ARC Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe

September 22, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

ARC Review: The Trouble with MistletoeThe Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay, #2) by Jill Shalvis
Published by Avon on September 27th 2016
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Also by this author: Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay, #1), One Snowy Night (Heartbreaker Bay, #2.5), Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3)
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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.

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 ...

I didn’t like this one nearly as much as Sweet Little Lies, but this was still a pretty decent romance as a whole. I thought that Willa and Keane were such a cute couple, just felt like the angst went a little too far at times. This new series by Jill Shalvis hasn’t let me down so far yet, so I’m definitely eager to read more of these stories. I’ve been looking forward to reading Archer and Elle’s story since the first book, so I can’t wait to read it next! I recommend this series to romance readers who love small town stories with quirky supporting characters.

Willa was a character who immediately fascinated me in Sweet Little Lies. We could tell that she was a caring and loving friend from the start, who also worked way too hard. Anyway, it was awesome to learn even more about her upbringing and just her personality in general. I loved how seriously she took Christmas. Seriously though, this girl took Christmas spirit to an entirely new level. Once we learned more about her relatively crappy childhood, it made sense why decorating her business completely and taking the holiday ridiculously seriously was so important to her. I wouldn’t say that Willa is my favorite female character by any means, but she was still very well written and I thought her story was mostly pretty well done.

Keane was a super swoony guy from the beginning. I’m not sure I believe that he was so serious about Willa right from the start if he was known for being a playboy, but he was still a well developed character for the most part. He had a lot less baggage going on than Willa, he was fully (for the most part) involved in the relationship, while she was still partially holding back. I’ll admit that he wasn’t the most interesting and swooniest book boyfriend, but he was still a classic Jill Shalvis guy, which is a true compliment.

For the most part, the romance was a decent one. However, I did have some problems with the heavy drama going on. I absolutely can’t stand it when the couples are unable to be together and happy for more than a couple of pages before the major conflict pops up and momentarily ruins everything. I get that drama is inevitable, but in my opinion, there is something as TOO much and that was the case here. When they actually were together though, things were on the steamy side. There wasn’t too much sex or not enough sex, I felt like the author found a happy balance. I liked the romance, but I can’t say that I loved it.

All in all, this was a fun romance that I’m glad that I read. Jill Shalvis is still a fairly new to me author. Sweet Little Lies was the first book of hers that I ever read. I’m glad that I continued reading because she writes awesome romances and I love how she has dogs in her books as well. Willa is the definition of a pet person, and that was my favorite thing about her for sure! So the point is, I’m officially a Shalvis fan, right along with so many contemporary romance lovers out there.

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