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Heartbreaker Bay #5

About That Kiss

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When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.

349 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published January 23, 2018

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Jill Shalvis

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Multiple New York Times and USA Today 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 … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Her newest Sunrise Cove novel, THE SWEETHEART LIST, is out now, and THE BRIGHT SPOT comes out in January!

Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning novels wherever books are sold. Visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and fun blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Profile Image for Carol [Goodreads Addict].
2,428 reviews24.8k followers
January 21, 2018
About That Kiss is book five in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. This book…this series! I’ve loved it from the start but this one just might be my favorite. Or do I think that after every book?

About That Kiss - Jill Shalvis

Kylie Masters is a very talented wood worker. She is working for her long time friend, Gib at Reclaimed Woods. Kylie never knew her Dad and her Mom was more interested in her long string of boyfriends, so Kylie was raised by her Grandfather who was also a well known wood worker. He taught her everything she knew but he died in a fire a few years ago and Kylie still misses him every day.

female woodworker

Joe Malone was ex-military and now worked for a security firm in the same building. He and Kylie have known each other casually for the year that they’d both been working in the building. Until a couple of nights ago when they kissed. It wasn’t just any kiss either. It was a kiss that makes your pulse speed up, makes your blood boil, and makes you wish for things that you know can’t be. Because Joe Malone is not emotionally available. He’s hot, he’s sweet, but he is not a forever kind of guy.

Kylie always thought she wanted safe. Had even had a school girl crush on Gib. But after that kiss, she knew she didn’t want safe at all. She wanted wild, hot and sweaty. She wanted Joe. But she isn’t a one night stand kind of girl. Could she be? Could she just so she knew how it could be with him?

Now for the character that stole this book, Kylie’s little dog, Vinnie. This little guy was adorable. She would let him snuggle up in her hoodie pocket. He went everywhere with her.

little dog in the pocket

All Kylie had to remember her Grandfather by was a little three inch carving of a penguin. She kept it with her all of the time. But it’s missing. And now she started getting mysterious photos of her penguin in various dangerous places. Who would do this? What do they want? Kylie knows she needs help in getting to the bottom of this so she is forced to ask Joe for help. No way, though, is Kylie going to let Joe do this alone. It’s her carving, and she wants to help.

wooden carved penguin

It doesn’t take long for another kiss to follow the first one as Kylie and Joe spend time together while trying to track down her penguin. As Kylie and Joe work through a list of possible suspects, they get to know each other better and feelings develop and deepen. Kylie knows Joe can’t give her what she needs but she can’t help but to fall for this man. And she knows he feels something too. He just doesn’t want to admit it to himself, or her.

On the quest to save Kylie’s penguin, these two perhaps are saving each other at the same time. Saving each other from guilt over past events, from loneliness, and showing each other what could be, if they let it.

About That Kiss - Jill Shalvis

I am in love with this book. Every page was a joy. These two were amazing, or three if you count little Vinnie. This is one of those books that just makes you happy and gives you all the warm and fuzzy tummy twirls you can handle. Jill Shalvis, you rock! Thank you for this amazing book.

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January 15, 2018


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When you've read so many books in your life you kinda feel that not much can surprise you anymore. And then there comes this one book, by an author you've never read (*hides in shame*) that becomes a total game changer. I don't think I have ever fallen in love with an author's writing that fast. Jill Shalvis' ABOUT THAT KISS had me from page 1. I was a goner from the very beginning. I know for many of you it's old news that she's awesome. Could have bullied me a little harder, just sayin'.

Anyway. Kylie is a woodworker (mind out of the gutter!). That's the first thing I loved about the heroine, it's not a common job for a woman. I simply adored her, she had that quiet strength about her that I admire so much. And to go with that strength comes a stubbornness that challenges Joe not only once. She definitely isn't a pushover. Kylie is witty, smart, independent and irresistibly sweet. She also lets a setback never pull her under, she is the literal princess who trips, stumbles, gets up again and fixes her crown to soldier on. She gives Joe a run for his money because, damn, he really didn't see her coming.

Joe is the alpha badass we love in our heroes, a security expert who is excellent at his sometimes dangerous job. The job helps him to keep his mind focused on the now, lest he doesn't think too much of the mistakes he made in the past which is the reason he doesn't let himself get too close to women. He never goes back for seconds but this slip of a woman just sneaks under his skin and settles in nicely.

She was an irresistible dichotomy of sweet charm and heart-stopping sexy, and she threw him off guard with every look, be it a smile or a glare. In fact, he kinda liked when she gave him dirty looks, which meant he was seriously losing his shit. And he never lost his shit.

Joe is a good man to the core. He is supposed to keep Kylie at arms' length but he can't find the fight in him when it comes to this woman. It was adorable to see how he just didn't give a damn that she had sneaked past his walls. Joe is all kinds of alpha-goodness. Protective, commanding, charming, hilarious and when it comes to Kylie heart-achingly sweet.

There is a set of supporting characters who I found to be just as fabulous. One of them was Kylie's dog who ALWAYS stole the show when he was in the picture.

At the doorway between the shop and the showroom, he skidded to a stop and lifted a paw, poking at the empty air in front of his face. Not too long ago, her undersized rescue pup had run face-first into a glass door. So now he went through this pantomime routine at every doorway he came to. And she did mean every doorway.

He was such a goofball.

Vinnie trotted off toward the kitchen, stopping just short of the doorway to lift his paw and poke at the air. When he was satisfied that he wasn’t going to encounter a glass door, he happily made his way to his water bowl.
“What was that?” Joe asked.
“He has trust issues.”

Then there was Joe's dad, a former soldier with a severe case of PTSD. He was such a character and kept Joe on his toes. Molly, Joe's sister is everything you want in a sibling and she has no problem guilt-tripping him for his own good. I loved her. I think she'll be paired up with Lucas, I felt some serious tension coming off of the two of them.

The sexy times are comparatively tame compared to the racy stuff we usually get but that doesn't take away from the steam at all. In fact, it was lovely to see that an author can build up sexual tension like that. Hats off for that feat.

“How long do we wait?”
“Long as it takes,” he said distractedly because she was sucking the salt off her thumb. Then she sucked on the straw to her soda and he nearly had a brain aneurism.

ABOUT THAT KISS is a charming, funny, sexy, engaging story that gives off the small-town feel yet is set in San Francisco. It will make you laugh and swoon, cheer on the main characters and fall in love with them very fast. So now that I'm done with my first Jill Shalvis book I'm a little peeved with myself because I don't have the time to go on a Jill Shalvis binge to gobble up her back list. One day I'll get to it, hopefully soon!

I don't think I need to tell any of the Jill Shalvis fans to pick this up but if you're like me and have never read any of her books do yourself a massive favor and get this one. It will rock your world.

It wasn’t entirely his fault that he was so emotionally challenged, she thought, putting a hand on his jaw. “You’re so pretty, Joe. It’s really a shame that you’re such a dumbass.”

