May 15, 2012

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Review: Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #3)

Contemporary Romance
November 22 2011
Mass Market Paperback
350 pages
Forever Books


Yummy Man – Sawyer
Kick Ass Chick – Chloe



From Goodreads -
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?

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Head Over Heels is the third installment in Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series.  This time around we follow Chloe and Sawyer as they – finally – give into their attraction and fall in love.  It’s an incredibly sweet story that had me go all gooey on the inside.

Chloe is the wild-child of the three sisters.  She’s the only one who was raised by Phoebe, her hippie and free-spirited mother, and has never really had anywhere to call home.  Her sisters Maggie (who is the main character in book one Simply Irresistible) and Tara (who is the main character in book two The Sweetest Thing) were raised by their fathers.  I have to say that in the first couple books I enjoyed Chloe but there were times when I wanted to shake her a bit.  The way she egged her sisters on – especially Tara – and how she purposely went looking for trouble was a little much at times.  But in Head Over Heels we find out why she treats her sisters the way she does and you see where she goes and what she actually does when she sneaks off.  She really is a wonderful character – a girl with a strong and open heart who thinks of others all the time.

Sawyer appears in the first two books but not a whole lot.  He’s the town sheriff and best friend to Jax and Ford, the main men in the first installments.  I really enjoyed getting to know him in this book.  There are so many layers to him and he is really well written.  He didn’t have the easiest upbringing and rebelled as a teen.  He was given a second chance and is now using his position to help out the town and to make up for all the bad he has done in his youth.  He really is a good match for Chloe.  On the surface you may not think so but as we delve in deeper beneath their characters, we see that they are in fact a perfect match.  They both have heart and both aim to please.  They make each other happy and that’s something neither have ever truly experienced.

Chloe’s best friend is Logan and he suffers from CF.  I love their relationship and their scenes together are lovely.  I cried during one on them – boy did I ever.  Their scenes show, once again, how much heart Chloe has and how much she is growing as a person and as a character throughout this series.

There are great set-ups in this book for the next few books.  We meet the characters that will appear in them and get a taste for what’s to come.  Makes me even more excited to pick them up.

If you are looking for a charming, fun, sweet and all around wonderful contemporary romance read, you have to try this series.  I have truly enjoyed the three installments available to date and have place the following three (which are due out later this month, June and July) on my auto-buy list.

As for Head Over Heels, it finishes the stories of how three sisters meet three friends and find their destinies in the most unlikely of places perfectly.  It will definitely warm your heart.

5 stars
Giggle worthy quotes

“Maddie watched him go with a dreamy sigh.  ‘I’m going to marry him.’

‘God knows why.’  Sawyer reached for the ketchup, and Maddie laughed.

‘He makes me happy,’ she said.  ‘He makes me…everything.  You know?’

Sawyer looked into her warm eyes and nodded, not wanting to disappoint her.  She smiled and hugged him, then kissed his cheek.  ‘You’re sweet to humor me.’

He nearly choked on a fry.  There was the sweet again.  He should have killed someone this week; that would have taken care of that.”

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“’Sawyer.’

In answer, he brought his head up and kissed her.  Deep, hungry, tasting her in a purposely slow, thorough manner before pulling back to once again look into her eyes.’

Oh, God.  ‘Sawyer, what are we doing?’ she whispered.

He shook his head.  ‘No fucking clue.’”

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“’Oh my God!’  So much for Zen calm.  He was like kryptonite to her Zen.  Whirling from him, she stomped along the highway with no concern for how she must look, only knowing that she could feel the steam coming out of her ears.  Maybe it’d melt the mud from her body.  ‘Moronic man,’ she muttered, prepared to walk all the way back to town to avoid talking to Sawyer.  ‘Moronic men, all of them, the entire gender is a complete waste of good penises –‘”

Books in the Lucky Harbor series -
Simply Irresistible
The Sweetest Thing
Head Over Heels
Lucky in Love (May 2012)
At Last (June 2012)
Forever and a Day (July 2012)

  1. GUH! I love love love this series. I cannot wait for the next installments. Great quote by Sawyer that you included.
    I had a beloved friend, Mike, who passed from CF so I can’t even tell you the buckets of water that drained from my eyes.

    Simply excellent series. Great review.

  2. This book sounds really good. Do I need to read previous books or can I read this one as a stand alone?

  3. Great review Julie, I so want to read this series. It is on my wishlist, as there are so many more books.

  4. aw, 5 stars….I love it! Great review!!! I just read Lucky in Love and I think it’s my favorite J. Shalvis novel yet…they just keep getting better!!! smiles…

  5. Coleen K says:

    Hi BookaholicCat, you don’t have to read the books in order but they are much more fun if you do. I love these books and can’t wait for the next 3 that come out in May, June, and July.

  6. Coleen, That’s great, thank you ;)

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