I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Published by Avon on September 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 . . .
Jill Shalvis is one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance and she hit another home run in her new Heartbreaker Bay series with The Trouble With Mistletoe.
As I said in my review of Sweet Little Lies, the first book in the series, I typically like the couples that follow the first in a series. Willa and Keane’s story clicked with me better than Pru and Finn’s. Willa and Keane’s story is almost a second chance kind of romance. Willa had a crush on Keane in high school but he doesn’t remember her when he steps into her pet shop early one morning looking for kitty care for the devil spawn of a cat, Petunia. (Cat lovers will love Petunia and Keane’s relationship!)
Both, Keane and Willa have issues letting people into their lives. Or so they think. They are actually better at than they realize and watching them come to that realization was fun and heartwarming. Plus these two are smoking in the bow-chick-a-wow-wow department!
I really enjoyed The Trouble With Mistletoe and I cannot wait for the rest of the characters to get their HEAs. A couple of them have been hinted at and it will be fun to see them all fall in love and no doubt Jill Shalvis will give us some funny and sexy times in the following books set in her Heartbreaker Bay series.
I love Jill Shalvis and her warm, funny characters with some humor. This series has an amazing group of friends supporting each other like family, something I’ve always wished I had. The couples issues don’t seem exactly realistic; these two could have solved most of their problems by actually talking to each other honestly. They finally did. Willa doesn’t seem as talkative, disclosing everything as in the first book. Of course, this is about herself, not other people. Willa and Keane are both good, caring people and give so much to others without expecting anything much for themselves.
Realistic or not, I cared about these people. They made me laugh and cry and lust and love. Feelings are THE reason to read anything. I’ll always want to read about them. I’m excited to learn more about Elle; she’s such a mystery woman, but strong and competent.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).