It’s almost time for Finn and Pru’s wedding! Jill Shalvis returns to the blog today with a novella installment in her Heartbreaker Bay series – and Sean gets a starring role! Please read on for my review of
Finn and Pru’s wedding day is fast approaching and everyone is excited. As Finn’s best man, Sean has taken over the planning of the bachelor and bachelorette parties: with this group of friends that have built their own family, there is no way the two will be separate. So after finding the perfect place to make Pru happy, Sean has booked them into a small Victorian B&B, rented a large van to drive everyone, set up a wine tasting and a small party, and is determined to give Pru and Finn the best time possible.
From the start there were little problems: torrential downpours with wind and lashing rain, dicey electrics at the old B&B, mudslides that derail their check-out time and close roads and their wedding venue, and the B&B is run by an old high-school one night stand that Sean ran from all those years ago. Lotti isn’t going to let Sean off easily – she’s hurt and trying to convince herself that she doesn’t remember the feelings she had for him. In fact, with a rough year that just got rougher with her latest breakup, she’s only wanting to disappear for Christmas, heading to Cabo for 2 weeks of sun, sand and NSA sex with surfers. Of course, none of that is going to happen with road closures and a state of emergency ending her plans of Sean and company leaving and her heading to the airport.
This truly was Sean and Lotti’s story: his regret and guilt becoming a character of its own in this. He’s desperate to make Finn’s wedding a success and give him just a bit back for the years of grief he caused as a teen. Seeing Lotti after all these years, Sean also is guilty about how he ran away from her feelings, closing himself off. Yes, he realizes he was young, but he behaved abominably and he would like nothing more than a second chance. Lotti lost her father, gained a nagging parrot, lost a fiancé a week before the wedding, and has just lost her last boyfriend. She has always remembered Sean, the first boy she ever loved: and that, and every relationship after it, ended badly. She’s scared and hurt and determined to not give Sean a break, or to let him in.
There was everything in this story that anyone could want: lots of love displayed within the friends, plenty of drama with the storms, Sean’s palpable guilt about his mistakes and his determination to make everything right, and the gentle and giving approach he takes to work his way back into Lotti’s heart. Of all the characters, Sean has grown up the most in this series, and shown that the friendships and love connections in this group have shown him new possibilities and options, letting him see, not just feel, that love and friendship can become that touchstone. While I wanted a bit more of the wedding and Sean’s officiating of it, the Elle-like precision where it seemed as if the pieces fell together seamlessly, and the lovely recognition of the bond between Lotti and Sean was wonderful and left me smiling. A favorite series for sure, and one that is sure to be read and re-read often.
Title: Holiday Wishes
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4.5
Also in this series: Sweet Little Lies, The Trouble with Mistletoe, One Snowy Night, Accidentally on Purpose, Chasing Christmas Eve
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed, Novella
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 7 November, 2017
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 3 Hours: 20 minutes
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It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!
When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.
The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.
But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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