Hot Winter Nights: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel

Hot Winter Nights: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel

by Jill Shalvis

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback)

$6.41 $7.99 Save 20% Current price is $6.41, Original price is $7.99. You Save 20%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Wednesday, October 24?   Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Shipping at checkout.
    Same Day shipping in Manhattan. 
    See Details


Hot Winter Nights: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis

First Time Available

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062741837
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Series: Heartbreaker Bay Series , #6
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 8,599
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times 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, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Hot Winter Nights: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
gaele 26 days ago
Molly Malone has spent the past two years as Office Manager at Hunt Investigations, first proving she could handle the basics, and quickly becoming indispensable to Archer and the boys: her research is impeccable, organization skills second to none – and she makes the best coffee in the building. Oh – and she does all of this without allowing herself to be over-talked, bullied, pushed or ignored by the boys, even when they are desperate to ignore her. But Molly, despite having solid friendships, a brother who is constantly on the lookout for her, a new sister-in-law and plenty of tasks to keep her busy, is bored. She wants more challenges – to be put in the field and in charge of her own case – despite the near-constant refrains from her boss and his crew that she isn’t ready. Lucas took a bullet while rescuing an innocent in his last assignment, and is feeling more than a bit restless with the ‘doctor mandated’ resting period. That boredom also popped him off his game when after downing his painkillers, he joined the crew at Finn’s pub downstairs, and a glass of whiskey left him waking in the morning to an unknown woman in his bed and no memory of the night before. Lucas has been, for the last few years, unwilling to commit to a relationship, or even more than a second date. He’s also pulled back from his family, keeping them ignorant of his very dangerous job, and the thrill he gets. But this, with a night he doesn’t remember with Molly of all people, his partner’s little sister, he’s sure that nothing but trouble will follow. Far more a story of Lucas and Molly as they find their relationship moving from friends to working operative colleagues to lovers, and all of the individual hang ups that they both have regarding relationships. Oh, and the action – serious action as everyone at Hunt Investigations sees that Molly, despite being mouthier than is strictly necessary, isn’t all talk – she can (and does) back it up with some seriously clever moves that she’s learned and adapted to allow for the lasting effects of her injuries. And when Lucas is first confronted with the business end of a shotgun when meeting Molly’s father, the horrifyingly hysterical realization comes to readers that these two are meant to be – even though they don’t see it themselves. Add in the attraction that leaps off the page, two characters more interested in remaining independent despite their off-the-chains chemistry than they expected, and quickly fall into the ‘no strings’ trap that, of course, ties them both up in knots to rival a macramé hammock, their fate is nearly destined. Nearly only because the operation they are both working on quickly goes pear-shaped, and both their lives are in danger… If you’ve not read the Heartbreaker Bay series – What are you waiting for? Go Get it NOW. What’s not to like? You’ve got friends to lovers, solid friendships, puppies, Alpha males who are little more than putty when it comes to their women, a legendary fountain, issues to work through and plenty of laughs and more than a subtle push from a homeless hippie who misses nothing. And, it’s got the moments from Shalvis that everyone loves: that small-town community feel where everyone has a place and someone to watch their back, chemistry that is off the chain, puppies, snark, laughs and acceptance that all come together with a dash of magic: guaranteed to take you away on an adventure. And, better still, if you’ve read the series – this is yet another
Anonymous 7 hours ago
Jill Shalvis does it again! Another book to make you swoon, laugh and all those other happy feels. Reading this was the best way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Suze-Lavender 7 days ago
