Fans of Shalvis’s Sweet Little Lies will surely want to pick up her second Heartbreaker Bay contemporary, which is also very accessible to new readers. The series’s cuddliness factor is amped up to 11 with redheaded Willa Davis and her San Francisco pet store, South Bark Mutt Shop. Willa’s single and happy that way; she gets her daily dose of love from half a dozen eight-week-old golden retriever pups and the other lost animal souls she tends. Then handsome Keane Winters, a man from her past, shows up with Petunia, a Siamese cat he’s nicknamed Pita because she’s a pain in the ass. Pita is his great-aunt’s pet, and he needs all the cat counseling he can get, but Willa, Christmas spirit notwithstanding, would just as soon he seek it elsewhere. Willa’s a gem, Keane’s a hunk—tool belt and all—and the two spar as only Shalvis’s characters can, fighting a losing battle against the powers of mutual attraction and the holiday season. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Sept.)
Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She’s my go-to read for humor and heart.” —
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“Shalvis’ second Heartbreaker Bay novel hits all the notes the author is celebrated for: realistic characters enveloped in a tight, dependable community; emotionally intense back story and angst-y internal turmoil; rapid-fire dialogue and wordplay; and scorching sexual tension [...] A sexy Shalvis read that fans will love.” —
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“Healthy doses of humor, lust, and love work their magic as Shalvis tells a story . . . Wit, smoking-hot passion, and endearing tenderness . . . a big winner.” —
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“Witty, fun, and the characters are fabulous.” —
Hot, sweet, fun, and romantic! Pure pleasure!
Jill Shalvis will make you laugh and fall in love.
Ms. Shalvis characters leap off the page.
Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She’s my go-to read for humor and heart.
Witty, fun, and the characters are fabulous.
There's no way pet shop owner Willa Davis is getting involved with real estate developer Keane Winters, the arrogant jock who once crushed her teenage heart by standing her up for the high school Sadie Hawkins dance—and now he doesn't even remember her. However, she can't resist an animal (or a person) in need, so helping him out with his great-aunt's gorgeous Siamese cat is another matter entirely. Willa is magnetic and Keane is persistent, and despite her plan to swear off men, Willa is drawn into a relationship far more serious than either had wanted. A quirky cast filled with familiar characters, a fountain with legendary powers, and a bevy of heart-stealing animals are pluses in this well-written tale. VERDICT Lighthearted, sexy, and fully entertaining, this second-chance romance blends holiday cheer with long-buried emotional issues and plenty of passion. This delectable story adds another cheeky charmer to Shalvis's San Francisco-set series. Shalvis (Sweet Little Lies) lives in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe.
Narrator Karen White pulls the listener into the romantic entanglements of Keane Winters and Willa Davis. Keane has been left to care for his aunt’s cat and is desperate for help when he arrives at Willa’s pet shop. Little does he know that they share a past. White smoothly navigates their changing relationship. Willa has multiple friends as does Keane. White creates a distinctive voice for each of them, perfectly matching their personalities. Not only does White voice the human characters, she brings Petunia, the cat, to life, even matching the cat’s moods with appropriate meows. White has the listener chuckling over the situations Keane finds himself in with Petunia. Listeners can look forward to more romantic adventures from this series. S.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine
NOVEMBER 2016 - AudioFile
When a contractor needs someone to care for his inherited cat, he turns to the neighborhood pet-store owner, not realizing that the two have an unfortunate shared past or that she just may be the future he’s never admitted he’s looking for.Both Keane Winters and Willa Davis had difficult childhoods: Keane was the son of older, impatient parents who punished him for his energy and curiosity, and Willa was the daughter of an alcoholic mother whose neglect landed her in and out of foster care. When Keane’s great-aunt goes into the hospital, he promises to take care of her cat, a promise that becomes long-term when she goes into a rehab center. Feeling guilty for leaving the cat alone all day, Keane attempts to board her at the neighborhood pet store. Owner Willa agrees to take the cat but is oddly antagonistic despite the fiery attraction they share and doesn’t soften for days even while she cares for the cat. Finally she lets him know that he was responsible for a devastating experience she had in high school that he doesn’t even remember, but he apologizes, does her a huge set of favors, and then asks her out, an invitation she accepts. The two spend time together and finally give in to their attraction, both adamant that it’s just physical and they don’t want anything else. But as the sex gets more impassioned and their lives more entwined, they still have to learn how to trust themselves and each other before they can form a real relationship, which they each resist in their own ways. Shalvis' second Heartbreaker Bay novel hits all the notes the author is celebrated for: realistic characters enveloped in a tight, dependable community; emotionally intense back story and angst-y internal turmoil; rapid-fire dialogue and wordplay; and scorching sexual tension, all of which almost completely camouflages the lack of deep conflict between the characters beyond I’m emotionally unavailable when they patently aren’t. A sexy Shalvis read that fans will love.