The Trouble with Mistletoe
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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 the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series. A fickle cat and a sexy carpenter shake up Willa Davis’s holiday. Jill Shalvis will make you giggle, sigh and swoon when we learn if Christmas wishes come true.
Coffee dates with The Trouble with Mistletoe
- First Date: Willa Davis owns the local pet shop, and we first met her in Sweet Little Lies. Willa is easy to like, she is kind hearted, loves animals, Christmas and helping others. After a seriously bad breakup and has sworn off men,When you learn about her ex you’ll be eating truffles with her. Her life is about to get turned upside down when someone knocks on her shop door before hours. She is shocked to see Keane Winters standing outside her shop door holding a bedazzled pink pet carrier. He was the boy she asked to the Sadie Hawkins dance in high school the one who broke her heart. Only he doesn’t remember Willa and needs help with his newly acquired Siamese cat, Pita. You can feel the chemistry dancing between them even with the loud protests of denial by Willa and confusion by Keane. Oh, we are going to have some fun!
- Second date: Friendship, flirting, overheard conversations and friendly interference kept me turning the pages as Shalvis let us get to know both Keane and Willa. Willa has had a tough life, and the more I learned, the more I respected her. I loved her wardrobe and love of Christmas, even if she over decorated. Keane has his issues with family, but the more I witnessed the harder I fell. I adored his pesky, sweet and meddling Aunt. Wait until you meet his assistant Sass. She needs her own book. The chemistry between them felt genuine, and Shalvis delivers adorkable moments that will make your heart skip. They both aren’t thinking commitment in part due to hangups. Ha! Their friends, however, are all sitting back and watching this relationship bloom. They tease and offer advice. They even issue death threats. I love the residents and friends who reside here from Tina the barista to Archer the protector. A shared kiss leads to new heights. I laughed, swooned and sighed as I enjoyed their banter and chemistry.
- Third date: There is a lot of tugging and pulling as what began as a one-time thing escalates into more, and it terrifies Willa. Keane is patient with Willa, but he didn’t help things either. We get heat, confusion, girl talk and tears as our characters see growth. This date was a lot of fun but also had me flipping the pages wanted my happily ever after. You’ll have to discover what happens for yourself and I hope you adore them both. Did I mention Keane wears a tool belt?
On a sidenote: I loved the interaction with the animals in this story. Pita and Keane will have you snorting. Anyone who owns a pet will relate to these threads.
While The Trouble with Mistletoe is part of a series, it will work as a standalone and is the perfect holiday treat. Shalvis updates us on other characters, and I am anxious to begin Accidentally on Purpose which will feature Elle and Archer.