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ARC Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Is it Christmas yet? The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis definitely put me in the mood! The second in the series and so far the best. If you like your contemporary romances a little sweet and full of spice, this one is a keeper! See my full review below.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

The Trouble with Mistletoe

ARC Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Also in this series: Sweet Little Lies, Accidentally On Purpose, Chasing Christmas Eve
Published by Avon
on September 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Holiday Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: e-book
Source: ARC, edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 Stars



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 . . .

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Besides, it is set around Christmas. Can’t get any better than that!


As my hashtag so succinctly put it, this one was way better than book 1. Finn from the last story may have been my book boyfriend but I think Keane took that honor away from him.

The Heartbreaker Bay series is all about close knit friendships. The storyline really plays along with that theme and it makes the reader invest in all of the characters. I did think that Willa’s character was more likeable than Pru. She does make a little guest appearance in this story but does not really play a major part in the plot. After all, it’s all about Willa and Keane.

Sexy as hell!

Ahem…Keane is sexy as hell and so is the chemistry that he has with Willa. There was a slight aspect in the beginning which I thought might have been unnecessary. The whole “he stood me up at prom and I still hate his guts” thing. I just wanted to tell her to get over it. It doesn’t really play that much into the storyline and she does get over it rather quickly.  Their first kiss might have been sexy, but their first love scene was HOT!

There is a cat!


I loved Pita. A no nonsense, pain in the butt, sassy cat that stole the show and in the end played matchmaker in the cutest way possible.

Overall, this was a great book to start my Christmas themed story binge. After all, it is never too early to read a holiday romance, in my opinion anyways. Like I stated earlier, the secondary characters are endearing. It makes me want to read all about them and hopefully they will all get their own stories.

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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 check out her blog, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Yes! The cat, the man, the woman, the romance, the friendships. This story was made of awesome all around 🙂
Great review!

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