Holiday Wishes: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella

Holiday Wishes: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella

by Jill Shalvis
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Holiday Wishes: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
JWright57 6 days ago
Jill Shalvis certainly knows hopes to write a novella that goes with the holiday season, Christmas is a magical time of year and Holiday Wishes is a magical read. I have only read 2 books in the Heartbreaker Bay series and both were the Christmas stories, to be honest it really didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the previous books because I was captivated and drawn into the magic and I now need to read the other books. This book may be short but it still has everything you want from a romance, it’s a second chance love story with plenty of holiday cheer, it will steal a piece of your heart and what can I say about the ending apart from it was perfect. If you love Christmas and Romance you will want to one click Holiday Wishes.
MaimeosAngelsEL 9 days ago
4 star review of Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis What's not to love? It's the most magical time of the year and also happens to be my most favourite holiday. I love any story that is centred on Christmas; it’s a time for family and friends to get together. I would say if you haven’t read the other books in the Heartbreaker Bay series I would do so prior to reading Holiday Wishes, but that is just my opinion. This is a Christmas Novella from the Heartbreaker Bay series and a quick read which will get you in to the mood for the holiday season. Holiday wishes is a heart warming second chance at love story. When Sean returns home for his older brother’s bachelor party all he wants is to survive the weekend. He has become tired of his casual hookups and is learning that he may well want to settle down. Imagine his shock when he sees Lotti, the women who told him 10 years ago that she loved him but who now wants to hook up for a night or two with no strings attached; how the tables have turned. Can the magic of Christmas bring Sean and Lotti together? Or will they be destined to pass in the night ?
gaele 15 days ago
Finn and Pru’s wedding day is fast approaching and everyone is excited. As Finn’s best man, Sean has taken over the planning of the bachelor and bachelorette parties: with this group of friends that have built their own family, there is no way the two will be separate. So after finding the perfect place to make Pru happy, Sean has booked them into a small Victorian B&B, rented a large van to drive everyone, set up a wine tasting and a small party, and is determined to give Pru and Finn the best time possible. From the start there were little problems: torrential downpours with wind and lashing rain, dicey electrics at the old B&B, mudslides that derail their check-out time and close roads and their wedding venue, and the B&B is run by an old high-school one night stand that Sean ran from all those years ago. Lotti isn’t going to let Sean off easily – she’s hurt and trying to convince herself that she doesn’t remember the feelings she had for him. In fact, with a rough year that just got rougher with her latest breakup, she’s only wanting to disappear for Christmas, heading to Cabo for 2 weeks of sun, sand and NSA sex with surfers. Of course, none of that is going to happen with road closures and a state of emergency ending her plans of Sean and company leaving and her heading to the airport. This truly was Sean and Lotti’s story: his regret and guilt becoming a character of its own in this. He’s desperate to make Finn’s wedding a success and give him just a bit back for the years of grief he caused as a teen. Seeing Lotti after all these years, Sean also is guilty about how he ran away from her feelings, closing himself off. Yes, he realizes he was young, but he behaved abominably and he would like nothing more than a second chance. Lotti lost her father, gained a nagging parrot, lost a fiancé a week before the wedding, and has just lost her last boyfriend. She has always remembered Sean, the first boy she ever loved: and that, and every relationship after it, ended badly. She’s scared and hurt and determined to not give Sean a break, or to let him in. There was everything in this story that anyone could want: lots of love displayed within the friends, plenty of drama with the storms, Sean’s palpable guilt about his mistakes and his determination to make everything right, and the gentle and giving approach he takes to work his way back into Lotti’s heart. Of all the characters, Sean has grown up the most in this series, and shown that the friendships and love connections in this group have shown him new possibilities and options, letting him see, not just feel, that love and friendship can become that touchstone. While I wanted a bit more of the wedding and Sean’s officiating of it, the Elle-like precision where it seemed as if the pieces fell together seamlessly, and the lovely recognition of the bond between Lotti and Sean was wonderful and left me smiling. A favorite series for sure, and one that is sure to be read and re-read often. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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AliTheDragonSlayer 5 days ago
