The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

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 …

Titles in the Heartbreaker Bay series include:  Sweet Little Lies – The Trouble With Mistletoe – One Snowy Night – Accidentally on Purpose -Chasing Christmas Eve – Holiday Wishes – About That Kiss (2018) – Slow Winter Nights (2018) –  

Romance Is Ageless – my completely Romance blog is following the entire Heartbreaker Bay series if you’d like to learn more about these amazing characters and their love lives.

Title:  The Trouble With Mistletoe
Series:  Heartbreaker Bay #2
Author:  Jill Shalvis
Genre:  Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published:  September 27, 2016
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Return to Heartbreaker Bay once again for The Trouble With Mistletoe, a story full of the craziness of really good friends, a sense of self-made families and that completely awkward moment when you discover that yeah, you really can fall in love and make it work.

Willa and Keane had a past, sorta – except that Keane totally didn’t remember it.  That alone should put him in the “”men are dogs” category, except Willa really likes dogs more than Keane at the beginning of their story.  But, truthfully, the guy kind of grows on you.  Really, it’s difficult to keep a straight face with a completely  hot guy carrying a bedazzled pink cat carrier with an ongoing feud, or war, with his aunt’s cat… and the cat is winning, but you knew that would be the case.  That thin line between love and hate pretty much sums up Willa and Keane’s beginning, and Keane and Petunia’s (Pita) relationship for certain.  That spark of attraction is hard to miss, even if each is trying desperately to do so.

Willa and Keane both had troubled childhoods, each in completely different ways but still that sense of being abandoned by your parents for whatever reason never truly goes away.  It has shaped them, given them issues that aren’t easy to overcome, and perhaps gave them that “I want this but I’m afraid of this” attitude that gets them both in so much trouble.  It won’t take long before you see through the shields they both put up to see the real person that is in hiding.

I had such fun with their story.  Love isn’t the easiest of emotions, although we certainly wish it were.  Watching Willa and Keane work through their individual issues, and deal with the other’s as well is an emotional journey with a few pit stops for laughter, tears and some sexy good times.  I love this style of series where there is a community of friends who make up the entire series, and we get to know them a little bit more with each story.  Friends rarely stay in the background, especially when they’ve got your back and Willa’s friends are no exception.  I’m enjoying getting to know them all a bit better with each visit I make to their world.

If you enjoy a love story full of emotions, some difficult to face, really good friends and a continuity to relationships in a series – then you’ll love The Trouble With Mistletoe.  I would highly recommend this story and the series to any Romance reader.  I always feel like I’m stepping into Finn’s pub and catching up with old friends, and when a story can give me that comfortable feeling I’m going to stick with it all the way.

I own a Kindle edition of this story.

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