Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Source:  Received a copy in exchange for a fair and honest 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 loved this book.  It's adorable and a great holiday read.  

The second book in the series, this one can stand alone.  At the core of this series is a close group of friends are always there for each other, no matter what.  This book told Willa's story but all the gang was there to help her through the craziness that is her life and the struggle she has to accept love.

Keane was the sexy jock in high school that Willa had a wild crush on.  His life appeared to be totally put together...*cough* don't believe that though.  Willa on the other hand came from foster care and literally had nothing.  Yeah, he doesn't remember her.  Nothing.  He's got nothing.  BUT once you understand him, you'll get why.  But it does make for an interesting way for them to start off.  She has some serious attitude going and he's majorly confused.  Of course, a cat brings them together. 

And I do love PITA (not her real name and no I won't tell you why she's called that - gonna have to read it to find out).  PITA is the typical grumpy cat (the kind I really dislike) that will bite you without warning and leave presents in your shoes.  Poor Keane is stuck watching her for his Aunt.  And poor PITA has her whole life turned upside down.  It's adorable really.  And I ended up loving the cat.  ME?  The dog lover.  Yeah, PITA captured my heart.

So did Keane.  I fell hard for that boy.  He's a great guy and he's falling for Willa.  He never thought he would want love in his life.  He grew up with parents that didn't really want him.  They had had their children and he was a surprise they didn't much appreciate.  And trouble.  He was all trouble.  Mostly, he was in need of attention.  Now he doesn't think he needs anyones attention.  Yeah, you know what happens there, don't you!  

Together these two are struggling to figure out how to be an adult after surviving their upbringing at the same time they're trying to not fall in love with each other.  The struggle between them felt real.  It wasn't a suddenly fixed thing, they went back and forth trying to figure things out.  But I never felt the heavy angst and pain that a lot of romance books have.  This one was just real.  Two people trying to figure things out.

The group of friends and holidays made this one extra fun.  Between the wedding for the poodles, the Christmas decorations that blew up in Willa's shop and the friends meddling all the time, this book had a lot of laugh out loud moments.  I looked forward to reading time and I didn't want to stop.


Just a great read.  Don't miss this one.  

1 comment:

  1. This sounds so cute! There are so many christmas books I want to read this year!