Molly is ready for the next step in her career. She wants to be an active participant in a case at Hunt Investigations, the company she works for. Because of an overprotective brother this isn’t happening though, until the company decides not to accept a bad Santa case. Instead, Molly takes it to prove she’s just as capable as the men she’s working for. The only coworker who’s backing her up is Lucas. He believes in Molly, but they are in a complicated situation. Lucas was on medical leave because of being shot, when one night Molly ended up in his bed. He can’t remember what happened though, will she tell him and will she allow him to help her with the case? Molly and Lucas are a good team. Lucas would love to get to know her better, but the traumatized Molly has built a large wall around her heart. Because of their bad Santa case Molly and Lucas spend a lot of extra time together. Will she give him a chance to come closer when sparks fly? What will happen when their case appears to be much more serious than they thought, can they handle solving it together or are they in over their heads? Hot Winter Nights is a fabulous gripping romantic story. Molly is fierce, independent and brave. I liked her fiery spirit a lot. Lucas is a gentle, but heartbroken man and when he’s with Molly he feels lighter and more alive. I loved how well he knows her and how much he likes her. It was wonderful to witness his determination to make Molly his and I couldn’t wait to find out if he’d succeed. Or not. There are plenty of sparks between them and I was eager to find out if they’d be ready to give love another chance. Jill Shalvis knows how to write about love. I always like how well her main characters fit together. It’s fun to see if they will find their happily ever after. I’ve read a lot of her books and her compelling descriptive writing always manages to captivate me straight from the beginning. I enjoyed Molly and Lucas’s story very much. They’re special people who deserve to find their soul mate. Hot Winter Nights is wonderfully charming and delightfully entertaining with plenty of chemistry and a nice dosage of suspense.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Once again another good one
CaraR80 13 days ago
We are back with book 6 in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis! And Hot Winter Nights simply has it all! Falling in love with his friend's sister, a bunch of crazy grandmas and staking out Santa! Hot Winter Nights is Molly Malone's book, and if you have read any of the other Heartbreaker Bay series, then you know Molly is PI Joe Malone's (About That Kiss) sister, and with her overbearing brother and hardcore father who is the takes the grumpy old man award, add to that her injuries that she sustained as a teen and her unrequited love for Lucas Knight, her co-worker at Hunt Investigation. So when some elderly friends need help, and everyone around her says no, Molly sticks out on her own. After suffering a gunshot wound, that has cause Lucas to be off work from Hunt Investigation for a few weeks, has driven Lucas mad! Not only is he missing the gritting PI life, but working with his best friends Joe and Archer, but he can't even push his luck and go back early, cause Archer is also his boss. But when he wakes next to this hot redhead who turns out to be Molly, he is torn. He knows he wants Molly, but he can't "have" her! Not only because of the bro code but because he doesn't feel worthy of her love. But when Archer tells Lucas to watch out for Molly on her investigation, that is putting too much temptation in the way! But this book is more than just a simple romance, this book is about taking a chance, learning to live with your past and being a stronger person, even when everyone around you wants to wrap you in cotton! And that is one of the other things I love about Jill Shalvis writing, there is always a bigger picture.
BooksCoffeePassion 16 days ago
I’ve been waiting impatiently for Hot Winter Nights, the sixth book in the Heartbreaker Bay Series, since I’ve read About that Kiss because the chemistry was insane every time Molly and Lucas were in the same room. I knew that with all those heated looks between them, and the fact that Molly is Lucas’ best friend little sister, their story was going to be amazing! Turns out, I was right! Jill Shalvis is slaying me with this series! Molly works at Hunt Investigations as an office manager, even though she loves her job she wants to take on a different role. She knows she’s prepared for it but she has to convince Archer and her overprotective brother Joe that she is ready to investigate cases. She’s restless and she’s tired of being babied. Molly is probably the strongest heroine in this series, after Elle of course (no one is as hardcore as Elle!), she’s sassy, confident, sexy, smart and she drives Lucas insane with plenty of hilarious moments. Lucas is a strong, protective, smart, sexy, alpha man whore male, closed off emotionally because of his heart breaking past, that thinks Molly’s way out of his league. What I loved more about Lucas was that he always got what Molly needed, he was in perfect sync with her feelings and he didn’t tried to smother her with his protectiveness. I’d say he’s the sweetest guy of the group. So, there’s a lot happening in Hot Winter Nights, the night Lucas and Molly spend together (one night that Lucas doesn’t recall at all) puts everything in motion, there’s a very serious case involving sweet elves and a bad Santa, Archer and Joe trying to baby Molly, all the crazy gang meddling in everything with lots of hilarious dialogue, the sizzling chemistry between Lucas and Molly and very entertaining funny, crazy banter. Hot Winter Nights is another must read in this amazing series, highly recommended.
