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One Snowy Night: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5 by Jill Shalvis

One Snowy Night: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5 by Jill Shalvis

what has become my favorite, feel good series of the year, Jill Shalvis returns to the blog today with a novella length holiday in her Heartbreaker Bay Series.  Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title. Then, be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a print set of SWEET LITTLE LIES and THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, books one and two in the series.

One Snowy Night

Truly one of my favorite series of the year, the Heartbreaker Bay stories can be read on their own, but you’ll benefit from starting at the beginning.  The holidays have arrived, and our little group of friends at the Pacific Pier Building are preparing for their Christmas.  One of Willa’s strays at the South Bark Mutt Shop, Rory, is heading back to visit her home near Tahoe for the first time in years.

Max works for Archer’s Security firm in the building, and has been asked by Willa to give Rory a ride home, since he lives in the same town. Neither is thrilled by the prospect. The bonus in the ride is Max’s dog Carl, thoroughly enamored of Rory and able to receive all her affection freely.

These two are adorable together: Rory is slowly coming in to her own with gentle acceptance and caring from Willa, she’s working, going to school and planning for the next chapter.  She’s got an inner strength that she can’t see, and her continual no-shows at Christmas have her mother, step-father and half-sisters disappointed.  But she left for good reasons (at the time) and while things aren’t easy, they are offering her opportunities.  Max never knew the extent of Rory’s story, believing the rumors about her, blaming her for his own subsequent troubles.

The snowy and slow ride offers them a chance to talk, ok first they sniped and osnapped at one another, then they talked. But moments and revelations in the confined space, combined with Rory’s willingness to search for Carl in knee deep (or better) snow, refusing to take a ride to town with a passing motorist when the battery in Max’s truck died, and her refusal to allow Max  to brush off her questions, or refuse to hear her apology showed her growth, strength and innate goodness.

I loved the connection between these two: one that started in high school that neither acknowledged, and has managed to slow burn through the years.  Shalvis has brought two secondary characters and an adorable 100 lb. dog that wants to be in the middle of everything (dog owners will surely recognize this behavior) who uses every ounce of his doggie personality to impress himself on Rory and Max, not to mention readers.  These are people that you wish the best for, that you want to know, and most of all – their tales, while occasionally heartbreaking in the past, bring plenty of present smiles.

One Snowy Night: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5 by Jill Shalvis

Title: One Snowy Night
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Also in this series: Sweet Little Lies, The Trouble with Mistletoe, Accidentally on Purpose
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed, Novella
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 006246356X
Published on: 8 November 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 160
Audio Length: 4 Hours
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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About the Book:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

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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.

 

tastytours excerpt

Christmas Eve had the nerve to show up just like it did every year: way too quickly and with ridiculous fanfare.

The nerve.

Rory Andrews stood in the courtyard of the Pacific Pier Building in San Francisco, surrounded by sparkly holiday lights and enough garlands to give the place its own ozone, and told herself things could be worse.

She just wasn’t sure how.

It was the unknown, she decided. Because this year, unlike the past six, she’d be spending Christmas with her family, a thought that caused a swarm of butterflies to take flight in her belly.

Not an uncommon feeling since she’d turned twenty-three a few months back and decided it was time to become a person she could be proud of if it killed her. And given the guy leaning against one of the lamp poles clearly waiting for her, arms crossed, frown in place, it just might.

Max Stranton. At his side sat Carl, his huge, eternally hungry, adorable Doberman.

“No,” she said, not to Carl but to Carl’s owner. Who was not lovable. “No way.”

As always when their gazes locked, Max’s was a disconcerting mix of heat and . . . something else that she couldn’t quite figure out, as he was good at hiding when he wanted to be. She never quite knew how to take the heat because it seemed reluctant. He was attracted to her but didn’t want to be.

Ditto. He made her knees wobble. And also a couple of other inner reactions that shouldn’t be happening in public.

“Merry Christmas to you too, Rory,” he said, and damn. It wasn’t just his eyes. His voice was rough and sexy, and for that matter, so was the rest of him.

He worked for an investigations and security firm in the building. Basically he and the rest of his team were fixers and finders for hire. To say that Max was good at his job was an understatement. He stood there looking like sex on a stick with a duffle bag slung over a broad shoulder, his dark hair two weeks past needing a cut, and the icy wind of an incoming storm plastering his clothes to a body that could be registered as a lethal weapon.

“What are you doing here?” she asked calmly even if her heart was anything but, pounding all the way up to her throat and ears because she knew. She knew exactly why he was here. “I don’t need a ride home.”

A flash of wry humor slid in with all that sizzling heat. “Because you’d rather take two buses and a train than get into my truck with me?” he asked.

Well yes, actually.

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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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