present and the atmosphere is charming.

Part of the book felt slow and this story wasn’t as dramatic as the last one. I don’t think this book stands alone well because it’s harder to appreciate Chloe’s journey without having read the first two books, lucky for you the whole series is fantastic so you will have a great time reading the previous books as well.

Despite some shortcomings I enjoyed it a lot. There was a bit of mystery, love, comedy and the main couple had a ton of chemistry. I think if you are a fan of contemporary romance then you probably already know Ms. Shalvis’ books, but if you don’t, the Lucky Harbor books are a great place to start.

And as a side note I wanted to say that we are getting more Lucky Harbor books (yep, that awful noise you hear is me screaming like a tween in a Justin Bieber concert), I’ve got three suspects as possible heroes: mysterious cute guy, Matt the hunky park ranger and Josh the hot doctor. If you have inside info about this and want to let me know if I'm right or wrong, or if you have your own theories on who might be the next leads, then let me know in the comments!

Review by Brie
Grade: 4
Sensuality: McSteamy


Breaking rules and breaking hearts
Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn't ready to settle into a quiet life running their family's newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble--and trouble with love-draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who'd like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.  
Suddenly Chloe can't take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff? Or will Chloe's colorful past keep her from a love that lasts . . . and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?

Forever, Original Edition; November 22, 2011.


  1. Oh this sounds like a fantastic series! Never heard of it before! Seems to have a great cast of characters and even if its slow at time I'd probably really enjoy it! Awesome review, Brie!

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  2. Hi Giselle!

    It is a fantastic series, lots of fun and great characters. If you want to read it you should get the book called Christmas in Lucky Harbor since it has the first two books, so you get two for the price of one.

  3. You're right on the next three heroes. :) Thanks for the review!

  4. I keep seeing this series and keep meaning to pick the first book up. This contemporary romance seems juts like something I'd really enjoy reading. I like the concept too about the sisters. Chloe sounds like a firecracker, and I love heroines like that.

  5. I loved the first 2. Can't wait for this one ... And there are more books about Lucky Harbor .. you just made my day.

  6. What can I say...Anticpation is making wait, keeping waiting... But tomorrow is the DAT!!!! HURRAH!!!!

  7. Jade:

    This series is very good and I recommend the author in general. I have enjoyed everything I have read by her. I’m sure you’ll love her books as well. And just like I told Giselle, if you decide to read then make sure to buy the book called Christmas in Lucky Harbor since it has the first two books in the series.


    Yep, we get at least three more books! Awesome, right? Wait until you meet the heroes, they make just a cameo and one of them only gets a mention, but I’m already intrigued by them!


    Today is the day! I hope you enjoy the book, it seemed like we waited forever for this book, right?!

  8. I've been seeing good reviews for this book, so I'm glad you enjoyed it Brie. It's good when authors can make us love characters that we thought we wouldn't :)

    Despite good reviews, I think I'm going to skip this one. Ms Shalvis and I simply aren't clicking :(

  9. I'm really interested in reading Jill Shalvis. I guess this series would be a good start.

  10. Hi nath!

    Whaaat?!? See?! This is what we were talking about the other, how you can never tell if someone will like a book or an author just because everyone else seems to do it. Ah well, another set of heroes I won’t have to fight you for, now Michael won’t be alone in that list.

    Hi Alexis!

    This series is good but my favorite and the one I would recommend is her baseball series, can’t remember the name but I think one of the books is called Slow Heat, I’m not sure, though. If you like baseball try that one!

  11. Love this series so darn much!! And yes - I asked Jill on Twitter and Cute guy is the next hero!!! Woo and hoo ;)

  12. Hi Mandi!

    Can't wait to see more about cute guy but I think my fav will be the bad boy doctor, I bet his is the last book ;-P.

  13. LOL, I know! it's really hard to tell which authors you will click with and which you won't ^_^; It's kind of sad, because I especially like contemporary romance! Sigh.


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