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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Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars
This book was wonderful and definitely put me in my happy place! Jill Shalvis has hit all the right notes with this heartwarming, funny and uplifting romance, which was such a delight to read! It got me into the holiday spirit in September!
Willa Davis is the owner of a pet shop and day care. She is a generous person and gets attached to everyone and every animal. She has spent her childhood in the foster system and started her adult life with nothing of her own. As a shop owner, she is quite successful and has been able to help kids with the same profile as her, giving them a job and advice. Her friends are the family she never had as a child. Their love and her shop have given her a direction in life and confidence. Willa has a beautiful, genuine and feisty personality, with an incredible love for the magic of the holidays and the smile it puts on people’s faces. She has given up on men though and prides herself on her independence.
When Keane Winters asks her to board his aunt’s cat for the day, terrible high-school memories come back to her. He was the popular jock she asked out to a dance, but he stood her up, destroying her self-esteem in the process. Willa is disappointed that Keane doesn’t remember her, and she is definitely not intimidated by his broody attitude. Keane is now a self-made real estate developer on the rise, desperately trying to get rid of Petunia, his great-aunt’ Siamese cat. In his defense, Petunia, also nicknamed Pita, has a strong personality and is prone to diva-like behavior! From the start, I loved the dynamics between Willa and Keane. Their antics were hilarious and they have great chemistry.
Keane didn’t get a lot of affection as a child, and he refuses to feel deeply. But he can’t deny that Willa adds color, laughter and fun in his life, neither can he resist the attraction he feels for her. And, obviously, they both deserve a second chance, despite their initial reluctance.
This book is a humor-filled and emotion-packed read, that takes you on a journey to Keane and Willa’s much anticipated happily ever after. This sweet and charming romantic comedy is a definite keeper on my shelf and I can’t recommend it enough!
An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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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.”
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.