Books & Spoons Review & Excerpt for 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 ...
Luscious, good-humored, and seductive story of friends, lovers, furry nightmares, one Christmas, and events that contribute to several lives changed.
This was a fun story, light and easy to read. It was a very basic romance, with lots of humorous banter, pop-culture references, and popular topics from today's world putting a time-stamp on it. I don't know if there was a too much of a try to be hip, with hashtags, Instagram references, a favorite baker Tina who used to be Tim, a heroine who has tried a lesbian relationship etc. It didn't all feel completely natural, and that made me think there's too much trying.
Keane and Willa were both characters that were not open to, and able to, fall in love- I know, my big pet peeve. Those back and forth games and mixed signals that they were both sending through the tale started to be frustrating. They both had a package they carried, rather heavy in fact and reasons for their behavior, but I grew tired of it, and the excuses Willa was giving.
There was the set up for a much more in-depth story, richer content, and hints of possibilities with side roads the story could have taken, but those detours were cruised by with high speed. And don't get me wrong, it is a good, steamy, humorous tale. If I didn't get emotionally involved, I was engaged enough to read it through, and it did make me smile several times. I am sure I'm in a minority when I say it didn't light up my Christmas lights, and I accept that.
Pita completely stole the show, and I know the cat loving romance readers are going to fall for the adorable, nightmare of a cat, or a queen, as well.
A fun story, with tons of Christmas decorations, loyal friends who always have your back and are ready to banter with you, a homeless person selling pot as mistletoe, and two people learning about love, life, and forever under the Christmas lights
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
“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?”
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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