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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women’s fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins. Order your copy today!

 

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.’s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she’s looking for a missing piece she can’t find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn’t quite fit in right away, she can’t help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there’s another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn’t a house or money, but rather something earth shattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she’s searched so long for.

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Excerpt:

To say that Tilly had had a bad day, a bad week, a bad month was an understatement. But as she stared down from the tree house, looking into a face that so resembled her own, somehow, in spite of not being able to breathe, she managed to find her voice. “I don’t need you,” she said, hating that she sounded thin and quivery, like she’d been crying.

She had not been crying.

At least not that she would admit to.

She hadn’t been in the tree house in a while. Not since she’d gone through a rough patch at school when the girls had been bitches and the teachers jerks, and her mom had been on her about her grades, and all she’d wanted to do was make herself invisible. But no matter how much she’d wished for superpowers, including invisibility, they’d never come.

So she came here to vanish. The tree itself was tall and stable, and it always protected her. She’d named it Kevin.

Kevin had come through for her more than anyone else, with the exception of her mom.

The first time she’d sat up here, her mom had freaked out and called the cops to report her missing. When they’d found her, her mom had gotten a ladder and climbed up to the tree house, and with tears in her eyes she’d said, “Don’t fly away from me yet, darling, I’m not ready.”

After that, Tilly always had told her mom whenever she’d needed to be invisible and her mom had understood.

But now she was gone. There’d been no one left to give a shit if she disappeared or not. Especially not Quinn, a mysterious sister she hadn’t even known about. “I don’t need you,” she repeated.

“Well, that’s fair,” Quinn said. “I don’t like to need anyone either. You going to come down so we can talk?”

“No.”

“Is there a ladder?”

“It rotted.”

“Okay then.” And to Tilly’s shock, Quinn inhaled deeply and then began to climb the tree herself. “Yikes, they’re some seriously gigantor ants.”

“And killer squirrels,” Tilly said.

Maybe two whole feet off the ground, Quinn froze, looking terrified. “Killer squirrels?”

“They throw acorns with deadly accuracy,” Tilly said. “And the kamikaze blue jays are vicious, so watch out.”

Quinn searched the tree with concern, making Tilly laugh for the first time in a long time. “Are you afraid of squirrels and blue jays?”

“Of course not,” Quinn said. “I’m afraid of killer squirrels and kamikaze blue jays. In fact, there’s a squirrel starting at me right now with beady, shifty little eyes.”

“City girl.”

Review:

Loved this one!

Lost and Found Sisters is chock-full of wonderful characters–even if at first glance they don’t seem all that wonderful 😉 Ms. Shalvis does a fantastic job (as usual) of giving us flawed characters and making us love them, warts and all.

Quinn’s had her life thrown for a loop–she still is very clearly not remotely close to being over her younger sister’s death two years earlier, when she finds out that 1) she was adopted 2) her birth mother has just died and 3) she has a younger sister, who up to this point was raised by the mother who gave Quinn away. As much as I loved Quinn’s inner (and outer!) snark–Tilly, Mick, and Lena were especially adept at bringing her skills to the fore–I’ll admit I wanted her to get over her resentment at her birth mother much quicker than she does, but her inability to do so gave her yet another way that she had to grow, to get over herself and her fears and preconceived ideas so she could get to her own HEA.

Tilly, Tilly, Tilly–where do I start with Tilly? I love her and feel Quinn’s frustration with her, all at the same time. Oh, that girl–both wise beyond her years, and as young and uncertain as every other fifteen-year-old girl out there. Even though she would have hated it, I just wanted to hug that girl every time she showed up on the page. Well, maybe 50-75% of those times I might have wanted to give her a good shake first…but then a hug, definitely. A good 90% of my highlights in this book–and there are a good many highlights in my digital copy–are from the excerpts of Tilly’s journal that start each chapter. OMG, that girl.