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2,052 reviews12.2k followers
February 10, 2018
And you kissed me that last time!”
“You were going on about a kiss being nice. But there was nothing nice about that kiss you planted on me in the alley. It was raw and sexy and dirty in the best possible way. You needed to be reminded of that.”
She covered her face. “Oh my God.”
“God had nothing to do with it,” he said smugly.

About That Kiss was everything I had hoped it would be; perfectly swoony with a side of suspense! Jill Shalvis never disappoints. I absolutely adored Joe and Kylie's story.

Kylie is perfectly quirky and endearing, but a bit of a hermit when it comes to men. An unexpected kiss with the sexy womanizer Joe is not something she'll soon forget, but she's trying her hardest. Even though Joe isn't about to make it easy on her. When a beloved belonging given to her by her late grandfather goes missing, she doesn't know who else to turn to but Joe. Thus begins a bit of a scavenger hunt with a mystery that's full of laughs, swoon, and enough chemistry to light up the entire city block.
“I’m trying to decide what I want to do with you.”
“What are the options?” he asked. “Kill you or kiss you.”

I simply loved the two of them together. They were such a fun dynamic of opposites attract. Joe is broody, secretive, and hasn't given the same woman more than a passing thought before. That is, until Kylie. He has plenty on his plate with demons from the past and a layer of guilt that plagues his present, a father with severe PTSD, and a job that puts him in constant danger. Putting his heart on the line is not something he can do. But he can't seem to resist the quirky Kylie.

Kylie was so much fun. Between her spine of steel, her disguises on their stakeouts, and her valiant efforts to ignore the chemistry between her and Joe, I couldn't get enough of her.

The romance is a sizzling slow burn with plenty of laughs thrown in. With a cast of colorful and memorable secondary characters, About That Kiss was a book that put a smile on my face from page one and kept it there until the end. Jill Shalvis is the queen of light hearted romance, and this book was no exception.

ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review

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1,446 reviews1,154 followers
January 23, 2018
***IT'S ALIVE!!!***

It’s about not settling…

I think there is one thing that sets Jill Shalvis apart from other romance authors. Her heroines believe in themselves. Maybe it’s because she (Jill Shalvis) has a strong man at her side. Maybe it’s because she (Jill) brought up three intelligent, spirited and beautiful daughters. Maybe it’s because she (J. S.) doesn’t want her heroines or women, in general, to settle for less than what they deserve. Now, all of these things are probably true, but honestly, I’m just guessing. What I can say is that I love that Jill Shalvis is not afraid to give her heroine a backbone. Her heroines acknowledge that they are worthy and show strength when they walk away from someone who isn’t willing to go “in” the whole way. Jill Shalvis always manages to remind me that I deserve happiness and fulfilment.

Now, don’t get me wrong, these heroines are not perfect. They definitely have vulnerabilities, doubts and insecurities. What person doesn’t? My favourite type of heroine is capable of doing things for herself. My favourite type of heroine uses her talents and abilities to get through life. My favourite type of heroine also doesn’t mind someone giving them a hand. My favourite type of heroine also doesn’t walk into a burning building by herself because of some misguided belief that…SHE CAN DO IT ALL! (Those bloody heroines drive me up the bloody wall!!) My favourite type of heroine is Kylie.

My favourite type of hero is Joe…after he wakes up to himself. I’ll give you a hint about why I love Joe. He’s bossy, HOT, protective, HOT, sexy, HOT and he loves his family while also being HOT. Joe also thinks that he’s a bad bet on love. Of course, he just hadn’t found his “one”.

I have never met two people more afraid of throwing a penny into a love fountain. Both Joe and Kylie are scared of love but with the chemistry between them, they can’t avoid the love bug for long.

I really enjoyed About that kiss. The Heartbreaker Bay series is my favourite type of comfort read. A love story with engaging characters, an interesting storyline, bossy heroes, quirky heroines and really cute animals. I can’t get enough of these stories and I’m really hoping that Molly and Lucas might be up next. I think I see a spark between them…

Stacey is Sassy, received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

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2,309 reviews709 followers
January 16, 2018
5 - "We're partners in this." Stars!

2018 is going to be the year of Shalvis for me. One of my main resolutions is to read through her back catalogue, because in 2017 the books I read by her put her in #1 position as my favorite contemporary romance author.

And that is mainly due to the progression of the Heartbreaker Bay series, which saw three new additions to its ranks, and although About That Kiss officially releases in January 18, I read it in December so I am sticking it in the pile. This is an author that knows how to balance the scales of a story, with equal levels of emotion, humor, love, lust and background, so that everything develops at a pace that you really do feel like you are just going with the flow. Kylie and Joe’s book was very much like that, and each page was just a pleasure to read.

"One of these days you will have to explain to me how it is that you suddenly have all the power in this relationship…"

And who would have thought that you could build a romance around an AWOL wooden penguin and throw in a healthy amount of suspense as well. I also loved that the rest of the characters that I have come to know and love through the previous books played their own parts in the coming together of this commitment shy couple.

He’d never met a woman like her… Ever.

I adore this series, whenever I get to go back to it, it’s like slipping into my favorite pajamas with a glass of good wine, and a large bar of chocolate, because I know it will make me happy, I feel comfortable with the people and I’m always left with a bit of a buzz by the end of the book!

"I was pretty determined not to like you. But I keep learning new things about you… Things I like."

Joe’s sister Molly is up next in Slow Winter Nights due for release in the fall, a bit of a wait for sure, but I know its going to be soooo worth it, another lady with a complex personality and bumpy background, and I am looking forwards to seeing how Lucas and her get along and even better it’s set around Christmas, a season Jill excels at when it comes to its inclusion into her story-lines.

ARC generously provided by the author, in exchange for the above honest review.
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1,232 reviews2,062 followers
February 8, 2018
About that Kiss is another delightful addition to Ms. Shalvis' Heartbreaker Bay series.

I've been looking forward to Joe's story ever since I found out that Jill is gonna give Archer's security men stories of their own. And she did not disappoint.

Security expert Joe Malone and woodworker extraordinaire Kylie Masters shared a hot kiss one night, and it suddenly changed everything.

Joe is fine being a bachlor. He doesn't lack companionship and besides, the extra time he has is better spent taking care of his father and keeping his sister safe. But the moment the kiss with Kylie happened, he couldn't get her out of his mind.

For Kylie, Joe is way outside her league. And besides, he's not her type at all. So what if she can't stop thinking about him or can't stop fantasizing about kissing him again? She has better things to do with her time, right?

But when Kylie's precious wooden penguin (the last tangible connection she has from her grandfather), they suddenly find themselves spending time together, hunting for the missing item.

The chemistry between Joe and Kylie is the first thing that really stood to me in this book. It made the book highly addicting and readable.

Both Joe and Kylie have their issues that they both are trying to deal with which makes them all the more interesting characters to me. I've always adored Shalvis' heroines. They're complex characters and they don't always do or say the right thing, which I personally loved.

Then there's Joe. Ever since he was introduced a couple of books back, Joe has always stood out to me especially with how he is around his sister Molly and the rest of the team. I had high expectations and Jill Shalvis did not disappoint. She gave us a hero that we can swoon over with Joe.

