by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Published by Avon on September 27, 2016
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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 . . .
The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis is a perfect holiday read. It’s a combination of sassy humor, sexy times, and heartfelt moments.
Willa Davis is shocked when someone from her past walks into her pet store, South Bark Mutt Shop. Keane Winters stood her up years ago, back in high school. That’s bad enough, but what’s even worse is the realization that Keane doesn’t even recognize or remember Willa.
Keane is now a successful real estate developer and he’s also desperate to find someone to watch his great-aunt’s cat, Petunia (who he quickly nicknames Pita, aka Pain in the Ass). At first, Willa gives Keane the cold shoulder, but Keane keeps showing up in need of kitty day care. He’s at Willa’s mercy, and Willa can’t say no to an animal in need…or the sexy guy begging for help.
As Willa continually helps Keane, it soon becomes clear that there’s a definite spark between them. But Keane’s not big on family or relationships, and Willa has been burned by both in the past. A no-strings-attached arrangement seems ideal, but what happens when Willa’s Christmas wish for love starts to come true for them both?
Fans of Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series will love The Trouble with Mistletoe. Willa and Keane are a fun couple, with an exchange of constant banter when they’re not steaming up the page. They also have respective issues that need to be overcome. When they do, their romance becomes that much sweeter. The main characters are bolstered by a strong ensemble of supporting characters who appear throughout the Heartbreaker Bay series. Although this is book #2, it easily reads as a standalone.
Shalvis’s trademark humor, warmth, and swoon are all present, making The Trouble with Mistletoe a feel-good holiday read. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5 stars