I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
Ivy is a woman who has had a hard start in life and is trying to make better choices to live the life she wants. Kel hasn’t had the easiest of lives either and is estranged from his family after his mother abandoned him at the age of 12.
I liked Ivy and appreciated having a lead character who was working hard and struggling to make a better life for herself, but her lying bugged me. For Kel, he seems like a good but the author spent a lot of time telling us how he pushed people away because of his mother and, frankly making out that he is wrong not to forgive her. That bugged me too. He had every right to feel the way he did and everyone making out like it was no big deal and water under the bridge pissed me off.
Ivy and Kel’s romance is enjoyable, though predictable, and it took quite a while for it to grow on me. For the majority of the story I was just going with the flow and didn’t feel particularly invested but I was having a good time. Then the poop hit the fan. I realised I was totally invested when I started bawling my eyes out. As expected, we get a perfect romantic ending but I was really annoyed because there was nowhere near enough grovelling for my liking.
Wrapped Up in You is a good romance. Not my favourite in the series but still worth your time.
Mentally sifting through a long list of fantasies, Ivy told her landlord all about Brandon the artist, who was living in Paris at the moment, becoming famous for his incredible oil landscapes. She left off the fact that he peddled stolen art instead of creating it, and it hadn’t been Paris, France, but Paris, Texas.
And trust me, women are tougher than us. They can handle our $*#. And if you don’t think so, think about this—they take showers with the water temperature set to the exploding sun, by choice.
Her chest felt tight. Way too tight. “It’s hot in here,” she whispered. “Is it hot in here?” she asked all the people standing way too close. “Honey, that’s called a hot flash,” an elderly woman waiting in line said. “Are you going through the change?” “Edna, she’s like twelve,” the woman next to the first one said. “She’s not going through the change. And how much longer before you refill the mashed potatoes? I can’t stand on my feet too long, I get the veins.”
I don’t think I will ever tire of Jill Shalvis’s clever wit or her entertaining and amusing tales. To use one of her own words, she is divinely, “Crackalicious.” One of the main characters of this book was Ivy Snow, and although ivy doesn’t typically have thorns, this Ivy was a prickly one who was always on guard, and for good reason. I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy her but Ivy’s backstory was a heart squeezer and my appreciation of her rose steadily as her layers were slowly peeled back. I grew to adore this couple as much as the other Heartbreakers that I’ve read.
Gah, I just love getting back to Heartbreaker Bay! I just adore every single thing about the people in this series.
I love how the Pacific Pier extended family keeps growing, and we have more lovelies to fall in love with. So Ms Shalvis will just have to keep writing this series forever!
Ivy and Kel's backgrounds are not the easiest to move forward from, though they are a great help for each other. Neither of them wants a relationship, however with Kel always her knight in shining armour, Ivy can't help falling. I wanted to knock some sense into both of them when they kept avoiding the obvious!
I little bit funny, a little bit sexy, a little bit suspensey, Wrapped Up In You had a little bit of everything, and makes me want to move into the area and be friends with all of them.
I can't wait to see whom Ms Shalvis brings us next.
Ivy and Kel are two characters who shine well together throughout the story. Both characters are perfectly flawed and tangle the reader in their challenges that are depicted in the narrative. Wrapped Up In You by author Jill Shalvis is the eighth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, and it is another read that brings the warm and fuzzy feelings. Review copy received from the Author.