Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis RELEASE SPOTLIGHT!

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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This is the first book I’ve read by Jill, I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis and was eager to jump in headfirst and it has to be said that I wasn’t disappointed. This is the second book the Heartbreaker Bay series and it is a complete standalone, I haven’t read the first book and I wasn’t lost or feeling out of the loop at all so you don’t need to have read the first one.

Willa is stubborn and hard headed, she’s also extremely loyal and once you’re in her inner circle you’re in until you pull the plug... Having said that, because she’s so stubborn the others have to work hard and prove they are worth it to even get a glimpse of that side of her. Keane has the same stubbornness as Willa and is just as loyal even if he won’t admit it to even himself. There is a whole host of secondary characters that are vital to the story... Most of them are Willa’s friends but Keane has a few of his own as well, my favourites were Elle, Archer and Sass, Elle because she has a dry humour that just made me laugh, Archer because he just has that mysterious thing going on that intrigued me and Sass because well she is sassy as hell and I loved seeing her banter with Keane.

I love Christmas, I love everything about it from the atmosphere to the food and I REALLY love books set at Christmas, but I’m quite picky about what makes the perfect Christmas book... I like there to be a balance between the story and the Christmas stuff, I feel if there is too much of one it drowns out the other completely, but The Trouble with Mistletoe had the perfect balance, a good romance story surrounded by the magic that only Christmas can bring. You see both Keane and Willa grow throughout the story, they slowly change until they aren’t quite the same people you meet in chapter one, I liked that it was a slow build and not rushed, it made it more believable and it gave me time to fully appreciate it. The balance between funny and serious moments was good, I found the humour spot on and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud a few times, especially at Pita’s antics.

All in all in was a really nice all round story, funny, sweet and full of Christmas magic. 


“You want to come upstairs, Willa?”
What she wanted was to put her hands back on his chest now that she knew it was as hard as it looked. Instead she gripped either side of her seat with white knuckles. “Of course not.”
“I think you do. I think you want something else too.”
“What I want,” she said as coolly as she could, “is dinner as promised.”
“Liar,” he chided softly.
“Well that’s just rude, calling your date a liar.”
“So it is a date.” His tone was very male and very smug. It should’ve pissed her off but instead it did something hot and erotic to her insides.
Clearly knowing it, he smiled at her and then dragged his teeth over his lower lip as he contemplated her.
Gah. She wanted to do that. And she wanted to do more too. She wanted him shockingly badly and suddenly she couldn’t remember why she shouldn’t. She tried to access her thought processes on the subject but her brain hiccupped and froze. Which surely was the only reason she let go of the death grip on her seat, slid her fingers into his hair, and . . . brushed her mouth over his.
He didn’t move, not a single muscle, but when she pulled back, his eyes had gone dark as night, piercing her with their intensity.
“Don’t read that the wrong way,” she whispered.
“Is there a wrong way to take it when a beautiful woman kisses you?”

Author Bio

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, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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