Book Review + Giveaway – Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Posted by Ing on 30 November, 2011 // ★★ 29 Comments ★★


***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

Book Review + Giveaway – Head Over Heels by Jill ShalvisHead Over Heels by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor, #3
Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 22, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 368
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Breaking rules and breaking hearts

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?

Also in this series: The Sweetest Thing

My Synopsis:
It’s been a year now since Chloe Traeger and her two half sisters, Maddie and Tara moved to the town of Lucky Harbor. The half sisters inherited an old beach inn from their late mother. Within that year, the sisters have worked together to renovate the beach inn and turned it into a bed and breakfast. Tara and Maddie handles most of the inn’s day to day things while Chloe helps around doing clean up duty and keeping watch of the inn since she is the only sister left still living on the property.Chloe is the youngest of the sibling and is definitely the laid back, fun loving, free spirited and cracker jack of the three sisters. Chloe was the only sister who was raised by their late mother. She grew up living the nomadic lifestyle, being towed around from place to place, home-schooled in the back of a VW and took meals in soup kitchens with her mother. With her unorthodox childhood, Chloe has a hard time planting her butt in one place long enough to call it a home. She loves the life she leads, being able to come and go at will. When the sisters met each other year ago, Chloe was labeled the unreliable and wild child of the three. In that year though, Chloe has grown in her ways and is making and wanting changes in her life. She has been trying to prove to her siblings that she could play a more active role in running the B&B. She finds that her heart still loves traveling but she realizes that she now looks forward after every trip to going back to the town of Lucky Harbor. For once Chloe has family, friends and a home base to come back to. She loves that she and her sisters have grown close and become a family. She has grown maturity wise but is still a cracker jack and does impulsive things. That side of her that still likes to have fun and do daring things is drawn to the sheriff of the town, Sawyer Thompson who is the opposite of Chloe.

Sheriff Sawyer Thompson and Chloe have not mixed very well to say the least. While Chloe is implusive, Sawyer is straight-laced and serious. He upholds the law and is all about work, work and work. Sawyer was not always the responsible person he is today. Growing up Sawyer and a group of his friends use to run around causing all sorts of mischeif and mayhem. After one bad choice that killed his friends and put one of them in prison, Sawyer turns his life around and has been the model citizen of Lucky Harbor. The town of Lucky Harbor has embraced and loved Sawyer unlike his father. Sawyer’s father still views and thinks of him as the bad kid from his youth. It’s a working relationship that drives Sawyer crazy since his old man never wants his help.

Sawyer and Chloe are instantly at odds with each other and are reluctantly attracted when they met a year ago. Chloe’s wild and implusive side often pits her against Sawyer the law upholder. Most of Chloe’s stints are done for good, such as breaking into private property to rescue dogs being mistreated. Those kind of behavior drives Sawyer bonkers since Chloe takes it upon herself to do these things instead of letting the law handle these situations. Even though Sawyer doesn’t want to be attracted to her he can see pass all her trouble and implusive making ways to see the kind hearted and fun person Chloe is. These two have avoided acknowledging the simmering something between them that’s been building and it will all finally come head to head in this book.

My Review:
Head Over Heels is the third book in the Lucky Harbor series. The book reads very well by itself but I definitely recommend you check out the previous two books to get a better understanding and appreciation for Chloe and Sawyer’s story. Did this book live up to my expectations, yep definitely. Head Over Heels was filled with the laugh out loud humor, quirky but fun loving characters, sexy hero who leaves me wishing that he’s real and a heroine that grabbed and held my attention just as much as the hero. Loved this book and loved this series! I don’t know how Jill Shalvis does it every time but she knows how to give my little romance fanatic heart the best heroes. I fall for each and everyone all the time.