Lala_books 20 days ago
Hot Winter Nights is book six in the .Heartbreaker Bay series but it can totally be read as a standalone book. In my crazy world it is my safe place when I can read one of Jill Shalvis' novels. Because they never let you down. Like this new book. It has been a fun read just like all the other books. So I'm in love again. With the characters, with the story. (How on earth could I not fall in love with a book, where there is a bad Santa with his adorable elves?) I had been waiting for Molly's and Lucas' story as I could feel their chemistry in the previous book. But there ist the problem: Molly is off limits for Lucas for she is the little sister of his colleague and friend, Joe. So he is in denial mode, of course. He says they should forget the night which they spent together. And which he craves to remember so hard because he is attracted to her so much of course. Just like Molly to him. I loved how Lucas treated Molly with all her trust issues and scars. Lucas believed in her and saw her like no one else. All the men in the office like Molly very much which means they are overprotecting and never let her try her wings. But Lucas does. He offers his help (at first he has to, as his boss charged him with that) and they work together. So he can soon realise how wonderful, strong, and amazing she is. So he falls after all. And he falls hard. I loved to see them both let their walls down. If you would like to read a very good book with a little suspense, which you cannot put down, go for it! I can highly recommend it!
WinnieL 21 days ago
Molly is a strong woman who knows what she wants and will not cower just because her boss, her brother and the guy she has a crush on - Lucas are all alpha men who just wants to protect her. Lucas is a great match for her. Despite being protective, he sees her abilities and does not hold her back. Their chemistry are just off the charts and it was great following them on their investigation on "Bad Santa", "Tommy Thumbs" and "Mrs Claus. Can't wait for the next book.
teachlz 21 days ago
Show more Review Lindas Book Obsession Review of “Hot Winter Nights” by Jill Shalvis Jill Shalvis, Author of “Hot Winter Nights” has written an engaging, entertaining, witty, romantic and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery and Romance. Jill Shalvis describes her colorful characters as quirky, complex, and complicated. Have you ever heard of a “Naughty or Bad Santa?” It seems that several senior citizen “elves” are waiting at Hunt Investigations for Molly Malone, office manager to help make Christmas right. This is not a case that Hunt Investigation usually deals with, and if the bosses, or Molly’s brother who works there has anything to say about it, this is not a case for them. Usually Molly is there, and the elves are waiting. Where is Molly? It seems that one of the employees, Lucas Knight, recovering from a gunshot wound and on strong pain medication, had just a little “drink” the night before and finds himself out cold in bed. When he wakes up, he realizes that he has the company of an attractive brunette all wrapped in his blankets. Would you like to take a guess who that guest might be? Just keep in mind that Molly’s brother works at the agency, and is very protective of his sister. It does seem that these “elves” are convinced that there is a scam going on at the “Christmas Village”, and the workers and “elves” that work there are being underpaid.There seems to be a BINGO game that is making lots of money. When Hunt Investigations is aware that Molly might choose to get involved, they ask Lucas to watch out or babysit her. Little does anyone realize what is really going on, or the possible danger. I would recommend this romantic and easy read to those readers who enjoy a Romantic and enjoyable story.
Scarlett_Ian 21 days ago
Lucas works for a security and investigation firm but – due to being in ‘light duty’ – has been tasked to ‘babysit’ his boss’s sister Molly on her first big assignment. He can already tell this will go bad, especially since they supposedly spent the night together (too bad he can’t remember that). Molly is fiercely independent and she doesn’t need a man to babysit her; she could use with a partner though. She blackmails him into helping her but then quickly realized that the more time they spend together the harder it is to resist doing more. There was so much going on in this book – I think I was hooked from the very first chapter. And every time I thought I had figured out how the book was going to go, the author shook it up on me. The connection between the Hero and the heroine is perfect; they’re both hardened by past events but together they work to overcome everything and realize they may be better together. The cast of characters around them add humor and depth to the story and just make it that much better. This is not an afternoon read – Amazon has it listed at 384 pages, but in addition to the length there really is a lot of information packed into the book. You’ll love every minute spent reading it though! **4.5 Stars - I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader copy of this book.