Jill Shalvis is my go-to author whenever I want a romantic, uplifting, heartwarming story. Sassy girls and extremely gorgeous men with attitude provide the ideal ingredients for an enjoyable read. Mix in her trademark humour and Christmas and it all becomes very special. Holiday Wishes is another novella in the Heartbreaker Bay series, it can be read as a standalone but all the others are so damn good you’d be crazy to miss them. This time it’s Sean’s story, a wild, sexy, rebel in his youth he is finally taking things seriously by accepting the role of best man and organising big brother Finn’s wedding to Pru. The gang of friends who we have grown to love all head to a little B&B for the bachelor/ette party weekend. Unknown to Sean it’s owned and run by Lotti, the teenager he lost his virginity with ten years previously. Being the player that he was he left her stranded and in the process broke both their hearts. The chemistry between them still sizzles but how can Lotti trust him again? This is such a scorcher of a story, Sean is just irresistible I fell for him at the start, Lotti has enough balls to make it entertaining. This is such a short, quick but satisfying book .. read it, enjoy it and just wish you could be in that B&B! Five sparkly, festive stars yet again for this series.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 7 days ago
Finn’s sexy little brother gets his girl. The Heartbreaker Bay gang is together at a B&B for Finn & Pru’s Christmastime wedding. I totally enjoyed seeing the gang outside San Francisco and seeing Sean come into his own. Sweet romantic fun.
Caroles_Random_Life 13 days ago
This was such a nice little story! I have really enjoyed all of the the books and novellas in the Heartbreaker Bay series and Holiday Wishes was no exception. This novella can easily be read as a stand alone story but readers of the series will enjoy seeing characters from previous books make an appearance in this installment. I had such a good time reading Sean and Lotti's story. Sean and Lotti are the focus of this story. Sean is taking his role as best man for his brother's wedding very seriously. He wants to make sure everything goes perfectly for the weekend the group has planned at a Bed and Breakfast. He is in for a surprise when he finds his high school girlfriend running the establishment. I love second chance romances and I thought that this one worked really well. When Sean and Lotti were together last, they were teenagers going through a lot of things and they made some mistakes. They had a lot of chemistry and I really wanted to see them make it work this time. They really were very good together and just seemed to fit. I was really surprised by how detailed their background was despite the length of this story. I was cheering for this pair to get their happily ever after. It was really nice to see all of the characters that I have come to love in the series play a role in this book. We get to see the first wedding in the group and I enjoyed seeing the whole group work together to give their friends a perfect day. I have really liked Sean from his first appearance in the first book and I liked Lotti just as much. I would recommend this story to fans of contemporary romance. It was a really nice romance that should appeal to many. I can't wait to read more of this fantastic series! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
Barb-TRC 14 days ago
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis is a Chrismas novella in her wonderful Heartbreaker Bay series. Sean O’Reilly, our hero, is travelling with a group of family and friends to a Bed and Breakfast to spend the weekend with Bachelor/Bachlorette parties. Sean’s brother is getting married and he wants to make sure everything for the wedding party goes as planned., before they head to the venue for the wedding. When they arrive at the Inn, Sean goes to the desk and is shocked to see an old school flame running the Inn. Lotti Hartford, our heroine, is also shocked to see Sean again. It’s been 10 years since he walked out on her, after she had told him she loved him. Needless to say, Lotti isn’t thrilled to see Sean, and totally ignores him. But fate has its own plans: a terrible storm suddenly arrives, causing road blockage and forcing them to have to stay longer then the weekend, and delaying the wedding at the venue. Sean is determined to prove himself to Lotti, as he feels he has changed, especially watching his older brother falling in love and getting married. He has always been known as “the hook-up King”, something he no longer wants. His feelings for Lottie are rekindled, but now he has to win her over again. Lotti is not interested in any relationship, as her fiancée just dumped her. What follows is a second chance romance, and with the extra time, and convincing Lotti to have the wedding at the B&B, their romance will heat up. They both succumb to their lust for each other, but know that it is only for the couple of days they are there. Lotti is going on vacation (planned trip for honeymoon that fell through), and she accepts that Sean will leave again. Holiday Wishes was a short story, but a sweet fun heartwarming romance, that not only had a Christmas theme, but lots of adventure with the storm, makeshift wedding, and a hot sexy couple. Anything by Jill Shalvis is always going to be good, and even in a novella, it was a perfect taste of what will come in the next novel in Heartbreaker Bay series.
