From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a captivating story of love, second chances and new beginnings…
THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, the second standalone novel in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, is out today! Check out the excerpt below and grab your copy of this fantastic new novel today!
Willa sighed and headed to the door.
Again Keane held the pink bedazzled cat carrier, which should have made him look ridiculous. Instead it somehow upped his testosterone levels. His sharp eyes were on her but they turned warm in a way that melted her right through her center as she moved toward him. She stopped with the glass door between them, hands on hips, hoping she looked irritated even if that wasn’t quite what she was feeling.
His gaze lowered from her face to run over her body, which gave her another unwelcome rush of heat. Dammit. Now she was irritated and aroused—not a good combo.
His mouth quirked at the saying on her apron that read Dear Santa, I Can Explain.
Drawing a deep breath, she opened the door. “You’ve got Petunia again. I hope that means your great-aunt Sally isn’t still sick.”
He looked surprised that she’d remembered his aunt’s name, or that she’d care. “I don’t know,” he said a little gruffly. “She left me a message saying that I was in charge for the rest of the week but for two days now Pita’s been happily destroying my jobsite. I’m throwing myself on your mercy here. Can you help?”
Wow. He must be really desperate since he was actually asking and not assuming. But since Petunia was a sweetheart, she knew she’d do it.
“I’ll even tell you where I went to high school,” he said, adding a smile that was shockingly charming.
Wow. He hadn’t lost his touch when it came to turning it on. “Not necessary,” she said, painfully aware of their audience.
Keane’s attention was suddenly directed upward, just above her head. She followed his line of sight and found a sprig of mistletoe hanging from the overhead display of small portable doggy pools. Mistletoe? What the hell? She glanced behind her and what do you know, suddenly Rory and Cara were a flurry of movement racing around looking very, very busy. “When did the mistletoe go up?” she asked them. “And why?”
“FOMO,” Cara said from behind the counter.
“Fear of missing out,” Rory translated. “She was hoping a hot guy would come in and the mistletoe would give her an excuse.”
Willa narrowed her eyes and her two soon-to-be-dead employees scattered again.
“Interesting,” Keane said, looking amused.
“I’m not kissing you.”
His mouth curved. “If you take Pita for the day, I’ll kiss you.”
“Not necessary,” she said, gratified no one could see her heart during the two-step in her ears. “I’ll take Petunia for the day. No kiss required or wanted.”
Jill Shalvis is one of my all time favorite contemporary romance authors. Her books have sexy alpha males, quick and witty heroines and laugh out loud humor that makes her writing superb. The Trouble with Mistletoe is her newest novel in her Heartbreaker Bay series and it’s fabulous.
Willa has a heart of gold even after having a horrific childhood spent in the foster care system. She has a core group of friends that have her back, own her own pet shop and helps rescue others who have aged out of the foster care system. She has no desire to date every again, she has everything she wants or could need in life, or so she thinks.
Keane Winters is sexy, cranky and stubborn. All he wants is to find someone to watch the Cat from Hell his aunt his strapped him with so he can get some work done. When he goes to Willa’s shop looking for help he can’t understand why the petite beautiful woman has an issue with him. What Keane has seemed to forgotten is that Willa had asked him to their schools Sadie Hawkins dance and he stood her up all those years ago, but Willa has never forgotten the pain and embarrassment.
Keane’s bachelor status might be coming to an end as he finds himself falling deeper into the hold that Willa holds over him while Willa pushes harder to keep his at arm’s length. Her childhood has left her feeling unlovable and while she yearns for her dream life she pulls away when things start getting too serious.
This story is so good and so freaking funny. These two characters need each other so much and can fill the void that has been missing in both of their lives if they are just willing to give love a chance. Add is some hilarious scenes with Keane and Petunia the cat and you can’t help but love this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romantic comedy.
I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
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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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