Jill Shalvis does it again with this sweet, adorable, heartwarming story! She’s one of my go to authors when I’m in the mood for a good contemporary romance, her stories always making me smile, swoon and fall in love not only with the main characters, but with the supporting ones as well. ‘The Trouble with Mistletoe’, the second installment in the series like the previous installment was well written, entertaining, touching and definitely one of the best holiday romance I’ve read so far.
“…he wrapped his fingers around her wrist, the one still holding the sprig of mistletoe, and raised it slowly up the wall until it was above her head, held to the wall by both of them. (…) Moaning, she dropped the mistletoe and tugged her hand free to grip the front of his shirt with two fists. She was still holding tight when he lifted his head.
It’s the damn mistletoe, she whispered.”
Willa Davis is the owner of South Bark Mutt Shop. Growing-up in foster care, her life wasn’t always easy. She knows she’s is lucky to have a business she loves, a lovely home and a group of friends who loves her and support her no matter what. She’s sweet and kind and loves to help not only animals, but other people who grew-up like her in foster care too. Willa can’t believe her eyes when her high school crush, who years ago broke her heart comes into her shop. He seems different, less arrogant so she decides to help the poor man even if she still didn’t forget how humiliated once upon a time he made her feel.
“I’m starting to think you’re a little like that chocolate bar I keep in my fridge for emergencies.
Bad for me.”
Keane Winters needs to get to work so he’s desperate to find someone to take care Petunia aka Pita, his great-aunt’s Siamese moody cat. The pet shop owner is willing to take care of Pita, even if for some reason she seems mad at him. He never seen the woman before (or so he thinks), so he doesn’t understand her almost hostile attitude towards him. But despite that, Keane can’t deny how sweet and attractive Willa is.
They become friends…eventually, but their friendship blossoms into something more, something casual at first. As time passes both of them realize how much happiness they bring into each other’s lives, slowly starting to want something more than casual with the other.
“He made her ache and yearn and burn. She’d told him that he was in, and she meant it. Like it or not, he was definitely in her heart.”
If you liked the first installment in the series, you will love this one! In my opinion this one was better than the first which btw I enjoyed it very much. Once again, Mrs. Shalvis’s storytelling was stellar and her writing so well done and engaging. I love the pace of the story. IMO was perfect for a contemporary romance. Nothing felt rushed, the plot was well developed and the sweetness and sexiness were perfectly balanced.
I loved the two main characters. Both of them were well developed and so endearing. Willa was a heroine I loved from the moment I met in the previous book in the series. I loved her joyfulness, her big heart, her loyalty. I loved the relationship she has with her employees and also with her friends. She was kind, sweet and one of the most thoughtful heroine I’ve read about in a while. Needless to say she was pretty perfect and I think many readers will enjoy her character. Keane was also a fantastic hero and perfect for Willa. He was so sweet and so swoony at times and I loved the way he treated out heroine with some much care and consideration. He figures out from the beginning was special Willa is and from the moment he gets to know her better he starts having…emotions, deep emotions, something very unusual for him.
The way the relationship between these two progressed was fantastically done. Nothing felt rushed and everything was believable. These two together were sweet and sexy (btw the sexual tension and chemistry between them were really, really well done) and pure and simple adorable together. I also loved the honesty between them!
The supporting characters were once again really great – vividly portrayed and so engaging. I love the friendship between them, the easy banter, the love they had for each other. I’m dying to read the next installment in the series, Elle and Archer’s story!
Overall, a great, delightful read!