Title: The Trouble with Mistletoe
Author: 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 . . .
“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?”
This is the first book by Jill that I have read and I really liked it. This is the second book in this series but it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first and wasn’t confused at all. Willa Davis owns a pet grooming place but they do more than groom your pets. Willa didn’t have to best childhood however instead of closing herself off she gives love freely to people and pets alike. Keane Winters didn’t have to best childhood either excerpt he did the opposite of Willa. He says he doesn’t do emotions or get attached. Willa recognizes him Keane from high school and incident she would rather forget, what makes it worse is Keane doesn’t recognize Willa. Keane needs a cat sitter bad and that’s how he winds up in Willa shop. He is sure that he has never met the gorgeous owner before but she seems to know him and be mad at him about something. She notices that Keane has changed and he has grown in to one sexy as hell man. Willa can’t keep denying the way Keane makes her feel. Keane isn’t going to give up till she tells him how she knows him. Once he does he can’t believe how they know each other. Keane finds himself wanting things he never thought he would want and Willa is the reason. Knowing that Keane doesn’t want anything permanent and doesn’t do emotions Willa accepts that they can only have a fling but that’s not what she is looking for. Both Willa and Keane grow emotionally in this book. Wil they have a chance at forever or will things get in the way? Willa and Keane have a bit of a back and forth in the book. They are both taken by surprise by their feelings for each other and have trouble voices how they feel, Willa more than Keane. She thought that she had her feelings under control and knows what she wants however when she gets it she realizes it scares her more than anything ever has. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading book one in this series as well as other books in this series that may come out in the future.
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.
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