Mick is a fantastic character, with a scary bug removing prowess that is so important to any true hero. He’s almost too perfect here–denying that he feels any pull at all to the hometown he’s left in the dust is pretty much his only flaw–but still, I loved him and all the support he gave Quinn along the way.

Lena starts the story off as the worst kind of you-know-what, but by the end of the story I was praying that she’d get her own book. Surely she will, yes? And Boomer? Skye? Even Cliff, the HP lookalike lawyer? All worthy of their own books 🙂

The animals in this book, of course, were also all stars in their own way–Coop, Tink, those chickens, heck, even those scary bugs–the story wouldn’t be the same without them! Two thumbs way, way, up!

In short, I loved my first visit to Wildstone, and absolutely cannot wait until Ms. Shalvis takes me back for another visit. Fingers crossed that it will be soon… 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

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There’s no such thing as a little in love . . .

Elle Wheaton’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust . . .

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as . . .

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along . . .
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His hand caught her, long fingers wrapping around her elbow and causing all sorts of unwelcome sensations as he pulled her back around.

“What?” she asked.

“Waiting for my apology.”

“Sure,” she said agreeably. “When hell freezes over.” She lifted her chin, grateful for her four-inch heels so that she could almost, kind of, not quite look him in the eyes. “I’m in charge of this building, Archer, which means I’m in charge of everything that happens in it. I’m also in charge of everyone who works for this building.”

He cocked his head, looking amused again. “You want to be the boss of me, Elle?” he asked softly.

I am the boss of you.”

Now he outright smiled and her breath caught. Damn, stupid, sexy smile. And then there was The Body. Yes, she thought of it in capital letters, it deserved the respect. “If you don’t want to be walking funny tomorrow,” she said, “you’ll stop invading my personal-space bubble.”

Complete bravado and they both knew it. She’d only been at this job for a year and it’d come as a surprise to her that he’d been in the building at all. An unfortunate coincidence. Before that it’d been years since they’d had any contact, but she still knew enough to get that no one got the better of him.

He was quick, light on his feet, and physically strong. But that wasn’t what made him so dangerous to her. No, it was his sharp intelligence, his quick wit, how he was willing to go as dark as he needed to in order to do what he thought was right.

And then there was the biggie—the way he had of making her feel shockingly alive.

He did as she asked and stepped back but not before pausing to make sure they both knew who was in control here, and it most definitely wasn’t her.

No one did intimidation like Archer, and in his line of work he could be in a coma and still intimidate everyone in the room. He had muscles on top of muscles but didn’t look beefed up like a body builder might. Instead his body seemed lean and seriously badass, with caramel skin that strayed from light to golden to mocha latte depending on what the season was, giving him a look of indeterminable origin.

And sexiness.

It worked for him, allowing him to fit in to just about any situation. Handy on the job, she imagined. But with her he was careful. Distant. And yet she’d seen the way he sometimes looked at her, and on the rare occasion when he’d touched her, like when he guided her through a door with his hand low on her back, he let himself linger. There was always a shocking and baffling yearning beyond both the glances and the touches.

That, or it was all just wishful thinking.

Not that it mattered since he still held back with her. The problem was she yearned too. Yearned for him to see her as a woman, strong and capable enough to stand at his side.

But after what they’d been through, she knew that would never happen. She turned away, annoyed by how her entire body had gone on high alert as always, every inch of her seeming to hum beneath the surface.

She should have just emailed him.

 

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About CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE:

Meet cute…

Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.

Make merry…

Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself… just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spencer immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

…and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

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The bathroom door opened, and even better than his fantasy, Colbie emerged from a cloud of steam, her willowy body wrapped in one of his towels, her exposed skin gleaming and dewy damp. Her hair had been piled on top of her head, but wavy strands had escaped, clinging to her neck and shoulders.

He couldn’t tear his gaze off of her. There was just something so uncalculated about her, so . . . natural and easy. She was like a beacon to him, which was both crazy and more than a little terrifying.