BookAngel_Emma 22 days ago
4.5/5 What is it about the Heartbreaker Bay series that makes me want to re-read each book whenever there is a new one added In Hot Winter Nights it is Molly's turn to step into the spotlight. You may remember Molly as the smart-alec sister of Joe and sassy office manager for the security team owned by Archer; because of Molly's connection to two of the main character within the series we already know quite a bit of her background story including how she got her limp and the struggles she and Joe had grown up with a veteran father suffering from PTSD. Molly needs to feel as if she is making a difference, she is 100% career focused due to her insecurities where relationships are concerned following a number of incidents leaving her heart bruised and confidence in tatters. Determined to support herself and not be seen as weak, Molly is trying to get Archer to progress her career into that of an operative rather than purely support staff, However, Archer and Joe both have overprotective tendencies to overcome before they can consider Molly for a more active role within the company. Approached by an elderly neighbour to look into a #badsanta provides Molly with the opportunity to prove herself while helping her neighbours. With Lucas on medically induced light work, he is assigned to 'babysit' Molly, although he has more confidence in her abilities than either Joe or Archer whose perceptions of Molly are clouded by their own experiences.  There have always been flickers of attraction between Molly and Lucas but their work situation and Lucas' friendship with Joe have prevented them from acting up their desires. Forced into close proximity only serves to take those flickers and turn them into an inferno!!! Unfortunately, Lucas and Molly's emotional baggage prevent them from trusting their feelings and each other fully. It is only when their #badsanta case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn are they able to admit to themselves the depth of their emotions. They only have to get past #badsanta and the #naughtyelves to be able to confess their feelings to each other.  I loved learning more about Lucas throughout Hot Winter Nights and witness his transformation through his relationship with Molly  ❤ The whole gang from the Heartbreaker Bay series make an appearance through Hot Winter Nights maintaining the incredible connection to the series as a whole and allowing fans to follow the progression of each of the featured couples' relationships. Jill has ingeniously laid the foundation for Caleb and Sadie's story in Playing for Keeps. I am bracing myself for another series re-read after that in January 2019
AREEDAR 22 days ago
Lucas has been just drifting through life until Molly woke up in his bed. Molly wants a chance as an investigator but Archer won’t let her. Finding a case to investigate on her own is her chance to prove herself. Lucas is asked to watch over her but ends up falling hard for her. Now to convince her to take a chance.
beckymmoe 23 days ago
OMG--Lucas! and Molly! So worth the wait :) Molly--kinda, sorta--finally gets a chance to investigate a case (it's almost with her boss's approval...), the "bad Santa" case the blurb hints at. It's pretty much everything you hope it will be--pretty dangerous, with a side of slightly ridiculous (OMG, the elf costumes. And the geriatric co-workers...) and Lucas is exactly the partner that she needs for the job. He doesn't tell her "it's too dangerous" or coddle her like her brother and boss probably would have, and she returns the favor by not being TSTL throughout. I won't tell you who saves the day in the end, but it's not him. ;) On top of that, their chemistry (of course!) is the reason for the "hot winter nights" of the title. When those two are on the page--even if it's a page that she happens to be less than happy with him on--just. Watch. Out. I can't wait for future series books, and not just to see what's in store for the rest of the gang but also to get more glimpses of Molly and Lucas as they live out their HEA. I love this group of characters! :) Hot Winter Nights, like the rest of the books in the series, should work just fine as a standalone. Although all of the characters that Ms. Shalvis has created for this series are constantly up in each others' business (in a good way! Kind of...) you don't have to have read the other books to appreciate this one. I'm not saying you won't want to, though... Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
BBBGirlsBlog 23 days ago
Hot Winter Nights was so much fun to read. Every time I finish a Jill Shalvis book I have the biggest stupid grin on my face. Her books just make me happy. Molly wants more responsibility at Hunt Investigations but her brother Joe won't allow it. She is a more than capable office manager but that's all she's allowed to do. When neighbors come to Molly with a case she can't resist helping. Her bother, Joe, knows he can't stop her from helping so he asked his best friend, Lucas, to keep eye on her.....keep her safe and out of trouble. Lucas keeps insisting that Molly is off limits BUT you know what they say about forbidden fruit....??? Suspense, lots of chemistry and humor round out a book that doesn't disappoint. Reviewed by: Heather S.
