As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.
Fall for him—hard . . .
Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.
And then tell him the truth.
Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .
I love Jill Shalvis, usually. So this was a little disappointing for me. I was excited to win the giveaway and thrilled to get an early chance at this one, but it fell flat for me in a lot of ways.
Pru was shallow to me, not necessarily as a person, but as a character, she was lacking something. I never really believed she was that passionate about anything, her job, helping the victims of an accident her parents caused, nothing.
Finn was a little more accessible, but only barely. He was closed off, and while it was partly understandable, the character seemed unbalanced to me and he was not consistent.
Pru and Finn had chemistry, but at the same time, I didn’t really believe in the chemistry, if that makes sense. It was there for me, and then it wasn’t. Almost like it was missing layers, and this lack of depth made his reaction to her revelation feel false, as I did not feel he was passionate enough about their relationship to react that passionately to her secret.
There were a lot of secondary characters, as this is setting up the beginning of a new series, and I think the characters of Finn and Pru suffered because of the effort made to present the new characters and new world of the stories. It left me feeling like I had a cliff notes version on all of the characters but no real connection with most of them. There were a couple though that I thought were more interesting that Pru and Finn.
The writing was strong as far as construction of the story, the actual words used and the dialog. But the pacing and characters really didn’t work for me in this one. While I will probably read the next books in the series, as I like the author, I am only cautiously able to recommend this one and I do so more as it is the first in the series than for any compelling merits it has on its own.