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Holiday Wishes: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella Mass Market Paperback – November 7, 2017
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It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!
When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.
The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.
But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.
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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning novels wherever books are sold and visit her website, jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
- Publisher : Avon Impulse (November 7, 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062463608
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062463609
- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.32 x 6.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #491,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sean O'Riley planned his brother's bachelor weekend ash the Hartford Bed & Breakfast but little did he know he would come face to face with a blast from his past. He walks into the Bed & Breakfast to see a woman he hadn't seen in ten years and one he never has forgotten.
Lotti Hartford was not expecting to have the man she confessed her love to walk through the doors of her bed and breakfast but he does and she is no longer looking for that deep connection she is just looking to have a little fun and Sean is the perfect one for the job.
As Lotti & Sean start to get to know each other again will they finally be on the same page or will one of them get their hearts broken? Will the magic of Christmas help bring them together? You have to read the book to find out!
"We're all angels," Elle, another bridesmaid, said. "And when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly....on a broomstick. We're flexible like that"
Sean has finally grown up and is acting like a big boy. Luckily, in all the mistakes in his life, his brother always had his back and loved and supported him. Now it is time for Sean to step up for Finn. Finn’s marrying the love of his life and Sean needs to make sure everything runs smoothly. No storm of epic proportions will stop Sean from giving Finn and Pru everything they want, desire and deserve. On his path to accomplishing this, he realises that he wants what Finn and Pru have. Imagine his delight and surprise when his first love steps onto his path.
Lotti can’t believe her bad luck when her first love just walked up to her path. The boy broke her heart and the man looks like he could do exactly the same thing. Lotti better keep her distance because he’s temptation and she’s not looking for heartbreak.
I really enjoyed this little story and loved catching up with the Heartbreaker Bay gang. It packs one heck of a wallop, with my emotions taking the roller-coaster ride of love. If you haven’t tried a Jill Shalvis, then I suggest you hop to it. This, while part of a series, could be read as a standalone. Sure, we catch up with her other characters in the series, but you won’t feel like your missing too much.
It’s a Jill Shalvis so of course, I want and need more.
This is the story of Lotti Harford and Sean O'Riley.
Sean is at the Hartford Bed and Breakfast. He has come for his older brother's bachelor weekend. He hopes things go okay and he just makes it through. He has no idea he will come face to face with the very woman he lost his virginity to ten years ago. He has no idea that Lotti is the inkeeper of the B&B.
Lotti saw Sean ten years ago. She told him she loved him after spending her first intimate moment with him. He ended up not saying anything back. She sees Sean as an opportunity for a good time. Lotti wants to be wild and free and unlike her usual self. Sean was the good-time guy, but Lotti doesn't realize she is the woman he hasn't gotten over.
As the weekend progresses, Sean realizes he doesn't want to be the hook up guy, but he wants his happily-ever-after. And he wants it with Lotti. He is not sure she would open herself up to him again after he handled their prior time so poorly afterwards.
Christmas is sweeping through the little B&B and Sean hopes that a little bit of magic is in the cards for him and Lotti.
This was a fun & romantic story. I enjoyed their seeing each other after 10 years. I enjoyed seeing what Sean would go through to prove that Lotti means more to him than she realizes.
"All you have to do is walk away."
"Tried that already and it was the biggest mistake of my life."
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Christmas would not be the same without at least one offering from Jill Shalvis, and lucky us we get two in 2017, following on from Chasing Christmas Eve; Holiday Wishes gives us Sean O’Riley’s story.
Sean is Finn’s younger brother, the brother who no one has any expectations of, and expect nothing from. Finn being the elder brother always sorted everything out for him when he was younger, and has also spent the better part of his life since keeping him out of trouble.
"I’ve learned a whole lot since then."
But things change, and Sean wants to prove to Finn that he has grown up and capable of being responsible, by taking on the planning of the joint Bachelor/Bachelorette weekend in Charlotte Hartford’s B&B, and their first meeting after so many years, doesn’t exactly go how Sean expects it too.
"We’re not getting out of here and neither are you."
Mother Nature has other ideas though, and leaves Sean and the rest of the party trapped for more than the weekend they were planning to stay. But Sean is not going to let the weather spoil the wedding and looks to Lottie for help. But she has plans, which don’t include planning a wedding on the bounce, over her first Christmas off in years.
"Maybe you’re not the only one who grew up."
Sun, sea, and a sexy surfer to ease a little of the ‘stress’ she has been under was firmly on her agenda, so being trapped with the guy who took her virginity and then left her straight afterward, and helping him make his brother’s wedding go off without a hitch is really not something she wants to contemplate.
He was even more appealing than he’d been all those years ago.
It’s not a secret that I am a huge fan of this author, and this series has gone from strength to strength with each book added to it. While this was a relatively quick read, it was great to spend some more time with the Heartbreaker Bay crew over Christmas, and to see Sean, step up, man up and grown up in taking on the responsibility of making sure Pru and Finn got the wedding they deserved. The second-chance with Lottie, rounded things out nicely, and I cannot wait to get back to this series when we return for book five About That Kiss January 2018.
Holiday Wishes is another novella in the Heartbreaker Bay series, it can be read as a standalone but all the others are so damn good you’d be crazy to miss them.
This time it’s Sean’s story, a wild, sexy, rebel in his youth he is finally taking things seriously by accepting the role of best man and organising big brother Finn’s wedding to Pru.
The gang of friends who we have grown to love all head to a little B&B for the bachelor/ette party weekend. Unknown to Sean it’s owned and run by Lotti, the teenager he lost his virginity with ten years previously. Being the player that he was he left her stranded and in the process broke both their hearts.
The chemistry between them still sizzles but how can Lotti trust him again? This is such a scorcher of a story, Sean is just irresistible I fell for him at the start, Lotti has enough balls to make it entertaining.
This is such a short, quick but satisfying book .. read it, enjoy it and just wish you could be in that B&B! Five sparkly, festive stars yet again for this series.