Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Damn if small town life doesn’t seem so charming in the pages of a Jill Shalvis book .
In The Sweetheart List Harper Shaw chooses a small town—Sunrise Cove—that’s from her memories of her beloved mother & moves there to start over with her dog.
Right away she meets mysterious, gruff hottie Bodie Campbell (I mean don’t you know he will be hot based on his name?). She impresses him (read: annoys him) with her refusal to let him help her.
But they come back into contact soon after & then another mysterious person is thrown into the mix, a runaway teen named Ivy who has her own reasons for being in Sunrise Cove.
Sweet & adorable & heartwarming are all words I would use to describe this one. My fave moments are when Harper & Bodie comfort each other—they start building emotional intimacy early-ish in the book & that’s something both leads really need, coming to each other with their respective painful pasts.
Not only is there is romantic navigating to do in The Sweetheart List—Ivy becomes someone who is important to the development of Harper & Bodie’s relationship too, adding complexity in ways I both enjoyed & also didn’t wholeheartedly love (sometimes I just want my romances to be child-free . Don’t the leads have enough to worry about? ).
Though the book started dragging for me a bit in the end, the beginning is strong & reminded me of what drew me to Shalvis’s books in the first place.
4⭐️. Out 06/13.
CWs: Previous death of parents. Previous death of work partner, of brother (overdose). I think it’s odd that pot is referred to as a gateway drug for his brother.
Give me that HEA, please.
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