Clearly not seeing him against the wall, she moved with an effortless grace to the suitcase she’d left at the door. Bending low enough to give him a near heart attack, she rifled through her things, mumbling to herself that she should’ve researched more about how to be a normal person instead of how to kill someone with an everyday object.

“Do you kill a lot of people, then?” Spence asked.

“Motherforker!” she said with a startled squeak of surprise, whirling to face him, almost losing her grip on the towel.

Five days a week, Spence worked out hard in this gym. Mostly to outrun his demons, but the upside was he could run miles without losing his breath. But he lost his breath now.

And that wasn’t his body’s only reaction.

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New Release Review! ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE by Jill Shalvis (Heartbreaker Bay #3)

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by Jill Shalvis

 

Synopsis:

There’s no such thing as a little in love…

Elle Wheaten’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust…

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. But now that she’s earned happiness and success, Archer just wants Elle 24/7. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco Earthquake, and Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as…

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along…

Review:

Loved.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Elle and Archer’s book and am happy to report that it definitely did not disappoint. The chemistry those two have been giving off in this series practically leapt off the pages–I’m not sure who was more relieved when they finally gave into it, them or me 🙂

Though before that, watching Archer sabotage Elle’s dates and then her explode at him afterwards? That was pretty satisfying too.

As usual, seeing this group of friends interact is almost as much fun as watching the hero and heroine get together. Spencer must have his own book ASAP! (He does, but not until next SeptemberChasing Christmas Eve. Next. September.) If you haven’t read the other books yet, this one could definitely work as a standalone. Though you would miss out on some of the shared experiences that the friends have gone through in the other 2.5 books that are mentioned here, it’s not a major deal (though it’ll probably inspire you to increase your TBR by two novels and a novella, this isn’t a problem either, surely?)

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

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New Release Review and Giveaway! ONE SNOWY NIGHT by Jill Shalvis (Heartbreaker Bay #3)

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About ONE SNOWY NIGHT:

It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.

Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.

They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

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Excerpt:

Max whistled for Carl but the wind was so loud, the sound got swallowed up.

Rory slipped out of the truck and back into the mind numbing cold to make her way to Max. “Carl!” she yelled and nearly got blown over by the next gust of wind.

Max caught her and held her at his side. “You could’ve gotten home,” he said. “You know you’re crazy, right?” he asked.

Yes, she knew. And yeah, her whole purpose had been to show her family she’d changed but hey, there’d be plenty of time to stress about that later. “This is for Carl, not you.”

He choked out a rough laugh. “You’re still crazy,” he said but he’d kept his arm around her, holding her close. And he didn’t sound quite as mad at her anymore.

Which might have just been wishful thinking on her part.

“Carl!” Max yelled, using the hand that wasn’t holding onto her to cup around his mouth. “Carl, come!”

From out of the woods came a huge snow abomination. When it was only a few feet from them, it stopped, shook, and sent snow flying.

Carl.

Proud of himself, he sat happily at their feet and panted a smile, while Rory fought with relieved tears.

What was wrong with her tonight?

Max got them all back into the truck. He dried off Carl the best he could and then turned to Rory.

She had no idea that she’d lost the battle with her emotions until Max cupped her face and swiped a tear from her cheek with his thumb. “Rory,” he said, voice low and concerned.

“Does Christmas always have to suck so hard?” she whispered.

He looked at her for a long beat and then slowly shook his head. “No. Not always.”

They stared at each other some more and then…he kissed her. Softly at first, carefully, but she didn’t need either and let him know by fisting her hands in his jacket and letting out a needy little whimper for more.

This wrenched a deep, rough male groan from him that rumbled up from his chest, and she clutched at him, trying to get closer. Before she knew it, he’d hauled her over the console and into his lap, tucking her thighs on either side of his, letting her feel exactly how his body had responded to the kiss. He was hard.

Everywhere.

