Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis

*****4.5 Stars*****

Jill Shalvis is hands down one of my most favorite Contemporary Romance authors. I have been reading and loving her books for longer than I can remember. No one writes sweet, sexy and funny contemporaries quite like she does. The Trouble With Mistletoe is the second book in her newer series, Heartbreaker Bay, all about a group of friends who live in the same Courtyard. If there is one thing better than a Shalvis Contemporary Romance that would be a Holiday Shalvis Contemporary Romance.
Willa is living her dream after a rocky and difficult childhood. She spent her school years in and out of the system, but instead of leaving her jaded, she lives life with a smile and a desire to help those in need (though she, not surprisingly, has some trust issues that makes committing to a romantic relationship a challenge). She is the owner of South Bark Mutt Shop and now has the kind of friends that make up for never having a family or her own growing up.
One day during the holiday season, Keane walks into her shop. Keane is a handsome house flipper. He is looking for day care for his aunt's cat that he has had dropped in his lap. He is instantly drawn to Willa, but Willa seems to want nothing to do with him. Keane can't figure out why this beautiful stranger would seem to dislike him. Willa remembers him very well from her childhood, even if he seems to have no memories of her. Thus sets the stage for a truly enjoyable holiday read.
Willa is understandably cautious of Keane. Even though he seems quite different from the boy she remembers, she will never forget how he hurt her and isn't ready to take chances with her heart. Keane, for his part is pretty convinced he lacks the capacity to love, but he certainly cannot deny his attraction to Willa.
This book was so enjoyable. It was sweet, sexy and filled with Shalvis' magically dialogue that will keep you smiling page after page. Both Willa and Keane are such lovable and endearing characters you will not be able to keep from rooting for their happy ending.

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil

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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