Review: The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis


Release date: June 13, 2023

Publisher: Avon

Genre: Contemporary Romance


What makes life sweet?

When Harper Shaw’s life falls apart, she knows it’s time for a change. She removes everything that doesn’t spark joy—from her soul-sucking job to eating kale to making lists—and sets off for the last place she was happy, Lake Tahoe (who wouldn’t feel good there, right?) to fulfill her dream of opening her own bakery. With her Sugar Pine Bakery in between a tavern, owned by sexy, grumpy Bodie Campbell, and a bookstore, run by her new BFF, she feels a peace she’s never experienced since…well, forever.. Then she meets Ivy, a teenage runaway, who barrels into her heart. She sees a lot of herself in Ivy and takes her under her wing, but the teenager has secrets… When those secrets explode, it changes Harper’s new world, and she’ll learn, it’s never too late to start over, it’s never too late to figure out your life, and best of all, it’s never too late to let yourself believe in love.


Reading a Jill Shalvis book is like a warm hug for me. It’s soft and cuddly and never fails to make me feel squishy inside, seriously such a delight. She writes the most adorable and hilarious romances but there’s always something a little bit extra too making her books such multidimensional reads.

This is the fourth book in the Sunrise Cove series but you don’t have to read them in order. Each book follows a completely new set of characters but they’re all in the same town. When I saw this one followed Harper as she opens a bakery I was so excited, it doesn’t get cuter than that. Bodie was exactly the type of swoony worthy hero I expect from the author, he’s a closed off and quiet guy but he has his reasons and those reasons really tugged on my heartstrings. Ivy broke my heart and made me want to mother her so hard and her dynamic with both Harper and Bodie was almost as fun for me to read about as their burgeoning romance. Loved this one so much, JS just keeps getting better and better!

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the author for my review copy.

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