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 . . .
New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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“You want to come upstairs, Willa?”
What she wanted was to put her hands back on his chest now that she knew it was as hard as it looked. Instead she gripped either side of her seat with white knuckles. “Of course not.”
“I think you do. I think you want something else too.”
“What I want,” she said as coolly as she could, “is dinner as promised.”
“Liar,” he chided softly.
“Well that’s just rude, calling your date a liar.”
“So it is a date.” His tone was very male and very smug. It should’ve pissed her off but instead it did something hot and erotic to her insides.
Clearly knowing it, he smiled at her and then dragged his teeth over his lower lip as he contemplated her.
Gah. She wanted to do that. And she wanted to do more too. She wanted him shockingly badly and suddenly she couldn’t remember why she shouldn’t. She tried to access her thought processes on the subject but her brain hiccupped and froze. Which surely was the only reason she let go of the death grip on her seat, slid her fingers into his hair, and . . . brushed her mouth over his.
He didn’t move, not a single muscle, but when she pulled back, his eyes had gone dark as night, piercing her with their intensity.
“Don’t read that the wrong way,” she whispered.
“Is there a wrong way to take it when a beautiful woman kisses you?”
I received an advanced copy of this story for an honest review.
Are you a fan of second chance romance? Of holiday love stories? Of easy and enjoyable reads that will leave you with a smile? Then let me introduce you to The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis.
What I Loved: The Trouble With Mistletoe is a fun modern romance that engages with witty humor, solid tugs on the heartstrings, and the special magic that only Christmas can provide. Leads Keane and Willa have both experienced pain and disappointment from those who were supposed to love them best in their formative years, so their struggle to open up to each other felt honest and I couldn't help but cheer them on to overcome their pasts and embrace happiness in their future. There is also a stellar cast of secondary characters that I absolutely adored. Willa's friends and her "girls" at her pet shop just had me smiling and I could definitely read more about them.
What I Didn't Love: Willa and Keane's high school history felt a tad rushed to resolution and dismissal. I think if that had been addressed a little more this may have shifted to a 5 star read for me.
"He's male so he might not know much, but he's got a big heart, even if he doesn't know that either."
"Combustible. They'd been - and were - combustible together."
"I'm pretty sure the universe is feminine. A male would've messed that all up."
"He didn't know how and he didn't know when, but the walls guarding his heart had fallen and he'd been conquered. Hard."
I'm fairly new to Jill Shalvis books but I have to say that The Trouble With Mistletoe solidified me as a fan. I will definitely be checking out some of her other books.