Saturday, October 1, 2016

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


Blurb:

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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Excerpt:

Willa had no idea what the hell she thought she was doing agreeing to go out with Keane for dinner, but apparently her feet knew because they took her back into the grooming room to tell Rory.

The girl was cross-legged on the floor in front of Carl, brushing him. Sitting facing her, Carl’s head was higher than Rory’s but he sat still happily, smiling.

Carl loved the attention, all of it.

“I’m heading out,” Willa said.

“Thanks for the newsflash.”

“I’m going with Keane.”

Rory froze. Only her eyes swiveled to Willa. “Has hell frozen over?”

Willa sighed. Given that all her current feelings for Keane were mixed up with her past feelings for him, she could hardly explain it to someone else much less herself. “It’s just dinner.”

“Uh-huh,” Rory murmured, stroking an ecstatic Carl. “Remember you’re the one who said the devil himself couldn’t drag you cold, dead corpse out on a date with Keane even if he was hot as balls.”

“Shh!” Willa took a quick look behind her but thankfully Keane hadn’t followed. “It’s all very…complicated.”

“Complicated,” Rory repeated, amused. “Maybe we should have the birds-and-bees talk, like you always try to have with me when I’m attracted to the wrong-for-me guys.”

“Funny,” Willa said. The fact was, both of them were attracted to the wrong men, still.

But Rory was on a roll, ticking off points on her fingers. “No sleeping with him on the first date, no matter how amazing he kisses—“

“Oh my God, keep your voice down!” Willa looked behind her again. “I’m not going to sleep with him on the first date.” Even if the low, sexy tone of his voice did very interesting, very distracting things to her body. Nope, she wasn’t going down that road because that road led to her downfall every time. This was just dinner, that was it. It was the only way she could ensure her emotional security. No more falling for a guy too quickly. Nope. Not gonna happen.

 
About the Author:

New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.


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Review by Yvette:

Don't you just want to live in a Jill Shalvis book? I think I would be in a perpetual state of swoon from being overwhelmed by the presence of countless drool-worthy Alpha heroes, but what a good problem to have. I like the idea of life being like a romantic comedy, especially one that’s heavy on the romance and the comedy. I’ve read and loved a number of this author’s books but I have to say that her newest series, Heartbreaker Bay, has quickly become a top favorite, first with Sweet Little Lies, and now with The Trouble with Mistletoe. A book set at Christmas-time filled with good friends, mischievous pets, and a smoking hot romance? Yes, please! The Trouble with Mistletoe is a heart-meltingly sweet, sweltering hot romance that will make you believe in fate and second chances.

There's nothing I love more than having fun and being entertained when I read a book and, together, protagonists, Willa Davis and Keane Winters are nothing if not entertaining. From the moment they meet at Willa’s pet shop (or meet again, should I say), sparks fly, tempers flare, and jingle bells ring (you know…because it’s almost Christmas). The two clash with their every encounter yet their attraction is a living, breathing thing, overpowering their misgivings about themselves and about each other. Their rapport is lighthearted and lively and – once their attraction is no longer reluctant – rife with sexual innuendos. What I love about Keane and Willa’s relationship is that it’s the perfect balance between fun-loving and serious, tugging on your heartstrings but still keeping a smile on your face.

This book is very much a character-driven romance and the author’s strength is in creating characters that make you want to become invested in them. From Willa’s eclectic, tight-knit group of friends, to Keane and Willa herself, these characters breathe life into each page of the book. Whether the relationships are newfound or long-held, you get a sense of caring, attachment, and affection, along with raw, real emotions. It’s the pure pleasure that these characters experience around each other that’s half of the appeal of reading this book (the other half is, of course, the romance).

I'm someone who looks forward to Hallmark's Christmas movie marathons with a somewhat unhealthy eagerness so it should go without saying that I'm always in the mood for a holiday-themed novel. When that novel is written by Jill Shalvis? That's even better! I don't know what my favorite part of The Trouble with Mistletoe was: the beginning (with Willa and Keane's sexual tension-filled exchanges), the middle (when Willa and Keane finally succumbed to their off-the-charts chemistry) or the end (when my heart basically turned into a puddle of mush because: happy ending). Let’s just say I loved it all. The Trouble with Mistletoe is an immensely enjoyable continuation of the Heartbreaker Bay series, that was ultimately satisfying but also left me wanting more.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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4 comments:

  1. Not really any traditions or superstitions. But, I do have OCD and little things drive me nuts. Like perforated ... anything not tearing straight. Or people not putting things back where they belong in my fridge or cabinets or ... I could go on and on and on!!!

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  2. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

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  3. I constantly have to have my coffee pot ready to fuel before I even wake up lol! Does that count?

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  4. The only superstition is that I have to wear my Manchester City scarf whenever I watch a match. Thanks for the chance!

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