Release Date: November 22, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Lucky Harbor #3
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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?
Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite contemporary romance author, so I am always excited to read anything by her. She did not disappoint with Head Over Heels. However, I'd like to mention before anything else that I haven't read the first two books in the series--of course, you don't need to read them to enjoy this one. Head Over Heels can be read as a standalone. But I'm a firm believer that with series it's always a better reading experience if you read books in order because you know the characters and care about them in a different way.
Chloe was the youngest of three sisters (they have the same mom but different fathers). While Tara and Maddie were raised by their dads, Chloe lived a nomadic life with their mom. She's a free spirit, impulsive and liked to live on the edge. She's the opposite of Sawyer, who was the local sheriff of Lucky Harbor. There's always been this simmering chemistry between the two but they were at each others' throats a lot in the beginning and their banter created some great friction. It was fun watching them finally come together. Chloe, known as the "wild child," grew up throughout the book but stayed Chloe, which I really liked because she has a distinctive character. I didn't want her to lose that just because she grew up.
The author kept things light with humorous moments like the sexy/fun paint scene and the magic eight ball app scenes (my favorite scene was the one toward the end with all three sisters and their men each asking it questions), but there were sweet moments between Chloe and Sawyer too that made me go Awwww, like how he cared for her when she may get/gets an asthma attack (Chloe suffers from severe asthma).
Head Over Heels had the right mix of heartfelt romance and humor. I love the characters and the small town setting. Pick up the first book in the series, Simply Irresistible, and work your way to this book (I wish I did!)... or just pick this book up. You won't be disappointed!