Chloe and Sawyer’s story was the one I’ve been anticipating since the start of this series. You knew instantly when these two first meet that Chloe was going to drive Sawyer I’ve always loved and enjoyed Chloe’s character. While her sisters were either the uptight one (Tara) or the shy mouse one (Maddie), Chloe was the sister that would crack jokes and was always the life of the party. I really love Chloe’s character. She’s implusive, wild in a quirky way and caring. She has such a big heart and big personality. She was the sister that I instantly connected with probably cause I’m the baby of the family and my family thinks I’m wild and impulsive as well! 🙂 I enjoyed watching her character grow. She and Sawyer’s relationship was a sexy simmer. I loved watching Sawyer fight and try to maintain any kind of composure around Chloe when she’s at her silliness. These two feed off each others differences which makes them perfect for one another. Sawyers stoic and responsible side keeps Chloe grounded while Chloe’s fun loving side allows Sawyer to every once in awhile play some. So many great moments from the mud bath up in the woods, outdoor shower scene, house painting in the fun way and to the moments where Chloe quietly comforts Sawyer. And Sawyer…seriously! I love this big guy. He is one big muscle of sexiness. He’s protective of those around him and tries very hard to keep the town and all he loves safe. How can you not help but fall for him.

Not only do the lead couple shine but the town of Lucky Harbor and it’s inhabitants shine as well. They add even more to this great story. Lucille the town gossip is still at it with her up to date Facebook posts constant news about the folks of Lucky Harbor. The storyline with Lance and Chloe is heartwarming. Lance is Chloe’s sidekick and partner in crime in her escapades. Lance suffers from cystic fibrosis. It was great to see him get some happiness. It was also great catching up with the rest of the sisters and their men. Love seeing that Maddie and Jax can’t keep their hands off one another and love hearing about Ford (shivers…love that man) and Tara.

This was another fantastic read from the wonderful Jill Shalvis. This lady writes some of the best contemporary romances in my opinion currently. She infuses her humor into every one of these pages. Head Over Heels will keep you reading late into the night leaving you tired in the morning but happy as hell that you read the book. Another hit for me. I highly recommend this series. I dare you to not fall in love with each character and the town of Lucky Harbor. Also can I just add that I’m so freaking excited that we’ll get three more books from this series. Can’t wait to learn more about the mystery cute guy which is the hero of the next book. I’m guessing the other two books will feature cutie ER Doc and Park ranger guy. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’m right.

★★ Book was read in October 2011. I own my own personal paperback and eBook copy. ★★

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Now if you are interested in checking out this book and author I’m offering TWO lucky readers of the blog a chance to win Head Over Heels. See below for details. Good luck!


  • Open to US and International residents where Book Depository ships to
  • You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
  • You MUST answer these question: What are some of your favorite books where the couples are opposites but are madly attracted still to each other?
  • Giveaway ends Dec 5th

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29 Responses to “Book Review + Giveaway – Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis”

  1. My favorite book about opposites would be ‘Shoulda Been a Cowboy’ by Lorelei James. Cam is an American soldier, comes from a big tight knit family. Domini is a shy, Ukrainian refugee that has never had family or known love. Their attraction simmers for a long time and it takes a tragedy to get them together. Heartbreaking and beautiful story. Love everything Lorelei James!


  2. Well, there’s Kate and Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Olona Andrews & Mercy and Adam from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.


  3. Anonymous
    Jane Darlington and Cal I think his name is from Nobody’s Baby but mine; what a hoot – she is a nerd and he is a football player. She thinks he is a stupid jock, but he is defnitely not.


  4. I love both but I have an extra special place for opposites. I guess I love the angst and the sex seems that much hotter!!!! Story that comes mind is Wrangled and Tangled by Lorelei James I love the angst and smoking hot sex between Tierney and Renner!!!!

