Well, this was my very first Jill Shalvis book. I know, many of you will find that a crazy notion but yes, this was my first. I do realize it is three books into a series but it can be read as a standalone. The cast of secondary characters from previous books are well developed and their stories are easy to pick up and follow along. As you know, I tend to write my reviews based on the feelings books give me – it is far easier to write a good or bad review if the book gave you definitive feelings, and made you walk away with a sense of something, good or bad. Accidentally on Purpose left me just meh, in the middle. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. I read the whole thing save a couple of skimming parts and I wasn’t upset with the time I put into the book. However, it was just average for me. Of course, I’ll do my best to tell you why.
Elle Wheaton is our heroine, she’s tough as nails and self made when really the odds were stacked against her. She trusts no one and frankly, she has every reason to feel this way. Archer Hunt is scary tough and he basically gave up his career in law enforcement many years ago when he risked it all to save a young Elle. He holds no grudge for that, he absolutely did the right thing, when the right thing wasn’t the easiest thing. He only wants Elle to be happy and he feels he’s not best equipped emotionally to give her everything she deserves. His loins feel differently…as do hers.
These two are painfully attracted to each other but both deny their feelings. A lot…too much perhaps. The constant bickering got a little tiring for me. It’s clear how much they love each other, everyone around them sees it but these two, well, predictably, continue to fight it. Sadly, this banter was the most interesting thing about these characters. I didn’t love them, I didn’t hate them, I just found them to be average. There is some suspense in this story…it’s isn’t enough to mention – again, just kinda’ in the middle.
For the sexy times, when then finally happened, I didn’t really love it. For a man that felt so connected and attached to this woman, the sex felt rather detached. Again, not great but not terrible, just in the middle. I guess by now you’re seeing a pattern in my review, a pattern that takes us to meh. I think this was really one of the first books I’ve ever read that honestly left me with no emotions. In fact, I’ve pondered this review for several weeks now because I didn’t really have much to say. I suppose if you are a fan of the Heartbreaker Bay series, then you’ve been waiting for these two to get their heads out of their asses and Accidentally on Purpose would be a bit more exciting for you. For me, I’m sticking with average, a truly average tale. Having said that, average doesn’t mean bad, never mistake the two. The book is technically sound and the story moves along nicely. It just lacks anything that makes it stand out in the crowd of books flooding our TBR shelves.
Smooches,Tags: 3 stars, Contemporary, Jill Shalvis