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Wrapped Up in You: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel (Heartbreaker Bay, 8) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2019
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It’s love. Trust me.
After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.
Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-term plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.
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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 novels wherever books are sold and visit her website, jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
- Publisher : Avon (September 24, 2019)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062897780
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062897787
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #430,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wrapped Up in You was a little treat to me. Actually, it was a little treat from Jill Shalvis but I’d kept it sitting on my Kindle for a rainy day, knowing that one day I may need a pick-me-up. Well, that day has come…and gone…and Wrapped Up in You did the trick. There’s something about Ms Shalvis’ writing that always hits the spot for me. It’s that wonderful mix of humour, romance and sexy times that always leaves me completely satisfied.
As I mentioned above, I had previously met Kel when he popped up in the Animal Magnetism series. Of course, I loved him then… Well, I think I loved him??? I must have because I can’t remember ever disliking a Jill Shalvis hero/character/good guy. Well, he must have been a good guy or this would have been a redeeming story, wouldn't it??? He was all muscley, hot and good guy goodness so I’m guessing this leopard didn’t change his spots???
Oh My Lordy…I am making such a mess of this review…SORRY!!!
Anyways…I really liked Wrapped Up in You and found the characters to be lovable, sweet, funny and sexy. They’re also flawed which makes them very real. We don’t just get the hearts fluttering; you rock my world in this story. You get the *YOU BLOODY NUMBSKULL!!!* feelings too.
Ivy was a tough character with a determination that I really admired. With nothing but hard work and a fierce commitment to making something of herself, she is determined to succeed. Ivy's had to put up barriers to protect herself. Between unreliable family, and "friends" from her past, it was easier to keep to herself. New friendships that she's formed are starting to feel like a family and are testing those impenetrable barriers she put up. When her brother comes back into her life and messes with her happiness, it's Kel and her friends that have her back.
While I loved this story, I did find the love a little bit quick. It was weird though because two weeks felt like months with these two. When the declarations happened, I was sighing and getting choked up with emotions... and then a little squinty-eyed when I realised the timeframe. I get instant attractions and connections, but I find the big gestures like moving cities for the love of your life… AFTER TWO WEEKS… not so much.
I really love the Heartbreaker Bay series and Jill Shalvis can do no wrong when it comes to writing entertaining contemporary romance. This is a story about two people finding love when they were least expecting it. Both Ivy and Kel have dealt with some pretty heavy stuff in their pasts, but while they are wary of risking their hearts, neither can deny the feelings developing. Trust is the big hurdle for these two and while it takes a few run-ups to conquer, they do get there in the end. I guess they just had to trust and believe in love before their wish on the love fountain would work.
If you’re looking for a good series to sink into and you haven’t tried a Jill Shalvis yet…DO IT!! You won’t regret it.
Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
Ivy Snow has never managed to stay in one place very long all her life. Constantly changing schools, cities, having to make new friends but never letting them get too close. Always trying to stay one step ahead.
Kel O’Donnell is a sheriff on a medically required leave back in San Francisco where he grew up before moving to Idaho. Kel isn’t just a sheriff but he is also a ranch owner. He is grounded and not one used to moving around.
Ivy has decided to try and settle down and has bought a food truck and is running the best taco truck in Cow Hollow. She is saving up to buy a condo even. But she is needing to stay ahead of her past as well which is proving to be tricky.
Kel is introduced to Ivy and her fantastic tacos by Caleb and the other denizens of Cow Hollow. And he falls promptly in love with her tacos. And slowly, Kev falls in love with Ivy too.
Ivy discovers she like Kev but is hesitant to allow herself to fall in love with Kev since well, he is a cop.
Can these two unlikely wonderful characters manage to get it together and allow each other to love the other and do it in the time that Kel has given himself to be in San Francisco? Well, it is a Jill Shalvis book so we know the answer is yes. But it is the chaotic bumpy ride that makes this book worth devoting a weekend to sit down and enjoy. The weather is still perfect in early fall to be able to sit outside in many places and enjoy the beauty of fall and devour this book.
I did receive a copy of this novel from the publisher prior to publication in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
It's always a joy to open a Heartbreaker Bay story because it's like visiting old friends. There is such a tight group that we meet time and again in these books as they always show up to love and support the next couple finding their way towards a happily ever after. Ivy was easy to sympathize with and like. She has a lot of conflicted feelings towards her past and really brings that emotional connection to her story.
Kel brings a sense of danger to the storyline because she knows a cop can bring her life crumbling down, yet she can't resist the temptation of him. He's inquisitive and caring and brings a dimension to her life she's been missing.
I recommend this solid addition to the series to anyone enjoying a close knit group of friends behind the scenes and a love story always front and center. You simply can't go wrong with any book in the series as they are always filled with love, laughter and friendship.
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