There's a bit of whodunnit element in this book, which add an interesting layer to it on top of the love story. I enjoyed it. Don't expect something heavy like a la Nora Roberts or Sandra Brown. This is after all a contemporary romance but it has enough to keep you guessing until the end.

The Heartbreaker Bay series continues to delight in so many ways. I know I say this with every Jill Shalvis book but I CANNOT WAIT for the next book in this series! And Molly and Lucas had sa few "moments" in this book which made me even more for their book, which is UP NEXT!

ARC provided by Avon in exchange for an honest review
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Author 101 books15.4k followers
January 20, 2018
This was terrific! Favorite quote:

The older woman smiled knowingly. "He'll appreciate your toys. But remember, it's all fun and games until someone loses the key to the handcuffs."

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3,062 reviews1,754 followers
February 1, 2018
Favorite Quotes:

Do me a favor and don’t compare me to the women you date… Or whatever you do with them. We all know the only reason you even remember their names is that you take them to the coffee shop in the morning and then read what gets written on their cup.

She told me not to mistake her silence for weakness, that no one plans a murder out loud.

I actually like being single. I get to be selfish with my time and personal space. I can leave the top off the toothpaste and sleep like a starfish.

“Don’t worry honey,” someone said from behind her in line. Eighty-something Mrs. Winslow, who lived on the third floor of the building. The older woman smiled knowingly. “He’ll appreciate your toys. But remember, it’s all fun and games until someone loses the key to the handcuffs.”

I know diamonds are supposed to be a girl’s best friend… but then leggings happened. Leggings are the new diamonds.

My Review:

This was my first Jill Shalvis experience, silly me, I have been missing out. I adored her clever wry humor, breezy storytelling, and endearingly flawed and quirky characters. About That Kiss was a delightfully entertaining and engaging read that was easy to follow and never failed to hold my interest. Despite being the fifth book in a series, the story stood alone and on solid terra firma. And I while I never felt lost or confused without previous knowledge, I am sure I would enjoy going backward and acquainting myself with the earlier stories of this lively and alluring group. Each chapter was titled with a popular line from a movie that never failed to bring a smirk to my face if one wasn’t already in place. More, please.
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539 reviews331 followers
March 18, 2018
***4.5/5 Stars***

About That Kiss is my new favorite Jill Shalvis book! The characters captured my heart, the sexual tension between the two of them was scorching hot, and I could not put this book down. I loved that there was a fabulous group of friends, an intriguing mystery, and scenes that made me have tears in my eyes. About That Kiss was such a huge win for me! If you haven't read this series yet, you can jump in anytime. Each book can easily be read as a standalone, which is always an added bonus!
"What kiss?"
He gave her a get real look.
"Oh, that kiss." She shrugged nonchantely as she reached for her water bottle. "I barely remember it."
"Funny," he said in a voice of pure sin. "Cuz it rocked my world."
She chocked on her water, coughing and sputtering. "The mirror's still not for sale." she finally managed to wheeze out, wiping her mouth.
I rocked his world?

One night, Joe and Kylie ended up sharing a passionate, smoldering kiss. But afterwards, Joe never attempted to contact Kylie because he's not a relationship type of guy. And Kylie had no plans of letting Joe's lack of actions hurt her heart. But when something sentimental got stolen from Kylie, she knew that Joe could track it down. He worked for a security company and this was his area of expertise. Yet what started off as a simple search, ended up being something more than either one of them could have imagined.
He grinned. She was teasing him, and for some sick reason he loved it. "You're also not all that nice," he said. "And I really like nice."
"Uh-huh. I bet 'nice' is right up there on your list next to, let me guess...a good personality?"
He laughed. "So young and yet so cynical." he tsked, enjoying the hell out of himself. "You're assuming the worst of me."

While Joe was the one working the case, and wanted to keep Kylie safe, Kylie embedded herself into every part of the search. So they ended up spending a lot of time around each other, and I found my heart melting. I loved that we got to watch them slowly learn more about each other. But their interactions weren't always easy, so fireworks were definitely guaranteed! You see, there was still a lot of tension from that last kiss. And then there was an intense, sexual chemistry between the two of them. It was so much fun watching their slow burn romance play out. And I loved that slowly overtime, a true friendship started to emerge between the two of them.

She was an irresistible dichotomy of sweet charm and heart-stopping sexy, and she threw him off guard with every look, be it a smile or a glare. In fact, he kinda liked when she gave him dirty looks, which meant he was seriously losing his shit. And he never lost his shit.
Yeah. He was royally screwed and the thing was even knowing that, he didn't want to walk away because he enjoyed her so much. How crazy was that?

I have to let you know that I absolutely loved Kylie and Joe. Kylie was smart, stubborn, amazing at her job, honest, had the hugest heart ever and was so much fun! I loved all of her little quirks and she was someone that I would have loved to have as a friend. But one of my favorite things about her was how she brought Joe out of his shell. And that's because Joe was jaded and kept so many parts of himself hidden, because of his past. Yet he had this loyalty, endurance and trust that was so beautiful. He was such a hard worker and such a wonderful brother and son. Ohhhh and I loved that he was very protective of those he loved. So while the two of them were very different from each other in certain aspects, other times they resonated with one other. They way they meshed together was breathtaking.
Vinnie trotted off toward the kitchen, stopping just short of the doorway to lift his paw and poke at the air. When he was sastisfied that he wasn't going to encounter a glass door, he happily made his way to the water bowl.
"What was that?" Joe asked.
"He has trust issues."
Joe let out a low laugh. "Well, at least we know where he gets them from."

But there was so much more in this story that I fell for. I Ioved Kylie's adorable little dog, Vinnie. He added so much heart and playfulness to the scenes! And I loved this fabulous group of friends that this series revolves around. They feel more like family to me and I loved seeing what they were up to! So now I'm left beyond ecstatic for the next book in this series. It's going to be about Joe's little sister and one of his coworkers, Lucas. I already like the both of them so much and I can't wait to read their story! So yes, I absolutely loved this book and can't recommend it enough!

PS When Vinnie finally learned to fetch?! Oh my gosh, I was laughing SO hard I had tears pouring down my eyes lol!!

*Book was kindly provided by Avon Books in exchange for an honest review*

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1,794 reviews485 followers
January 22, 2018
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was great! I am really enjoying this series and this book was no exception. This is the fifth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series but it could easily be read as a stand alone since it does tell its own story. I would warn new readers to the series that you will want to read the other books in this amazing series as soon you finish this one just because you will want to spend a little more time with these amazing characters. I had a lot of fun spending time with the group and watching Joe and Kylie find their happily ever after.

Joe and Kylie are the focus of this book. I have been waiting to read Joe's story since I love his character. I really was curious about what his story was and this book did not disappoint. We get to learn a bit about Joe and Molly's history in this book and it wasn't anything I could have expected. It was great to really get to know Joe. Kylie was also a wonderful character. I thought that her past was just as interesting as Joe's. Neither Joe nor Kylie has had an ideal childhood but they are both strong individuals that have been able to move past it.