Arys 14 days ago
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis is a sweet and sexy romance. Sean O'Riley owes his brother Finn who has had his back through thick and thin over the years since they lost their parents and planning Finn's bachelor/bachelorette party weekend is a way to give back for all Finn has done. Lotti Hartford is ready for a break, from her job at the B&B, from the cold rainy weather, and from failed commitments. Neither Sean or Lotti is expecting to see their "first" right before Lotti's planned vacation or Sean's harried plan to give back to his big brother. At first things seem ok, but when the weather starts knocking out the power and washing out the roads, Lotti can't escape for her vacation, Sean needs to find a solution for his brother's wedding, now that they aren't leaving the B&B, and most of all they can't escape each other. I liked how each really had never gotten over their High School crush of each other. Each made teenage mistakes which had lasting effects. Sean's dedication to his brother and to Lotti are endearing and Lotti slowly opens up to the new Sean who worms his way back into her life, and her heart. Overall, I very much enjoyed and recommend Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis. The romantic setting and sweet characters. Sean and Lotti are easy to fall for, fun and passionate. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
sbart84 15 days ago
A second chance romance at Christmas, how perfect. Lottie and Sean were friends in the past, with a one night stand, now fast forward when they meet up again at the B&B that Lottie runs, Sean is there for bachelor/bachelorlette party of Pru and Finn. Can Sean win Lottie over. Lottie is not interested in opening her heart again. Loved this story, a quick read for the busy holiday season and keeps us loving Heartbreaker Bay. This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.
AboutThatStory 15 days ago
This was a totally entertaining story that packed a punch. It was fantastic read with genuine characters, the perfect mix of sweet and sexy with a just the right amount of emotion and playfulness. I loved this and thought it was a great addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series. Sean and Lotti were such likeable characters and I loved their story. Even though it’s a novella it felt really full with great details and an awesome build. It was fast paced but I didn't feel like I was missing anything. I found this to be super fun and couldn't stop smiling. I liked learning Sean and Lotti’s history, the complications in their life, and were they are now. They’ve got got an awesome attraction happening after all these years and I loved their flirty playfulness and electric chemistry. It it was thrilling watching them reconnect. Holiday Wishes had a great feel to it. It was a totally enjoyable, cute, second chance romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved seeing the other characters from the Heartbreaker Bay series as well, that was a perfect addition that really rounded it all out. So entertaining and sweet with the right mix of sexiness thrown in. The perfect afternoon read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Lauren817 15 days ago
After reading Chasing Christmas Eve earlier this fall, Jill Shalvis ended up on my must-read authors list, especially when the crew from Heartbreaker Bay is involved! So when I found out that Jill wasn't just giving us just one but TWO holiday themed books this year, I was BEYOND excited! How could we possibly be that fortunate? As it turns out, we could in fact be that lucky and even more so, because Holiday Wishes? Yeah, it's a whole lot of adorable, swoon worthy fun - so much fun in fact that it didn't even bother me that it was a novella length (me and novellas have a love-hate relationship). Well, until the end when all I wanted was more, more, more but that's beside the point. Holiday Wishes is told in the alternating perspectives of Sean O’Riley and Lotti Hartford. Trust me when I say there's so much to love about these two! Sean is typical bad boy gone good, and there's not much I love more than redeemed bad boy hero. I loved how much time and work Sean put into making his brother's special day perfect. Better yet, I loved how much effort he also put into making Lotti see him as an actual human being again - one that would (hopefully) not break her heart into a million pieces this time. He was charming, sexy, and laugh-out loud funny. Basically, I was swooning the whole way through! Lotti, on the other hand, is the classic case of "I'm-smiling-on-the-outside-but-dying-on-the-inside." If loosing her father didn't already hurt enough, it certainly didn't help the situation that her fiancé broke off their engagement soon after. Lotti is THIS CLOSE to swearing off relationships, and rightfully so. Lotti was so incredibly lovable - I loved her reactions/interactions to/with Sean (the one at the start - so something I would do!), her pet parrot, and her desire to still have that HEA. While this book is a novella, Jill Shalvis still managed to successfully shove a lot of action, romance, and fun into the plot! The romance between Sean and Lotti was tension filled, and while I knew they'd end up together (hopefully!), I still got those will-they-or-won't-they vibes I always love. Better yet, I loved the wedding adventures and disasters! Last but not least, the setting was PERECT! What say holiday fun better than a cozy inn in the country side? The answer: NOTHING! In all, I can't urge you enough to add Holiday Wishes to your holiday reading lists! Honestly, I may have even liked this one better than Chasing Christmas Eve. Grade: A-
