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Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

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Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4.5
Also in this series: Sweet Little Lies, The Trouble with Mistletoe, Accidentally On Purpose
Published by Avon
on November 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Pages: 128
Format: e-book
Source: edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |Kobo |iTunes |Google Play
Rating: 4 Stars



When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.

But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.

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Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis is a cute second chance romance set in the Heartbreaker Bay series.


“You’ve got to live for what today’s offering, not for what yesterday took away from you.”

No truer words have been spoken. I’ve actually had something similar told to me as well. Lotti is holding on to the past and letting those past experiences hinder her chance at happiness. So when a blast from the past shows up at her bed and breakfast, the sparks fly and the attraction sizzles.

I love a good second chances romances. This was a quick and cute read. If you’ve read the previous stories in the Heartbreaker Bay series you’ll find Sean’s story in this one. He’s the cute pub owner we never get the chance to know better. The bachelor party turns into oh so much more than anyone anticipated.

Nothing really happens except two people realizing that they want each other. The novellas in this series are usually like that so don’t expect a major plot line. I didn’t get the over-the-top Christmas-y theme to this, which I was hoping for.

This can be read as a standalone.

At the empathetic tone in Sean’s voice, Lotti’s heart and stomach and head all clenched in unison. “What do you mean you can’t give me what I want?” she asked. “All you have to do is walk away.”

“Tried that already,” he said. “And it was the biggest mistake of my life.” He brought her hand up to his mouth and met her gaze over their entwined hands.

He was looking at her like . . . well, she wasn’t sure what was going on in his head, but her thoughts were racing along with her pulse.

“You’re incredible, Lotti. I hope you know that.” Very slowly, clearly giving her time to object, he pulled her into him.

Her breath caught at the connection and his eyes heated in response as he slid a hand up her spine and then back down again, pressing her in tight to him from chest to thighs and everywhere in between. His nose was cold at the crook of her neck, but his breath was warm against her skin. She felt his lips press against the sensitive spot just behind her ear and she shivered. “You’re trembling,” he said, his voice low. “Are you cold?”

“No,” she whispered. Try the opposite of cold . . .


“No.” Not even close. The way his mouth moved across her skin was making her warm all over. Not that she could articulate that with his body pressed to hers and his fingers dancing over her skin. She was literally quivering as the memories of what it felt like to be touched by him washed over her, as if no time at all had gone by.

Yes, she’d let him think that their time together had sucked for her. But it hadn’t. Not even close. That long-ago night he’d evoked feelings and a hunger in her that she’d never forgotten. “I’ve just had a long day,” she said.

“I know. I’m going to make it better.” He pressed a kiss at the juncture of her jaw and ear before he made his way to her lips for a slow, hot kiss, his mouth both familiar and yet somehow brand-new. She was so far gone that when he pulled back she protested with a moan, but he held her tight, staring down at her with heated eyes. “Just checking,” he murmured.

“Checking what?”

“That you want this as badly as I do.”

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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herding cats

I had fun with this one as well. She does do cute novellas but definitely to the point romance-wise. I enjoy them, though, for a quickie 🙂

Lily B

I might add this to my TBR for the holiday list since it’s kind of short I’m just worried because I have not caught up on this series yet


I am such a Shalvis fan, and am totally in love with this series. I liked the way Sean has changed since the first book, and I thought this was a great second chance romance.

Mary Kirkland

One of these days I’ll read one of her books.


Ohhh, I’m not usually a holiday book reader but I’m really loving the sound of this one!!! I guess it wouldn’t hurt to add this in my list since it’s a novella eh? 😉

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