I loved Joe and Kylie together. I loved it every single time they were together in this book. The chemistry between them was intense. It wasn't just about the chemistry because they really had fun with each other. It seemed like they were both people that really needed a true friend that they could count on and they filled that role for each other. There were a few more comical moments in the story and I really enjoyed seeing them laugh together.

They mystery in the story was well done. Kylie asks Joe to help her find the wooden penguin that her grandfather gave to her. Sounds easy right? Well, it was anything but easy. This pair spend a lot of time together checking out leads and going on the occasional stake out. Things go wrong from time to time but they are both determined to figure out what is going on.

I would highly recommend this book to others. I found this book to be an absolute delight to read and I couldn't get enough of Joe and Kylie. I can't wait to watch another couple find love in Heartbreaker Bay!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.

Initial Thoughts
Joe and Kylie. I liked them together. They both had a very interesting backstory and they seemed to really click with each other.
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3,380 reviews1,991 followers
January 23, 2018
Amazon US * Amazon UK

About That Kiss quickly became one of my favorite book from Jill Shalvis. From the second I started reading I was captivated by these characters. They were both very strong lead characters that I could admire. Joe was sexy with all his alpha-ness and Kylie was just as strong, yet had a quiet vulnerability in her character that I liked.

The story takes you on their journey to find Kylie's wooden penguin that also holds the memory of her grandfather. When I first figured out what exactly Kyle was on a quest to find I did think it was a little silly but as I delved deeper into the story I came to like it. It was a little quirky for a romance book but it still gave me a good dose of suspense that kept me interested.

Overall, I found this story to be very well written and I liked the mix of a light mystery with a good amount of romance. The characters were both very likable and I already can't wait to read more from the secondary characters featured.
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3,091 reviews663 followers
January 23, 2018
I love a couple who sizzle with chemistry and irritate the heck out of each other!  The results are delicious banter, searing kisses, and eventually fiery passion. A missing Penguin, has Kylie seeking Joe's investigative skills and this stubborn woman insists on tagging along.

I loved how strong both characters were in About That Kiss. They both come from difficult upbrings but Kylie is sweet and Joe was just adorkable. He has some hangs up, but he is the kind of guy you want in your court. He made my panties melt with his reaction to small dogs and his dedication to family. Shalvis writes strong, confident heroines who tackle things head on and don't settle. It is one of the things I like most about this author. Kylie is strong, stubborn and a survivalist.

The combination of heat and heart was well balanced. I enjoyed this couple immensely from the wicked banter to the buildup. The romance was off the charts and I loved their sizzling chemistry. I could just see Joe give a half-devilish smile and see Kylie turn red while wicked thoughts danced in her head. Shalvis did an excellent job of sharing their stories, introducing their families and allowing the relationship to develop.

About A Kiss delivers a good mystery with some suspenseful moments as we deal with both Joe's career and the case of the missing penguin. Growing pains and suspense kept the drama low and the author gave us plenty of heartwarming moments to endear us to this couple. We get updates from previous couples and hints of brewing attractions. I myself want to move to Heartbreaker Bay and befriend all these characters. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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7,013 reviews834 followers
January 23, 2018

I’ve enjoyed the Heartbreak Bay series from the start, and while there were parts of About That Kiss I really enjoyed it didn’t have the same humor and fun I’ve come to expect from Jill Shalvis instead she opted to grab onto the romantic suspense ring that everyone seems to be grasping at these days which was disappointing.

Kylie Masters is an accomplished wood worker and enjoys her job at Reclaimed Woods with one of her late grandfather’s accomplished apprentices. She has a great group of friends who live and work nearby and she’s finding it hard to forget the kiss she shared with Joe Malone, who works as a private investigator in the same complex where she works. When the last thing she has to remember her beloved grandfather goes missing and she receives a ransom note of sorts, she turns to Joe for help.

First and foremost I want to say that the attraction and tension between Kylie and Joe was impossible to miss and I did enjoy watching them fluster one another. The missing penguin figurine and the photos of it in various perilous poses while troublesome to the heroine actually added a bit of humor to the book something that was mostly missing. While I appreciated that the figure and its disappearance brought them together, this part of the story overtook the romance which is one of the reasons I don’t like romantic suspense. The other being a heroine who puts herself in danger necessitating rescue by the hero which surprise, surprise happens in this book and save me from hero’s who think they don’t deserve love or want to commit until they see someone else interested in a woman that has caught his attention.

Parts of this book that kept it from being a complete miss; the crazy crew of friends that can’t seem to keep their noses out of each other’s business and Vinnie, Kylie’s loveable little pup, with an aversion to doorways.

While there was enough good in About That Kiss to keep me reading; I didn’t find it as endearing or entertaining as the previous books in this series.

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January 24, 2018
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About That Kiss is a charming and sweet romance that will leave you with a smile on your face and a book that will evoke hoots of laughter and smiles all around...perfect book to get you out of the winter blues

I haven't read Jill Shalvis in a while, I will admit that I didn't get a kick out of book one, so I have been nervous to get back into this series but I can say that I really enjoyed About That Kiss way more than I was expecting too. I really have to be in the mood to enjoy Jill Shalvis and I think I was in the "right" mood for this book. And I am so happy that I really enjoyed this as much as I did. It was a bit different than what I was expecting, but I was pretty happy with out it played out in the end.

Both Joe and Kylie have a love/hate relationship going on. They have a great kiss which is why the title is so aptly named "about that kiss" because honestly they keep going back to that moment. Joe has a few alpha male tendacies, he has never taken it seriously with a woman before so of course he is way out of his element with Kylie. Now Kylie has had her sights set on her boss, but the way that Joe kisses her changes everything even though she knows that Joe doesn't do relationships or long term....EVER!! And boy she feels like she is walking down a path that is so unknown.

What really made this book WOW the reader, is the chemistry that these two have. I do have to say that I LOVED their interchanges and boy these kissing changes are powerful I can tell you that much. Definitely blew me away and yeah I liked Joe's character because his whole take control and kiss the gal against the wall or inside a closet...totally did it for me. And I really got a kick out of seeing them solve a mystery together and develop some true heartfelt feelings for each other along the way. There was an almost "poignant" feel to their relationship and I just adored the way this story developed especially the romance of the story was so "on key" and I have to say Bravo to Jill Shalvis for making this book so special for me.

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56 reviews39 followers
November 24, 2018
I'm really struggling with how to rate this one, and it's not made any easier by Goodread's inexplicable refusal to let us use 'half-stars' in our ratings!

There were definitely enough individual things I liked about this installment of the enjoyable but uneven Heartbreaker Bay series to convince me it was worth the read, but ultimately the ending left me feeling let down and retrospectively a bit more disenchanted with the novel as a whole.

Some of my criticisms:

1. Did you know that Shalvis's heroes are "badass alphas"? I'll bet you do, because she explicitly tells you so many, many, many times in every book. Also, as another reviewer amusingly pointed out, everyone is described as "Sexy as hell, smart as hell, tough as hell..." over and over in every book of every series. And the word "s--t" is used with such strange frequency that my friend jokingly wondered whether Jill Shalvis gets paid by the curse. (I don't object to the cursing, but it's indicative of how Shalvis is sometimes guilty of lazy and repetitive writing).