LynnB888 23 days ago
Hot, humorous and oh so fun! With the next book in her much loved Heartbreaker Bay series, Jill Shalvis brings us Lucas and Molly's story. They're a really adorable couple together, and as we learn more about each of their pasts, it only brings them closer to our hearts. I felt like the bad Santa case was a bit weak, but the relationship between Lucas and Molly was so enriched that it made it a great book regardless! Really enjoyed them! Lucas Knight is blown away by the fact that he woke up with Molly Malone in his bed ... and can't remember a thing about how she got there! Did they ... or didn't they? Molly is quick to lay on the details in an exaggerated way ... which leads him to think she might be yanking his chain. Wouldn't he remember? Molly might be pulling a fast one on Lucas, but if she finds out that he's been sent to babysit her as she takes on her first case, there will be consequences! A bad Santa stealing from his elves is sure to keep her attention as she delves. When sparks keep flying anytime she and Lucas are in the same vicinity of each other, they eventually stop resisting!
CathyGeha 23 days ago
Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis Hearetbreaker Bay #6 Sitting here thinking about what to write about this book I have a smile on my face…and…thinking about the time spent reading this book I remember smiling throughout the story of Molly and Lucas and how they finally end up with their personal happily ever after. This book is a romantic mystery with some suspense but it is also a whole lot more. Shalvis has created a community of people that come alive on the pages and are there for one another. There are friendships and relationships and couples and romances and sharing and caring and…I could go on and on. In this story we find out more about Molly Malone and Lucas Knight. Molly started out as a receptionist at Hunt Investigations where her brother Joe works. As the only female working for the business she knows she wants to be one of the investigators in the field and not stuck in the office doing research only. The team of alpha males she works with sees her more as a little sister in need of protection and yet her goal is to be on the team as an equal member out in the field. Lucas is Joe’s partner in the field and his best friend. He may have had some lustful feelings for Molly but would never act on them because she is who she is and it is just not right to go there…no matter what. And yet when he finds her in his bed one morning and can’t remember anything about the previous night well…what is he supposed to do? When Molly and Lucas end up working on the Naughty Santa investigation together their relationship begins to change. Sure, they have chemistry and know what they want and what should not happen but…one thing leads to another and the story definitely heats up in more ways than one I loved Lucas – oh my did I love him! Charming, gorgeous, fit and a perfect book boyfriend who managed to see the strong Molly that others did not! And Molly was such a strong female lead with her brains, humor, pluck and indomitable will. I loved how much both cared for friends and family and eventually for one another. The way they communicated and trusted and shared…really spoke to what a real relationship should be. I love this author, this series and this wonderful book that still has me smiling as I finish writing my review. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
MaimeosAngelsEL 23 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; the characters of Molly Malone and Lucas Knight were easy to relate to. Hot Winter Night is filled with drama, suspense, a little danger, angst, humour and endearingly tender moments. This was well written and had me captivated by the story line from chapter one. Molly is desperate to break out of the office and do some field work but her protective boss and brother do not think she is ready. They do not count on her determination to help out her neighbour who has a bad Santa situation happening and so Lucas is “encouraged” to assist her without her knowledge. I loved Molly’s determination to overcome her past. Still suffering extreme pain from an accident when she was 14, she is bound and determined that it will not stop her making the most of her job and life. Lucas, having lost a couple of important people has been closed off, determined not to get involved. Sparks have been flying between Molly and Lucas for quite a while and being thrown together as they investigate her case, it becomes harder to resist the attraction that is growing between them. What will happen when Molly finds out that her brother Joe and her boss Archer have asked Lucas to babysit her?
