Contemporary, New Post, Reviews

Christmas Romance Novel Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

“Maybe I’ve already died and gone to heaven.”

She lifted her hand with a smile. “You think this is heaven?”

“You’re touching and kissing me,” he said. “So yeah, I think this is heaven.” 

the trouble with mistletoe, 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 …

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #2
Pages: 384
Genre: Christmas, Contemporary Romance, 
Publisher: Avon
Sessions: 5
Time Taken to Read: 3hr 37m 50s
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The Review

Holly Bells!! Christmas is here… 

This Book has gotten me so excited for Christmas this year… it’s that good. So this was on my list of one of the books I wanted to read this month, but I honestly didn’t expect this level of Christmas & Book Joy. 


Firstly, let’s start with the characters. Willa was an unbelievably kind heroine. She had been dealt a bit a tough blow when it came to parents but made up for it when he came to friends.  . She was also hurt when she was younger but the Hero Keane and was understandably cautious. 

The Hero:

Keane was gorgeous. oooo baby! I loved him. He was so sure that he didn’t care about anything and yet he quickly got attached to the cat, his aunt, Willa, and the house. To be honest, I loved his subtle Alpha tendencies, whilst not full caveman, were endearing and beautiful. 

Secondary Characters: 
I understand that the other characters in this book get their own story told so I could understand the authors need to create amazing secondary characters. Their interactions were funny, they were a proper family, and it gave a cozy vibe. 

The Animals:

The cuteness was just an overload. Pita the cat, was a character all of her own. she was sassy, naughty, mischievous and totally stole some of the scenes. with her antics.   Jill Shalvis had done her research especially when it came to the doggy wedding and the general care for the animals. 

You’re the most unforgettable person I’ve ever met.

the trouble with mistletoe by jill shalvis

The story itself was engaging, and funny throughout. The inner and outer conflict (mostly the animals, and secondary characters) was perfect because it wasn’t conflict for the sake of conflict. 

HUGE joyful 5 out of 5 Kisses!!!!

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Romance Novel Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver

You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.

one day in december by josie silver

Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Pages: 432
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Penguin
Sessions: 4
Time Taken to Read: 4 hours 2m 32s
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The Review:

Firstly, Laurie. I liked her. she was a great heroine. She was funny realistic, emotional and kind. Jack, I wasn’t too keen on. He wasn’t the typical Hero in that he was the alpha male that  I am used to reading about. He seemed a bit weak. 

What I did adore was that the story was very British and I could relate to everything! Josie Silver has an amazing way of pulling the reader in and describing the surrounding so incredibly well. It is like you are sitting right there on the bus or the sofa with Laurie or the fun fair with Jack! 

Well, If I am honest I didn’t like the book as much as I thought. It had echoes of One Day by David Nicholls.  and although I loved the setting and the Laurie, I couldn’t stand Jack, he wasn’t likable enough for me, plus I wasn’t keen on the friend Sarah. 

A Solid 4/5 Kisses. 


Contemporary, Mills & Boon, Reviews

Review of The Consequence of His Vengeance by Jennie Lucas

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Pages: 192
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Time Taken To Read: 1hr 40m
Sessions: 1
Date Published: 17 Jan 2017
Publisher: Mills & Boon
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His goal: entice, seduce, reject 

Ten years ago, with her father arrested for fraud, Letty Spencer became the most hated ex-socialite in Manhattan, forced to push away the only man she’s ever loved. Now Darius Kyrillos is no longer just the poor chauffeur’s son and he’s come back to claim her! 

Instead of slaking his thirst for vengeance, Darius was consumed by insatiable need the moment his lips touched Letty’s again. But he couldn’t have foreseen the consequence of his actions—soon he’ll be a father. Letty rejected him once; Darius won’t allow her to do so again 

They were so intertwined it was hard to know where one ended and the other began. Pleasure and pain. Hatred and desire. 

The Consequence of His VENGEANCE, Jennie lucas

Written in the third-person, each chapter alternates between the hero and the heroine. This is a second chance at love troupe from Mills and Boon ‘Modern’ series. 

Set in glamorous Manhattan,  with a billionaire alpha male and a strong heroine, this novel is perfect for Fifty Shades fans. The sexual tension was smoking hot, and the emotional roller coaster from this novel leaves you reeling

It’s an easy and enjoyable read, and more importantly currently on sale for £0.99 from the Mills and Boon Website. 

Link: Mills & Boon

Lingering Kiss: Passionate, intense emotional. Perfect.

Contemporary, Reviews

Review: The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

Vintage GirlRating: ♥♥♥♥
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: AudioBook
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When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie’s passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations, Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie’s heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver…


The Vintage Girl By Hester Browne was a bit of a whim purchase for me. I usually love Erotic Romance, but to be honest the ‘Vintage’ part of the title pulled me in. I love all things vintage, and I loved the look of the cover.

I decided to use my Audible credit to purchase this book and was not disappointed. I loved Cathleen McCarron’s voice. She was perfect for the novel.

Evie Nicholson works in an antique store and is a bit obsessed with all things in the past. She is invited to Kettlesheer, a struggling family mansion to value some of their stuff, and they are skint!

Evie meets Robert McAndrew, son and heir to the mansion, and sort of maybe falls for him.

To be honest, it was a good story, and I loved the detail of the house, the antiques, and the dancing., but I do think for me, she fell short of the romance. Other than some odd moon eyes and one kiss, there was none. That’s not to say this wasn’t a great book, but for me when it comes to romance, I love the works. Dates, mates, sex, attraction, lust.. it just didn’t have this.

I have never read anything by Hester Browne before, and even though the Romance part wasn’t really Romancy, I think I will read more especially The Runaway Princess this sounds like a great book I wanna read.

Onwards and upwards..