My To-Be Read List is a meme hosted by Because Reading is Better Than Real Life where at the beginning of the month visitors can choose which book I’ll be reading this month. On the first saturday of a month the poll will be up, then on the second saturday of the month I’ll announce the book that won and on the last saturday of the month I’ll post my review of the book.
Rating: 4 stars
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 hard-working 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. . . .
I received a free copy from the publisher through edelweiss and voluntarily reviewed it.
Sweet Little Lies was a great read. I like how Jill Shalvis writes romances as they are both sweet and hot and feel realistic. They also have a great group of characters and this book had all of those elements as well. Sweet Little Lies is about Pru and Finn. Something bad happened in Pru her past and she’s feeling guilt about this and doing her best to help others. One day she meets Finn who runs it’s own pub and had a rough youth where he had to grow up fast. Sparks fly the moment they meet, they have an instant attraction that slowly grows into more.
Pru and Finn were so fun to read about. There are a lot of great scenes involving these two and I liked seeing them fall more and more for each other as the book progressed. Pru made sure Finn had a bit more fun in his live and a life besides the pub he ran. Finn eventually helps Pru deal with her guilt and fills a gap in her heart. There are funny scenes, some heartwarming ones and some hot scenes as well. These two were good for each other.
This book is set in a bigger city instead of a small town, but it still managed to create that smart town feel by focusing on a group of close friends who lived in and around a building. This still created a bit of the cozy small town feel as these friends where very close and stick their nose in each other business. I quickly figured out who the two main characters for the next books would be and I can’t wait to read their stories. There are a lot of interesting side characters, everyone had enough depth and personality to easily remember who was who. I liked the whole group of Finns friends. And Edie was one of my favorite characters. I also liked Jake who was always there for Pru, Pru her adorable dog Thor and Pru her nosy neighbor.
The only issue I had with this book was the big secret Pru doesn’t tell Finn. I am not a big fan fo the secret keeping trope. Besides that I also felt Pru made it a bigger issue than it was, it just sort of got blown up and every time it got mentioned how she still hadn’t told him and how she had to tell him soon, but she didn’t want to and was afraid how he would react. She felt all this guilt about what happened and then about the secret as well. I rather would’ve liked to see them talk about that guilt and have Finn try and convince her she didn’t have to feel guilty for what happened. And I just knew this would be The Conflict that would shake things up and lead to an obligatory break-up scene at the end. Then when the secrets comes out there is some miscommunication and then it gets solved almost too easily for how big of a deal it was the whole book. Just didn’t quite work for me.
To summarize: this was a fun start of a new series. I really like how Jill Shalvis writes romances and this book was no exception. I liked Pru and Finn as main characters and I enjoyed seeing them fall in love. There are a lot of fun scenes, some hot scenes and it was a read that kept my attention. I did have a bit of trouble with the conflict, which involves a secret Pru didn’t tell Finn. I felt like it got blown a bit out of proportion and then at the end it got resolved way too easily for how big of an issue it seemed before that. Luckily the romance and the great group of characters more than made up for my issues with the conflict. The side characters all have enough personality and it make me look forward to see more of them. I already have book 2, so I hope to start that one soon.
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