Anyway, I have to sadly agree with readers who feel that Jill Shalvis's heroes have become nearly indistinguishable, with all of them seeming to have precisely the same personality (or, more to the point, lack of personality) and acting ever so "badass" in pretty much the exact same ways.

It's not that I disliked Joe, but it's just that I might have liked him more if I hadn't read many of Shalvis's other novels and thought "wait, aren't nearly ALL of her heroes exactly like Joe, like to the point where the exact same adjectives are used to describe them?!" And if you like the commitment-phobic, protective and strong but emotionally stunted hero who Shalvis will always remind you several times in every novel is "SO alpha" because she seems to have a phobia of someone mistaking her heroes for betas, then you'll probably like Joe. The meetings among the guys who work for Archer highlight how Lucas, Archer, Max, Joe etc. all seem pretty much IDENTICAL---they speak the same, act the same, are described the same, etc. I find myself wishing she'd at least attempt to give us a different type of hero. Even Spencer, the supposedly nerdy hero of an earlier installment, was actually not remotely nerdy at all and identical to nearly all of Shalvis's other heroes in every way.

2. Speaking of lack of character differentiation, I feel like Shalvis' female characters are becoming interchangeable as well, as are their generic friendships with each other. In the Heartbreaker Bay series, only Elle stands out to me as having a well-defined and distinctive personality (and it's not even a very likable one, but I credit Shalvis for at least giving a lot of thought to who Elle is!) Sadie, who has most of the sharpest and wittiest lines of the book despite only appearing sporadically, shows promise as well. But Colbie, Pru, Willa, Molly, Hayley...they're all just sort of interchangeable Generic Contemporary Heroines to me, and their friendships with one another feel similarly bland, undefined and generic as well. I'm used to feeling this way about her heroes and their friendships, but it's a little disappointing to feel that she's gotten just as lazy and repetitive with her female characters.

Kylie, the heroine of this book, showed great promise but ended up all over the place and ultimately unmemorable. I loved that she was initially presented as an introvert who's passionately committed to her unusual line of work---woodworking. But she's soon described and shown as being everything and nothing: some characters note how optimistic she is while others comment on how cynical she is, she's alternately described as extremely impulsive, adventurous and uninhibited but then ALSO repressed, introverted, terrified of change, "in her shell", etc., and we're told how directly she shows her feelings but then ALSO told she hides them, which...what?! I get that we're all layered and contradictory human beings, but this character wasn't deep and complex, just sloppily drawn and inconsistent. Instead of getting to know her better as the book progressed, I ended up less and less certain about who this woman was supposed to be.

3. There's an insignificant mystery involving the abduction of a carved penguin that has sentimental value to Kylie, but instead of the blackmailer and penguin abductor being someone we've at least heard of at some point during the story, the perpetrator turns out to be someone whose existence is literally never even mentioned until they discover he's behind the crime. That's such lazy, sloppy plotting! I also concur with readers who were hoping it would all be revealed to be some goofy hoax their friends had devised to bring Kylie and Joe together. That would have been a much more satisfying resolution than the one we actually got.

4. The plotting and pacing of the love story is really erratic and inconsistent as well. At one point, the heroine has an "epiphany" that she's fallen for Joe, and it's supposed to be a meaningful moment, but I found myself thinking, "wait, didn't she already have that EXACT epiphany 30 pages ago? And also 40 pages before that?!" It's one of those frustrating romances where we get several pages of both the hero and heroine realizing they have feelings for each other beyond sex and then immediately and for no real reason reverting back to pretending to themselves and each other that it's just sex..until they once again realize, randomly rather than organically stemming from any actual event, that it's NOT just sex. (And I just realized that this description applies to nearly all of Jill Shalvis's romances, lol!)

I get that there are only so many plots romance novels can give us, and the whole "I don't care and don't want commitment---wait, yes I do---okay, no I don't---oooops, yes I do!" cycle is kind of inevitable, but sometimes it's more repetitive and tiresome than others.

5. I've read that Shalvis leaves some readers feeling as if her heroes and heroines share only lust rather than love. While I do think she sometimes does convincingly show an emotional bond as well, that's harder to argue in a book like this one, where it's explicitly stated several times that talking "isn't their thing." Apparently sex is their thing, though, so it often feels like physical intimacy is the ONLY real communication Kylie and Joe engage in. And they just don't seem to know each other well, especially given that they've only been "involved" (sleeping together but pretending they aren't) for a very short period of time.

6. Some of Shalvis's sentences really need editing. We'll be treated to some well-written, insightful and/or witty lines, and then suddenly there will be a paragraph with such poor punctuation and grammar that I'm left wondering if someone hijacked her keyboard.

That's a whole slew of criticisms given that I rated it three stars rather than one, so let me end on a more positive note by giving credit to the aspects of this novel that I really did enjoy!

1. Shalvis's true talent (in my opinion, that is!) is imbuing her stories with heart, humor and hope to the point where I'm nearly always smiling through her books even as I'm wincing at some of the flaws with the writing and characterization along the way :)

2. There are a few very clever and witty lines (though, as noted above, more of them tend to be uttered by their friend Sadie than either the H or h!)

3. There is an adorable and utterly lovable pet dog in this one. Shalvis is always great at giving pets distinctive characteristics---better than she is at giving most of her human characters distinctive characteristics! She also shows how much love and laughter animals can add to our lives. I honestly loved Vinnie the canine more than I loved the H or h :)

4. I'm always engaged by her books. I may be frustrated and annoyed, wishing Shalvis's characters were more distinctly defined, that her editors were more diligent, and that her stories deviated from the usual "wants sex but no commitment until suddenly at the end they DO want commitment" formula, but even then there's a strangely addictive quality to her books that keeps me turning the pages.

5. I seriously loved the stuff about Joe's dad---he's a simultaneously amusing and tragic character who steals every scene he's in. His relationship with Joe is probably the most complex, nuanced and interesting aspect of this novel. Bonus: Joe's father watches Buffy the Vampire Slayer :)

Thanks for reading this excessively long review!
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826 reviews1,022 followers
January 19, 2019
4.5 'Wow kiss' Stars!

This series, seriously! I am so glad I discovered Jill Shalvis' work because these characters and their stories keep giving me that satisfyingly sweet feeling that I love to have after finishing a book by this amazingly talented woman. I really enjoyed reading about Kylie and Joe's relationship, I loved all their kisses (you'll see why I mention this! lol), their sizzling chemistry and how they learn to deeply care about each other. Joe is so protective and Kylie is a kick-ass heroine!

Also we actually have a little bit of mystery on this one and I really liked how Jill developed it. It added another layer to this couple's story and it made their HEA even better for me. I loved seeing Joe and Kylie accepting their feelings for each other and actually start their live together. So glad they found each other! And now I am definitely curious about Molly (Joe's sister), which I know she is the main character in the next book. I love how Jill keeps introducing new characters because I don't want this series to end! Again, if you still haven't checked her work, please do. It's absolutely worth it!
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436 reviews48 followers
February 26, 2021
Serinin önceki kitabı kadar sevmesem de sevdim.
Jill'in kitapları <3 ben.
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2,484 reviews246 followers
February 5, 2018
About that Kiss by Jill Shalvis is the latest romance in the Heartbreaker Bay series. It centers on a group of acquaintances and friends who live and/or work in the same building complex. Over the course of the series, several secondary characters have been introduced and this is the story of a couple of friends who let one little kiss lead to a whole lot more.

