I received this book for free from Edelweiss/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: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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 ...
There are so many reasons I love Jill Shalvis’s romances. I love how she almost always brings in some adorable, personality-filled animals. I love that I always feel the connection between the hero and heroine. And, honestly, what I love the most about the majority of Jill Shalvis’s books is that her heroines are the most adorkable ladies ever. So, naturally, I had to read The Trouble with Mistletoe, the second book in her Heartbreaker Bay series, and I was not disappointed.
Willa Davis is the heroine of The Trouble with Mistletoe, and she is exactly what I would expect from a Jill Shalvis heroine, and I absolutely loved her. Willa owns a pet shop, where she also grooms animals, and, upon occasion, pet sits. I fell for Willa in the first book in this series, Sweet Little Lies, and I loved getting to know her more in this novel. She’s sweet, and a little lost, and I felt bad that her early life was spent in the foster care system. Naturally, that affected Willa a lot, and it led to some of the major conflict points in this book.
When Keane Winters shows up early one morning at Willa’s pet shop, she is shocked. Because Keane and Willa met when she was a teen, and he totally stood her up for a dance. But what’s worse is that Keane doesn’t remember her. That puts Willa in an awkward position when she sees him again so many years later. But Willa can’t resist helping Keane take care of his aunt’s cat, Petunia (Keane calls her Pita -Pain In The Ass), and soon they are making friends.
As I mentioned above, Jill Shalvis is so great at making me feel the connection between Keane and Willa. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that these two are absolutely perfect for each other. So that made it a bit difficult for me to not get annoyed with some of the conflict. All I wanted to do was shake both of them and tell them to wake up, and admit your feelings. Because you two NEED TO BE TOGETHER!
As always with a Jill Shalvis book, the side characters add so much to the story, and I’m already anticipating the next book. I love that Shalvis has created this adorable, tight-knit community even though the book is set in a big city (San Francisco). If you love Jill Shalvis’s books, you will absolutely adore The Trouble with Mistletoe.
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