Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor #3)

Head Over HeelsBy Jill Shalvis

Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: Dec 1, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley

Breaking rules and breaking hearts

Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn’t ready to settle into a quiet life running their family’s newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble–and trouble with love-draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who’d like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.

Suddenly Chloe can’t take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff? Or will Chloe’s colorful past keep her from a love that lasts . . . and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?

Goodreads Summary

It’s been a year since the three half sisters convened at the bed and breakfast their mother left for them in her will. Chloe is the baby of the three, and her two older sisters have settled into Lucky Harbor with men they love. Chloe is the most like their mother with her free spirit and wandering soul. She is the only sister to have lived with their mother – the sisters each have a different father – and she spent her childhood years following the Grateful Dead around the country. Chloe believes that she is incapable of settling in one place for long, and she struggles to find a permanent place at the inn and with her sisters.

Sexy Sheriff Sawyer has spent his adult years making up for his rebellious teenage antics. After his youthful escapades resulted in the death of two friends, he has been on the straight and narrow ever since. His mother ran out on him as a child and he was left with a father that didn’t quite know what to do with him. If it wasn’t for his two best friends Jax and Ford, Sawyer might not be the strong, good man that he is today.

Chloe and Sawyer have been circling each other for the last year. Chloe calls to Sawyer’s wild side, a side he keeps locked down but longs to show every once in awhile. They both know that getting invovled is a bad idea. But the couple create sparks too hot to ignore, and they end up falling like twigs in a bonfire.

One of the things I love most about this series is the low level of angst. Chloe and Sawyer don’t really fight against being together, and the will-they/won’t-they tension is hardly enough to stress about.  There is a slight mystery, which relates to a case that Sawyer is helping the DEA out on, and there is one very bad stalker. “Bad” as in he’s a terrible stalker, not that’s evil or anything. Mostly the book focuses on the couple and their growth as individuals, as well as a couple. They both have these preconceived notions about themselves that they think prevents them from changing, but as they come closer together they realize that they want to be different and make the relationship work.

Chloe and Sawyer have rough pasts to overcome, and while their stories were sad, the overall feeling of the novel is happy and feel-good. The twp have some very sweet and tender moments, and I frequently found myself aww-ing at them. All of the books have that overall feeling actually. Frustrated and grumpy? Read Simply Irresistible. Having a bad day? Read The Sweetest Thing. Feeling a little blue? Read Head Over Heels. The men are sexy, the romance is sweet and you can’t help coming away feeling better about the world.

My Summary: If you haven’t started the series, do it. If you have, Head Over Heels is a wonderful happily ever after for Chloe and Sawyer, and it’s gratifying to see all three sisters now settled and in love. The small town antics add a level of humor to the books, and I giggle whenever the town FB page is mentioned. There is a fourth book about a new guy in town, who we only know as “Cute Guy.” It was a great day when I found out the author is continuing the series, since I could never get enough of Lucky Harbor. The town seems to have healing powers for all that live there, and it’s effects seep through the pages and into the reader. Can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

My Rating: A




  1. I haven't heard of this series before but it sounds really sweet. I'm glad there is a happily ever after and I really like books with small towns in them! Thanks for the wonderful review!

  2. Amber – This series is the ultimate in small town. Everyone has lived there forever and knows everyone else, tons of gossip and has the typical interfering old ladies. It's wonderful! And of course, happily ever afters are a must. 😉

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