I didn’t think I could love the small community that lives in the Pacific Pier building any more, but Jill Shalvis did it again. Full of friends you need to know, with their ask-no-questions and shovels ready to bury those bodies, the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series is here.
The Trouble with Mistletoe
Willa has watched, befriended, supported and found her calling with her pet shop the South Bark Mutt Shop. She’s still struggling with her childhood demons after spending time in the foster care system, and with a heart bigger than her petite size, she’s also tried to build a safe haven for other refugees from the system.
She’s not interested in a man, so she keeps telling herself. But when hotter than Hades Keane Winters appears at the shop’s door carrying a bedazzled pink pet carrier with an overlarge Siamese cat and a larger chip on his shoulder, her world went topsy turvy. Keane is a self-made man, closed off from emotion and unwilling to admit he’s got a responsible streak a mile long, he’s watching his newly-found aunt Sally’s cat Petunia (Pita for short). Not a fan of cats, or Pita in particular, he’s convinced the Christmas Crazed pet shop owner is hot, cute and intriguing, despite her obvious disdain for him.
These two have such a long way to go – these two arrive so broken, yet so full of potential. Both have engendered great loyalty, and fierce protectiveness from those who know them. If only they could move beyond their own issues and get it together.
Logan is completely in tune with his no-attachment policies, and Willa, well she never managed to step out and away soon enough. But, just once she takes that chance… and one night isn’t near enough. For either of them. Shalvis tells us of the slow destruction of the walls both have built, and the gentle, and not so gentle advice, interference and support provided by friends – old and new.
And friends they do have: Logan is, if not instantly, accepted into the group of Willa’s friends. A big feat as the boys in the group have overlarge egos, weapons and shovels. And even Pita discovers that a warm lap and a soft pillow can be found with Logan. There’s plenty to love about this story, with love laughter, friendship and a few moments with a curious cat, pockets full of dog treats and the lover’s wishing well, the story will leave you smiling and contemplating a move to San Francisco.
Title: The Trouble with Mistletoe
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Also in this series: Sweet Little Lies, One Snowy Night, Accidentally on Purpose, Chasing Christmas Eve, Holiday Wishes, About That Kiss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon
Published on: 27 September, 2016
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours
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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 . . .
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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.
And if that wasn’t enough – check out a few quotes from the story…
“Yes, but what about spiders?” Pru asks. “A man will get the spiders.”
There was a silence as the rest of them contemplated this unexpected benefit to having a man.
“I learned to capture and safely relocate,” Haley finally said. “For Leeza.”
Haley’s last girlfriend had been a serious tree hugger. And a serial cheater, as it turned out.
“I just use the long hose on my vacuum cleaner,” Elle said, looking smug. “No awkward morning-after conversation required.”
Let’s not forget the time and money-consuming detour to replace his phone and laptop thanks to his aunt’s cat. At least she looked like a cat but Keane was pretty sure she was really the antichrist.
There in front of a holly-strewn fake mantle lay a huge pit bull and a teeny-tiny teacup…piglet. Entwined. Between them was a familiar-looking white ball of fluff with the black face of his nightmares. And that nightmare’s face was pressed trustingly to the pit bull’s. For a long beat, Keane just stared at it.
“Photoshop, right?” he finally asked.
“What?” he asked sarcastically.
“Oh no, you don’t get to ‘what’ me like that,” she said, saying the word what in an imitation of his own much lower timbre. “What the hell was that?”
“Me getting you candy.” He held up the bag.
“No, you just peed on me in public.”
His mouth twitched.
“You did!” she said, tossing up her hands. “You totally intimidated that poor guy and all he was doing was talking to me.”
Keane looked after him, “You think I was intimidating?”
“Always works for me,” Pru said. “When Finn and I get into a fight, I flash him and he forgets what we’re fighting about. Boobs are magic.”