The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

The roof! The roof! The roof is on fire…with two very aroused individuals pursuing a sexual interaction with each other under the stars. Nice!

What’s it About?


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 …

First Impressions

This book has “Hallmark Christmas Special” written all over it, and I will go toe-to-toe with anyone who says otherwise. I mean, you’ve got a pet shop, Christmas decorations up the wazoo, a quarreling couple filled to bursting with sexual tension, and enough holiday cheer to make you wanna go out and buy a cup of peppermint hot cocoa as soon as possible. And I don’t even like peppermint hot cocoa! I much prefer a shot or two of Kahlua.


Naughty or Nice

If I had to describe this book in a word, it would be “adorable”. From Willa’s rapport with her close group of friends, to her initial hatred of Keane for forgetting that he stood her up at a school dance years beforehand. Then you’ve got Keane’s dislike of his great-aunt’s cat Petunia, and it’s all presented with a light-hearted sheen you can’t help but giggle at. Be forewarned that you might look like a grinning idiot for a large portion of this book.


But don’t let the comparison to a Hallmark movie and light-heartedness fool you though! These two can be very sexually fabulous with each other. I’ve already mentioned the roof, but then they also do some naughty activities in her office, kitchen, and shower. There’s a bit of shoving up against some walls/doors, and plenty of scenes where one or the both of them has just come in from the rain. There’s no overly explicit dirty talk, but in hindsight this novel is probably too sexy for the Hallmark channel.

Holiday Whiplash

The one aspect of this novel which wasn’t my favorite was that there’s a lot of back and forth between them over whether or not to call their sexual escapades a relationship, or just a fling. At first, she’s looking for love, but he feels he’s incapable of getting attached. Then they realize he’s more than capable, which makes her hesitate to take things further. Then when she’s ready for more, the situation reverses itself once again. I’m getting whiplash here!


*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Heartbreaker Bay, book 2. There are hints of the relationship from book 1, but you can definitely read this as a stand-alone. I’ll probably keep reading this series.

Should you read it? A fun, cute read to save for the month of December. The scenes between Keane and his aunt’s cat were hilarious. It’s a sexy read as well, but towards the end of the 2nd half I did feel like the story dragged a bit. But then everything comes together at the end for an adorably cheesy ending, complete with a Christmas tree delivery.

Smut Level: Willa works in a pet shop. Pussy innuendos are basically required.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $6.99 Kindle Price. HarperCollins Publishers. 384 Pages.


Author Bio: 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,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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