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

Posted January 1, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill ShalvisThe Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:

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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I had an ARC of The Trouble with Mistletoe for months before I decided it was finally time to read it. Oops. The thing is, I just can’t read holiday romances before late November or December. It’s just this thing I have. It doesn’t feel like I’m fully doing the books justice until my Christmas tree is in the corner and I have a mug of hot cocoa in my hands. When I was finally in the holiday mood, this was one of the first books I picked up though. I adore Jill Shalvis’ books and I can always count on her to give me a HUGE dose of swoons… which is exactly what she did here.

I loved this book. From Willa to Keane to Pita (yes, the cat) to the secondary characters, I adored everything about it. I was totally hooked. I laughed and swooned. I haven’t read a lot of Jill’s books — I know, for shame — but it seems like they’re getting a little spicier, too. I don’t mind that a bit. 😉 Willa and Keane had fantastic chemistry — with each other and with Pita, er Petunia. I swear, I enjoyed the damn cat just about as much as I did the romance. I love when pets find a way to be a star of the book in their own rights. Pita did exactly that. As someone who proudly considers herself a “cat person” I enjoyed the cat’s antics. She was a total hoot and, often, the catalyst for some wonderful scenes between the humans, Willa and Keane.

The truth is, Willa and Keane just made me happy. (So did this book, obviously.) This was one of those books where I found myself with a cheesy smile on my face nearly the entire time I was reading. These two gave me all the warm and fuzzy feels as they became friends and then moved to something more, slowly and, dare I say, perfectly. It was a joy to spend time in both of their heads as things developed between them. There’s a little bit of an annoying past between them, but it’s so minor that I wasn’t sure I should even mention it here. It’s the kind of thing that *could* be quite obnoxious, depending on how it’s written… but it wasn’t here. It was more of a blip that, if anything, just showcased how far Keane has come since they knew each other in school.

The Trouble with Mistletoe was a fun read. I loved the characters (of both the two- and four-legged variety), the romance and the setting. I enjoyed the giggles and the swooniest of swoons it delivered. Bottom line, whether you wait until next Christmas to read it or pick it up now (I vote now, for real) you should read this one. It’s utterly charming in that way I’ve come to expect from Jill’s books. Speaking of, I think it’s high time to go back and read the first book in this series and tackle my ARC of the upcoming third book. Heartbreaker Bay just might wind up being my favorite of her series!


“I’ve seen you in action, Willa. It seems that once you make a friend, you keep them until the end of time. Same thing with animals. I’m pretty sure you’ve never met a two-legged or four-legged creature you don’t fall for. You collect hearts and souls like most women collect shoes.”

He was pretty certain a guy couldn’t die from a bad case of needing to be buried balls deep inside a certain strawberry blonde, green-eyed pixie, but he figured the icy shower might ensure it.

“I’m starting to think you’re a little like that chocolate bar I keep in my fridge for emergencies.”
“Bad for me.”

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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