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The Trouble with Mistletoe

(Heartbreaker Bay #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  7,199 ratings  ·  1,042 reviews
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’
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Avon
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Heather Kendall They all have the same characters but I've been reading some of them out of order. I listen to the audio versions and picked up a bunch of random book…moreThey all have the same characters but I've been reading some of them out of order. I listen to the audio versions and picked up a bunch of random books so I didn't realize it was a different series initially since Jill has many. I am now listening to this book. I listened to them mostly out of order - I listened to them in the following order 1, 3, 2.5 novella, 4.5 novella, 4, 5. Now listening to 2. I prefer to read in order but don't know you really have to. (less)

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Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it


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.

Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!!!


I was in the mood for a holiday story since I hadn’t read one yet this year. After seeing the preview for the new film,The Trouble with Mistletoe, I decided this would be the holiday book I would read. And of course, the day after I finished the book I watched the film! I have to say, the film was very good and even though it left out a few things, it was close to the book! I LOVED the guy they chose to play Keane. Overall, this was a fun, sweet, and sexy Christmas story! I’ve not rea
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Trouble With Mistletoe is book two in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by Edelweiss, Avon Publishing and by Jill Shalvis.

Jill Shalvis is one of those authors that just takes me to my happy place. Her books aren’t too angsty, the perfect mix of silly, cute, sweet, with a little bit of heartbreak. This book was no exception. She had me by page five. I was already completely in love.

Doggie Wedding:

Willa Davis did not have a
Stacey is Sassy

Trouble…depends who’s under the mistletoe with you.

***4.5 Stars***

Did you see my new header? I was inspired after reading The Trouble with Mistletoe, to be honest. The inspiration (to share the P & P quote) wasn’t because Keane was arrogant and proud, far from it. I was inspired because of the struggle, the mutual admiration and the ardent feelings that could not be denied. I just finished another Jill Shalvis love story that made me laugh, sniffle, snort and blush. She really is my go to author
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

It’s just that you’re always so . . .”

Le swoon. *Happy sigh*

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jill Shalvis books are my happy place. Her stories never fail to give me the warm and fuzzies and a huge case of the happy feels. They're romantic, swoony, sweet, sexy, and yet never cheesy. They're the perfect feel good romance with none of the craziness and yet they'll keep me reading well into the night with a happy smile on my face. I just love them.
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Happy Release Day!!!

Jill Shalvis is one of the best contemporary romance authors out there and her stories are fun, poignant, sexy, and always, always leave me wanting more. Whether we're in Lucky Harbor, Cedar Ridge, or Heartbreaker Bay, I never, ever want to leave!

Willa Davis is an awesome woman! She's caring, selfless, compassionate... but she can hold a grudge like nobody's business, which she does against Keane Winters, the jock who stood her up the night of her first highschool dance (year
What an adorable story! I loved all of these characters when I first met them in Sweet Little Lies and I loved catching up with them in this book. This is a group of characters that you just can't help but love every single one of them and want to see them get their HEA.

The Trouble with Mistletoe follows Willa and her high school crush, as in heart crusher, Keane. She was a shy teen and the fact that Keane stood her up for the school dance follows her around, but for Keane he doesn't even remem
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'Animal Magnetism' Stars!

I am mentally kicking myself for not reading more of Jill’s books right now! It’s been a while since I read my first book by hers and I definitely remember enjoying it. So I don’t know exactly why I waited so much time to read another one of her novels. As you can imagine, I decided to read this one because this week PassionFlix is releasing the movie and I had to read this baby first. And man.. I am so glad because I freaking adored it!

The Trouble with Mistletoe is a
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 - "Best present ever." Stars!

There is always one thing that you can guarantee when you pick up a Jill Shalvis book, and that is you will be entertained from start to finish.

