Thursday, December 1, 2011

Head Over Heels, By Jill Shalvis

Head Over Heels, by Jill Shalvis
Rating: A, Hot
It’s no secret that I am a huge Jill Shalvis fan, and Head Over Heels was a wonderful addition to the Lucky Harbor series.   This book is about the 3rd sister, wild child Chloe.  She and Sheriff Sawyer Thompson have had quite the love/hate relationship going in the first two books, and in this one, they take it to a whole new level!
Chloe’s sisters want her to help more with the B & B, but Chloe isn’t sure she can commit to that.   She led a vagabond lifestyle, living with her mother, whose hobby was following the Grateful Dead from town to town.   Chloe is an esthetician and travels to local high end spas in the area, creating her lotions and potions, and giving treatments to the clients.  Chloe comes up with an idea to have the sun room at the B & B changed in to a spa area, where her clients and B&B visitors can come to her.   The up side of this plan is that Chloe  would not need to travel so much.  Her sisters, Maddie and Tara immediately say no, pointing out that Chloe in not as reliable as they would like her to be.  This really hurts Chloe, since she has working very hard to change her ways, and she feels the sisters are being unfair.  
Chloe and her good friend Lance, who has cystic fibrosis, have been out rescuing Pit Bull dogs that a local fights, and gets all cut up making their escape. Sawyer is furious with her for taking the law in to her own hands -  again.  He stops by to check on her later that evening, to find her with Lance.  Sawyer immediately thinks they are in a relationship, but they have never been more than good friends.  Good old Sawyer is a reformed bad boy, and now as Sheriff he is about as straight laced as possible.  But he’s got it bad for Chloe, although he has a hard time admitting this to anyone.   The sexual tension between Chloe and Sawyer is palpable, and builds to a boiling point!  Finally – the moment is right, and halfway through their night of love, Chloe has a really bad asthma attack.  Sawyer is scared to death he’s going to lose her, so after the attack he gets cold feet, and as he backs away from Chloe, as the tension starts to build again.
The B & B is really getting off to a good start, but sisters Maddie and Tara kind of got to me with their attitude towards Chloe.  This time, Chloe is really trying, and at least they could encourage her, instead of constantly being so critical of her.  Both Maddie and Tara are upset that Chloe can’t tell them she loves them, but from the reader’s point of view, it’s not so hard to understand.  Chloe has been left alone her entire life, when people like her mother told her they loved her and then bailed on her.   Chloe does open her spa, thanks to a booking by a group of sisters who want their treatments done there at the B&B.
The town of Lucky Harbor has it quirks, and zany residents.  Good old Lucille still manages the Lucky Harbor Facebook page, a perfect job for the elderly town gossip.  There is more about Lance in this book, and a HEA for him too!   Chloe and Sawyer are a hoot as their relationship grows.  Her asthma is really bad, and she just can’t have spontaneous sex or she will have an asthma attack.  I was about rolling on the floor laughing as she is telling this to Sawyer, and telling him there is a test he must pass if he wants to have sex with her. Sawyer can’t believe there is a test – before sex!  She tells him he has to be inhaler worthy, which of course Sawyer is certain he is.
Want some more good news?  There are 3 more books yet to come in this wonderful series!  As we have covered the three sisters, there will be  three more books, about some of the great characters we have met in these first three Lucky Harbor stories. Color me happy!                                 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