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Published by Avon, Headline Eternal on September 27, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author, Edelweiss
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...
The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2)
By Jill Shalvis
Trouble…depends who’s under the mistletoe with you.
Did you see my new header? I was inspired after reading The Trouble with Mistletoe, to be honest. The inspiration (to share the P & P quote) wasn’t because Keane was arrogant and proud, far from it. I was inspired because of the struggle, the mutual admiration and the ardent feelings that could not be denied. I just finished another Jill Shalvis love story that made me laugh, sniffle, snort and blush. She really is my go to author for contemporary romance.
The Heartbreaker Bay series is turning out to be one of my favourite series by this author. The characters we are introduced to are not perfect by any means. They’ve experienced life, seen the good and the bad side of it and lived to tell the tale. All of them know what it’s like to struggle, but the gang from Pacific Pier also know that they have each other’s backs. They’re friends that act more like family and love each other accordingly.
In The Trouble with Mistletoe, we are looking into the life of Willa Davis, the owner of South Bark Mutt Shop. Her love for animals and finding the right product niche has made her little business quite a success. Willa takes her job very seriously. She loves her work, but she also appreciates the security it offers her. As a child, she’d lived and survived the foster system. South Bark also gives her a chance to help out other survivors of the foster system, giving them jobs and a helping hand. One day her past walks up to her door with a bright pink bedazzled carrier in his hand.
Keane Winters is not having a good day. His great-aunt Sally is sick and needs him to cat-sit Pita (pain in the ass) also known as Petunia. As soon as Sally left, the cat went gonzo and left destruction in her wake. Keane needs to get to work so is hoping to leave Pita with a cat minder. He’s absolutely stoked that the very hot owner of South Bark took pity on him and gave in to his begging. Besides the last minute inconvenience, the owner doesn’t seem very happy with him for some reason.
Willa and Keane have a history but unfortunately what was a big deal to her, is not even a memory for him. At first, it seemed they wouldn’t be able to get past their history. There is a very strong physical attraction between them and eventually, they decide to give in to their feelings. Neither of them want, need or expect anything more than to scratch their itch, but those pesky feeling pop up and they must decide whether to take things further.
I really enjoyed The Trouble with Mistletoe. The series is great. I love catching up with the whole gang and seeing what they’re all up to. It cracks me up that they assume it’s their right to know what’s going on in each other’s lives, but on the flipside, they’re always there to lend a hand. There were times when the story took a serious turn with both Willa and Keane dealing with the feelings brought about by their upbringings. They both had different childhoods, one seemingly perfect, the other definitely not. What they both come to realise is that their decisions and thoughts now are a result of the lessons they learned growing up.
Love is not easy, but you will never find love or experience love if you don’t open your heart to accept it. A penny in the love fountain will only pay out if you take a risk.
I will definitely be back for more, especially considering it’s finally time to find out all about Elle and Archer.