passion rating: hot
Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite authors. Her men and women and they way they love--and make love--with one another are all pretty fabulous. Head Over Heels is the third in Ms. Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series and while I liked it a lot, I didn't love it.
I think, maybe, I'm too old to appreciate Chloe, the wildest of the three sisters at the heart of the series. Chloe is crazy, out-there, all about the moment, and looks fabulous in yoga pants. At 50, I kept worrying about her safety. She's seriously asthmatic and, frankly, she made me nervous. So nervous that, as hot as they were, her sex scenes with her (clearly destined from the earlier books) friends-with-benefits partner Sawyer made me anxious. (I think I should confess I have a niece with asthma. But, really, Head Over Heels is a rockin' read. Sawyer, the bad boy turned town sheriff, is a great alpha male hero. He and Chloe have been headed for the sack since their appearance in the first book in the series. The evolving relationship between the two is well-done, witty, and hot.
It just made me tense. It says something about the book that the most romantic act in the tale is when Sawyer buys a nebulizer for his place so that Chloe can stay there safely.
I love Jill Shalvis and I really did enjoy this book. I'll bet if you're not 50 or over, Chloe's daredevil behavior will enchant you rather than worry you.