Series: Heartbreaker Bay #2.5
Also in this series: The Trouble with Mistletoe
Published by Avon on 11/8/16
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Source: Blog Tour, Edelweiss
My content rating: 18+ (Explicit Sex)
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!
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.
I recently picked up my first Jill Shalvis book and immediately knew it wouldn’t be my last. These are the types of quick-read romances that make me happy because they’re fun, but not entirely light and frothy. This little novella (which is shorter than it seems because it ends at about 60% on the Kindle) gives us a little extra taste of Rory and is a great addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series.
What Fed My Addiction:
- A painful past. Max and Rory have history, and we learn what happened as the novella progresses. The overall theme is similar to the last book in this series: one of the characters did something to the other that greatly affected them without even really realizing it. I love how this highlights how our actions can have a much greater impact than we know—all the more reason to be kind to one another (a message we could use in this day and age).
- We are not who we used to be. Change and forgiveness are also major themes of this short novella (see how Shalvis manages to pack a big punch in a small package?). Both Max and Rory were different people when they were kids in high school. They were typical teenagers—focusing almost solely on themselves—and they now have to live with the consequences of the choices they made back then. They have to forgive themselves and each other. Both had to grow up relatively fast, and they lived through some painful things, coming out stronger for it.
- Carl the dog. Carl is an adorable highlight in the book, and he brings Rory and Max together in a lot of ways because they both love him so much. When there’s tension between the two humans, Carl is right there to stick his big old wet nose in (quite literally) and break it.
What Left Me Hungry for More:
- Quick ending. Since everything was building up to Rory getting home to her parents, I wish their had been a little bit more of that at the end. View Spoiler »Plus, it seemed strange to me that Rory’s dad was angry that Rory wasn’t home until Max spoke up and then he was suddenly super pleasant and all “we’re so glad you’re here!” « Hide Spoiler
If you’re looking for a fun (and steamy) quick read, I highly recommend this novella. I give it 3.5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
And don’t miss the first two novels in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES and THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, now available! Grab your copy today!
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