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review 2019-12-14 17:56
Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis
Wrapped Up in You (Heartbreaker Bay, #8) - Jill Shalvis

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Ivy has been on her own since she was sixteen but lately, she wants to put some roots down. She's slowly starting to warm up to her group of friends and the new guy Kel, is catching her eye.

Kel is on leave from his job as a sheriff after being betrayed by one of his cops. When his cousin introduces him to Ivy, he's instantly attracted to her and her spicy tacos.

Ivy and Kel have family drama and they're both scared to open up but they just can't stay away from each other.

 

She wanted him. Quite badly, if her racing pulse meant anything. He was so . . . what, exactly? Steady? Tough? Intense and yet somehow easygoing, not to mention also extremely easy on the eyes?

 

Eighth in the Heartbreaker series, Wrapped Up in You gives a little bit of a crossover with Kel from the Animal Magnetism series. I haven't read any other books in Heartbreaker and that might have hurt some of the emotional connections I was missing. Characters that were stars from previous books, acting as secondary characters here, were never overwhelming to me as a newcomer but I never fully felt the friendship between the women and Ivy or a emotional familial connection between Kel and his cousin. Kel and Ivy spend the majority of the time together and are the focus, which works for highlighting their relationship, but it hurt my feeling their connection to the world Shalvis has created.

 

Kel's background in Idaho and all the drama that went down there happened away from this book and his utter lack of desire to return to what was his home gave more of missing piece to his character for me rather than emphasizing his desire to stay in California for and with Ivy and his family. His family drama with his mother also felt tacked on as I struggled to get a sense of Kel, let alone his secondary family members and their relationship.

 

I connected with Ivy's character more, her family drama and relationship with brother provided some end of story angst. I would have liked more scenes with her and her friends to get more of a feel and emotional connection to why she suddenly wanted to put down roots in this city (as a new reader to the series, something that continuous readers might have a better feel for).

 

But he slowly pulled back and ran a thumb along her jawline. “I knew you were going to be trouble the very first moment I laid eyes on you.”

Hello, I’ve been trying to tell you that very thing!”

Snatching her hand in his, he grinned at her, a very sexy, very naughty grin, as if maybe he thought she was the very best kind of trouble, and led her through the alley to his truck.

 

Ivy and Kel had an immediate attraction and they act on wanting each other pretty quickly; I think it was around 20% the question of if they're a “we” was being discussed. I personally enjoy more of a building up and thought their relationship lacked the certain fun and sexy vibe Shalvis can sometimes give her lead's relationship.

 

Overall, Shalvis stories are always readable but with Kel's seeing his mother cheat on his father and feelings of abandonment, Ivy's brother struggling with going straight and the slight danger element from this, and their two week romance that lead to a together forever I couldn't quite feel and believe in, this lacked the Shalvis joie de vivre that keeps me reading her books.

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text 2019-12-12 20:11
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Wrapped Up in You (Heartbreaker Bay, #8) - Jill Shalvis

Cold and snowy in my part of the world, calls for salsa verde enchiladas and a romance with some holiday vibes

 

Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis purchase link

 

Honey Lime Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas recipe

I highly, highly recommend this recipe. The filling will keep for a few days, I just love the taste of these!

 

 

 

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review 2019-12-11 17:03
Wrapped Up In You
Wrapped Up in You (Heartbreaker Bay, #8) - Jill Shalvis

Heartbreaker Bay, Book 8

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

The Characters:

Ivy Snow:
Kel O’Donnell:


The Story:

I always enjoy my time in Heartbreak Bay and am so happy to visit again. This story had the perfect amounts of danger, heart, complication and sexiness. Family relationships are hard, trusting people is hard and when you’ve been through what Kel and Ivy had been through hard doesn’t even begin to cut it. I’m glad they found each other and learned to overcome the past.

The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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review 2019-11-04 02:17
Twist of Fate (Heartbreaker Bay #8.5) by: Jill Shalvis
Twist of Fate (Heartbreaker Bay #8.5) - Jill Shalvis

 

 

 

Second chances are not easily given. They are fought for. Looks like Daisy and Diego are in for the fight of their lives. Shalvis brings her signature humor to a Twist of Fate. When past misunderstandings bring two exes together after ten years, it's up to fate to help them rewrite the stars and find that happily ever they've always wanted. Heartache finds a sense of humor and a hint of temptation.

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review 2019-10-24 09:09
Southern Heartbreaker (Charleston Heat #4) by: Jessica Peterson
Southern Heartbreaker (Charleston Heat #4) - Jessica Peterson

 

 

Walking through heartache is a reminder that we're strong enough to make it through to the other side. Perhaps that's why I love the Charleston Heat series so much. Peterson and her captivating characters prove that through life's ups and love's downs, there is always a reason to smile. Southern Heartbreaker takes past regrets and turns them into present hope. Ford left behind his bad boy ways when he met the love of his life. His little girl, Bryce. When a blast from his past awakens his long dormant heat, Ford discovers what happiness truly means. From cloudy days to tempted hearts, battered egos and fresh starts, Peterson and her cast of heartbreakers, give emotions something to sing about.
 
 

 

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