Title: Accidentally on Purpose
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #3
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Synopsis:There’s no such thing as a little in love…
Elle Wheaten’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .
There’s no such thing as a little in lust…
Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. But now that she’s earned happiness and success, Archer just wants Elle 24/7. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco Earthquake, and Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .
There is such a thing as…
As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along…
Excerpt:He wrapped his fingers around her wrist. “Stop.”
Yeah, that would have been the wise thing to do. Definitely. But she’d never been all that wise when it came to him so she used her free hand to tell him he was number one. With her middle finger. “How’s that for icy, you overgrown, knuckle-dragging oaf—”
Swearing beneath his breath, he caught that wrist too and stepped into her, making her not only shut the hell up but also stumble back a few steps, off balance. A tree came up against her back and Archer used that to his advantage, pinning her there with lots of solid muscle.
Her breath caught. At the sound he froze, his gaze going heavy-lidded as he stared at her mouth. Then he planted both hands flat on the huge tree on either side of her, framing her shoulders as he let out a long, careful exhale, resting his cheek against her hair. “You drive me crazy,” he murmured, his voice reverberating through his chest and into hers.
The words were such a contrast to his actions that it took her mind a moment to catch up.
“Yeah, well, right back at you,” she managed, thrown off by the effortless way he was leaning into her, holding her there with his weight, completely immobilizing her.
And that wasn’t her biggest problem.
It was turning her on.
I couldn't wait to read Archer and Elle's story when I first met them in The Trouble With Mistletoe and when I saw that Accidentally on Purpose was their story - well, you can imagine how excited I was for it! But of course, with me being me, I waited quite a bit longer than I needed to before I actually read and oh, I could just kick myself for waiting so long because it was amazing. It truly was and I deeply, wholeheartedly loved Accidentally on Purpose!
Man, that Elle is one tough cookie - seriously, she is made of steel! She's strong and independent, bossy and sassy, and fierce and confident. Elle is always okay even when she's not, she isn't afraid to stand up to Archer or tell him what to do - she has no fear. Sure, she's not always the warmest, most open person in the world and while she doesn't let her vulnerability show all the time, you do get to see the softer side to her as well. Elle is a bada*s, she's loyal to a fault, and there wasn't much that I didn't love about her - she's incredible.
Archer can be very frustrating at times and make you want to shake some sense into him, but he's impossible not to love. It's so obvious how much he cares for and about Elle and how she gets in past his barriers despite all his defenses and his intentions. Archer is noble and protective and honorable - he takes care of and watches over his people. He is such a great guy, perhaps even the best ever, and he completely and utterly stole my heart!
The main reason that I was so excited to for Archer and Elle's story was their whole love/hate, we-have-major-chemistry-and-sexual-tension thing going on. It is quite possibly one of my favorite troupes and Accidentally on Purpose certainly delivered that. It was an inferno of passion, sparring, and lust, but then it would calm down just enough for you to cool down while still feeling all warm, toasty, and melty inside. Accidentally on Purpose was beautiful, heartache-y, sweet, steamy, and heartwarming. It was positively brilliant and I hope that Ms. Shalvis has plenty more to come in this series because I just love and adore these wonderful characters!
Accidentally on Purpose is the third book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, but can be read as a standalone. It's told from Archer and Elle's POV, and yes, they do get their happily-ever-after and yes, it will make grin and melt!
~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.