Caroles_Random_Life 23 days ago
I just loved Molly and Lucas! I think that I had a big old silly grin on my face the whole time I was reading this book. I went into this book with some pretty high expectations since I have enjoyed each of the previous installments in this series. I have to say that I think that this might be my favorite book in the series so far. I really found this book to be an absolute delight. This book is the sixth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series. I really do think that this book would work perfectly well as a stand-alone. Some of Molly's history is dealt with in the previous book in the series but anyone new to the series could easily learn the details right along with Lucas without impacting the enjoyment of the story. Readers of the series will enjoy getting the opportunity to check in with all of the characters from this wonderful series. This book in a very entertaining manner. Lucas wakes up to find a woman in his bed but has no memory of what happened or who is actually snuggled under his blankets. Of course, it was Molly and she has some fun with it. Molly really wants to work cases instead of just being stuck in the office so she takes a case on her own pitched to her by a group of senior citizen elves working for a questionable Santa. Lucas is given the task of keeping an eye on her to make sure she is safe. I just loved Lucas and Molly together. Everything about their relationship felt authentic to me. I really liked that they were playful at times and serious during others. They both just seemed to understand the other and paid attention to details that others seemed to miss. They have both dealt with some pretty horrible things in their past which has caused them to guard their heart a little more than most. Molly has a lot of insecurities in regards to her previous physical injury and resulting limitations but Lucas doesn't see weakness, instead focusing on her strength. I thought that the mystery element of this book was really well done. They do spend quite a bit of time working the case which ends up being a lot more involved than originally thought. There were a few pretty suspenseful moments and just enough humor to keep things really interesting. By the end of the book, I was cheering Molly and Lucas on as they got to the bottom of the bad Santa situation. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. Jill Shalvis has crafted a wonderful tale that has the perfect balance of romance, suspense, and humor with this book. I cannot wait to read more from this excellent series. I received a digital review copy of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
MJHughes12 24 days ago
What a great read! Molly and Lucas were all sorts of fun and I just loved the mystery surrounding “Bad Santa.” There was plenty of chemistry between these two and I loved the snark and banter that added some laughter throughout. I really loved both Lucas and Molly. Even though they both have issues from their past that they have let shape their lives, once these two got a taste of one another it was hard for either of them to deny that what they had was more than something casual. I loved watching their relationship develop as they worked together on the bad Santa case and found themselves sharing more of their personal lives with each, especially when they got to visit with each other’s family. Molly is so smart, capable, and strong, and I loved that Lucas respected that and let her take the lead on the case they were working. I also loved that Molly knew when she needed to call for backup and wasn’t afraid to let Lucas know when she needed him. What I probably loved most was the banter between the two – some of their conversations were so much fun and Molly very rarely let a conversation go by that she didn’t try to interject some humor into. One of the best things about this book is the family that has been formed from all of the friends that are brought together in this series and offer up a supporting role, and we are treated to not just learning more about the main characters in the book, but we often get to learn more about many of the supporting characters to keep the series arc fresh as well. There is such a unique setting in the series – taking place in San Francisco, but focusing, for the most part, on the apartment building with its magical fountain where most of the characters either work or live – and it works so well bringing a small town feel to the book and series. This is book 6 in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. There are so many great characters in this series it would be a shame not to start at the beginning though! Hot Winter Nights is another wonderful read from Jill Shalvis and definitely worth checking out! I received an advance reader copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
BooksAndSpoons 24 days ago
