Also by this author: About That Kiss, The Good Luck Sister
Also in this series: About That Kiss, Hot Winter Nights
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #8
Published by Avon on September 24, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: small town romance
Source: Avon, Edelweiss
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Narrator: Erin Mallon
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
It’s love. Trust me.
After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.
Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-terms plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.
WRAPPED UP IN YOU
by Jill Shalvis
When you finish a difficult book it’s always good to know where you get your fix of the warm and fuzzies. Jill Shalvis is that for me. She gives me this feeling of home, this sense of being wrapped up in a comforter drinking hot chocolate. In WRAPPED UP IN YOU we are going back to Heartbreaker Bay.
This time we get to hang out with Ivy, taco-truck wiz, and Kel, Caleb’s cousin and a cop who’s taking a (forced) vacation from his job. Ivy is a tough nut to crack – she has serious trust issues and doesn’t like cops (which was never fully explained I think – but I may have missed that?).
Kel is no stranger to trust issues, his walls are miles high and he hates lies. I kind of expected this to become a big issue along the way because Ivy wasn’t always honest with Kel but I’m glad Jill didn’t go that route. They talked about it and it was done.
Jill Shalvis’s male protagonists are always the best. They are good, endearing, funny, sweet and charming – and thus is Kel. Prickly Ivy wasn’t easy to love from the beginning but the whole thing turned around at one point in the story and I loved Ivy an gave Kel the side-eye. I felt compassion and admiration for her – her life was a lonely one, she’d never had a real friend. Yearning for one but still keeping herself apart. I was so glad that it was Sadie, who could tell her a thing or three about not letting people in, who always had her back.
“You don’t get it,” Ivy said. “Until this place, I’ve never lived anywhere for more than a few rent cycles at best. Making friends and keeping them . . . it’s not my strong suit.”
“That’s okay,” Sadie said. “It’s our strong suit. We got you.”
However, two people with trust issues trying to make a go of things? That’s like trying to get the same poles of two magnets to touch. It’s impossible. Or almost. And of course one of them messes up along the way but there is some pretty good grovel that makes everything good in Ivy and Kel’s world. And that epilogue. Gah. Perfection.
I promise to always have your back, and stand at your side, and I also promise to be worthy of your trust and heart. I love you, Ivy.”
WRAPPED UP IN YOU is a lovely addition to this series and I can’t wait to see what Shalvis has in store next when we go back to Heartbreaker Bay. I’d love to see a story about Ivy’s troubled brother – I’m sure the redeemed bad boy has one hell of a story to tell.