Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Jill Shalvis’ latest, Hot Winter Nights! I’m a big fan of Jill’s books and this one was no exception. In fact, it’s the latest in a long line of swoony reads from her.
Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #6
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
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.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that I can always count on Jill Shalvis to give me all the swoony sighs I desire when I read. I was a little apprehensive going into Hot Winter Nights, not because of the storyline or characters or anything, but because I wasn’t sure I could get into a holiday-themed read when it’s still in the upper 80s here. Turns out, I had absolutely nothing to worry about it. I just turned up the AC and lived vicariously through the characters, pretending it’s closer to Christmas — and a heckuva lot cooler — than it really is! Escapism, am I right?
Molly and Lucas’s romance was delightful. It was the perfect mix of best friend’s sister (or brother’s best friend, depending on how you look at it!), office romance and friends first. Molly was strong and feisty and totally relatable. Lucas was swoony and sexy and protective. They were both pretty bad ass, to be honest. I enjoyed their, ahem, unconventional start. I think I really enjoyed how Molly kept leading Lucas to believe they slept together and he forgot it. I thought it illustrated the playfulness between them perfectly. But, at the core of all of this were two characters who just fit together. They had A+ banter and chemistry. It was easy to root for them.
Hot Winter Nights gave me the swoons and the sexy times I need when I read, along with a good dose of suspense as Molly and Lucas worked to figure out the Bad Santa case. The setting was delightful, as always. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing several of my favorite characters from earlier in the Heartbreaker Bay series again. It was a really fun read. One I can totally see myself rereading once winter is actually here and I’m in the mood for all the holiday romance.
“The kiss started out as a diversion, but ended up something else entirely.”
“Love isn’t pretty and romantic. You know that, right? Love is just stumbling through life with your best friend.”
“Sorry, but when a woman says ‘first of all,’ you should run hard and fast because she’s got research, data, charts, and is about to destroy you.”
Do you love Jill’s books as much as I do?
Have a favorite? Or a few?