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We met Willa Davis as a secondary character in the first book from the Heartbreaker Bay series; Sweet Little Lies and it was apparent from her interactions with t
Bindi Boo
4 stars

Sweet, light, Christmas-sy read with no drama. Willa and Keane dance around their feelings and intense attraction as they try and sort out their emotions and fear of falling in love. There's a bonus bit as the heroine deals with adorable dogs and cats.
Overall, a worth your time read
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-4, christmas
Contractor Keene and pet shop owner Willa knew each other in high school, when she asked him on a date… and he was a no show. Ouch. So now, 10 years later when he shows up with an ill-tempered Siamese cat in tow, looking for a pet-sitter, it’s no wonder he gets a frosty reception. Of course, he doesn’t remember her AT ALL, which just makes this more fun.

This was a cute romance. Romance cuteness is five hearts. Puppy and kitten adorability (I am such a sucker for animal scenes) is five Siamese c
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts

Pet shop owner Willa Davis and house renovator Keane Winters become a factor in each other’s lives when he’s entrusted to care for his aunts crazy, much loved cat and chooses to enlist the help of a cat sitter. What he doesn’t realise is that Willa and he have met before, he has no recollection whilst Willa still owns the scars. The reader soon discovers that Keane was not so gentlemanly at high school and left a hurtful mark on our heroine.

Conflict, commitment issues, attraction and sexy one n
“Maybe I’ve already died and gone o heaven.”
She lifted her head with a smile. “You think this is heaven?”
“You’re touching and kissing me,” he said. “So yeah. I think this is heaven.”

I really loved the sweet and sassy Willa who is the proud owner of South Bark Mutt Shop. Her years in foster care taught her that love wasn’t for her, but it hasn’t kept her from giving all of her heart to her friends and the animals she takes care of. I loved how giving she was, how vulnerable she was e

Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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This is such a great story! I haven't read a lot of books written by Jill Shalvis yet but everyone that I have picked up so far has been really good. This series is the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series but it would be great as a stand alone novel. This was one of those books that just put a smile on my face while I was reading it because the story was just delightful.

One of the things that I really love about this series is the wond
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Jill Shalvis is synonymous with heartfelt touching romance and once again she writes a love story that easily sweeps readers hearts with The Trouble With Mistletoe. Shalvis turned up the holiday heat as she mixes up a story that was both naughty and a whole lot of nice. As always, Jill sophisticatedly writes a story that allows readers to see and feel the connection of the hero and heroine. Basically, reading a Jill Shalvis book is li
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'The Trouble with Mistletoe' by Jill Shalvis is book two in the "Heartbreaker Bay" series. I have yet to read the previous book so for me this was a standalone book. This is the story of Willa Davis and Keane Winters.
Willa has sworn off men since she has been having a bad run of it. Willa is putting her time into her pet shop business. That is where she meets Keane again. Keane doesn't seem to remember her from school where he stood her up at a dance. So Willa already knows that he isn't someon
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Willa Davis is a 27 yr. old gorgeous independent woman living & working in the Cow Hollow district in San Francisco. She loves animals & owns a pet store called the South Bark Mutt Shop. After growing up on & off in the foster system she doesn't really have much of a family. What she does have is amazing friends. These friends have become her family & she loves them dearly.

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Willa hasn't had the greatest luck with men or relationships in the past, so a while
Geri Reads
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another winner from Jill Shalvis. I will never get tired of reading feel-good romances. Never. And The Trouble with Mistletoe is a wonderful example of a feel-good romance.

The second book off of Jill Shalvis' Heartbreaker Bay series follows the story of Willa, wrangler of puppies and Keane, beleaguered temporary cat owner and hotshot developer. They have a sort of unpleasant history between them that affected Willa a lot but was a non-event for Keane.

The relationship between Keane and Willa dev
Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF 180 pages in...

This sweet/cheesy holiday romance just ain't my thing. My first Shalvis, I'll try another by her at a later date...

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Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Things that make me happy: Jill Shalvis. Jill Shalvis makes me happy. lol

The Trouble with Mistletoe was a laugh out loud, warm the heart, can't wait for Christmas read. I loved the characters, their foibles, the circle of friends and the grumpy cat that tortured the hero. So much fun!

So the quick of it is that Willa owns a pet shop and one day man shows up at the door with a cat from hell in his hands and in desperate need
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As we all know, I will read anything by Jill Shalvis, sight and synopsis unseen.