With lots of heat, heart, and humor the Hot Winter Nights is just perfect escape reading in a cold autumn night. The touch of suspense with the Santa Village is written with such a delightfully witty way, at the most intense moments, you could have seen me cracking up. Lucas's reputation as a man whore got the same reaction from me as they always do, but as he opens up to Molly, and gives glimpses to his heart and mind, the losses in his past and the pain of broken heart is not only tangible, it also gives an insight into the way why he has avoided any serious relationships or feelings. Lucas turned out to be a refreshingly honest and open as he fumbles with his feelings with Molly. Molly is a firecracker, she is fiery, sassy, sweet, and kindhearted. I loved her spunk, her determination, her way of dealing with the overpowering men in her life. The connection and attraction between Lucas and Molly are tangible. I loved the banter, the teasing, and sizzle between them. Both of them acted a bit immaturely at times, yet I could not hold it against them, as they made me laugh. With one of the best definitions of what it means to be in love, with the moments of holiday magic, unexpected twists, and laugh out loud moments Hot Winter Nights is wildly entertaining, adorably touching, delightfully charming, and merrily sizzling story. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Honolulubelle 24 days ago
Favorite Quotes: “I just got a text from Louise… It says, ‘Don’t be late for work tonight, Santa’s turned into Grinch. SMH.’” She blinked. “What does S-M-H mean?” “Shaking my head,” “Oh thank goodness… I thought it meant Sex Might Help.” Welcome to adulthood, where having Home Advil and Purse Advil is everything. I do miss cuddling. Sometimes I just need to be kissed and spooned, you know? I deserve that, I’m a decent person, I recycle. “I thought you had more game than that.” “Game?” Virginia asked on a laugh. “Honey, last night you kissed me and farted at the same time.” “I’m not sure what it says about me that a sixty-year-old Santa is getting more than I am,” she said. “Money or sex?” “Probably both.” “How about when I pretended to be Santa Claus for Sami?” He pointed to his cousin. “I climbed onto your roof and made reindeer noises and everything. You bought it hook, line, and sinker.” “Yep, right up until you fell off and past my window, breaking your arm. For years I thought I’d killed Santa. It was traumatizing.” They really should put prizes in our tampon boxes, like ‘hey, your period sucks, but here’s a fifty percent off ice cream coupon, you cranky bitch.’ My Review: Jill Shalvis is a guaranteed fun read. I am addicted to her clever humor and special brand of witty character banter. In addition to the secret romance that wasn’t supposed to be happening between co-workers who were investigating a case, that wasn’t supposed to be a case, involving a Christmas Village/Bingo parlor run by a felonious and licentious sixty-year-old Santa and his geriatric elves. The premise was original and ingeniously giggle-snort worthy. The storylines were highly amusing, continuously engaging, and cunningly crafted. But the treasure, as usual, was Ms. Shalvis’s compelling and captivating characters, who tend to be quick on the draw with sassy quips, highly capable and endearing yet deeply flawed, and good-hearted yet scarred and irreparably damaged. I enjoyed this book and this couple from beginning to end.
Jen-Star-CrossedBookBlog 24 days ago
Hot Winter Nights was sexy, hilarious, heartwarming and made my heart beat faster. I loved this book with my whole heart and soul. And while it can easily be read as a standalone, I'm a little preferential to this fabulous group of friends and recommend picking up all of the previous books too. It's so much fun watching their lives intertwine, see what everyone is up to and falling in love with each couple in this series! While healing from a gunshot wound, Lucas Knight found Molly Malone in his bed the next morning. Even though nothing happened, Lucas couldn't remember anything thanks to alcohol and his pain meds, and Molly had way too much fun making Lucas think otherwise. You see, not only did they work together, but Molly was Lucas' best friend's little sister. There had always been this addicting sexual tension running between them. And they were about to spend even more time together! When a bad Santa case ended up in Molly's lap, she secretly took it on. She would love to go from office manager to private investigator and this could help her get what she wanted. Thankfully she had Lucas who would help her along the way. I. Loved. Lucas! If you are addicted to alpha males, you have to meet him. He was honest, trustworthy and also sexy as sin. He put his whole heart in his job, even if it was broken from the past. But thankfully he had this fabulous, loud, meddling family that I fell head over heels for. They added so much heart from just the few scenes they were in. And he also had Molly filling up his life with light and laughter. I adored Molly, she was brave, fierce, loyal yet she heavily guarded her heart. Her past had physically and emotionally scarred