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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis - Book Review, Giveaway & Excerpt

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Review by Suze

Willa is the owner of a popular pet shop. She gives the animals a lot of love and the same goes for the people who are working for her. Keane is the last person Willa expected to walk into her shop. He stood her up once and broke Willa's heart and now he's asking for a favor while it appears he can't remember her at all. Willa should watch his great-aunt's cat while he's working during the day. The cat is a nightmare, but Willa's kindness works miracles on both Keane and his pet and Keane is glad this out of control feline has given him an excuse to see Willa again.
Christmas is Willa's favorite time of year. While Keane never had the luck to feel the warmth and joy of it, with Willa he finally might and he loves spending this special holiday with her. Willa's cheerfulness and big heart keep making him want to go back to her shop. However, will she be able and willing to give him a second chance? Will the magic of the mistletoe do its work for both of them?
The Trouble with Mistletoe is a heartwarming festive story. Willa is incredibly caring and generous. She's a sweetheart who gives more than she receives. She wants others to have what she didn't have and that's an endearing and admirable quality. She's lovely and the perfect main character for a romantic Christmas story. Keane is protective and he's looking after the people he loves, even if he gets nothing in return from them. He's such a wonderful man and it's clear from the moment he walks into her shop that he and Willa belong together, they're perfect for each other. I loved their amazing chemistry, their goodness and their ability to let others go first. Reading about them put a big smile on my face, which is exactly what I'm looking for in a Christmas story.
Jill Shalvis has perfectly captured the magic of Christmas. She knows what the true holiday spirit is supposed to be like and that warmed my heart. Heartbreaker Bay and its inhabitants are fantastic. Willa's group of friends is a tightknit family and they are very easy to love. I enjoyed Jill Shalvis's vivid descriptions of funny habits, amusing banter and silly gifts, it's the little things that make her story special. It's what made me fall in love with this series from the start. Another thing I really like about it is the adorable animals that all have a distinctive character, they're absolutely fabulous.
The Trouble With Mistletoe is sweet and enchanting. I was mesmerized by the story from the beginning. I loved Sweet Little Lies, the first Heartbreaker Bay novel, and it was great to read about this charming place again. The stories can be read as standalones, but I highly recommend you to read both of them because they're equally captivating. I love reading Christmas stories and highly recommend The Trouble with Mistletoe, it's cute, merry and sparkling.

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A guy stood on the other side of the glass, mouth grim, expression dialed to Tall, Dark and Attitude-ridden. He was something too, all gorgeous and broody and –hold up. There was something familiar about him, enough that her feet propelled her forward out of pure curiosity. When it hit her halfway to the door, she froze, her heart just about skidding to a stop.

“Keane Winters,” she murmured, lip curling like she’d just eaten a black licorice. She hated black licorice. But she was looking at the only man on the planet who could make her feel all puckered up as well as good about her decision to give up men.

In fact, if she’d only given them up sooner, say back on the day of the Sadie Hawkins dance in her freshman year of high school when he’d stood her up, she’d have saved herself a lot of heartache in the years since.

On the other side of the door, Keane shoved his mirrored sunglasses to the top of his head, revealing dark chocolate eyes that she knew could melt when he was amused or feeling flirtatious, or turn to ice when he was so inclined.

They were ice now.

Catching her gaze, he lifted a cat carrier. A bright pink bedazzled carrier.

He had a cat.

Her entire being wanted to soften at this knowledge because that meant on some level at least he had to be a good guy, right?

Luckily her brain clicked on, remembering everything, every little detail of that long ago night. Like how she’d had to borrow a dress for the dance from a girl in her class who’d gleefully lorded it over her, how she’d had to beg her foster mother to let her go, how she’d stolen a Top Ramen from the locked pantry and eaten it dry in the bathroom so she wouldn’t have to buy both her dinner and his, as was custom for the “backward” dance.

“We’re closed,” she said through the still locked glass door.

Not a word escaped his lips. He simply raised the cat carrier another inch, like he was God’s gift.

And he had been. At least in high school.
Sweet Little Lies

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About Jill Shalvis

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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  1. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

  2. I don't have any superstitions and don't really have any traditions.

  3. No superstitions but I do believe I'm OCD and have to do certain things a certain way

  4. We have a lot of holiday traditions like finding the pickle ornament at Christmas.

  5. No superstitions or traditions that I know of, I have a routine I guess you would call it of checking stuff before I leave the house everyday, like door locks and if curling iron is unplugged.

  6. We have a few holiday traditions perhaps, like around Christmastime. Definitely not any superstitions though. :)

  7. I don't know if I have superstitions; I just avoid things by using common sense lol Traditions, I don't have many as my family is very small. We make sure to wish a relative happy birthday on their birthdays but that's about it. :)

  8. We have a tradition of waving until family is out of sight when they drive away after a visit. My grandparents always did this when I was little and then my parents did it after I went to college. Now I do it when family comes to our home.

  9. I love that she Will a is a "cat whisperer".

  10. I won't eat/drink in cracked crockery. It is said to usher in bad times. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I talk to my mom every weekend to update on her life and mine.

  12. On Christmas Eve, we open one present after we come back from Midnight Mass.

  13. Every Christmas eve we have to watch A Christmas Story and National Lampoons Christmas.

  14. not really... though I do take my keys to bed every night!!

  15. We only have christmas traditions really. Nothing special, just opening presents once everyone has arrived because that can take hours and then delicious dinner.

  16. This book sounds lovely and christmassy. Great to get us in the festive spirit.
    The only kind of tradition we have is hpong to a local market on Christmas eve. The atmosphere is always brilliant.

  17. I am very superstitious I have many but one I don't open an umbrella up in the house

  18. Every Christmas my family and I make a gingerbread house!

  19. No superstitions or traditions that I know of, except for Halloween when I get together with some of my friends and watch horror movies together.

  20. No traditions. Thank you of the chance!

  21. No real superstitions, but I do pause to give thought when I do something that I know is a superstition.

  22. I have a few superstitions, one is that I won't step on a painted handicap sign. I learned that from my MIL.

  23. My tradition is decorating my wheelchair for every holiday.

  24. I like to decorate the3 house and a tree for the Christmas season every year as my tradition of celebration.