About That Kiss: Heartbreaker Bay #5 by Jill Shalvis

About That Kiss: Heartbreaker Bay #5 by Jill Shalvis

Oh how I love a Jill Shalvis book – and the Heartbreaker Bay series fits right into that favorites list with the heart, humor, friendship and little community this group of friends and lovers have built in San Francisco. Joe of the toned abs, few words and revolving door of females is on the block today: blindsided by our little artistic woodworker Kylie and her pocket pet complete with PTSD, Vinnie. Please read on with my review of

About that Kiss

Kylie is the singleton (and decidedly so) in our little group of friends. She’s gone the opposite route of her mother – avoiding romantic entanglements as she struggles with a massive childhood-long crush on her boss, and missing her beloved grandfather. She’s poured all of her love into Vinnie – a little mixed breed, totally clumsy dog who once ran into a glass door, and now ‘tests’ every doorway he meets with an upraised paw. A bit more than unconventional, wood shavings and sawdust are never far from her – and while she is truly happy for her friends in love – she’s decided she’ll never have that feeling or security because no one will want her enough. Plenty of emotional trauma – she feels not enough after her mother dumping her with her grandfather, and his death in a fire in the workshop she grew up in.

Joe was a kid who grew up too fast and had to take on the responsibility of feeding and housing his father and sister after his mother’s death. His father is suffering from extreme PTSD – and as a kid Joe did everything to keep them fed and his little sister Molly safe. When everything went pear shaped – he had two choices: military or jail. The military brought Joe some control of his temper – and he was a very good soldier – now working as the number two man in Archer’s security company – he’s a point man on most of the difficult assignments, and completely able to keep his mind on his job. But his sister’s injuries are riding him hard – his guilt over that, and the worries that anyone close to him is in danger keeps him at arm’s length from anything real with a woman. Until Kylie. When after a kiss – he can’t get her out of his mind.

With Molly’s birthday coming up, and her wanting a mirror that Kylie made – Joe agrees to ‘help’ Kylie find a token, the only piece of her grandfather she has left, now being held for ransom – ransom paid with her authentication of a formerly ‘lost’ piece from her famous grandfather and a lower-quality piece of work – both set to be sold at auction in a few weeks.

Oh these two are so stubborn – Joe has never met anyone more determined, more headstrong or even more intrusive in his work or life. He can’t stop thinking about her, and trying to protect her – even when she refuses to follow instructions or let him quietly find the little penguin carving and the miscreant who stole it. He’s intrigued and entranced by her: her look, her humor – even the crazy wigs she drags out for ‘disguises – and she asks questions that hit right at his heart – questions he’s not always ready to answer. The two are so closed off and busy denying the connection between them – they are pieces that fit together – the last in the puzzle that is their lives – and it takes almost losing one another and strong words from Joe’s team-members and sister, as well as careful and considered levels of fear of the women in this little Cow Town community of friends and manufactured family that has them finally finding the truth. Again, Shalvis has led us to yet another connection brought together by proximity and circumstance, tempered with friends, family and love, and perhaps a bit of magic from the fountain. I love this series and story – while the other couples are making small cameo appearances and moments that show support – this book fits perfectly into the series and gives us yet another ‘couple’ in this building full of people – once strangers, now family.

About That Kiss: Heartbreaker Bay #5 by Jill Shalvis

Title: About That Kiss
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #5
Also in this series: Sweet Little Lies, The Trouble with Mistletoe, One Snowy Night, Accidentally on Purpose, Chasing Christmas Eve, Holiday Wishes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062741772
Published on: 23 January, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 26 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.



Joe studied her. “I asked you once before, but now I’m going to ask you again. Is there something going on between you two?”

She tossed up her hands. “Why do you both keep asking me that about each other?”

His eyes narrowed. “I thought nothing was going on.”

“And before today, I could’ve passed a lie detector test on that,” she said.

“What happened today?”

She paused. Not because she had anything to be ashamed of, but because she wasn’t quite sure what had happened.


She sighed. “It’s nothing.”

“Try again,” Joe said and gave her the very male universal go on gesture.

She rolled her eyes. “Fine. He . . . finally made a move on me.”

Joe didn’t budge. Not a blink, not a muscle twitch, nothing, but she could’ve popped corn off the electric tension coming off him.

“Describe ‘made a move,’ ” he finally said.

She crossed her arms. “And again, how is this relevant to my case?”

He just gave her that careful stare again and she thought wow, those eyes of his should be registered as a lethal weapon, because she found herself opening her mouth and spilling her guts. “He kissed me.”

“He kissed you.”

“Yeah,” she said. “Do you know that you often repeat what I say?”

“What kind of a kiss?” he asked.

She was momentarily bewildered. “I don’t know. It was a kiss. A normal kiss. A nice kiss.” She cocked her head at him. “How many kinds of kisses are there?”

He just looked at her for a long moment before coming toward her. He backed her to the wall and pressed his big hands on either side of her head.

“There are many kinds of kisses,” he said.

Her breath had backed up in her throat, where her heart had lodged, pounding wildly. “S-s-such as?”

“Such as this one.” And then he leaned in and covered her mouth with his.

At the touch of Joe’s mouth, Kylie’s brain stopped being capable of rational thought. His tongue gave a knee-weakening stroke against hers and she let out a shockingly needy moan as she clutched at him, fisting her hands in the material of his shirt at his chest. Only when he’d thoroughly plundered and pillaged and left her boneless did he lift his head and look into her eyes.

“Wow,” she whispered, fully aware she was still holding on to him like he was a lifeline, but the bones in her legs had liquefied. “I mean . . .” She shook her head. “Wow.”

He nodded. “Yeah. So to be clear, that wasn’t ‘a normal kiss’ or even ‘a nice kiss.’ It was a ‘wow’ kiss. Any questions?”

“Just one,” she said softly. “Can I have another?”

Joe didn’t have to be asked twice. His mouth immediately descended again, his fingers sliding into her hair to change the angle of the kiss to suit him. It was a controlled, alpha thing to do, but she had only one thought—nothing about the usually carefully, purposely leashed Joe was in control at the moment.

And she liked it.

She had no idea how long they went at it because she was in absolute heaven. Who knew that the man could use his preferred silent mode to communicate in a way that she finally approved of?

Only when she was completely breathless and about to strip him down to his birthday suit did she manage to pull back.

“Any more questions?” he asked, also a little bit breathless, which was more than slightly gratifying. Dumbly, she shook her head. His eyes softened and he gently he stroked his thumb over her bottom lip. “And FYI? Gib’s an idiot.”



About Jill Shalvis

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 http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.


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4 responses to “About That Kiss: Heartbreaker Bay #5 by Jill Shalvis

    • I’ve got a ton of hers – but getting the time to read if they aren’t coming up for review has been the ‘issue’ here — but this series – is a favorite and books from it are on my shelf and in my ereaders.

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