The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
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 . . .**
New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
“You want to come upstairs, Willa?”
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“You want to come upstairs, Willa?”
What she wanted was to put her hands back on his chest now that she knew it was as hard as it looked. Instead she gripped either side of her seat with white knuckles. “Of course not.”
“I think you do. I think you want something else too.”
“What I want,” she said as coolly as she could, “is dinner as promised.”
“Liar,” he chided softly.
“Well that’s just rude, calling your date a liar.”
“So it is a date.” His tone was very male and very smug. It should’ve pissed her off but instead it did something hot and erotic to her insides.
Clearly knowing it, he smiled at her and then dragged his teeth over his lower lip as he contemplated her.
Gah. She wanted to do that. And she wanted to do more too. She wanted him shockingly badly and suddenly she couldn’t remember why she shouldn’t. She tried to access her thought processes on the subject but her brain hiccupped and froze. Which surely was the only reason she let go of the death grip on her seat, slid her fingers into his hair, and . . . brushed her mouth over his.
He didn’t move, not a single muscle, but when she pulled back, his eyes had gone dark as night, piercing her with their intensity.
“Don’t read that the wrong way,” she whispered.
“Is there a wrong way to take it when a beautiful woman kisses you?”
I was sent the book in exchange for a honest review.
I found Jill Shalvis a couple years ago and fell head first into her Lucky Harbor series. I've been hooked ever since. When I was sent this book I was excited to read it. I had loved the first in the series and this was just as good.
Willa is one of the group we met in Pru and Finn's story. She loves her friends, they're her family. She runs a pet grooming shop and she loves the pets that she sees. She's a open hearted person, she loves people but she doesn't let them get too close. Men don't get too close at all. When Keane walks into her shop she's blindsided. Her past comes running back upon her. She means to keep him at arms length, but he gets under her skin. He runs past her defenses before she can even realize it.
Keane doesn't do attachments. His family doesn't do emotions, they're just not like that and so Keane isn't either. Recently an aunt that he knew existed but never really had any contact with has appeared in his life and dropped her beloved cat Petunia in his lap. This cat is the devil to him, she hates him. While he's working he knows he can't leave her alone, so he takes a chance that the pet groomer takes pets during the day. He likes the woman that owns the shop, she doesn't like him, or she doesn't seem like she does. One thing he knows is that he likes her and wants to see where things go with her. Something is different about her.
Willa is strong for everyone but herself. She's there for all of her friends and the kids she hires but she doesn't believe in herself. She doesn't believe she's worthy of love. I loved her though, I loved how fierce she feels everything. Keane was there for her for anything. He was freaked out by what he was feeling but he was there. This book was great! I read it so fast, for me that is the sign of a good book. It means I was so into it that I couldn't stop reading it.
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