This has officially become my favorite Jill book. I loved Willa and Keane. They're both such good people. She warm and takes in strays. He's cocky and a bit stand off-ish. Together they're funny and banter-y, and the chemistry is off the charts. I love love love this group of characters, so it was fun to see Pru and Finn from the first book. But my favorites are Elle and Archer and I really need their book.

Yes, of co
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
3.5 Solid Stars.

I was super excited when The Trouble with Mistletoe showed up in my mail box. I recently fell in love with Shalvis and her writing and was really looking forward to her new series. The fact that this book had the promise of holidays written all over it was a huge bonus, I am a sucker for holiday books.

Jill introduces us to Willa, an owner of a pet shop and Keane Winter's - a man who stood her up at a high school prom and is not knocking on her door to cat sit.

Willa is butt hurt t
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jill Shalvis is one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance and she hit another home run in her new Heartbreaker Bay series with The Trouble With Mistletoe.

I really enjoyed The Trouble With Mistletoe and I cannot wait for the rest of the characters to get their HEAs. A couple of them have been hinted at and it will be fun to see them all fall in love and no doubt Jill Shalvis will give us some funny and sexy times in the following books set in her Heartbreaker Bay series.

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The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis is a 2016 Avon publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Jill Shalvis has written an engaging story with witty dialogue, sprinkled with humor and a dash of that special holiday spirit.

Willa, grew up in foster care, due to having an alcoholic mother, who couldn’t keep herself together. But, now,Willa runs her own pet shop, has a few close friends, and helps other girls caught up in t
nick (the infinite limits of love)

This series by Jill Shalvis is easily turning out to be a favorite. I adored Sweet Little Lies and I was very eager to dive into The Trouble With Mistletoe. I thought this was even better than the first book. This is the kind of book that has you smiling all throughout and in the end, leaves you with warm, light and fuzzy feelings.

Willa, with her adorable little pet shop, made me so happy. I loved being inside her head and getting to know her throughout the book. She had a cheerful personality a
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3+ "Commitment Fobe" Stars!

Well, this story was definitely on the plus side of okay. It actually wasn't bad at all. It's three stars from me for two reasons:

1. Willa and Keane kept taking turns being scared or emotionally not ready for commitment for one reason or the other... First it's him, then it's her, then it's him and back to her and so on and so forth... I did like both of them though and I wanted them to work their situation out. Also I liked all the side characters.

2. I've been looking
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun book. I enjoyed the storyline and of course the animals.

But most of all I liked the community that they surrounded themselves with. Such a wonderful group of women who became friends.
4.5 stars

What a heartwarming and entertaining read The Trouble with Mistletoe turned out to be, I loved it!

From the first page I was drawn in, loved the characters and the storyline was just what I was in the mood for. My interest was held from start to end and I read it in one sitting.

Willa and Keane were wonderful characters that you couldn't help but fall in love with and be entertained by them and their antics. Some serious swooning went down watching these two connect and fall in love.


Gretchen  (About That Story)
Witty and entertaining is just what I needed and I totally got it! This story was absolutely charming and put me I a ridiculously good mood, I loved every single second!

Wonderful story with likable characters. There was a light, fun vibe happening that made it incredibly enjoyable to read. It was extremely well written and engaging. I found myself chuckling and smiling the majority of the time as I learned about Willa and Keane. Willa and Keane are just so sweet and sincere and I loved seeing t
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 300-399-pages
The Trouble with Mistletoe was the second book in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis.

Willa Davis was the quirky and funny owner of South Bark Mutt Shop in San Francisco. She grew up in the foster system and although she believed in forever love, she couldn't see it for herself.

Keane Winters was the gorgeous contractor that flipped old properties, restoring them to their natural beauty. He believed he was unemotional and only believed in what lasted for the here and now; everything was t
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“Who’s a good boy,” Willa was saying to the dog in a light, silly voice that had the dog panting happily into her face.

“That’s right,” she cooed, “you are, aren’t you? Aren’t you a good boy?”

“Well I don’t like to brag,” Keane said, leaning against the doorjamb. “But I do have my moments.”
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