her and even though Molly and I didn't seem to have anything in common, I clicked with her right away. While Lucas and Molly worked on the bad Santa case they spent more and more time together. I loved how they joked around and that it was beyond obvious that they wanted each other. But it wasn't all fun and games for Molly since she kept putting on the breaks. I got it, but oh it pained my heart. I just kept my fingers crossed that they'd figure it out because together they were something spectacular. It got to the point where they definitely couldn't ignore what was happening between them. One thing led to another and words turned to touches, sigh. And through it all I kept finding myself smiling, sighing, laughing and clutching my heart. Not to mention there were a few scenes that had me screaming while giggling and others where I found myself with tears in my eyes. This book put me through the emotional wringer. So of course I definitely recommend Hot Winter Nights. If you adore alpha males, mysteries, bad Santa's, strong heroines and a fabulous group of friends then definitely pick his one up! PS The Friends references, in some of the titles for the chapters, oh my gosh I loved it! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
CyndiBecker 25 days ago
Every time I start a Heartbreaker Bay series book, no, any Jill Shalvis book, I start with a grin on my face. It begins with the hashtag chapter titles and I always close the book with a happy sigh – and again, I’m grinning. Shalvis creates these wonderful communities, with fantastic characters and interesting and unique situations, and romance, oh the romance!! Hot Winter Nights embodies all of these qualities. There’s an element of forbidden love as co-workers Molly Malone and Lucas Knight discover a connection and take on a case involving bad Santa’s and a few elderly elves. These characters have been on the peripheral of all of the stories in this series and I’m so glad they finally got their own book. Molly stood out in big brother Joe’s book, but Lucas has always been a bit of a mystery. He’s recovering from a work injury, sidelined a bit, and maybe not making some of the best decisions. For Molly, she’s looking to strike out on her own a bit in order to expand on her role with Hunt Investigations. Through this the two are brought deliciously closer. There’s plenty of things that stand between them, but they are both inspired to work through personal issues and the issue of their status as co-workers – and it’s likely Joe and Archer will frown upon a relationship with them. There are so many great moments between and I found myself rooting for them from #MorningAfterNumberOne. Their partnership on the Bad Santa case lands both in some precarious positions and Shalvis weaves in a fair amount of danger and a few super angsty moments. More then once I found myself wiping my eyes of tears from happiness, laughter and from heartache. Mostly happiness and laughter. 4.5 stars and my recommendation.
Booklvr78 25 days ago
Molly and Lucas work together. After a night of drinking, Molly takes Lucas home and sleeps in his bed. But she leads him to believe that they slept together. She’s been crushing on him for awhile and is enjoying messing with him about this. She wants to break down his walls and get a shot with him. But these two have sparks and those sparks ignite! Marcus loses his battle trying to stay away from Molly, but will have to tell his bosses, who are also her brothers. There is suspense throughout this story as Molly attempts her first case, against her brothers directives. And definitely some steam thrown in! Definitely a story you will enjoy.
JennC2630 25 days ago
This was just adorable. Molly has been the receptionist for Hunt Investigations, but longs to be an investigator. Thanks to an overprotective big brother, though, that's unlikely to happen. Lucas has lost a lot in life - mostly the people closest to him. When Molly stumbles across a case, Lucas is tasked with helping her and making sure she doesn't get hurt. Of course it isn't long before they both realize that the chemistry they have isn't going anywhere. I know I say it every time I review a Heartbreaker Bay book, but I really love this world that Shalvis has created. There's heat, but compassion and so much heart. There's friendship and caring, and in some cases, like this one, a little suspense to keep you on your toes. When it turns out that Molly's case is actually something that could be very dangerous, Lucas wants to do everything in his power to protect. But Molly is stubborn and completely finished with alpha males telling her what to do. She's also smart and doesn't play into the damsel in distress caricature. This sixth Heartbreaker book just shows again how Shalvis is able to create these realistic characters that you find yourself rooting for. The conflict between Molly and Lucas (his need to protect her/her wanting to prove herself as something other than damaged) felt real to me. Everyone should read this series!