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.Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #6
Published by Avon on September 25, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Who needs mistletoe?
Most people wouldn't think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn't most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she's been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that — but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once...
Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don't mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he's shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly's brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can't believe he's drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who's the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he's ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he's been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.
Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite authors, and I’m always excited to read her new books. Hot Winter Nights is the 6th book in her Heartbreaker Bay series, and although it isn’t my favorite in the series, it’s still a lot of fun.
In Hot Winter Nights, Lucas Knight wakes up from a rough night of accidentally mixing pain killers and alcohol to a women in his bed. He’s shocked, and a little terrified, to discover this woman is Molly Malone, the office manager at their job working for Archer Hunt. Oh, and Molly is also the little sister to his best friend, Joe. Molly knows that nothing physical happened that night, but she doesn’t tell Lucas. She uses this information to convince Lucas to help her run her own investigation helping some friends who work at Santa’s village. And, of course, while they are working together they fall for each other.
Molly was a little hard for me to relate to. She’s sassy, and doesn’t like to get too close to people. She also has a major chip on her shoulder from a past injury that left her with a limp. Molly is a well-developed character, but I didn’t love her. I liked Molly, a lot. I think this is more about reading preference than anything else. I was also frustrated that Molly let Lucas believe that had sex, when they didn’t. I do love how determined Molly is to help her neighbor, whether or not Archer and his team help her out. I also love how she doesn’t give Lucas a pass on anything. She’s a tough lady, but with s hidden soft side.
Lucas was pretty dreamy. He has some scars from his past, too, but he’s so sweet. He’s definitely one capable man, which I find incredibly attractive. Lucas really isn’t sure what to do about Molly, and when Archer and Joe want him to stick close to Molly while she looks into this “bad Santa” thing, he can’t really say no. Lucas is so sweet with his family, it made me fall in love with him all the more. Basically, I really loved Lucas.
Molly and Lucas make a great couple, especially when Molly relaxes a bit. As I mentioned above, sometimes Molly frustrated me a bit, but for the most part, Molly and Lucas were very good for each other. It was amazing seeing Lucas stand up for Molly when her brother just wanted to baby her. Lucas was so proud of everything Molly did, and that melted my heart.
The supporting cast was amazing, and I will never get sick of this cast or the setting. I especially loved the addition of the elderly ladies that Molly knows. Shalvis has such a way with writing really fun older women, and I love it!! Overall, Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis was a lot of fun. If you want an adorable contemporary romance with a little crazy holiday spirit, this one is for you.