Hungry for the connection, desperate to forget her problems, trembling in her boots for more of this man beneath her, she kissed him back with all the pent-up longing and need she felt. When they broke free, his eyes were heavy-lidded with lust and desire, and she had one single, devastating thought.

All these years later, she still wanted him as her own.

 

Review:

Short and sweet!

Reading The Trouble with Mistletoe had me practically salivating to read this one (Rory, as Willa’s second-hand woman, features prominently in her book, and every time Max and Carl popped into the story, watch out!) and I was so glad we didn’t have to wait long!

I do wish it had ended up being a bit longer, though–a good chunk of the “end” of the book is actually teasers for the other books in the series (including Pru’s, which is next–squee!) but still, it was an enjoyable read. Rory, Max, and Carl have one of those if-anything-can-go-wrong-it-will roadtrips, made all the more fun with the fact that the two humans have some crazy chemistry going on and the canine has some major love for both of them.

Plus, he’s really big (a Doberman) and has a tendency to 1) run off at the drop of a hat and 2) insert himself into any situation that looks like it might be fun to be in, both of which add to the overall humor of the story.

Rory and Max have a bit of a past, which is really the only way a short romance novella like this has a chance of being believable. If you’ve read Mistletoe you’ll start out ahead, already knowing who the characters are, but it’s not really necessary. (The teasers at the end, though, will greatly increase the likelihood that starting with this one will also increase your TBR by three more.) It takes place on Christmas Eve (mostly) and the characters are both on their way home for the holiday, but the event itself isn’t a huge part of the story other than being the reason they’re trying so hard to get home to be with their families. Really, the snow is a bigger event here than the calendar date, and of course the sparks between the two of them manage to overshadow both 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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Embrace the Romance – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Excerpt

Sweet & Spicy Reads – Review

Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt

November 13th

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Renee Entress’s Blog – Review & Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions – Excerpt

November 14th

Romantic Reads – Excerpt

A geordielass’ honest blog on reviews – Review

Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review

I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

MI Bookshelf – Review

November 15th

Hart’s Romance Pulse – Excerpt

Alphas Do It Better Book Blog – Review

Romance Book Nerd – Excerpt

Shelly’s Book Corner – Review

The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt

November 16th

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Talking Books Blog – Excerpt

Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt

Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & Excerpt

Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review

 

 

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New Release Review! THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis (Heartbreaker Bay #2)

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The Trouble with Mistletoe
by Jill Shalvis

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 …

 

Review:

Loved.

I’m a huge Jill Shalvis fan–I love her sense of humor, fear of spiders, and appreciation for hot alphas. Her writing never fails to crack me up and give me all the feels, all at the same time. I wanted to move to Lucky Harbor…except the longer the series went on, the more same-old, same-old the stories started to feel (and to be honest, the oogling old ladies were seriously starting to creep me out). So I took a little break.

But then she started a new series. (Cedar Ridge) and then another new one (Heartbreaker Bay), and I thought, maybe it’s time.

Yeah. So I’m 2/3 of the way through the audiobook of Second Chance Summer–the only reason I’m not almost done right now is that one of the Minis borrowed my iPod headphones last weekend and aren’t ‘fessing up to it, and the darn thing has no external speaker–ugh, kids–and then I got my eager little hands on an ARC copy of this this one.

Loved. Did I already say that?

The Trouble with Mistletoe has everything I’ve come to love in a Jill Shalvis book–great dialogue, fantastic friendships, and OMG off-the-charts steamy yet fun sexytimes. There’s a hot alpha who likes to build things with his hands (my personal catnip) and a lovable heroine who’s got a thing for strays of all species. There’s a wayward feline who’s anything but a model cat (and LOL when Keane admits she’s sleeping on his pillow and to Willa’s “I thought she wasn’t allowed,” he answers, “She’s not. But apparently she’s the ruler and I’m just her b*tch.” True dat.)

Plus, it takes place at Christmastime. And Willa’s got a truly awesome wardrobe of clothes with fantastic sayings on them–from aprons to t-shirts to sweaters to a Marauder’s Map-inspired two piece set that if anyone needs a great gift idea for me, that’s it–that never failed to bring a smile to my face.

