Review: Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Head Over HealsJill Shalvis manages to bring out every emotion when I read her books.  Her Lucky Harbor series is one of the best contemporary romance series that I have read in a long time.  Head Over Heels is the story of Chloe and Sawyer.  We have seen both Maddie and Tara settle down with Lucky Harbor boys and now it is Chloe’s turn.

Chloe was the only sister actually raised by their mom.  From their mom she was taught to a free-spirit, always moving from place to place, never accepting commitment and that roots are well, the root of all evil.  Thought Chloe agreed to stay at the B&B to help her sisters with getting it off the ground and running it, she still keeps appointments and jobs at other spas up and down the West Coast.  She uses these short trips to get away from the pressure of family and feeling like she is being tied down.  But slowly things are starting to change for Chloe.  She starts to like the feeling of staying home, the feeling of having a place of her own.  Not to mention that Sawyer is in Lucky Harbor!

Sawyer is the third part of Jax, Ford and Sawyer.  He is the local bad boy turned town Sheriff.  The town, nor Sawyer himself, will never forget just how bad he was a teenager.  Sawyer has played it straight and narrow for so many years just to make up for the things he had done.  Hooking up with Chloe is not on the agenda because she is too loud, too brash and just too much everything.  But Sawyer cannot seem to resist Chloe and she cannot keep herself away from him.

I wondered how Shalvis was going to go forward with Chloe.  She has serious asthma issues and cannot do a lot of things.  So how were we going to get a romance novel, with hot smex included :) , if Chloe would just get too worked up even kissing Sawyer?  I should have known that Shalvis would address that perfectly.  There was plenty of hot smex and loving’.  Steamy lovin’!

What I didn’t know is that I would be so emotionally involved in the pair coming together.  Chloe is such a likable character; it is hard to not root for her.  Throughout the book you can see her change from being a wandered into someone who wants to stay with her family and try to make a home with Sawyer.  Sawyer falls hard and fast for Chloe and we get to watch him try to work around the fact that she was exactly what he didn’t want for himself.  At the end of the book there was no big break-up.  No big, oh I just can’t be with you….  And I liked that.  Both parties were mature enough to realize that even though this might not be what they had planned for themselves, this was what life and love had given them.

I can see there are three other books planned for the Lucky Harbor series.  I hope they will be as good as these three have been.  I can guess at who the male characters (who is the Cute Guy??) will be but the females leave me a little stumped.  It will be different to not have Maddie, Tara and Chloe page time but Shalvis has me 100% sold on this series so I will eagerly pick the next book up.

Head Over Heels was a wonderful addition to this series.  If you loved the first two, this one will not disappoint.  And two shouts out to the outdoor shower scene.  Yum!!  Final Grade- A-.

Favorite Quote:

She drew in a breath.  “So I have this thing I do before sex.  A test.  An ‘Is He Inhaler Worthy?’ test.

He just stared at her.  “There’s a test.  Before sex.”

“Yes.  And I should tell you, not many pas.”

Somehow they’d ended up tangled in each other again. And she rocked against him, her actions at odds with her words.  “There’s a test,” he said inanely.

“A guy has to pass it before I’ll-“

“Have sex with him.”




I’d be worth the inhaler,” he said, then forced himself to walk away into the night.

Rating: A-
Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis
December 1st 2011 by Forever
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  1. says

    I loved this one. I loved her asthma issues and how they were addressed. Well done.

    Cute guy is next..squee. And I think he is an ex-Seal? Maybe?

  2. says

    Great review, Jen! You have totally made me want to read this book. Read the first in the series and while I enjoyed it, hadn’t been crazy about the two other sisters. Definitely changed my mind though.