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Head Over Heels 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?

Favorite Quote:  Being in Sawyer’s presence took all her concentration so that she didn’t accidentally give herself away. Because the truth was, in spite of the overwhelming odds of the two of them being a major train wreck if they ever got together, she wanted him.

It was the most ridiculous thing she ever wanted.

After all, he was rigid where she was flexible. He was black and white, and she was the rainbow in between, and they didn’t go together.

Not that her body cared about logic. He was the most virile, potent, testosterone-filled guy she’d ever met. Sex with him would be fireworks, thunderstorms.


Chloe has been in Lucky Harbor for about a year, probably the longest she’s ever stayed anywhere after growing up with a mother who led a nomadic lifestyle with Chloe in tow.  But being near her sisters has come to mean a lot to Chloe, who has trouble expressing her feelings to anyone, and she finds herself wanting to stick around for longer periods of time before heading back out to work short-term jobs in spas across the western seaboard.  She’s hanging out a lot with her best friend, Lance, and the two of them keep getting into scrapes, like rescuing dogs, that threatens both Chloe’s and Lance’s health (Chloe has severe asthma and Lance has Cystic Fibrosis), and keeps her in the sights of Sheriff Sawyer Thompson. 

Sheriff Sawyer, himself enigmatic with a beautiful face and body, doesn’t mind keeping his eyes on Chloe, the little troublemaker with the hot body.  She really keeps things interesting in this small town.  Too bad she’s not around for the long run and too bad his job is too messed up to make any kind of relationship work.  But the way being around Chloe makes him feel is addicting.  She’s so unpredictable and adorable and sexy, but also infuriating because she does what she wants.  And Sawyer is pulled to her, in a way that makes him both frustrated and aroused whenever she’s around.

I have been waiting for this book.  Chloe was a lot of fun to read in the previous Lucky Harbor books starring her sisters.  The Wild Child, the Drifter, the Irrepresible One.  They’re always the most fun to read about.  But Sawyer is the one I was really looking forward to getting to know.  Sawyer’s outward stoic demeanor belies a man who feels guilt about his youthful indiscretions and is trying to atone for them.  Being Sheriff is a calling for him, not just a job, and he’s good at it.

Chloe and Sawyer were great together and their relationship was very believable and sweet.  And very, very hot.  I was curious how it would play out when Chloe couldn’t have sex without inducing an asthma attack, but I liked the resolution to that issue. The sex scenes were asthma inducing in their own right.  But the book was also very funny, which I appreciate in any book (the scene where Sawyer and Chloe paint his house and get drunk, hilarious). This book is my favorite in the series and definitely one of my favorites for the year.  If I had read it a week earlier, it would have made it to the Top Ten books I read in 2011 post (which is here).  And Sawyer is definitely going to the top of my list of hottest heroes, which I haven’t made yet, but I’m definitely working on.

Oh, and Ms. Shalvis is working on more Lucky Harbor books, due this summer, and we meet several of the next books heroes and heroines in this book.  Summer can’t get here fast enough.  In the meantime, I will work through the rest of her books that I haven’t read yet. 

Pecans: 5/5

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