mamalovestoread22 15 days ago
Ten years ago Sean O’Riley and Lotti Hartford shared a blissful night of passion, then she made her feelings for him known, and Sean didn't utter a word, leaving things awkward between them. Which ultimately caused them to part, a Sean has regretted it everyday since. Now he finds himself standing before her, and watching her heartbreak all over again, only this time he isn't the one doing the breaking, and he wants nothing more to be the shoulder she needs right now... but she doesn't seem to want to acknowledge his existence. What is a guy to do? Lottie Hartford is done with relationships, feelings and anything of the sort, she is tired of going all in only to have her heart broke in the end. So she decides it's time to abandoned her good girl ways, and become the girl who walks on the wild side, and only does strings free when it comes to men. And she has her eye on the perfect playboy to help her embrace her new lifestyle... but the playboy is ready to change his ways and become a one woman kind of man! Holiday Wishes is a funny, uplifting, charming little novella that's sure to put you in the holiday spirit!! Lottie and Sean had once found love, but then timing wasn't right and they parted ways, now they find themselves reunited, each wanting different things, and love once again coming into play. This was such a fun read, watching these two maneuver through feelings and their complicated past, and finding a way to come out on the other side of it happy and together. The story line was filled with moments that warmed my heart, moments that had me giggling out loud, and moments that had me saying "oh,my". I highly recommend you get your hands on this one, Ms. Shalvis's endearing characters are sure to treat you to a memorable and blissful literary escape! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
book_junkee 15 days ago
I had just finished the previous book when I saw that I had this one too, so I just had to keep reading. Love love love Sean and Lotti. He's been fun to read in the other books and she's hilarious and together they're adorable. I loved that they have a history and that what they want in the present is completely opposite from what they had. Plot wise, it moves pretty fast, especially since it's just a weekend. The angst is at an all time low and the sweetness was up. Oh, and the UST is palpable. Overall, it was a super cute and quick read. I would have loved to get a full book for Sean, but I really like this piece of time. And I can't wait to see them again in the next book. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
beckymmoe 15 days ago
Such a sweet second chance novella! Holiday Wishes is a short novella, but it packs a punch. If you've read the other books in the series, nearly all of the series characters show up here (I think last year's Christmas novella is the only exception), which is awesome; if you haven't read them, it's still a really cute story and nice intro to the series. Sean's acting as best man for his older brother (Finn from book one, Sweet Little Lies ), and with Finn and Pru's example and the fact that most of their friends group is pairing up, he's already been thinking that his love 'em and leave 'em lifestyle is growing old. Then he runs into Lotti, the first girl he loved and left (it wasn't totally his fault--they were young and life wasn't doing anything to help them out at the time, but still...) Lotti wants nothing to do with him, but he's a paying customer and Mother Nature has other ideas, so... Things happen pretty quickly, because this is a short story, but the fact that the two of them have a history makes their relationship feel like less of a stretch. There's a teaser at the end for Joe and Kylie's story that has me counting the days until January 23... Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Maria-Rose 15 days ago
