The Book Worm: Review: Sweet Little Lies

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: Sweet Little Lies

Book Review: Sweet Little Lies, by Jill Shalvis

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. . . .

Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: June 2016

Mature content: yes

Review: Sweet Little Lies was a disappointment for me. I waited a long time for this book, hoping to get another of Jill Shalvis' funny, sexy, entertaining romance novels. Instead I was halfway through the book when I began to realize that maybe there was a plot in there after all. 

There is no real chemistry between Pru and Finn, there are too many different characters to keep track of and the story isn't just boring - it doesn't make sense, not when you go into the details. It seems that the author has been writing small town romances for so long that she decided to apply the same recipe to a story set in the middle of San Francisco, and it just doesn't work. The only character I really did enjoy was Thor, Pru's dog. He's the best of them all.

Yes, the romance is hot (if you believe in it) and once or twice the dialogs made me remember Jill Shalvis at her best. But, truth be told, it was a sacrifice to stick with it until the end, and a relief when I could put it down and pick something else to read. 

So, I seriously don't recommend it. Jill Shalvis has published lots of amazing books, but Sweet Little Lies is not one of them. Since this is supposed to be the beginning of a new series, I can only hope that the next books bring a significant improvement over this one...

Happy Monday,

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