I received this book for free from the 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 2016-09-27
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: the Publisher
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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 ...
I’m seriously a sucker for anything Jill Shalvis writes. I keep thinking she can’t write something else that I’ll love but then I read something else and I love it! I don’t know how she does it but she’s definitely one of my go-to romance authors and she doesn’t disappoint with her new book!
When the invite for this tour went out, I had JUST finished Sweet Little Lies and was dying for this book. So I jumped right on and was so excited when I found out that I had a spot on the tour. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to read more. Because one of the biggest reasons for my love of the first book was the supporting cast. And I knew the following books would focus on two of my favorites. Willa being one of them.
In the first book, she’s the strong, no-nonsense friend of our hero. But we don’t really know why she can seem so stand-offish with new comers and protective of her friends. And of course, I had to know why! She’s such a great friend but I wanted to know more about her. And we get just that in this one. I think she’s one of my favorite main characters. And the love interest in this one is also pretty good. I don’t want to say too much about him because I don’t want to give anything away but he’s such a good match for her, I really loved seeing their relationship develop over the course of the book.
One of the other things I liked about this book besides the characters was that it was a little different than I was expecting. It wasn’t especially deep, it kept things mostly light, which I liked, but I thought the book was going to be spent mostly on one thing and then it quickly resolved that issue and moved on. It could have easily spent the entire book focusing on this one little misunderstanding, like some romances have done, but that would have been the easy, predictable thing to do. This one surprised me by addressing it directly and then moving on to more issues real adults would have when heading into relationships. And I loved that. Sometimes it’s fun to read a book about misunderstandings and the funny things that can happen from those but it’s nice sometimes to have a book that doesn’t depend on that. One that really focuses on what happens after you’ve had a bad relationship and how do you move onto a new one with an open mind. And how do you put yourself out there and risk your feelings and heart again. It’s not easy to trust people and let new people in and I really liked how this one dealt with those questions and how it kind of turned them around in an unexpected way. It was a nice change but still completely addicting and romantic and charming and swoony.
I hope you guys will give these books a try! I’ve loved both of them so far but probably the second one even a little better. It’s light but not goofy and addresses some real issues people face in relationships. But mostly, I really loved the characters. They were fun and real and I was totally rooting for them the whole time! So check out the excerpt and don’t miss the giveaway below!
She watched Keane take in the two newest Christmas trees, one in front of O’Riley’s Pub, the other in front of Reclaimed Woods, both decorated in simple red and gold balls. The only sound around them was the soft trickle of the water flowing from the fountain and some lovelorn crickets mourning the dawn’s lack of warmth.
“Legend states that if you make a wish with a true heart, true love will find you,” she said.
He met her gaze. “Legend also states that if you put your tooth under your pillow the Tooth Fairy will leave you cash.”
She slowed, as always the fountain calling to her to make a wish. Keane slowed too, looking at her with a question.
She searched her pockets for change, but could only come up with a dog treat. “Damn.” It was the swear jar’s fault, all her spare change always ended up in there.
“I wanted to make a wish,” she said.
A small smile crossed his face. “You want to make a wish? You’ve lived here for how long and you’ve never made one?”
“Oh, I have.” She paused. “I like to.”
This garnered her a raised brow. “How many times have you wished?”
She bit her lower lip.
“More than once?”
Well, crap. How had they gotten on this subject? “Um…”
“Gee, would you look at the time?” she asked and tried to go but he caught her and brought her back around, his smile now a broad grin.
“Fine,” she said. “If you must know, I toss a coin in every time I walk by.”
He lost the battle with his laughter and she stared at him. Seriously, he had the best laugh. “It worked for Pru, I’ll have you know,” she told him. “She wished for true love to find Finn, and then he fell in love with her.”
And Willa had been wishing ever since, even knowing how ridiculous and silly it was.
“So…you’ve been wishing for true love for who exactly?” he asked.
She stared at him in dismay. How had she not thought this through? “Me,” she admitted, slapping her pockets because surely she had even a penny. “But I intend to fix that right now. I’ll just wish for love for someone else.”
“Who?” he asked warily.
She narrowed her eyes at his fear. “You. Got any change?”
Giveaway! (Tour wide)