Kylie Masters takes pride in her woodworking skills, taught to her by her beloved grandfather who raised her when her mom abdicated her responsibilities. When he died in a tragic fire, she escaped with her memories and a small penguin carving that she treasures. When she discovers her carving missing, and subsequently a ‘ransom’ note, she turns reluctantly to the man she’s been avoiding – Joe Malone. In a bit of a drunken reverie, she’d hauled Joe from a party with their shared group of friends into an alley and planted a wet one on him, one that she regretted in the light of day, even if it had been a damn good kiss.

Joe is an ex-soldier who now works for his friend Archie’s security company. He’s calm, cool, collected and emotionally unavailable, after a less than stellar upbringing. He finds Kylie quite fascinating, and when she’s working in her shop she’s sexy as hell. And ever since that kiss – well let’s just say his fantasies have gotten a whole lot more interesting. Joe wants Kylie to make him a special wood encased mirror as a birthday present for his sister Molly with whom he has a very close relationship. He’ll do anything to get her something special, and when Kylie comes to him about her missing item he agrees to help her figure out the ‘kidnapper’ in return for the mirror. Their deal struck, they find themselves in close quarters more than once, and not able to deny that ‘the kiss’ has been on both of their minds. A sexy affair ensues, one with Joe making it clear that he’s only available for fun and not a future to which Kylie agrees. But when Kylie changes her mind and wants more, will Joe be willing to try a real relationship?

This was a fun and entertaining read. The mystery aspect plays out really well and was just as interesting as the romance between Joe and Kylie. Figuring out who took the figurine and why leads to lots of intimate conversations between Joe and Kylie and a way to go under the surface to find out what makes each of the tick – and to understand the hurdles they’ll need to cross if they want to take their friendship, and then sexual relationship, to the next level.

Because this is story number 5 in the series, there are several scenes with the other characters we’ve met along the way and yet more new characters introduced. In this case, we get some more insight into the guys who work for Archie’s security company, including one with whom Joe’s sister Molly has a particularly volatile relationship (a sure sign of a story to come!). Plus there are visits with some favorites and some news on the earlier couples in the series. It’s a really great cast of characters that you’d want as friends which is what makes the series such a delight to read. The mystery gets solved just as Joe and Kylie figure things out to get their happy ending (but not without Joe having to do some decent groveling). You can always count on a Jill Shalvis book to leave you smiling.

This review also appears at Bingeworthy Books: http://www.bingeworthybks.com/review-...

A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.
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2,201 reviews54 followers
November 24, 2020

Ese Beso fue un lindo romance. No destacara por tener una trama impactante o una pareja protagonista inolvidable pero la verdad es que fue una lectura muy llevadera.

Si eres de las que disfruta o disfrutaste en algun momento de las historias de Harlequin estoy segura de que esta saga te gustara, es similar en ciertos aspectos, solo que sin la actitud machista y retrograda.

La relacion de Joe y Kylie es bonita, me falto que se profundizara mas en ciertas partes, y tal vez que ellos como personajes tuvieran mas chispa, por lo demas, estuvo bien conocerlos.

En cuanto a la premisa, debo admitir que en algun que otro momento me resulto un poco infantil, sobre todo la manera de plantear el misterio, quizas con otro desarrollo podia haber sido mas intrigante.

En fin, un libro sencillo y fluido de leer que esta bien para leer entre novelas mas serias o para cuando te apetezca un romance rosa.

2.5 Estrellas!
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186 reviews39 followers
February 7, 2020
About That Kiss is the fifth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis, a series, I completely adore. It's always a good time when you spend it reading a Jill Shalvis book. Although this book is a part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, like every other book by her.

Kylie is a woodworker, that she learnt from her grandfather as she lived with him. I loved her profession, it was quite interesting to know more about it. Kylie isn't close to any of her parent, but her grandfather meant everything to her. When she only has a wooden penguin made by her grandfather that she treasures, goes missing, she HAS TO, NEEDS TO find it. But what can one do when no one seems to take her seriously? Its time to turn to Joe for help, but she can't just sit behind and not try to find too.

Joe works at Archer's security firm, he may seem like a womanizer or kind of playful, has a troubled past, and he has a pang of guilt for his sister Molly, his father also suffers from PTSD from his military days. Making it not the easiest to be at home. I loved him and Molly and also their father too, a bit, I understood him. Both Kylie and Joe are a huge help to each other dealing with their past guilts.

The story flows so well, I couldn't stop reading. The mystery in this one was spectacular! I loved the story, the main characters, the chemistry between the main characters and the writing! I loved that all the characters make an appearance from the previous books too!

A solid 5 stars rating for this one!

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2,421 reviews69 followers
February 3, 2018

One kiss on a druken night and he never called back is usually not the beginning of a romance. But when you both have the same circle of friends and both can't forget the damn kiss and there's a talented author who decided to tell your story, it is ;p

Kylie have a crush on her boss Gib for quite a while now but Joe doesn't let her indifferent too. Anyway, Gib never demonstrated anything other than friendliness towards her. And with a mom who acted more like a teenage girl than a mother figure, the heroine has been raised to count only on herself and was never the kind to wait on Prince Charming nor love. Asking for help is not something she likes, but when something precious to her disappear, she hire security expert Joe to help her find it. But the hero never expected to have her tag along for his investigation.

Joe's protective instinct started young. Being in charge and a badass comes naturally to him. He's also got lethal charms and a quiet strength that I found really attractive. And how quickly he bond with Kylie's too freaking adorable french bulldog Vinnie made me melt! Love confound Joe because it doesn't have rules and he's used to play by it but Kylie's presence is a game-changing in his life. There's an inexplicable but intuitive chemistry between them and a yearning that lately have been simmering.

About That Kiss is one of my favorite of the series. It had the Jill Shalvis's touch that I like so much (seriously how can she always comes up with books that always feel different with the same familiar trademark's writing style ?!:)) and I think the protagonists's personality and life story was particularly well done. The same can be said about the romance. You know how much I enjoy good banters :p And don't worry about the boss thing, there's no triangle. Like I said, there was something different this time. The funny parts took more time to appear, but I liked the little mystery vibe and stakeout thing, even if I have to say I wished the reveal was less absurd, but it was still sweet, hot, sexy and romantic, just like I want it to be :)
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November 17, 2018


I just love this series! The City, the House, the shops, the people! Beautiful!!!
Kylie & Joe - super adorable those two!
This book was funny, sexy, mysterious, suspensy, sweet, a bit heartbreaking. Just perfect!
And I loooved the little hashtag titles for every chapter - movie quotes!

Can't wait to get started with the next story!


