Just in time for the holiday season, a REALLY good holiday romance by a new-to-me author! Let's officially kick off the holiday season with this one yeah? I'm definitely going to check out more books by Jill Shalvis!
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.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Release Date: September 27, 2016
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 . . .
Heck yeah I love being wowed by new-to-me authors like Jill Shalvis!
So the setup is that Willa Davis is still holding a bit of a grudge against Keane Winters when he walks into her business with a cat from hell and in desperate need of a cat sitter. He doesn’t remember exactly what he did to make Willa mad at him but she does. There’s definitely an attraction there though but even though Willa has a successful pet grooming business and a group of wonderful friends, she’s a bit on the paranoid side when it comes to romance and relationships. So is Keane for that matter but these two can’t seem to resist the need to be around each other which brings all sorts of delicious naughtiness and complications neither one expected.
So Keane comes from a very closed off, no love type of family. He’s grown up without the usual love and affection that parents should show their children. Enter his great-aunt he hasn’t seen or heard from in years who is ill needs Keane to take her cat Petunia for awhile. Keane was probably the most complex character of the two, his childhood didn’t leave much room for affection, let alone love as an adult so his while his attraction to Willa wasn’t surprising, his wanting to do more than just sleep with her was. I liked that this really sexy, confident guy found himself in a position where he didn’t know what to do! Keane bumbled his way through his emotions and while it was tempting to feel sorry for him, I mostly laughed at him. Serves him right for acting like he had all the answers to life! But I only laughed because I liked him I swear!
I loved Willa, even with her moments of needing some sense knocked into her she was a gem. She took her experience as a “lost girl” and used it to give other people a place to belong. She had such a big heart yet didn’t expect anything for herself and that’s what she needed to do: Want something bad enough for herself instead of wanting things for others. She wasn’t a martyr though, just a generous person who didn’t like the thought of anyone being alone or not having people to count on. Of course, any character who loves animals scores big time brownie points with me so that helped.
As a couple, Keane and Willa took a while to go from wildly attracted to sorta but not really a couple to OMG we’re totally a couple, we should panic but to me it didn’t feel drawn out. It felt like a natural pace for two romantically disabled people to move at. The one step forward, two steps back could be frustrating at times, particularly on Willa’s side but in the end I was left with no doubts about this couple’s romance and their happy ending. In between the romance, The Trouble with Mistletoe was filled with funny friends and a vindictive feline.
Final Verdict: One of the best reading experiences this year, new-to-me author Jill Shalvis perfectly blends red hot romance with humor and feel good scenes all around. I know I missed a book in this series but I’m hoping not to miss any more.
* Purchase Links:
Amazon l Kindle
* Using the purchase links on this blog allows me to see a small percentage of the sale. It will help sponsor future giveaways. You can read the full disclosure OVER HERE
a Rafflecopter giveaway