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Jan 24 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Jill Shalvis’s Accidentally on Purpose (January 24, 2017)

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis
Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3)
Avon / January 24, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital 

After reading the first two books and novella in the Heartbreaker Bay Series and getting a glimpse of the sparks that were flying between Elle and Archer, I just knew their story was going to be a good one.

And it was.

On the surface, Accidentally on Purpose is an enemies to lovers romance (which always seems to up the ante on hotness), but as you start to get to know Elle and Archer, you realize that “enemies” is not only too simple of a word, but also a little off-base. There’s history between these two, and it’s really, really interesting.

Since I don’t want to give away any spoilers, though, I’ll talk about the other thing I absolutely loved about this book: the fact that Elle and Archer are both incredibly strong, independent characters.

Their friends see both of them as badasses. Elle’s always impeccably dressed (and usually wearing a killer pair of heels while at it) and is one of those people who just gets shit done. Archer’s all hot and muscular and alpha and owns a security company that occasionally has dangerous assignments. He, too, just gets shit done.

As is the case with many people who seem impenetrable, there are hidden depths with these two, and painful reasons why they’ve both become such strong, independent people. In a lot of ways, both Archer and Elle are alphas—which means there are a whole lot of reasons why these two shouldn’t work. But they do. Watching the sparks fly between these two is fun, for sure, but watching as their walls slowly start coming down is incredibly satisfying.

“You do too much for me. I hate that you’re doing this, too,” Elle said.

“You do plenty for me in return.”

“Such as?” she asked.

“Keep me human.”

It’s that raw honesty that’s just ripped from both of these characters at times that makes them fascinating and in a weird sort of way relatable. Being vulnerable is hard (especially when you’ve been burned in the past or have experienced great emotional losses), and it’s scary, so it’s refreshing to see two strong characters who reflect just that with all the rawness vulnerability entails.

The next night Archer managed to catch Elle as she was coming out of her office.

“Still stalking me?” she asked politely.

“Maybe I just missed you,” he said as they stepped into the elevator together.

“That would require emotion, Archer.”

“You think I don’t have emotions?”

She sighed. “I know you do. I just think you don’t like them.”

“Are we talking about me or you?” he asked.

In typical Shalvis fashion, though, there are also plenty of laughs to go along with the more emotional moments, which makes Accidentally on Purpose simply a delight to read and lose yourself in.

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Aubrey Gross fell in love with romance novels at age 12, when she was given a box of old Harlequin romances. She's also a writer and has an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Follow her on Twitter @chicklitter.

 

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