Posted September 19, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis: ReviewThe Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Published by Avon Books
Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

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 ..




Jill Shalvis is one of those authors whose books are an auto-read for me. I always start her books with a smile on my face because I know that I will enjoy them and THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE is no different. It’s cute, sweet and heartwarming. Plus it’s my first Christmas-themed book of the year, so double fun for me. 

Willa Davis has created her own little happy place in her thriving pet shop and her friends round out her life in a good way. Until Keane Winters walks into her shop and brings with him memories of his rejection of her in high school and her unhappy past. While this Keane is charming and attractive, can she get past her dislike of him and get to know the adult he has become?

Keane Winters does not plant roots anywhere by design, but the more time he spends around Willa and her friends, the more he desires some permanence. But can he get over his own past and his own reservations?

Don’t you sometimes wish you could talk some sense into your teenage self? May be even your adult self.  That’s what I thought with this book, that sometimes what we see may not be the whole picture but we get so wrapped up in our issues that we can’t see beyond them. Something that’s true for both Willa and Keane. They both have similar pasts, growing up without the love of their parents and have both avoided long term commitment, except for friendships. But can Keane stop moving long enough to plant roots and can Willa bring down the walls she built to protect herself?

I enjoyed this book so much, just as expected. Great characters, lighthearted and fun dialogue, enjoyable friendships and explosive chemistry all add to make this a very entertaining read. One thing that stands out for me is that even someone who isn’t an animal lover can’t help but feel mushy at the ways she makes them an integral part of her stories.

If you want a book to set the right tone for the coming holiday season, I think this is the right one.



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 visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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