It’s love. Trust me.
After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.
Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-term plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The perfect blend of Christmas magic and poignant drama, Wrapped Up in You satisfies the craving for holiday romance—whether or not the Hallmark movie season has started. For Ivy Snow and Kel O’Donnell, there’s nothing sweet or nostalgic about Christmas. Ivy grew up in an unstable home and left at 16, while Kel was sent to live with relatives after his mother abandoned the family. When these two loners meet, they’re yearning for something lasting, but first they need to heal from their pasts. We love that Jill Shalvis’ story addresses serious childhood trauma, keeping the true-love-under-the-mistletoe theme from feeling too syrupy.
Shalvis's faintly Christmassy eighth Heartbreaker Bay contemporary (following Playing for Keeps) comes complete with a light kiss of mystery, a healthy dose of romance, and the comfort of familiar characters. To say that Ivy Snow has issues with her family is an understatement. She's the daughter of an absentee father and lounge singer mother; her childhood was spent moving faster than she could settle in, usually dodging the police. Now she owns a food truck in the Cow Hollow district of San Francisco, and she's determined to put down roots. Kel O'Donnell is a cowboy cop from Idaho, visiting his family (and revisiting his youth) in San Francisco while on a mandated break from work. He's fighting nightmares until he meets Ivy. Her fiercely independent and prickly nature distracts him from his self-reflection and piques his chivalrous instincts. The development of non-romantic relationships alongside the romance adds delightful layers to a familiar tale, even if there's only a scant nod to the holiday festivities. Readers will enjoy this return to the small-town-in-the-big-city atmosphere that Shalvis has honed to perfection.
Love this series and this is on track with the others. Great read. Ivy and Kels are able to overcome their pasts and learn to trust each other. They have their ups and downs but their love overcomes in the end! So great!
Taco Truck for the win!
Wrapped Up In You is the latest installment in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Ms. Shalvis. Ivy has made her dream come true and owns her food truck, Taco Truck, outright and is close to finally being able to own her own home. The Taco Truck is a huge hit and business is booming for her. Kel is visiting his cousin Caleb after being injured on the job and first visits the Taco Truck when he is hungry but ends up meeting up with Ivy at the Taco Truck during a visit to one of the local pubs.
On one of the worst nights of Ivy's business life, Kel is the man that comes in to help her. Definitely not save the day since she can do that herself but this meeting ended up making Kel's visit to his cousin much more interesting.
Ivy had a difficult home life growing up and unfortunately it has come back to cause issues for her and Kel cannot resist taking his skill set and protecting what is now his. With the support of the who Heartbreaker Bay family and especially his cousin Caleb.
This is a great addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series that will keep you excited about the friends, really family, that all live there and whet your appetite for more. And really, any novel that begins with some butt- kicking (ok, kickboxing) at 6am in the morning can't be bad!
Trouble With A Capital ’T'
I probably say this with each subsequent Jill Shalvis book that I read, but I'm going to say it again. This one is absolutely my favorite of the series. And it is, so far. 😍 WRAPPED UP IN YOU was just such an enjoyable read, filled with characters and situations that had me smiling a LOT, and laughing out loud more than once. Figure in the camaraderie, the affection between family, and friends that feel like family, and two main characters that are perfect for each other, and I was absolutely in romance heaven.
Kel and Ivy had me smiling from their first fiery meeting, and, even though they might not have known it, it was clear that there was no turning back for either one of them. Sure, each of them put on an 'I'm just fine by myself, and I don't need anyone' front, but, come on, it's Jill Shalvis, and it's Heartbreaker Bay. Nobody escapes the magic of that danged Cow Hollow fountain. These two were goners before they even realized it.
I've found that the books in this series always have a little bit of everything. There's emotion, attraction, angst, and a touch of suspense, and WRAPPED UP IN YOU has its share of each. Rather than end up in a weird mishmash, each piece fits together perfectly, making for one heck of a satisfying read. This book is not only another great addition to the Heartbreaker Bay collection, but to my growing list of holiday reads. The epilogue alone is a gift that will stay with me, and the perfect ending to this heartwarming read. If you're looking for a feel-good read with a storyline that will reel you in, characters that will steal your heart, and smiles and sexiness galore, this is the book for you. Read it (and the rest of the series!) and enjoy. ❤️