Blog Tour: The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

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Welcome to blog tour for Jill Shalvis’ book THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE! This is the second book in her Heartbreaker series, an adorable series set in San Francisco with a wonderful group of friends!

Scroll on down for a teaser, excerpt, and the giveaway!

PS. I loved the first book Sweet Little Lies (here’s my review!).

Blog Tour: The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill ShalvisThe Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2
Published by Avon on September 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars

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 ...

Review:

Welcome back to Heartbreaker Bay where there’s adorable animals, fantastic friends, and cheeky cute couples! This one features our sweet pet store owner, Willa, who’s set on being man-free, but of course love doesn’t take no for an answer! Keane Winters shows up at her pet store with his aunt’s cat Petunia (or Pita short for Pain in the Ass as he calls her, ha) and all his charm and despite Willa’s protest, they’re a pretty adorable couple.

Willa actually spends a lot of the time trying to deny their undeniable chemistry. Which makes it extra awesome when she does fall head over heels. And it’s pretty fun to see Keane really amp up the charm in an attempt to win her over.

“I’m starting to think you’re a little like that chocolate bar I  keep in my fridge for emergencies.”

“Irresistible?”

“Bad for me.”

I liked their relationship because it really grows as they both grow. Willa is wary of Keane’s ability to make deep bonds and Willa’s tough childhood has left her struggling to trust someone with her heart, despite caring deeply, or maybe because of it. Keane ends up works hard to build that trust with Willa which makes him that more awesome. I especially love Keane’s change in heart with Pita (which only steals more of Willa’s heart). I love their talks (aka. Keane trying to reason with her).

“Look, I know you’re unhappy about all this, but we’re stuck with each other for now.”

She did more of that non-blinking.

“How about this,” he said. “I promise to do the best I can, and in return you promise to stop taking a dump in my shoes.”

Pita turned her back to him.

Like the previous book, the friendships continue to be wonderful. I just love how much the gang is always there for Willa. May it be to lend an ear, be protective or to kick her butt in gear a little bit. Elle is still queen sass!

“I’m on a diet.”

“Me too.” Elle said. “It’s a fuel diet. I eat whatever’s going to fuel my soul and tonight that’s going to be pizza.”

Overall, The Trouble with Mistletoe is a sweet Christmas cheer kind-of-read! It wraps you up in that warm fuzzy feeling of happiness and love. I loved Willa and Keane’s spark and their banter and I’m excited for more of Heartbreaker Bay!

“It’s the damn mistletoe,” she whispered.

He let out a low laugh. “Babe, it’s not the mistletoe.”

{*Thanks to Avon & Edelweiss for providing the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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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 click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

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EXCERPT

A guy stood on the other side of the glass, mouth grim, expression dialed to Tall, Dark and Attitude-ridden. He was something too, all gorgeous and broody and –hold up. There was something familiar about him, enough that her feet propelled her forward out of pure curiosity. When it hit her halfway to the door, she froze, her heart just about skidding to a stop.

“Keane Winters,” she murmured, lip curling like she’d just eaten a black licorice. She hated black licorice. But she was looking at the only man on the planet who could make her feel all puckered up as well as good about her decision to give up men.

In fact, if she’d only given them up sooner, say back on the day of the Sadie Hawkins dance in her freshman year of high school when he’d stood her up, she’d have saved herself a lot of heartache in the years since.

On the other side of the door, Keane shoved his mirrored sunglasses to the top of his head, revealing dark chocolate eyes that she knew could melt when he was amused or feeling flirtatious, or turn to ice when he was so inclined.

They were ice now.

Catching her gaze, he lifted a cat carrier. A bright pink bedazzled carrier.

He had a cat.

Her entire being wanted to soften at this knowledge because that meant on some level at least he had to be a good guy, right?

Luckily her brain clicked on, remembering everything, every little detail of that long ago night. Like how she’d had to borrow a dress for the dance from a girl in her class who’d gleefully lorded it over her, how she’d had to beg her foster mother to let her go, how she’d stolen a Top Ramen from the locked pantry and eaten it dry in the bathroom so she wouldn’t have to buy both her dinner and his, as was custom for the “backward” dance.

“We’re closed,” she said through the still locked glass door.

Not a word escaped his lips. He simply raised the cat carrier another inch, like he was God’s gift.

And he had been. At least in high school.

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four-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

12 Replies to “Blog Tour: The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis”

  1. They really were a fun couple together. Glad you enjoyed them too! And yes on all the friends. It’s a good group for sure 😀

    1. Agree! I can’t for all of them to have their HEA 🙂

  2. Awww this sounds like a really cute and fluffy Christmas romance! Thank you for sharing and great review, Cyn!

    1. It’s a great holiday read 😀 Thanks, Jeann!

  3. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

    1. You’re welcome (:

  4. YES!! I love how you included all those quotes from the books because those really tell more about how awesomely funny Ms. Shalvis is! Great point about how she writes cozy, friend-centered books. Great for the upcoming cold, sitting on my couch, vegging season 😉 Great review!!!!!!!!!! I wish I had seen the tour to do it b/c that excerpt you shared is perfect 🙂

    1. Thanks! It was hard to pick which quotes to share! I’m definitely enjoying the friendships!

  5. This book is everywhere! I haven’t read anything by this author, though I have Sweet Little Lies. Tis the season already – I always forget how quickly Christmas creeps up on us. 😀

    Wonderful post, Cyn!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Oh, I hope you enjoy Sweet Little Lies! That was her first book I tried and I’m hooked, haha. Christmas always feels like it’s too far away or it’s right here, right now :p
      Thanks, Alyssa!

  6. Traditions or superstitions that we do on a daily basis would be having our ceremonies at certain times of the year.

  7. Hmm.. traditions? I guess they’re mostly cultural and family-related. 🙂

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