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The good kind of trouble…
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2019
How embarrassing is it when you walk up to a stranger and ask them *Do I know you* and they look back at you with a blank and slightly horrified look, before scurrying away. Well, I’ve done that to myself numerous times. What makes it even worse is I later work out that he’s the guy who gets on the same train carriage as me, or I walked past him while doing the grocery shopping. Well, meeting Kel felt a little like that. I know that I know him, but for the life of me, I can’t remember the details of our meeting. At least, this time I know I’ve legitimately met him, because, Jill told me so. 😉
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.