Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble with Mistletoe

February 23, 2017 4 out of 5, review 1 ★★★★

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble with MistletoeTitle: The Trouble with Mistletoe
Author: Jill Shalvis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: four-stars
My Copy: ARC via Avon
Add to: Goodreads
Synopsis: 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’ve been wanting to read a Jill Shalvis book for a long time, but never had the chance and with an extensive backlist, I wasn’t sure which book to start with. When a copy of The Trouble with Mistletoe was included in an Avon Addicts package, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and I’m so glad I took the chance. This is the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, but very much reads as a standalone.

We have good character development. Willa Davis owns her own pet grooming / boarding shop called the South Bark Mutt Shop. She’s always looking out for others and making sure her friends are taken care of. She’s also not afraid to step out of her boundaries and it really shows in her work projects. Keane Winters is a man who cares about his family and is always willing to help them out. He’s a bit mysterious and as we read, we know why. I loved Keane! And we also have several secondary characters that make appearances. Furthermore, since it’s a book about a pet groomer, we have to have a few memorable pets. Hands down, Petunia the cat, stole the show!

What I adored about The Trouble with Mistletoe was the banter between Willa and Keane. I loved their backstory and I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but I’m glad Willa was understanding about what happened so long ago. I also really liked that we didn’t have any unnecessary drama especially with regards to Keane’s family and my heart ached for him! Again, I won’t go into detail, but I can only imagine at how lonely his childhood must have been. I really liked how both Willa and Keane didn’t let their childhood define who they are. Both are successful and are focused on the future.

As I mentioned earlier, this is the second book in Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Baby series and if you haven’t read the first book it’s not necessary to enjoy The Trouble with Mistletoe. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but Shalvis makes me want to visit! I loved her description of the city and I could really picture the sights and sounds. Most importantly, she made me want to be friends with Willa and company.

If you’re looking for a laugh out loud romance or looking to try a new author, I highly recommend Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble with Mistletoe!

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