Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis

Posted September 26, 2016 by Melissa in Book promo, Book Review | 30 Comments

Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a captivating story of love, second chances and new beginnings…

I am happy to welcome you to my stop on the review & excerpt tour for THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, the second standalone novel in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series! Check out each stop on the tour and grab your copy of this fantastic new novel today!

About The Trouble with Mistletoe
Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill ShalvisTitle: The Trouble with Mistletoe
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Also in Series: One Snowy Night, Accidentally On Purpose, Holiday Wishes, About That Kiss, Hot Winter Nights
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Avon Romance
Publication date: September 27th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Holiday, Romance
Length: 384 pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
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 . . .


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A guy stood on the other side of the glass, mouth grim, expression dialed to Tall, Dark and Attitude-ridden. He was something too, all gorgeous and broody and –hold up. There was something familiar about him, enough that her feet propelled her forward out of pure curiosity. When it hit her halfway to the door, she froze, her heart just about skidding to a stop.

“Keane Winters,” she murmured, lip curling like she’d just eaten a black licorice. She hated black licorice. But she was looking at the only man on the planet who could make her feel all puckered up as well as good about her decision to give up men.

In fact, if she’d only given them up sooner, say back on the day of the Sadie Hawkins dance in her freshman year of high school when he’d stood her up, she’d have saved herself a lot of heartache in the years since.

On the other side of the door, Keane shoved his mirrored sunglasses to the top of his head, revealing dark chocolate eyes that she knew could melt when he was amused or feeling flirtatious, or turn to ice when he was so inclined.

They were ice now.

Catching her gaze, he lifted a cat carrier. A bright pink bedazzled carrier.

He had a cat.

Her entire being wanted to soften at this knowledge because that meant on some level at least he had to be a good guy, right?

Luckily her brain clicked on, remembering everything, every little detail of that long ago night. Like how she’d had to borrow a dress for the dance from a girl in her class who’d gleefully lorded it over her, how she’d had to beg her foster mother to let her go, how she’d stolen a Top Ramen from the locked pantry and eaten it dry in the bathroom so she wouldn’t have to buy both her dinner and his, as was custom for the “backward” dance.

“We’re closed,” she said through the still locked glass door.

Not a word escaped his lips. He simply raised the cat carrier another inch, like he was God’s gift.
And he had been. At least in high school.


My Thoughts

The Trouble with Mistletoe was a quick fun holiday read.

I loved almost everything about this read. Jill Shalvis writes great romances where the plot and dialogue always feel natural.

Her characters are well fleshed out and are always relatable in one way or another. Willa and Keane were no exception.

I loved Willa’s spunk and of course her vocation and love of animals. She has such a huge heart and spends her days watching out for and caring for all the people and animals in her life. From her friends, to her girls (employees), to the furbabies she cares for at South Bark Mutt Shop, to the homeless man in her courtyard…she wears her heart on her sleeve and more than that – doesn’t hesitate to take action on behalf of those she loves.

Keane proved himself very quickly to be both trustworthy and very swoonworthy! Despite claimning he doesn’t know how to love…he demonstrates care for Willa, His Aunt and PITA from the start.

And little Petunia (aka PITA) – she stole the show!

You can’t go wrong with a Christmas time setting. Add in a lovingly restored Victorian home and a beautiful Siamese and I am near sold.

My only complaint would be that I thought some of the internal dialogues and back and forth between the two while they figured out what they felt for each other and where they wanted it to go to be a bit tedious. But overall it didn’t detract much from my enjoyment of the story.

I haven’t read Book 1 – Sweet Little Lies but that did not in anyway hinder my enjoyment of this installment. And I definitely plan to go back and pick up Sweet Little Lies now so I can read Pru’s story!

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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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30 responses to “Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis

  1. I recently read my first book by Jill and I am SO HOOKED. i love her humor its so much fun, oh and her characters <3 I find I been devouring her books when I pick one up. I have this one. Can't wait to read it

  2. I have been saying I need to try this author for so long. I am all about light and fluffy right now, and I think the holiday book sounds like just what I need. Yes, I have certain traditions that I follow during certain holidays.

  3. Stephanie

    I don’t really don’t have any superstitions, but I tend to be cautious about things I feel are iffy.

  4. Diane Elizabeth

    Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my very superstitious aunt. I don’t follow her example..I refuse to turn my car around and take a detour just because a black cat ran across the street. I have no problem walking under ladders or opening umbrellas in the house. But for some reason, if I see a chair rocking when no one’s sitting in it, that bugs me and I have to stop it. I don’t know why just that one thing stuck with me, but it has.

  5. Sue Farrell

    I have a superstition that if I wash a golf ball before I play a hole with water that I will hit the ball into said water.

  6. Jana Leah

    I never put my purse on the floor because it’s supposed to mean that you’ll stay broke. And if I was broke, how could I keep buying books? 🙂

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