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690 reviews60 followers
February 8, 2018
Another entertaining entry in this series. Loved Kylie's spunkiness, her adorable dog Vinnie, and the sexy Joe Malone. I have yet to be disappointed in any of the books in this series. Hoping the next one features Molly and (I'm assuming) Lucas!

(2018 reading challenge: February - In honor of Valentine's Day read a romance novel or book that features a love story for the month of February.)
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1,857 reviews119 followers
January 24, 2018
4.5 stars

About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis is such a good read.

The storyline is sweet, funny, heartwarming and very romantic.
The writing is beautifully done, the plot easy to follow and once I started reading I didn't want to put it down.
Kylie and Joe were likable, passionate characters that I easily connected with and touched my heart with their story.


I have to applaud author Jill Shalvis, she's once again delivered a very entertaining read that will bring out the feels and leave you with a smile on your face.

Overall, About That Kiss is a wonderful addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series. Each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all.

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1,274 reviews308 followers
November 20, 2017

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Ahhhh Jill Shalvis. She does make me laugh. I had fun with About That Kiss. These two were fiery. Stubborn, pigheaded, sexy as all get out. It was fun watching them butt heads and drive each other crazy. In and out of the bedroom.

The Gist: A penguin has been stolen. And Kylie...she wants it back. Even if it means begging the sexy yet supremely irritating Joe for the use of his tracking skills. She's just gonna have to resist strangling him...or climbing him like a damn tree.

Joe? Yeah, Joe was pretty lickable. He takes the world on his shoulders and is serious about protecting those around him. He's the tall quiet type with a soft spot for little dogs. Growly with a soft squishy middle. And Kylie. She's pretty cool. A woodworker and a kind heart. And determined. Both had hard childhoods but really turned into remarkable people.

I loved them together, too. They have a good bit of fire and chemistry between them and I enjoyed their time together. They both kind of baffle each other which was entertaining. And they definitely steamed up the bedroom or occasional entry way floor.

There's a good bit of mystery as they play a game of elimination over who could have stolen her penguin figurine. Got them in a little bit of danger now and again and kept me guessing. There were some funny bits and some that tugged at the heart during the investigation, too.

About That Kiss had it all-- A little mystery, a whole lotta chemistry, friendship, darling pets and a smile-worthy romance that hit the spot.
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Author 47 books72 followers
November 22, 2020
Ve bir çevirinin daha sonuna geldik.
Hem de seride en sevdiğim karakterlerden birine ait olan bir kitabın çevirisinin...
Archer'ın sağ kolu Joe'dan bahsediyorum elbette!
İlk kitaptan beri, yaptığı yorumlarla tam bir çapkın playboy olarak çıktı karşımıza. Ben ilişki adamı değilim... Duygu mu? O da ne?... Ben kimseyle derin bağlar kuramam... Diyen Joe'yu haksız çıkarma işi de Reclaimed Woods'ta çalışan Kylie'ye düşüyor elbette.
Kylie de enteresan ve sevimli bir tip... Yaptıklarıyla sadece beni değil Joe'yu da epey güldürmeyi başardı.
Ama kendisiyle sadece gülmedik maalesef... Çok sevimli bir hayvancığı tehlikeye atan bir kovalamacanın içine de girdik...
Bu kovalamacanın ve tabii ki çiftimizin sonunu merak ediyorsanız sizi kitabı okumaya davet ediyorum. :)
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1,992 reviews136 followers
January 24, 2018
Aaaah, I liked this one so much. Joe comes across as a bad ass and the strong silent type, and he is both of those but there's more to him. Kylie is quiet, determined, and hesitant when it comes to romance. Together, they have fun and let down their walls to let each other, and other people, inside.

This book works fine as a stand alone so you can jump into the series here if you want, or start at the beginning and follow everybody's journeys. Joe and Kylie were minor characters in those books so you won't miss much of their romantic journey if you start here.

Joe and Kylie shared a spectacular, amazing, kiss recently but that was it. Neither one followed up afterwards, instead continuing on their separate paths. Then several things happen. Joe wants to purchase a mirror hand made by Kylie for his sister's birthday, and Kylie needs investigative help when a treasured carving made by late grandfather is stolen. Joe takes the case in exchange for the mirror. But there's a catch - Kylie insists on being an active participant in the investigation. Joe reluctantly agrees but several times he tries to cut her out and leave her behind, which pisses off Kylie. Kylie stands her ground and calls Joe on his behavior. She doesn't want or need his protection. She does need to be part of the search for the carving which has deep sentimental value for her - it was carved for her by her grandfather shortly before his death.

Both Joe and Kylie are carrying around guilt for events that happened in their past, actions they believed that they were responsible for. With help from Joe's sister Molly, and from each other, as well as an outside party, they come to understand where their responsibility for those actions ends. They realized they were taking on unnecessary guilt and managed to let it go. It was nice to see them come to terms with their pasts and how they were able to help each other. Joe, especially, realized that he needed to stop carrying the world on his shoulders and let other people have responsibility and own their actions, as well as letting others find their own way without him rushing in to save the day. He's been closed off emotionally for so long in some respects and yet in others he's very much a caretaker. He looks after his sister, though she doesn't want or need it, and he looks after their father, who does need some assistance. Even so, he doesn't let them all the way in but keeps them at bay.

But she'd meant what she'd said. She didn't think she had the ability to hurt Joe. He held too much of himself back for that.

Kylie was raised mostly by her grandfather as her parents were teens when she born and her father took off, abandoning them, and her mother, though well-intentioned, was flighty. In fact, Kylie and her mother reversed roles with Kylie being the mature caretaker of the pair. But they come to understand each other a little better and near the end of the story, when it matters, her mother is there for her.

I liked the mix of romance and mystery in "About That Kiss". It's not a romantic suspense but the mystery is fairly important to the story. I was sure I knew who the guilty party but I was wrong. I do wish that Shalvis had given us more in the way of clues as to the perpetrator's identity, but otherwise I enjoyed that story line. Also, Tina needs her own romance and HEA. I hope Shalvis is working on it.

"About That Kiss" was sweet, fun, emotional, and steamy. It's an excellent addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series.

Some favorite quotes:

She blinked. She could tell he'd carved it himself, but beyond that she had no guesses. "Did you make a ..." She turned it around in her palm but it looked like only one thing. "A penis?"

He paused to stare at the carving and then laughed. "Okay, yeah. Let's go with that." He waggled a brow. "For when I can't be with you. Beware of splinters."

She didn't bother hiding her emotions like he did. She had no interest in keeping herself in control. And actually, her willingness to let go was one of the things he loved about her. There was just something appealing about how she put herself out there, no worrying about outcome or the possibility of getting hurt.

"Well, no matter what happens, pizza will always be there for you," Tina said. "Through thick and thin, in crust we trust."

"And it's not like he isn't really hot," Haley said. "What?" she asked when they all just stared at her. "I'm gay. I'm not dead."

Molly grimaced and put her fingers in her ears. "Guys, please. He's my brother."
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2,735 reviews333 followers
January 17, 2018
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*I received a free copy of [title] from [publisher] via . This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *About That Kiss brought out the feels. You know how it is when you pick up a book, and it feels like you're hanging out with your best friends? Living through their struggles and their good times right there with them? Shalvis does that to me. With every book she writes - no matter if there are characters I've already met or if they are completely new to me.

