REVIEW + Giveaway: The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

trouble-with-mistletoeAuthor: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Rating: 4/5
Source: ARC was provided by the publisher for blog tour purposes.
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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…

The Trouble With a Mistletoe is an such an adorable, feels-y story of two people not looking for love but then surprisingly finds it in the arms of each other.

Willa Davis has a no-men decree and plans to live up to it until a Keane Winters drops off at her pet shop, looking even hotter than he was in high school, with a cat whom he has a love-hate relationship with. Willa remembered everything from that high school night. Too bad, Keane didn’t have a clue. Not even to recognize her as the girl he stood up with that night.

Can I just say that I love almost everything about this book? It’s Christmas-y, surrounded with a set of reliable friends, littered with cute animals, naughty and nice at the same time, vulnerable without being too dramatic and satisfyingly romantic. From the moment Keane turned up in Willa’s South Bark store, sparks fly because not only he was the guy that Willa had a huge crush on during high school but also because she found out she was still attracted to him despite her swearing off men permanently.

I love Willa and her cheerful, positive vibe. She’s kind, loyal, caring and survived the past she’s dealt with. It also goes without saying that she has a huge, compassionate heart for everyone around her. She’s the kind of woman who still tosses a coin in the fountain to wish for things, having faith it’d come true. Also, very important: animal whisperer. Her reluctance to fall in love was believable given she was falling for the same man who didn’t know he hurt her. I was even on her team for being all careful and terrified because love was such a huge deal. But I think at some point, between the tug of war of feelings, I wanted to scream at her “Give Keane a chance okay!!!”. Keane, on the other hand, is the real deal. He’s just so easy to love once I understood how he’s wired. He felt unwanted because of his parents’ attitude towards him and I couldn’t really blame him. And nope, not a d-bag for not remembering Willa because high school was such a hard time for him. (For the record, he apologized and for me, he was forgiven. Hey, he said he never wanted to hurt Willa. And I believed him.) Underneath the I-don’t-get-attached facade is a man who does get attached (but doesn’t notice it). It doesn’t hurt to know he’s pretty good to look at, a nice guy overall and very, very thoughtful I want to kiss him. The chemistry between Keane and Willa was easy and fun and sexy. It definitely helped that Willa’s friends are on Team Keane as well. And their conversations were bordering on sweet and real, it was heartfelt.

I love that the story focused on the characters’ character and how it magnified that despite the differences and all other complications, you can’t escape love even if you tried. I thought the story was immensely enjoyable, cute and satisfying. No dull moments, nothing over the top dramatic whatsoever. Even the secondary characters were friendly and charming. The pacing was fluid and so was the delightful connection of the two characters. It’s definitely lovely and romantic and brings out all the great emotions associated with love that Jill’s known for.

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New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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