And did I mention Keane? Yes? 😉

I’m backing up ASAP and getting my hands on Pru and Finn’s book (Sweet Little Lies) and will be anxiously awaiting Elle and Archer’s (Accidentally on Purpose–because OMG, that teaser chapter at the end!) and don’t even get me started on how ridiculously excited I was to see that there’s going to be a snow-themed novella out soon for Rory and Max (One Snowy Night)…

Because, yeah. Back to Jill Shalvis-themed book binging.

Bring.

Them.

On!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Release Day and Giveaway! THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis (Heartbreak Bay #2)

THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, the second standalone novel in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, is out today! Check out the excerpt below and grab your copy of this fantastic new novel today!
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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a captivating story of love, second chances and new beginnings…

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 he doesn’t even remember her. How 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…

 

Excerpt:

Willa sighed and headed to the door.

Again Keane held the pink bedazzled cat carrier, which should have made him look ridiculous. Instead it somehow upped his testosterone levels. His sharp eyes were on her but they turned warm in a way that melted her right through her center as she moved toward him. She stopped with the glass door between them, hands on hips, hoping she looked irritated even if that wasn’t quite what she was feeling.

His gaze lowered from her face to run over her body, which gave her another unwelcome rush of heat. Dammit. Now she was irritated and aroused—not a good combo.

His mouth quirked at the saying on her apron that read Dear Santa, I Can Explain.

Drawing a deep breath, she opened the door. “You’ve got Petunia again. I hope that means your great-aunt Sally isn’t still sick.”

He looked surprised that she’d remembered his aunt’s name, or that she’d care. “I don’t know,” he said a little gruffly. “She left me a message saying that I was in charge for the rest of the week but for two days now Pita’s been happily destroying my jobsite. I’m throwing myself on your mercy here. Can you help?”

Wow. He must be really desperate since he was actually asking and not assuming. But since Petunia was a sweetheart, she knew she’d do it.

“I’ll even tell you where I went to high school,” he said, adding a smile that was shockingly charming.

Wow. He hadn’t lost his touch when it came to turning it on. “Not necessary,” she said, painfully aware of their audience.

Keane’s attention was suddenly directed upward, just above her head. She followed his line of sight and found a sprig of mistletoe hanging from the overhead display of small portable doggy pools. Mistletoe? What the hell? She glanced behind her and what do you know, suddenly Rory and Cara were a flurry of movement racing around looking very, very busy. “When did the mistletoe go up?” she asked them. “And why?”

“FOMO,” Cara said from behind the counter.

“Fear of missing out,” Rory translated. “She was hoping a hot guy would come in and the mistletoe would give her an excuse.”

Willa narrowed her eyes and her two soon-to-be-dead employees scattered again.

“Interesting,” Keane said, looking amused.

“I’m not kissing you.”

His mouth curved. “If you take Pita for the day, I’ll kiss you.”

“Not necessary,” she said, gratified no one could see her heart during the two-step in her ears. “I’ll take Petunia for the day. No kiss required or wanted.”

Liar, liar

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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, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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I Survived NaNoWriMo! (Week in Review 11-29-13)

 

Me, on Saturday…

and then at 11:30 PM EST…

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Woot! Finished with a half an hour to spare!

Okay, let me clarify–my word count has been achieved, but the novel is far, far, from finished. Many scenes need to be written and/or fleshed out, and don’t even get me started on the revision–I left notes for myself all over the place (in the chapter labels, where they didn’t count toward my word count, of course) about issues I encountered after the fact (e.g.–rewrite scene–JANE NOT THERE YET!) that will need to be dealt with.

But–fifty thousand words! I did it! Thank goodness for the way the month ended, though–I absolutely needed those five days in a row with no school!

