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!
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 he doesn’t even remember her. How 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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MY REVIEW: I will admit this is the first book by this author that I have read. I can hear the "gasps" from here, believe me I know.
Even though this is the second book in her Heartbreaker Bay Series I didn't feel lost at all. I definitely do want to read the first book though. I absolutely fell in love with Willa and Keane.
They're first meeting in her shop had me laughing out loud, especially after the discussion she had with Rory, her employee and friend, about her reindeer-antler headbands.
Willa owns the pet shop where he takes the cat he's petsitting. The cat known as Petunia but Keane dubs her PITA. Willa remembers him from school because he hurt her feelings and doesn't even remember her. He's even more gorgeous now then he was in school too which is totally unfair in her way of thinking. Willa doesn't want anything to do with him but can't say no to the cat. The cat even had me laughing at it's antics, where it used the bathroom, being a snotty little princess towards Keane but totally loving on Willa. Willa is a pet whisperer for sure.
Keane has to overcome his fears (more than one) about getting in a relationship. He feels that people don't get attached to him so he tries not to get attached to anything or anyone. All of that changes because of the cat. Willa has her own fears and has to try to overcome them. They both have to work at what they both want but are too scared to go for. The chemistry between these two were smoking hot and the kisses. Oh the kisses, goodness gracious. Let me just say Keane definitely knows how to kiss a woman! Yep, yep, yep.
The banter that Willa had with her friends was funny and definitely realistic. You can tell that they've all been there for each other and will give advice if it's wanted or not. They have each others back and I absolutely want to know their stories. I'll be honest and say I really want to know more about Spence. I wonder how long I'm going to have to wait for him. I know it'll be worth the wait but I'm not really a patient person lol I'll definitely be reading this author from now on.
And don’t miss the first novel in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES, now available! Grab your copy HERE!
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.”