Hey everybody, as always, first the blurb:
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…
My thoughts: I love Jill Shalvis and her stories! She blends a great mix of contemporary romance with some nice, humorous moments that can just make you laugh at loud! This is the second book in her Heartbreaker Bay series. This series is set around a group of tight-knit friends, their lives, their community and their loves. And some great pets are thrown in for good measure, especially this book.
Willa has had a tough way in life so far, but owns a fairly successful little pet store and helps other young people with problems. Keane is currently caring for his aunt’s cat, much to his and the cat’s dislike. He has to find a place to board the little creature during the day–thus he walks into Willa’s store. Willa dislikes Keane because he stood her up in high school, which of course, he does not have any memory of. Also, much to his dismay, the little creature immediately likes Willa and vice-versa. He does not understand this. However, he is intrigued with Willa, especially since she won’t tell him why she does not like him. Let the games begin. The characters are likable and the story is comforting, humorous and makes you smile. If you haven’t tried Jill’s work, you owe to yourself to read a story. This is a good place to start. I also highly recommend her Lucky Harbor series!