So…reading? I managed a little 😉

I finished Read It and Weep (Jenn McKinlay) just in time to not get kicked off the review team–go, me! I reviewed it last Tuesday. I never saw one of the twists coming, though I did figure out whodunnit before the main character. I read the next two installments of Ruthie Knox’s Roman Holiday–Hitched and Blindsided–fun story, and I cannot wait for the next two installments to finish out the first arc. Poor Roman!

I also read Tis the Season to be Tempted by Aimee Carson, the last of the Baby It’s Cold Outside series of novellas. It was a great finish, and I reviewed it hereBittersweet Magic by Nina Croft ended up being the second in a series, but I wasn’t terribly lost and of course it made me want to read book one–soon. If you haven’t already, check out the giveaway linked with my review. Finally, I read Some Like It Sinful by Robbie Terman, which I ended up loving at the end though parts of the beginning gave me pause.

Next up (after a whole lot of sleep): Wild Card by Jamie Wyman (Eris, the goddess of discord is in it! How cool is that?) and Stolen Time by Angela Rae Harris.

On audio, I listened to Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis, the latest Lucky Harbor book. Definitely recommend! Now I’ve moved on to Just One Year by Gayle Forman, the sequel to Just One DayIt’s Willem’s side of the story–I’m all antsy for “LuLu” to just find him already!

After that, I’m thinking I need to start Sarah MacLean’s newest, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished.

What are you reading this week?

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This is No Time to Panic! (Or is it the perfect time to panic? A Week in Review 11-22-13)

Maybe even six days too long. My weekend is pretty booked up too–don’t people understand I have to write? I’m on deadline here! And woefully behind!

Oh, and my laptop officially died. I’m fairly certain the repair shop I took it to (and will never visit again, obviously) had a hand in it, though they deny it. Hey, guys–it was working fine when it came in, except for the crack in the screen. You “fix” the screen and suddenly it won’t turn on? The power button becomes permanently stuck down? The plastic protecting the hinge cracks off? Um, none of those issues occurred while I still had it..thirty-five Catholic school kids can attest to the fact that it turned on just fine and was fully operational all day the day I dropped it off….

So, new laptop. Again. Not loving Windows 8 yet.

Mini Moe #2 is in her first high school play this weekend, and she’s absolutely adorable. On night two, she even managed a few brief smiles while singing and dancing–on night one, she was concentrating so hard on her dancing that I’m pretty sure I saw steam rising from her ears. Seeing it four times this weekend is putting me in the mood to listen to Jim Dale’s narration of A Christmas Carol again–surely I can squeeze it in? (He is hands-down my favorite narrator–I can’t recommend his version of Harry Potter enough–it’s fantastic! Each and every character has their own unique voice–amazing.)

As you can tell from the widget, not enough writing happened this week. I’m hoping to make up for it this weekend, but it may be a lost cause. There’s no school for the last five days of the month, though, so I’m planning on doing a full-court press then…I must win!

Not enough reading went on here either. I read the novella Tis the Season to be Kissed by Amy Andrews–loved it. Just the right amount of steam plus holiday cheer. Santa to the Rescue by Adele Downs was cute, though the heroine was a bit over the top in her attitude toward the hero for much of it. I started Nina Croft’s Bittersweet Magic and really don’t want to put it down, though I have to–I’m sensing that I’ll be picking up book one in that series soon. Remy by Katy Evans and Some Like it Sinful by Robbie Terman are next up.

I finally listened to The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins–yay! I wasn’t crazy about the narrator, but enjoyed the story. Darn that Kristan, she had me tearing up more than once. Now I’ve moved on to Ms. Higgins’s “Man Wars” buddy, Jill Shalvis’s book–Always on My Mind. I’m really enjoying it so far. Where can I get my own firefighter hero? Though I’d definitely settle for a mechanical engineer professor hero in a pinch–especially if he’s got a British accent. And tattoos. Yum.

Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? How is it going? Are you somehow managing to keep up a vigorous reading schedule too? If so, can you share your secret with me?

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