Monday, June 11, 2012

Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor #3) by Jill Shalvis

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?

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

So, I had some mixed feelings going into Head Over Heels. I loved all the glimpses of Sawyer in the past books so was really excited to finally get to read his story but Chloe, Chloe got on my nerves a bit the last two books so I wasn't all that sure I'd really enjoy this one. I should have had a little faith, though, because Shalvis just writes a damn good book and I should have known she'd be able to win me over completely. And pretty much right from the start too. 

On the outside esthetician Chloe Traeger and Sheriff Sawyer Thompson seem like polar opposites. She's the "wild child" and has always been on the move, skirting responsibility, a goes-where-the-wind-blows-her kind of woman. Sawyer on the other hand is hard working, responsible as all get out, and doesn't do anything too wild or crazy these days. 

But man were these two perfect for each other regardless of what anyone else might think.They're both haunted by their pasts and feel trapped by how people see them because of it. It really hurt to see how little faith Chloe's sisters had in her and that no one important to her took her seriously. The pain she felt over that was just heartbreaking. And Sawyer. Even though he's become a good and decent man his misspent youth and a rather hateful father keep him feeling inadequate and trying to make up for his past. Lord these two really just got to me and made me ache for them. Ack, I know that sounds rather dark and moody but oh it was so good getting to see them heal and overcome their insecurities because of each other. They really were a good pairing. Funny, sweet, caring. I loved their interactions over silly things and things a bit more serious. 
“She ran her gaze over his chest with frank appreciation. Then he shivered, realizing he hadn't really considered the weather. It was forty-five degrees max, but Chloe was giving him a go-on gesture with her hand. 
"All I have left is my pants," he said. 
"Yes, please." 
"It's cold, Chloe." 
She tilted her head. "Are you worried about shrinkage?" 
Well, he was now.
I really liked how Chloe's severe asthma and how it impacted her daily life was used in the storyline. The limits she was under, the dangers and especially how Sawyer reacted to her condition. That he wasn't scared off by it and went proactive on his own. Doing all kinds of research on ways to help her through her attacks and how to prevent them. Was so amazingly sweet how much he cared about her and added a nice layer to their relationship and the story in general when it got the best of her. 

One thing that was a little different in this one was an added story arc outside of the couples relationship. In this case a criminal element that wound up involving both Chloe and Sawyer and dragging parts of his past out into the open. Was an interesting addition to the peaceful and gossip filled town of Lucky Harbor. 

I was actually a little sad for this one to end. I've really fallen for this set of sisters and their men so it's a bit bittersweet to have hear all of their stories. I'm really glad there are going to be more books in the series and with the town folk and am curious to see where Shalvis goes from here. If the sisters and their men will still play parts in the next books and how she'll introduce the new heroes/heroines. Should be interesting...

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Do you ever go into a book thinking you won't love one of the main characters and end up completely falling for them? How'd you feel about Chloe and Sawyer? Did you love them and their story?

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