Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Grand Central
My copy: Netgalley
Breaking rules and breaking hearts
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?
Chloe is used to living her life safely, well…mainly. Her ambitious nature taken down by her severe asthma. She gets her kicks by daring herself to do things no asthma sufferer should be doing. Thrills from these adventures are what gets her through the days. That and her travels as a in demand spa treatments across the country.
Running the local inn they inherited, Chloe and her sisters are laying down their own roots in the small town of Lucky Harbor. Soon she is staying behind more often than traveling. Her thrills are coming in the form of the hard muscled town sheriff , Sawyer. The man ignites a breathlessness in her that has nothing to do with her medical condition.
Sawyer has no business falling for the reckless redhead, but unfortunately he can’t seem to get her out of his head. She is integrating herself into his stony emotional state and there is nothing he seems to be able to do about it. Suddenly the sheriff needs to not only worry about the criminals, but the state of his heart as well.
It’s no secret I am a huge fan of Jill Shalvis. I try and read everything I can get my hands on by her and I find her writing to be highly engaging and realistic. Her characters often find themselves in funny moments and the conversation is often laced with wit and sarcasm.
I enjoyed Chloe because she wasn’t your typical heroine. She has some limitations that she certainly tries her best to make up for in other areas. Being severely asthmatic prevents her from being as reckless as she wants to be. She definitely makes up for it in other areas though. She is a Vespa riding, adventure seeking, out spoken female that takes nothing from no one. In doing so though she has erected these emotional walls that not even her sisters have been able to breach. Having been raised be a free spirit mother who shied away from laying any roots down has had a affect on Chloe in her adult life. She has been unable to connect long term. Always wanting to continue with her out of state spa jobs and only sticking around home when absolutely needed. Chloe finds herself referring to Lucky Harbor as home and realizes that she has been running from the life she has wanted for years, but was scared to commit to.
Sawyer is a straitlaced Sheriff who has counted on his job to define him after his tumultuous teenage years. He has been trying to make up for his mistakes for years. Living only for the job. I rooted for him to make amends with his father after so many years. I wanted him to let Chloe in even before she realized that was what she wanted. They had a slow simmer that was based on friendship with mutual lust. He was portrayed as a hulking kind of man though I pictured more of the teddy bear variety. His readiness to take her asthma into account was so sweet, I melted just a little.
While I enjoyed the plot of Head Over Heels, I never felt the emotion I believe Shalvis was trying to get across. Sure, it was cute. I did find some parts to be long winded and easily skimable. I also didn’t think there was as much witty banter as I have found in her past work. I simply “liked” the characters and the book. I didn’t love it. Those who enjoy her past work will probably find this one ,if not love it. I simply wanted a bit more in the connection, banter and even the action. I did enjoy the criminal sub-plot and thought it was well played at the climax.
Head Over Heels is an easy going contemporary romance. Light hearted romance is a Shalvis specialty and those that love the Lucky Harbor series will undoubtedly enjoy Chloe and Sawyer’s story.
I give Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis 3.50 stars!