Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Heartbreaker Bay Novel
Format: Hardcover; 304 pages
Publisher: Avon (September 27, 2016)
Author's Website: http://jillshalvis.com/
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am also an Avon Addict which means I love the books that Avon publishes enough to volunteer to read as many ARCs and books as they can send my way. So you'll be seeing a lot of books reviewed by me from this publisher. Please note, however, that if I don't like a book, it will be truthfully reflected by a low rating.
Willa Davis doesn't have the best luck when it comes to men so she's put herself on the ultimate no-man diet. Indefinitely. When a tall drink of water, Keane Winters, comes into her shop, she's determined to ignore his sexy, flirtatious advances. Armed with the memory of his having stood her up for a date in high school, she's positive she can ignore the situation, but when he ups the charm she finds herself in old familiar territory, and a kiss under the mistletoe seems to like it can lead to nothing but trouble...
'He caught her at her door and pushed her up against it. He had no idea if they were going to push their limits or what, but he wanted her to think of him after he walked away. To that end, he wrapped his fingers around her wrist, the one still holding the spring of mistletoe, and raised it slowly up the wall until it was above her head, held to the wall by both of them.Sometimes, however, trouble can be a good thing...
Then he lowered his head and brushed her mouth with his. And then--to torture them both--again.
Moaning she gripped the front of his shirt in two fists and held tight. She was still holding tight when he lifted his head.
"It's the damn mistletoe," she whispered.
He let out a low laugh. "Babe, it's not the mistletoe."'
Willa Davis collects hearts and souls like some women collect shoes. Growing up in foster care, she was a little short on family, and so, over the years, she's created her own from those she's found here and there. She's generous, big-hearted, and wears her heart on her sleeve. I adored watching her trying to resist the ever growing attraction between her and Keane. The heat between them was scorching hot and if anyone deserved a happy ending it was Willa.
At first Keane seemed like someone Willa should definitely stay away from, but as we get to know him, we find out the two have a lot in common. He isn't how he first appeared, and there is more to him and his story then we first know. He turns out to be a deliciously swoon worthy choice for Willa, and it didn't take long before he ultimately won both Willa and me over.
I couldn't help but give this one 5 our of 5 roses. A lighthearted, sweet, fun and sexy read that had me laughing, smiling, and wanting more. I highly recommend this one. If you want to know why Ms. Shalvis is on the best seller's list, pick this one up and give it a try. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.