Jill Shalvis has another great series on her hands with Heartbreaker Bay. This is book 2 in the series and it is called “The Trouble with Mistletoe”. The story follows Willa and her high school crush Keane. There is history between them where Willa was a shy teen and she had a huge crush on Keane. There was this dance at the school he was supposed to take her to but he never came to take her, he stood her up. Years later, when he enters her life again, and is around Willa again, and hires her for her pet sitting services, he doesn't understand why she wants nothing to do with him for he doesn’t even remember standing her up at the dance. But he needs her, needs her for what she can do for him job wise so he does whatever he can to get her on his side where she likes him again.
Willa was hurt by how he treated her years before and doesn’t want to be hurt by him now so she is standing strong but its hard .I loved how she was so independent and sassy. Yet there was still this hurt young girl still inside of her wanting to let the crush back in her life and redeem himself. That was awesome to read and root for. Keane is back in town to flip houses yet this old cat needs care. He needs Willa but she is resisting him. She takes care of the cat but the human she gives more trouble to. As the book goes on, we get to know more about Willa and her past and why she is the way she is; we also get to get into Keane and his past. Despite very different upbringings these two characters have a lot more in common than I think even they thought. Neither had love or affection in their lives while they were different in the way they responded to that; she goes in the way of being very open and giving to those around her and he goes the opposite of being closed off and thinking he wasn't deserving of love.
There was some angst, a lot of chemistry, passion, and connection between the MC. I also loved the supporting cast of characters. They helped make the book solid. Not saying that the MC didn’t but the supporting cast really helped give this story an extra boost for me. I also loved how there was this nutty cat who connected Keane and Willa together – there was a lot of laughs also in this story which I completely enjoyed. Overall, Willa and Keane is a couple that is a 2nd chance romance who deserve the happiness they deserve. I am completely looking forward to the next book in this series, Accidentally on Purpose which is due out January of 2017.
My rating: 4.5 stars ****
**I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review***