Monday, September 26, 2016

Unwrapping a Review of THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, a Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis

Already a fan of Jill Shalvis, I’ve often considered her one of the best voices in contemporary romance but I think she’s really coming into her own with the Heartbreaker Bay series. Having thoroughly loved SWEET LITTLE LIES, I hadn’t really expected to enjoy THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE as much, and certainly not more.

***eARC provided by author via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest and unscripted review


If she has her way ...

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her ...

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him ...

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice ...

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work ...

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Willa Davis is up to her elbows running her pet shop, taking care of animals, and helping other young girls who haven’t had the best childhood to stay off the streets. She’s also doing her best to avoid men because she’s totally off them, after her last boyfriend turned into a stalker. When the guy from high school, who she asked to the Sadie Hawkins Day dance and who then stood her up, walks into her shop begging for help with his aunt’s demon cat, she is humiliated further when he doesn’t remember her.

Keane Winters keeps most people at arm’s length because that’s what he’s accustomed to from family, but there’s something about the pretty Willa that makes him want to get close to her…he calls it animal magnetism but perhaps it’s more. Can Willa show him that there are more reasons to connect than stay disconnected? And what will she learn in the process?

Jill Shalvis writes wonderful characters, snappy banter, and the crew of the Heartbreaker Bay series is one of the best cast of characters and enrich each story. This is especially true in THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis, even though the story centers around Willa and Keane, the secondary characters are as important to the story as the main characters. Keane is sexy but vulnerable, funny, charming, and even though he denies caring, he can’t help himself. Willa is adorable, quirky, and I love that she takes care of everyone even though she hasn't really had anyone to take care of her. Her love of Christmas, her love of animals, and the fact that she puts everyone before herself makes her easy for me to relate to...I already know her well.

Why should you read THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis? Because it will make you smile, laugh, fall in love, and wish you had friends like the wonderful folks of the Heartbreaker Bay series. I highly recommend reading this one and the first, SWEET LITTLE LIES, and I definitely can’t wait to read the next one.

Happy Reading Everyone!

THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, a Heartbreaker Bay novel by Jill Shalvis, Avon Romance, releasing September 27, 2016 in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.


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