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?
This is the first I've read by Jill Shalvis, and let me tell you, it won't be the last! This title is the third part of a series, and I haven't had the chance to read the first two books, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. (I'll be searching for the others, that's for sure.)
Chloe was raised while moving around with her mom, with no real strings anywhere and not even knowing who her father was. After her mother died, she and her two stranged half-sisters inherited a run down beach inn, which they renovated and turned into a B&B.
She suffers from asthma (which gives the story a more realistic touch), has problems with commitments and staying too long at the same place, she is great at making natural skin treatments and enjoys a little B&E (breaking and entering) when poor dogs used for fighting are involved. That is, when the super hot sheriff doesn't find out about it...
Sawyer is the bad boy that turned good. After a troubled childhood and even worse adolescence, he tries to make up for all the wrongs he's done by working his butt off as a cop. Problem is, all his ex-girlfriends had trouble dealing with his love and commitment for his career (and the dangers of it and lack of time together), so they ran away. But there's this little asthmatic redhead that seems to understand him far better than he does...
Head Over Heels really cracked me up. The author has a terrific sense of humor and knows how to build sexual tension between her characters very well. It was funny and hot to read how they teased and talked and felt like grabbing each other's throats and groins at the same time. LOL. Also, there were a couple of scenes involving an outdoors shower and wall painting that were specially...well, interesting. :P But all with very good taste, nothing vulgar or unpleasant.
Chloe and Sawyer were very cute together. They complemented each other perfectly.
There are many greatly written secondary characters that put the icing on this cake, such as Lucille, a grannie who can appreciate a handsome man in uniform, Ford, Jax (the heroes of the previous books) and Matt, the friends who annoy more than they help, Todd, the 'villain' who shares a dark past with the hero, the sisters...
This is the perfect book for your vacation. It will surely lift your spirits, bring a smile to your face and help you relax. Oh, and cuddle. Hard. LOL
*I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*