Release Blitz: The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (Review + Excerpt)

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


The Trouble With Mistletoe

Jill Shalvis

Heartbreaker Bay #2

Avon Books

Releasing September 27th 2016


Book Summary

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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My Thoughts

*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

In a day filled with madness, The Trouble With Mistletoe, book two of the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis, proved exactly the kind of distraction and escape I needed. Fast-paced. Well-written. Fun. Sexy. Heart-warming. The kind of book you can kick back and relax into and just forget about everything else while learning how two people like Willa Davis and Keane Winters fall in love.

Books like The Trouble With Mistletoe are always a favorite of mine because no matter how tired I am at the end of the day, I just can’t help but read them to the end. And once again Jill Shalvis made that easy to do because Willa and Keane are just so darn charming and fun.

Willa Davis spent her childhood in and out of the foster care system and because of her experiences in the system, she has made it her mission to hire girls who share her kind of background to help her run her pet shop. A longtime dream that is finally starting to see some profit. She’s also starting to see Christmas, her favorite holiday to celebrate as an adult. All in all, things are coming together for Willa…until a man from her past makes a reappearance and he doesn’t seem to remember her, or how he treated her, at all.

Keane Winters is a determined real estate developer who has no time for the hell-cat his ill-feeling Great Aunt left him to take care of while she isn’t feeling well. Which is why he pleads with the owner of the local pet shop to board the cat during the day while he works to get his properties ready. It doesn’t escape his notice that Willa doesn’t seem to like him much, but he can’t figure out why because he likes her just fine. More than fine, actually.

Willa and Keane are two halves of one whole. Both have been hurt and both are scared to love and commit, and yet, they circle each other so well, the chemistry between them practically vibrates off the page. Which makes The Trouble With Mistletoe an all-around fantastic read with plenty of banter, humor, sexy scenes, and lots of heart-tugging moments.

Completely loved this one!

Final Analysis

It’s a Keeper!

5 “Must-Read” Stars

Okie Dreams Top Pick


Book Excerpt

From The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis:

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.”

Liar, liar


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About the Author

Shalvis, Jill 2012

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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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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