Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Posted September 29, 2016 in Review / 12 Comments

Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

The Trouble with Mistletoe

Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
by Jill Shalvis
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on September 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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 ...

Holiday Fun Well Written


I’ve just read my first Jill Shalvis book.

Where have you been all my life, “Jill Shalvis books”?

Oops, there’s one sitting on my bookshelf, unread.  Dammit.


I am now a huge fan of Ms. Shalvis’ humor and romance.  Her characters are obvious AND clueless at the same time.  They speak their minds most of the time and the funniest characters hold nothing back.  Case in point, a conversation between our book’s hero and his assistant:



She stared at him, eyes suspiciously shiny, and Keane stilled.  “What are you doing?”

She tilted her head up and stared at the ceiling, blinking rapidly.  “Nothing.”…

Oh, Jesus.  “You’re … crying?”

“Well, it’s all your fault!” she burst out with.  “You’re being sweet and it’s my time of the month!”

He wasn’t equipped for this.  “First of all, I’m not even close to sweet.  And second, I bought you stuff for that, it’s in the hall bathroom.”

“See?” she sobbed and tossed up her hands.  “Sweet.



Enough about the assistant!  What about his romantic counterpart?!?!  Let me tell you, I loved Willa Davis, Keane’s total downfall packaged in cute red hair and sweet Christmas decorations, minus Santa Claus (don’t ask).

When Keane Winters, a contractor who flips homes for a living, gets “stuck” helping his estranged aunt by cat sitting her “deranged” kitty, he needs to find someone to watch the cat for him while he works or suffer the consequences of an unhappy cat alone all day in an empty house.

If you can imagine it, the damage this cat does is worse.

So Keane stops in a local pet store / boutique that he walks by frequently, hoping they can board the cat for a day.  When he gets the cold shoulder treatment from the shop owner, Willa Davis, Keane is confused.  Little does he REMEMBER that he knew her back in high school.  Guys are so simple sometimes…  But guys almost always want the girl who is hard to get.  Or in this case, she is also completely intriguing and entrancing to Keane.

I love these types of stories!  The guy has no time and no feelings to spare for a relationship.  The girl has been burned too many times and needs to protect her heart.  It’s a tug of war!  Who’s going to win??  Love, you idiots!!!

Yup, I’m a sap!  And Ms. Shalvis writes the best sap!

This story has a smart, character-driven plot that sees both characters grow by the end of the book.  Well-written romance and sex scenes that lack nothing, I was impressed!  And yes, I do know that previous sentence was a fragment…  meh.

For those that read the first book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, you’ll enjoy getting caught up with all the same characters from book one… at least I think so.  Since I didn’t read it, Ms. Shalvis didn’t make me feel left out of the “family”.  I caught on to all the friends’ dynamics super quick.  So quick that I’m sitting on my hands trying not to read the other Christmas-themed story coming out soon, One Snowy Night, but I’m saving it for the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon.

And then…. duh duh duh….  Elle and Archer’s story!  Can I get a well-manicured hi-five?!!!

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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12 responses to “Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

    • Her books are “banter-filled” fun. I think you’d like one! There’s a novella out on Edelweiss that you could read to see if you like her!!! (hint, hint) 🙂

    • I actually got a book of her’s signed at BEA and it took me this long to read her, even after Geeky’s been reading and reviewing them forever!! They have puppies in them!!!! 🙂

    • I know, right?!?! I’m really behind on some really established romance authors. I’m so glad I’ve read her finally, though!!! Did you get the novella, too??