New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis continues her fun, sexy new contemporary romance series with a tale of friends-to-lovers...just in time for Christmas.
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 . . .
(A standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)
Fans of Shalvis's Sweet Little Lies will surely want to pick up her second Heartbreaker Bay contemporary, which is also very accessible to new readers. The series's cuddliness factor is amped up to 11 with redheaded Willa Davis and her San Francisco pet store, South Bark Mutt Shop. Willa's single and happy that way; she gets her daily dose of love from half a dozen eight-week-old golden retriever pups and the other lost animal souls she tends. Then handsome Keane Winters, a man from her past, shows up with Petunia, a Siamese cat he's nicknamed Pita because she's a pain in the ass. Pita is his great-aunt's pet, and he needs all the cat counseling he can get, but Willa, Christmas spirit notwithstanding, would just as soon he seek it elsewhere. Willa's a gem, Keane's a hunk tool belt and all and the two spar as only Shalvis's characters can, fighting a losing battle against the powers of mutual attraction and the holiday season.
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This book was great as are all the Heartbreaker Bay books. This one truly captivated me. I love Jill Shalvis’s characters and Willa and Keane are no exception. They truly have heart.
I so loved this book! I had seen the movie version and truly enjoyed it, so I wanted to read the book. Books are usually better and this was exactly the case.
Willa and Keane are both stubborn and afraid of being connected to someone. Keane doesn’t “get attached”—it’s not his family way. While Willa is full of love for the animals she takes care of and her friends/family, she is afraid of committing to a guy because when she’s invested in relationships before, she’s been severely burned. Yet there is this pull between them that is practically combustible and definitely irresistible.
A wonderful holiday, or any day, story.
Great fun Story!
I like to pick one Christmas story to read at the holiday and I picked this one. Boy am I glad. This book was typical Jill Shalvis...great characters...great story....great happy ending!
Willa Davis owns a pet shop and is one of the sweetest, nicest people anyone knows. So imagine her surprise when Keane Winters comes to her shop with a pink bedazzled cat carrier asking for help and doesn't even recognize her, even though he broke her heart back in high school.
Keane is at his wits end. His great aunt asked him to watch her crazy, possessed cat. He tried taking her to work that didn't work out too well so now he is begging for help, even offering to pay more than normal. Keane tends to spend all of his time working and not into relationships. An occasional hookup is all he needs. What he did not expect was to be drawn to Willa and her brightness.
After spending some time together, Willa starts to realize that Keane is not like the guy he was in high school. When she confronts him about actually knowing her, she finds out something that she never really knew. Her light is helping to remove his darkness in life and they start to realize that they could be good together.
I just adored all of Willa's friends. They were such a hoot! I loved how protective they were of her. I really enjoyed the ride Willa and Keane went on to get to their happy ending. This story had wonderful characters, a great story and a happy ever after that will tug at your heart!