Friday, September 27, 2019

Review - Wrapped Up In You by Jill Shalvis

Wrapped Up In You
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #8
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 24, 2019

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.

Jill Shalvis always delivers a well-written and easy to read story that has emotion, heart, and humor. Although Wrapped Up In You delivered all that and was an enjoyable read, it just didn’t give me that little something extra that I usually get when I read a Jill Shalvis book. It was good, but I just didn’t fall in love with the characters like I usually do.

Ivy and Kel were both great characters – most of the time. I loved that Ivy has created a life for herself after a very rough childhood. She certainly has trust issues, but somehow Kel works his way into her life. Kel has his own issues from his childhood and from the current day. He may trust, but not his heart, since history has shown that when you trust your heart with someone it will get broken. What I didn’t like so much was Ivy’s penchant for lying, which granted had to so with some of her trust issues, but there were times when I just didn’t get it. Kel got me a bit annoyed towards the end when he made assumptions about Ivy and didn’t think things through – something a skilled cop would do. He was downright awful to Ivy, and I felt it went a bit too far for my liking. They did have some great banter and I did enjoy the lead-up to them getting involved. Kel was patient with Ivy and was just there for her…which was very sweet and definitely helped him win her over.
Something flickered in her gaze at that. She didn’t like that he was a cop. “The law can be dirty,” she said.

As he well knew, but he wasn’t going to go there. Instead, he let a teasing smile come into his voice. “True. And I can be very dirty, but only when I’m off duty, and only if you ask real nice.”

She laughed out loud at that, the sound both soft and musical. “Okay, I’ll give this to you – you’re funny. And maybe also sexy as hell, but this isn’t happening, Cowboy.”

He’d take the sexy as hell any day of the week. “We’re just talking.”

“Uh-huh,” she said dryly.
I’ve really enjoyed this series and the feeling of family that exists between all the friends. With the group expanding it’s sometimes hard to keep track of everyone and I did miss some interactions with some of the core group of characters from the first books. There is a bit of predictability in the plot and it was easy to see what issue was going to have to be dealt with in this one. Although there was some nice heat between the characters, that special spark between them just wasn’t there for me.

I received an advance reader copy which I voluntarily reviewed.

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