Monday, October 31, 2016

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Avon
Date of publication: September 2016

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Trouble with Mistletoe is a wonderful sequel to Sweet Little lies.  This one is Willa's story.  Willa spent her childhood in and out of foster care and has spent a lot of her life thinking she can't love or be loved.  Keane is the guy who crushed her heart in high school, but Willa can't seem to say no when he needs a cat sitter.

While I ultimately liked Willa and Keane together, there was one thing that kept driving me nuts.  Willa's commitment phobia got a little old and drawn out after a while and I just wanted to shake her. Thankfully, she had a bunch of friends who helped her see the truth about herself.  That she was worthy of love and could already love.  Keane was just too sweet.  Even though he didn't grow up in a loving family, he has grown up to become a giving caring man.  I loved watching Keane's relationship his aunt's cat go from tense and tentative to caring.   It was really cute.

Rory's and Max's story is coming up in a novella, One Snowy Night comes out in November.  I can't wait to read that one!

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