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About That Kiss has a very slow-burning romance, all the friendships, and a very good mystery. I loved getting to know Joe Malone better, and Kylie was the perfect match for him. With her unconventional profession as a wood worker, she managed to see through his tough exterior and find a heart hidden away.

As always, hanging out with my friends in Heartbreaker Bay was a treat. About That Kiss included all the characters from prior books - even if some were just mentioned in passing. The mystery with Kylie's stolen wood penguin worked really well. And I loved how stubborn Kylie was about being a part of the investigation.

As Joe and Kylie got to know each other better, their chemistry kept building. Kylie didn't want only a part of Joe, though, and when push came to shove, she put herself first. That is a thing we don't see in heroines too often, and it made About That Kiss even better in my opinion.

With both action and sweet moments, the overall story and plot made my toes curl in pleasure. The character development was really well done, and I have two new friends in the Bay area now ;)
Kylie grew up with her grandfather, and learned to work with wood under his care. Making a profession out of it, and being really good at it just made her an even more interesting character. With a strong mind, and a good sense of self worth, I would love to hang out with Kylie one day.

Joe appeared to be a total alpha macho man at first. However, he was not unable to see things from Kylie's perspective, and he learned from his mistakes. While he wanted to protect her, he also understood the importance of her needs and feelings.
Writing style :
About That Kiss is written in third person point of view, but still closely from either Joe's or Kylie's perspective. The many dialogues brought both the characters and the story to life.
Feels :
My feels were all invested in this story. I got my romance, all the hope, a lot of suspense, some sadness, a tad of anger, and also the friendship I enjoy in this series.

Fave Quotes - (un)Conventional Bookviews

On the best of days, he made her feel things she liked to shove deep, deep down, because going there with him would be like jumping out of a plane - thrilling, exciting... and then certain dismemberment and death.

Kylie, the fashion outcast, was in jeans, a Golden State Warriors sweatshirt, and some residual wood shavings. The fact that she had more clothes to sleep in than to go out in said a lot about her.
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June 4, 2021
Serinin 5. kitabını da keyifle okudum. Diğer kitaplardan farklı olarak işin içinde gizem de vardı. Ve bu daha çok eğlenmemi sağladı. Joe ve Kylie ile birlikte hırsızı aramak ve onlarla birlikte tahmin yürütmek çok zevkliydi.😍
Kylie'ye bayıldım: Çok narin durmasına rağmen içinde tam tersi çok güçlü bir kadın vardı. Yaptığı meslek ise çok farklı ve güzeldi.😍 Ve dimdik ayakta durmasını çok sevdim. Erkek karakterimiz Joe'yu ayrı sevdim, bazı yerlerde sinir etsede. 😅 Kylie'ye karşı tutumları, yardımı, ayrı güzeldi. Babası ve kardeşi Molly’e şefkati de çok güzeldi. Babasını da çok sevdim, adam çılgındı.😁
Genel olarak kitaptaki karakterleri sevdim. Tabii Elle gereksizi ve Kylie'nin annesi hariç. Elle'yi serinin başından itibaren sevemedim. Ve her kitapta bu giderek artıyor. 😁Yeni gelen karakter Sadie de kitaba ayrı bir renk katmış. O ve kitaptaki sürpriz kişi ile ilişkisini çok merak ediyorum. Zıt kutuplar.😈Molly ile ilgili de beklemeyen bir gelişme var.😎
Kitap için olumsuz bulduğum kısımlara gelirsek ciddi bir zaman hatası var. Çeviriden mi, bilmiyorum. Grubun kaç yıldır arkadaş olduklarını çözmek bulmaca gibi. Bir önceki kitaplarda da aynı sorun vardı. Ve sondaki bazı yerler benim için çok çok mantıksızdı. Spoi olduğu için söyleyemiyorum. Okuyanlar beni anlar. Ben ayrıntılara çok takan biriyim, hiç hoşuma gitmedi. Benim için ciddi hatalardı. 🙈
Genel olarak okurken eğlendiğim ve sevdiğim bir kitaptı.
"Hı-hı. Eminim 'iyilik' listede hemen şeyin yanındadır, dur tahmin edeyim... Düzgün bir karakterin"?
Joe güldü. "Çok genç ve yine de çok kuşkucu." Büyük keyif olarak cıkcıkladı. "Benim için en kötüsünü düşünüyorsun."
"En kötüsünü düşünmek gibi bir alışkanlığım var." Kylie, Joe'nun masasının üzerine bir zarf bıraktı. "Bir şeyi bulman için seni tutmak istiyorum."
"İçeriye göz atmaya çalışacağım," dedi. "Güven bana, bu bölgeyi iyi bilirim. Pek tekin değildir, bu yüzden sen..."
Kylie parmağını havaya kaldırdı. "Tam bu noktada seni durdurmama izin ver. Eğer içindeki mağara adamını dışarı çıkarıp 'kamyonete kal' dersen Vinnie 'yi üzerine salacağım."
Joe, Kylie'nin kucağında horlayarak uyuyan köpeğe baktı. "Evet, haklısın. O üç kiloluk sıçan ödümü patlatıyor."
"Vinnie' nin beş kilo olduğunu bilmeni isterim. Peki, tamam, başka bir ödeşme şekli bulacağım."
"Elinden geleni ardına koyma," diye mırıldandı Joe, Kylie'nin yanaklarını aydınlatan kızarıklığın tadını çıkararak.
Genç kadının yüzünde her ne gördüyse bu onu güldürdü. Omuzları sarsılarak sessizce gülerken, keyfi içten ve samimiydi.
"Senin..." Joe parmağıyla saçlarını işaret etti ve Kylie elini başına götürdü.
Peruğu yamulmuştu. "Kahretsin."
"Peruğu çıkar, Kylie, dedi Joe sırıtarak." Hiçbir şeyi gizlediği yok."
"Yok mu?"
"Hayır. Seni her yerde tanırdım."
"Sen bana mı gülüyorsun?" diye sordu Kylie.
"Seninle gülüyorum," dedi Joe. "Her zaman seninle."
"Ama ben gülmüyorum."
Joe, genç kadının keyfini yerine getirmeye çalıştı. "Kylie, iş ve aile yaşantım göz önüne alındığında sence günde kaç defa gülüyorumdur?"
"Ben..." Kylie içini çekerek başını salladı. "Bilmiyorum."
"Neredeyse hiç," diye itiraf etti Joe. "Seninle olmadığım sürece." Ve bu gerçek bir itiraftı. "Bu yüzden senin yanında olmaktan keyif aldığım için özür dilemeyeceğim."
"Israrcı ve kibirli olduğunu söylemiş olsam bile mi? Ve buyurganı da unutma."
"Evet, ama aynı zamanda ateşli ve seksi olduğumu da söyledin."
"Söyledim ama ille bilmem gerekiyorsa bu çok sinir bozucu," dedi Kylie.
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