  5. Great Interview! I love Jill’s books!

    E.L. James 50 Shades of Grey H/h were on opposite sides of the spectrum but they ended up together.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. I didn’t know this book was part of a series. I would say the one book that sicks out in my mind is Shiver. I know its not a “hot” book but they were complete opposites.

    mary_reiss @

  7. Kristan Higgins’ novels jump to mind. My personal favourite is All I Ever Wanted, can only recommend it to you! 🙂 So great, chemistry, laugh out loud humour and witty dialogue and heartfelt emotions, wonderful story! I LOVE opposites attract storyline 🙂

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. I’ll third all of Jane Graves’ books. Her stories are great and her characters are always complete opposites. Another one that comes immediately to mind is the series that I’m currently immersed in, The World of the Lupi by Eileen Wilks. Both of the lead couples, Rule/Lily, and Cynna/Cullen are complete opposites in temperament and outlook, yet somehow they make it work. It’s a fantastic series that doesn’t get enough attention in my opinion.

  9. Great review. Love Jill’s books. My favorite opposites attract couple is Marcus and Lillian from It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas.


  10. I have to second the person who said that the her favorite was the characters in Blackties and Lullabies, this was my first book by Jane Graves and I loved it. I love it when characters are opposites, there is a more interesting dialogue, and you learn to see how people can see things differently. I can’t wait to read Head over Heels.

  11. thanks you for this great giveaway

    hum i guess cats and bones are opposite at the beginning ^^


  12. I had no idea there were so many books in the series. I thought it would end with the third sister… Claire & Jamie from Outlander are sort of opposites…
    tiredwkids at live dot com

  13. I have been waiting for this book!

    The first “opposites attract” couple that comes to mind is Sebastian and Evie from Lisa Kleypas’ DEVIL IN WINTER. That was a wonderful story!

  14. Chelsea B.

    I can’t wait to read this book!
    Let me think…. Lover Awakened by J.R.Ward, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks, The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter, Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole…. I could so go on and on and on…. 🙂


  15. Di

    I love fun books like this. Another ‘series’ that have ‘opposite characters’ are the Nerd series by Vicki Lewis Thompson – also a lot of fun.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  16. I have to agree with the above about the Night Huntress books. But also the In Death series has a couple couples who seem like complete opposites.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  17. It sounds just lovely 😀 And I have heard great things about her books

    booksforlife01 at gmail dot com

    Opposites, for some reason I started to think about Zsadist and Bella, so different, so perfect

  18. Thanks for sharing your views on this! I’m so looking forward to reading this myself. So thank you for the awesome giveaway to win a copy!

    As for some of my favourite books where the couples are opposites but are still madly attracted to each other, I have to agree with Keti on Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost because the Night Huntress series is one of my favourite series of all time! Another series that I can think of right now with a similar start, where the couples start on opposing sides is the In Death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts).


  19. Books by Jill Shalvis have quickly become an auto-buy for me! I can’t wait to read Head Over Heels.

    A book I’ve recently read with a couple that is total opposites is Blackties and Lullabies by Jane Graves. I love that book! The heroine is more like a tomboy and doesn’t care much about her clothes and hair. She is a bodyguard, so she needs to blend in anyway. The hero is a playboy and they annoy each other to no end but still end up having a one-night stand (and much more!). Lots of tension there. 😉

    Thank you for the review and giveaway!
    claudigc at msn dot com

  20. I cannot wait to read this book. Jill is a fav of mine..

    I just finished reading Shut up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig and if there was ever two people whoe were opposites it was Sky and Shala..
    She’s a photographer and he is the town sherrif who confisacates her camera because he thinks she took pictures at the town PowWow when she was not supposed to. The enusing search for her camera leas to a tug of war or should I say love..


  21. Hey!
    Thank you for the great review, I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read the third book at last! I’m a huge fan of Tara and Maddie’s books 🙂
    I really like paranormal romance and the first book about a very opposite couple that comes to my mind is Halfway to the Grave. Bones is a vampire and Cat hates vampires because of what she is and why. She wants to kill him, too, but as the events start to get faster and more dangerous, she find herself thinking of him as a HOT man, not just an evil bloodsucking vampire. I really liked how they were so different and how they fell for each other 🙂
    And thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

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