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About That Kiss: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel (Heartbreaker Bay, 5) Hardcover – January 23, 2018
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“A former bad boy hero with special ops skills and a relationship-wary heroine find truth, forgiveness, and passion in a funny romance that nicely continues this popular San Francisco–set series.” -- Library Journal
“Shalvis’ rich cast of characters add just the right dose of color and sage advice, while she spins yet another sexy contemporary tale that showcases her indelible wit and eye for sweet, compulsively readable romance.” -- Entertainment Weekly
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When love drives you crazy . . .
When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with the unique finder-and-fixer skills who can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.
the best thing to do . . .
No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.
. . . is enjoy the ride.
As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.
- Publisher : Avon (January 23, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062741764
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062741769
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This time around in Heartbreaker Bay, we get Kylie and Joe's story. Kylie has a very much non-traditional career as a woodworker and creator of wonderful furniture that are pieces of art. (And yes, I was thrilled to see a character who works with their hands creating art.) Kylie has some things that have happened to her in her past that she has blocked out involving her Grandfather's death. Her grandfather was the one who taught her how to create using tools and wood and to explore the artist in her mind. Kylie can normally be found covered in sawdust and wearing jeans and a t-shirt which are definitely not sexy catch a guy's eye.
Joe is all alpha male and "I am take charge" type of guy. His background is a bit murky but he is ex-special forces. His current career is in security working for Archer's security company. All black ops and always on call. But there is something about Kylie that calls to Joe. And it is not that he wants her to make him a special piece for his sister's birthday.
The relationship between Kylie and Joe is fun to watch as it progress and the sparks fly. Joe helps Kylie with some issues that tie back to her grandfather's death and he quickly learns, he is not in control of things like he is used to being.
This book is a fun read like any book by Ms. Shalvis. I am hoping for a nice snow day soon so I can curl up on the couch and re-read it.
I was provided an advanced copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair unbiased review. Although I always pre-order her books since I read them.
I didn't believe the romance and I didn't believe the "suspense" aspect of this story and soon I was only reading cause I am usually compelled to finish something I start.
Finally, where were the editors? Did anyone read it for consistency? I'm guessing not or I wouldn't be constantly drawn out of the story by things like wondering how he got her tight jeans off but left her boots on? Or where the dog went? Things like that. I don't remember this being a problem in previous Shalvis books. And I know it is just a nitpick but I do wish this author would stop referring to "lady parts". It sounds so sophomoric.
If you're a Shalvis fan you will probably find this one okay. I'm going to be giving further books in this series a miss.
“About That Kiss ” by Jill Shalvis is a delightful, charming, romantic story with a touch of mystery. Jill Shalvis describes her colorful quirky characters as flawed, complicated and sometimes complex. Then again, do you know anyone that is perfect?
Is it nice for a gentleman to kiss and tell? In this story, after Joe an alpha type of guy kisses Kylie on an un-gentlemanly way, it’s a good thing Kylie didn’t hold her breath waiting for Joe to call. Kylie is a talented wood-crafter, learned from her late grandfather who taught her how to make creative things. Kylie’s parents were too young to raise her, and that job fell to her grandfather. Joe also comes from a dysfunctional family where his father is suffering from PSTD, and locks the doors to the house at least 5 times. Joe helps take care of his sister and father. Joe now works for a security company that can handle difficult situations.
Kylie sees Joe at work, and they tease each other. Unfortunately something priceless and meaningful to Kylie has been stolen. After getting letters with pictures, Kalie turns to Joe to help her. Both are working together trying to make the pieces of the puzzles fit.
Working so closely is becoming a problem, since both Kylie and Joe can’t forget that kiss. Perhaps trying again, will make them forget, or remember?
I appreciate that Jill Shalvis brings up the problems of PSTD, and how difficult it is for the person and the family. There should be more help available.
I would recommend this novel for readers that enjoy a romantic story. Happy Reading !
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Series: Heartbreaker Bay #5
5 Stars - I truly love this series! The characters are all wonderful and with every book I read, I just end up looking forward to which character’s story could come next! I was happy to see that Joe got his own book. He was a great lead and while I think Kylie was a bit careless with having to tag along on the job all the time, I thought she was a good match for him. They had great chemistry and made me laugh more than once. I loved the banter between all the characters, loved the hashtags at the beginning of each chapter, and overall the book was well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Can’t wait for the next one!
~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
Without giving the whole story away, the developing relationship between Kylie and Joe IS the story. Two people with real baggage are able to find each other in spite of the obstacles and misunderstandings in their way. The mystery they're solving together is just the backdrop. And Vinnie!! Who doesn't love a great dog?!
There's just enough foreshadowing of future stories that I'm anxiously anticipating the next episode. I hope it's soon!