Saturday 17 December 2016

Book Review - The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis - #CuteChristmas - Back Catalogue Books

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Title:  The Trouble With Mistletoe
Author: Jill Shalvis
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Competition Win
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 27th September 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Is it time to give him - and love - another chance?

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop, desperate to leave his great-aunt's Feline-from-Hell in someone else's capable hands. But, despite the fact that he's sure he's never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet-shop owner before, she definitely seems to be mad at him...

The last thing Willa is inclined to do is rescue a guy who doesn't even remember her. Still, she can't deny that Keane's changed since high school - but can she trust him not to break her heart again? Maybe all she can do is throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish - and let the mistletoe do its work...

Having just finished The Trouble with Mistletoe, I am sitting here trying to work out how it is I haven't ever read anything by Jill Shalvis before, and also how on earth I am every going to catch up with all of her back catalogue. Suffice to say I loved this book, and its the first romance I have read for ages where I was thoroughly hooked on the more intimate scenes and didn't just glance at them!

The last person Willa expected or wanted to see walk into her pet shop was Keane Winters. He stood her up for a Sadie Hawkins dance in high school, and she has never forgiven him. Keane however doesn't appear to remember her, or know why she is upset. Willa though is persuaded to look after his great aunt's cat for the day. 

Petunia (or Pita) is the sort of cat that seems to love Willa instantly, but is a devil cat for Keane, who is minding it for his great aunt.  A lot of the funniest moments are courtesy of not just Petunia but also a few of the other animals that are minded in the pet shop. 

In fact I loved Willa's workplace, and she has a great eye for business and making money from pet owners. I loved the ideas of 100+ guest doggy weddings, and also photo opportunities for pets with Santa. Willa is actually Christmas mad, and loves decorating, and wants to spread Christmas cheer everywhere, including to the most unexpected of people, which makes me love her more. 

The Trouble With Mistletoe was a really easy to read and fun story, where although you know what the overall outcome is likely to be, the journey to get there doesn't always go as you may thing. I loved everything about Willa, from her close group of friends, to her love of animals, I felt for her troubled childhood, and was rooting for her throughout. 

This was a highly enjoyable story that felt quite Christmassy, as well as having some wonderful sex scenes that were hot and steamy. 

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