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Jan 30

Series Saturday - Jill Shalvis Heartbreaker Bay Series

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 6:27 PM by Lindsey Kult

Heartbreaker Bay Collage

This week's Series Saturday is Jill Shalvis's Heartbreaker Bay series! We thought a romance series would be perfect with Valentine's Day around the corner. This is Shalvis's most recent series. It is full of loveable characters, outrageous situations, laughs, and heartwarming moments. We should say off the bat that this series would be rated PG-13 to R if it was a series of movies. It's certainly not as graphic in language as other series (you know which one we mean), but you can tell by the covers that this series is meant for adults. 

Genre: 

Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Women's Fiction

Location in Howard Miller: 

Adult Fiction, AF SHALVIS

Setting: 


San Francisco
The Pacific Pier Building whose courtyard houses a legendary fountain is a main character in this series. Each character either lives in the building, works in one of the storefronts on the street level, or both! The fountain is said to bring true love to those who make a wish in it. 

Meet the Characters: 

Each book revolves around a couple, but there is a core group of friends that will be described here: 
Flynn O'Riley owns the local pub with his brother Sean. They were orphaned after a car crash killed their parents -and Flynn's dreams of becoming a major league baseball player. But Flynn isn't a normal jock. He doesn't seem to care that he had to return home to take care of his knucklehead brother after the accident. He keeps a table open for his friend group, but lets Sean be the fun bartender for the public. Flynn is too busy running a business and getting Sean out of trouble to be the friendly bartender. 
Willa Davis runs a pet shop in the building. She performs dog weddings, pet grooming, boarding and pet daycare, and runs a pet bakery. She is quirky and an eternal optimist, but is getting tired. Despite her positive attitude, Willa has been wronged before and doesn't give second chances easily. She's a classic redhead with a lot of personality and spunk to go around!
Archer Hunt is Flynn's best friend and the muscle of the group. He's very, very quiet and reserved. He's the type of person you would notice as soon as you walk into the room, but hope that he didn't notice you (P.S. he did.). He's ex-military and has transferred the skills he gained in combat to his security agency business. This agency is run out of the Pacific Pier Building. Archer is not the type of man to get emotionally attached. He's much better at building walls and protecting the very few people lucky enough to be considered his friend. 
Elle Wheaten is one of those few. She's very good at building walls too. Unlike Archer, who can you off with a look; Elle uses her unpleasant attitude to push people away. She is the least likely to accept a person into the core friend group. She had a hard childhood and was rescued by one of the group members (I'll let you figure out who it was). She lives in and manages the Pacific Pier Building with an iron fist and stiletto heels. Very few are brave enough to challenge her authority. 
Spence Baldwin is a hot nerd. No one is quite sure what his day job is, just that he has enough free time to help everyone else with their businesses. He is the building's resident computer whiz and puzzle solver. He is great at being funny and avoiding serious situations - especially serious relationships. Even as everyone else finds love, Spence is content being a bachelor and the fun guy. 

Number in the Series: 

There are currently 5 books, 2 novellas, and 1 book set to be published later this year in this series. You absolutely do not need to read these books in order. The only reason you would want to is to learn more about the characters in the group. 

  1. Sweet Little Lies
  2. The Trouble with Mistletoe
  3. Accidentally on Purpose
  4. Chasing Christmas Eve
  5. About that Kiss
  6. Slow Winter Nights - Should be released 09/2018
One Snowy Night is between books 2 and 3. Holiday Wishes is between books 4 and 5. 

Final Word: 

This series is first and foremost a romantic series. These books aren't clean and wholesome. That being said, the books are light, fun, and quick reads (many would even call them fluff reading). They're perfect to read when you want some romance in your life. You'll grow attached to the characters and can enjoy their cameos in the later books. However, like most romantic comedies, Jill Shalvis tends to follow the same basic plot in each book. These books are excellent recovery books after reading a "heavy" book. You can trust Shalvis to tell you a heartwarming story with a happy ending.