Book Reviews

Review: ‘The Trouble with Mistletoe’ by Jill Shalvis

5 ‘Animal Magnetism’ Stars!

I am mentally kicking myself for not reading more of Jill’s books right now! It’s been a while since I read my first book by hers and I definitely remember enjoying it. So I don’t know exactly why I waited so much time to read another one of her novels. As you can imagine, I decided to read this one because this week PassionFlix is releasing the movie and I had to read this baby first. And man.. I am so glad because I freaking adored it!

The Trouble with Mistletoe is actually the second installment in the Heartbreaker Bay series but I can assure you it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first book and even though now I am extremely excited and curious to read the other stories, I followed the story easily. So, this book is Christmas themed (YAY!) and it tells the love story between Willa and Keane. Both being single, Willa with her pet shop and Keane having a new cat in his life, they reunite after not seeing each other for a while. But the thing is.. these two went to high school together but Keane does not remember Willa. So it will not be easy for him to seduce her and make her take a chance on him. But as you can imagine, the magic of them together will bring lots of love in their lives!

Yep, she was completely fulfilled.
But then she’d seen Keane Winters and something had happened, something weird and unsettling. He made her realize that she hadn’t plugged all her holes at all, that there was at least one still open and gaping inside her.

So, I can now state that The Trouble with Mistletoe is officially one of my favorite Christmas themed romances! OMG, it was SO GOOD! Jill Shalvis’ stories remind me so much of Lauren Layne’s (each with its own unique style of course!) and you all know how much I love that woman’s writing. When I am in the mood for a light, sweet but with enough heat romance, Lauren always does it for me. Well, I can now say that Jill Shalvis will be added to that list now! This book was everything I enjoy in a slow burn romance: great story, absolutely amazing main and secondary characters, lots of adorable pets and a couple with hawt chemistry!

“Okay, maybe you’re also a little irresistible,” she murmured. “It’s just that you’re always so…”

“That thing is happening again,” she whispered.
Yeah. It most definitely was. “That ‘thing’ likes you,” he said. “A lot.” 

This novel was just perfect for me. I loved the writing, I loved the characters, I loved the theme, I loved the couple. I loved absolutely EVERYTHING. Willa and Keane have a beautiful relationship. They start as a one (or two, or three) night stand but it’s fantastic to see them fall in love at the end. Their sexy chemistry will blow your minds and they are also funny and so cute together! And let me just say, I am so excited to read the other books because I just fell in love with all these characters. They are such a great crew!

“I haven’t given you your Christmas present yet.”
“What is it?” he asked.
“Best present ever.”

So yeah, now I am definitely ready to watch the movie and to read all the other stories! I have to rate The Trouble with Mistletoe with 5 STARS because, as I said, there wasn’t a thing I did not love about this novel. And these two (and their pets) surely deserved that beautiful happily ever after. I can’t wait to see Willa and Keane and all the crew come to life with the movie and I will shortly check out all the other books too because I am so ready to see all these amazing characters fall in love! So, of course, I am highly recommending to read this love story, especially if you are in the mood for something Christmasy!

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