This second chance holiday novella gives hero Sean O’Riley a chance to make up for lost time and mistakes when he encounters a young woman whom he spent a special night with in high school – then got scared by his strong emotions and ghosted her when she moved away, not returning her letters. Encountering her at a holiday B&B as his brother Finn and fiancée Pru are ready to get married means he’s got a short window of time to convince her that he’s changed for the better. Lotti Hartford might have gotten over her broken heart but the way Sean dismissed her from his life left her wary of entering new relationships. Running a bed and breakfast doesn’t give her much time to date anyway, and her most recent attempt has just fallen flat – embarrassingly with Sean overhearing the breakup as he and his crew are staying at the B&B for the few days prior to heading to winery for the wedding. A freak storm leaves them stranded, and Lotti too as she’d been planning a getaway to Cabo that she sorely needed. Is it a sign for Sean and Lotti that fate is giving them a second chance? I’ve been really enjoying the Heartbreaker Bay series, and the short holiday novellas that are part of the series (One Snowy Night, and this one) give a nice taste of the characters and their relationships without going into too much detail. Sean was a key character in Sweet Little Lies (book 1 of the series) so it’s great to see him get a story of his own. He gets a chance to apologize for his past behavior (though they can both admit now that they’re older that it wasn’t their time) and even better, convinces Lotti to give him another go in the bedroom. There’s a couple of sexy scenes as they make their way back to each other, and the ending is more happy for now than happy ever after which suits the story length. Plus we get a wedding! If you want a quick, sweet and sexy holiday read, you’ll enjoy curling up with this one.
tradermare 15 days ago
Jill Shalvis adds another sweet romance to the Heartbreaker Bay series with this novella surrounding Sean O'Riley and a former lover against the backdrop of Finn and Pru's bachelorette/ bachelor party. When the gang from Heartbreaker Bay travel north to a B&B for the festivities, Sean isn't expecting to run into Lottie, the girl he gave his virginity to and vice versa. She's not all that thrilled to see him either, as she's angry with Sean for good reason. Seems that Sean never communicated with Lottie after that fateful day. Fast forward ten years later and Lottie is faced with Sean all over again. She's never really gotten over him, and their time together colored all her relationships after him. She's about to go on a vacation to shake his influence on her when Mother Nature steps forcing road closures, causing Pru and Finn to lose their wedding location. Sean has to prove to Lottie that he's changed at the same time he's searching for a new location for his brother's wedding. It's a big task, but Sean is definitely up to it because seeing Lottie makes him realize just what he lost ten years ago. Holiday Wishes is a very sweet second chance love story that melted my heart. Sean is super sexy and his past has made him long for what Finn has found with Pru. Meeting Lottie again just puts all the pieces in place for these two and I loved their story. It's a perfectly sized novella with a double whammy of two relationships finding their HEA.
bouncyberthaCR 16 days ago
4.5 - "You go ahead and give ignoring what's still between us your best shot... I'll wait right here." Stars! Christmas would not be the same without at least one offering from Jill Shalvis, and lucky us we get two in 2017, following on from Chasing Christmas Eve; Holiday Wishes gives us Sean O’Riley’s story. Sean is Finn’s younger brother, the brother who no one has any expectations of, and expect nothing from. Finn being the elder brother always sorted everything out for him when he was younger, and has also spent the better part of his life since keeping him out of trouble. "I’ve learned a whole lot since then." But things change, and Sean wants to prove to Finn that he has grown up and capable of being responsible, by taking on the planning of the joint Bachelor/Bachelorette weekend in Charlotte Hartford’s B&B, and their first meeting after so many years, doesn’t exactly go how Sean expects it too. "We’re not getting out of here and neither are you." Mother Nature has other ideas though, and leaves Sean and the rest of the party trapped for more than the weekend they were planning to stay. But Sean is not going to let the weather spoil the wedding and looks to Lottie for help. But she has plans, which don’t include planning a wedding on the bounce, over her first Christmas off in years. "Maybe you’re not the only one who grew up." Sun, sea, and a sexy surfer to ease a little of the ‘stress’ she has been under was firmly on her agenda, so being trapped with the guy who took her virginity and then left her straight afterward, and helping him make his brother’s wedding go off without a hitch is really not something she wants to contemplate. He was even more appealing than he’d been all those years ago. It’s not a secret that I am a huge fan of this author, and this series has gone from strength to strength with each book added to it. While this was a relatively quick read, it was great to spend some more time with the Heartbreaker Bay crew over Christmas, and to see Sean, step up, man up and grown up in taking on the responsibility of making sure Pru and Finn got the wedding they deserved. The second-chance with Lottie, rounded things out nicely, and I cannot wait to get back to this series when we return for book five About That Kiss January 2018.
