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.
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, Chasing Christmas Eve, Holiday Wishes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed, Novella
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 8 November 2016
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 4 Hours
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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.