Review: Out of the Blue by Jill Shalvis #TGPUL

Posted January 31, 2018 by Shari in Reviews, The Great Pick Up Line / 7 Comments

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Review: Out of the Blue by Jill Shalvis #TGPUL
Out of the Blue

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on March 14, 2016
Pages: 224
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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One of his hands tipped her face up. “Why are you in my bed?”

“It’s…my bed.”

“No…this is my bed.” He spoke slowly, thickly, as if he wasn’t quite awake. “Or at least the one that you gave me. I think. Am I in the wrong bed?”

No, he was in the exactly right bed. And now that her initial nerves had worn off, Hannah was becoming aware of several things.

Shalvis, Jill. Out of the Blue (Kindle Locations 410-414). Harlequin. Kindle Edition.

The Delight

Out of the Blue hit me out of the blue. I wanted a sweet contemporary romance and this hit the spot. Three friends make a bet, but one friend wins it all. A familiar troupe, this one did a great job of standing out and making me feel warm and fuzzy about love. But there was a little slide into stalkerishness that made me question continuing.


Hannah Novak is running a B&B with her two best friends when they all agree to some serious business – dating. The loser has to clean toilets! The kicker – Hannah doesn’t have much experience at dating, so when her friends brother shows up on a night the B&B is booked, she puts him in her room for the night. She fails to tell him this and tries to seduce him with no knowledge of how. The funny part? She calls her brother to get advice. I can’t even imagine calling my brother for advice.

Zach Thomas is on the tail end of his medical leave from being an undercover cop. It’s everything in his life. He just need a bed and sleep along with a side of relaxation. There is a time limit to his visit that doesn’t include getting involved with his little sister’s best friend. When he realizes what Hannah did  and wants, he tries to let her down gently, but also stay away.

Once I got over the first part of Hannah trying very hard to seduce Zach, the book became much more enjoyable. She was persistent and even stalks him to the point of silliness. At first I wanted to write it off as she was so naive, but really, when I guy says no, it still means no.

Things turn around and they both realize the work isn’t their life. That they needed more than just adrenaline and dirty toilets to be happy. These two slowly burn to the point of an inferno, while two best friends fan the flames. It was a fun book with snarky  dialog, naiveté that at times will have you laughing and a love that hopefully will endure small town life.


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About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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4 years ago

I need to try more of her books, I’ve only read the most recent series!!

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4 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Her Heartbreakers Bay series is my current favorite. I started with the Animal Magnetism series which I loved. Then I binged on Lucky Harbor series. I can’t seem to get enough of Jill Shalvis.

Jenea Whittington
4 years ago

I do love the sounds of this! I would so not call my brother for advice on how to seduce someone either. Lol… Hannah and Zach do sound like a lot of fun to read about though. Great review.

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4 years ago

Never call a brother for that advice. It was funny, but creepy too. After all that, the book turned out to be ok.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

It’s funny in that awkward way when one is reduced to calling a brother for advice on seduction. And I feel the same way about the ‘no’ part.
Glad it got cute and fun after the initial bumpiness. 🙂

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4 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Once I got past the whole “no” part it wasn’t a bad story. I did love how she called her brother for advice. I mean I would never do that, but it was so funny.

4 years ago

Adore Jill Shalvis! Hugs…RO