The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis


Photo Credit: Avon Books, 9/27

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Trouble With Mistletoe


If she has her way …

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her …

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him …

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice …

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work …


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

So this is my first Jill Shalvis book and I have to say that I liked it, but I need to read a couple of more to see if she’s going to be moved up in my bookish heart places like Kristan Higgins romance books.

In a romance, we know that ending is going to be HEA (it better be or there will be hell to pay!) so I knew Keane and Willa were going to get together. I knew that it would not be an easy road, there would be crossed signals, etc. And I know that everything is manufactured since these 2 characters live inside a book.


Darn it. Sometimes some of Willa and Keane’s behavior made me want to throw my Kindle against a wall.

I got Willa. I truly did. She’s had a crappy past and all that jazz. Keane, I could even understand to a point. But I think they had one too many misunderstandings on the road to HEA for my taste. (Again, just my opinion!)

The other thing that slightly distracted from the story to me is that this is the 2nd book in the series. I don’t get all bothered reading out of order, but Willa’s group of friends seem to be pretty tight and it appears a lot of legwork was laid down in the first book as to the why’s and how’s of this group. Again, you can totally read this book without reading the first one because this is totally Willa and Keane’s story, but I’m curious about book 1 now.

What I Loved:

The cover. So fun. Flirty and cute. And would look great in a bookish Christmas display.

The side story with the cat. I have a soft spot for cats (I own 3 and they have stolen my heart). The story with the cat made me cry for 2 reasons- 1. one of my cats had disappeared for days while I was reading this and 2. it was so sweet. #kleenex

Willa. Strong. Loves her “family”. Passionate.


My takeaway: I liked, didn’t LOVE this book. But, I’m willing to give Jill a few more tries to see if other books grab me like they do most of the other HEA lovers!


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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2 thoughts on “The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

  1. momssmallvictories says:

    Ok, what does HEA mean? I haven’t read any Jill Shavis books either and i can’t believe you’re reviewing Christmas books already, I still haven’t finished my creepy crawly thrillers list!

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