bouncyberthaCR 16 days ago
4.5 - "You go ahead and give ignoring what's still between us your best shot... I'll wait right here." Stars! Christmas would not be the same without at least one offering from Jill Shalvis, and lucky us we get two in 2017, following on from Chasing Christmas Eve; Holiday Wishes gives us Sean O’Riley’s story. Sean is Finn’s younger brother, the brother who no one has any expectations of, and expect nothing from. Finn being the elder brother always sorted everything out for him when he was younger, and has also spent the better part of his life since keeping him out of trouble. "I’ve learned a whole lot since then." But things change, and Sean wants to prove to Finn that he has grown up and capable of being responsible, by taking on the planning of the joint Bachelor/Bachelorette weekend in Charlotte Hartford’s B&B, and their first meeting after so many years, doesn’t exactly go how Sean expects it too. "We’re not getting out of here and neither are you." Mother Nature has other ideas though, and leaves Sean and the rest of the party trapped for more than the weekend they were planning to stay. But Sean is not going to let the weather spoil the wedding and looks to Lottie for help. But she has plans, which don’t include planning a wedding on the bounce, over her first Christmas off in years. "Maybe you’re not the only one who grew up." Sun, sea, and a sexy surfer to ease a little of the ‘stress’ she has been under was firmly on her agenda, so being trapped with the guy who took her virginity and then left her straight afterward, and helping him make his brother’s wedding go off without a hitch is really not something she wants to contemplate. He was even more appealing than he’d been all those years ago. It’s not a secret that I am a huge fan of this author, and this series has gone from strength to strength with each book added to it. While this was a relatively quick read, it was great to spend some more time with the Heartbreaker Bay crew over Christmas, and to see Sean, step up, man up and grown up in taking on the responsibility of making sure Pru and Finn got the wedding they deserved. The second-chance with Lottie, rounded things out nicely, and I cannot wait to get back to this series when we return for book five About That Kiss January 2018.
Lashea677 16 days ago
Love never goes according to plan. People grow up, drift apart and all that remains is a broken heart. What happens when the one that got away, decides to come back to stay? Trouble! Holiday Wishes is tearfully funny, emotionally stunning and hard to resist like the sweetest of honey. For Sean and Lotti, what if, becomes why me. Ms. Shalvis pulls out the charm on a sleigh ride to happily ever after. Dashing through the snow is an entertaining delight, when the hunks of Heartbreaker Bay are along for the ride.
CathyGeha 16 days ago
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis Heartbreaker Bay #4.5 This was a wonderful second chance at romance novella that I could not put down. It made me smile, care, hope and feel. I was entertained and hopeful as Sean and Lotti met up again, their back story was shared and the possibility of their finding a HEA together was explored. The setting at her B&B where Finn and Pru were staying with their wedding party was perfect and so was the camaraderie and pulling together of the wedding party to make the wedding extra special. Sean was oh so romantic, Lotti was a hoot if a bit reserved at first and the dialogue perfect. I love this series, this story and the author that creates such wonderful stories! Thank you to Harper Collins who bequeathed me a copy of this novella through Edelweiss – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Anonymous 8 days ago
Charlotte hasn't seen Sean since he broke up with her in High School. He realizes how dumb he was to let her go. Can he win her back now? Well written holiday novella. Jill characters are strong enough to bring the story to life.