Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #8
on September 24th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
I can hardly believe it’s been over four years since the Heartbreaker Bay series started. It’s been consistently one of my favorites, as has Jill Shalvis. No one writes contemporary romance quite as she does. Every story is perfectly paced, with the right balance of sweet, funny and sexy. Add in an element of suspense and you most certainly need the help of a hot lawman. Well, Ms. Shalvis never disappoints and this time there’s a bonus in bringing in a man who is both hot cop and hot cowboy. Can you say Thank You! (That’s not really a question hence the exclamation)
In Wrapped Up In You we spend time with resident Food Truck owner Ivy Snow and visiting said hot cop/cowboy Kel O’Donnell. Ivy is known for her Taco’s and Kel is anxious to find out why. They are quickly introduced and the immediate mutual attraction is hard to ignore. But Ivy’s had to her share of disappointments and really Kel is not in San Francisco for long, so both expect nothing permanent between them. But suddenly Ivy is facing a menacing foe with intentions that can’t easily be understood, and being the good man he is, you know a cowboy and all, Kel finds himself feeling protective of her. Time together equals time to fall in love.
Ivy is the type of character that I so appreciate. Her mantra, “Be smart. Be Brave. Be Vulnerable.” says so much about her. It’s her way of reminding herself to let people in. Smart and brave are easy for her, it’s being vulnerable that a challenge. Yet, she has so much compassion for people, even after being let down by family. The same family that challenges her sanity and break her heart. But it’s not compassion that pushes her to take a chance with Kel. No, that is straight-up passion. At least at first.
Kel is a stubborn man, very stuck in his ways. He too faces family issues that drive his behavior. But I could see why he feels the way he does. But maybe he doesn’t know the whole story, but he’ll never find out if he doesn’t give it a chance. But he is really charming and his faults all in all are minimal. Plus he’s a sweet talker and just gets Ivy, see’s through her shield.
“Guard me. I’ve been watching my own back for a long time now. I’m good at it.”
He looked over at her, but her eyes were still closed. “I’ve got no doubt of that,” he said. And that was true. She was clearly capable, smart, wily . . . It was all sexy as hell. “Sometimes in life you meet someone,” he said. “And suddenly you don’t have to be alone all the time. You can share the burden. Relax your guard.”
This is story about learning to trust your heart, even if your instinct is to put up a fence. There’s forgiveness to be shared and families ties to mend, all wrapped up in this delightful read! 5 stars and my recommendation!
“If you never change, you’ll never change”.
“It’s okay,” hе said. “I get it. For you, it’s all about trust, which takes timе. Thеre’s plenty of that. I’m not going to rush you. I’m just asking if you’rе interested in mе staying.”
Are you afraid of heights?” “No, just intimacy, relationships, and true love.”
“…he slowly pulled back and ran a thumb along her jawline. “I knew you were going to be trouble the very first moment I laid eyes on you.”
“Hello, I’ve been trying to tell you that very thing!”
~Review by Cyndi