Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #6
Published by Avon on September 25th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Who needs mistletoe?
Most people wouldn't think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn't most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she's been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that — but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once...
Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don't mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he's shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly's brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can't believe he's drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who's the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he's ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he's been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.
Every time I start a Heartbreaker Bay series book, no, any Jill Shalvis book, I start with a grin on my face. It begins with the hashtag chapter titles and I always close the book with a happy sigh – and again, I’m grinning. Shalvis creates these wonderful communities, with fantastic characters and interesting and unique situations, and romance, oh the romance!! Hot Winter Nights embodies all of these qualities. There’s an element of forbidden love as co-workers Molly Malone and Lucas Knight discover a connection and take on a case involving bad Santa’s and a few elderly elves.
These characters have been on the peripheral of all of the stories in this series and I’m so glad they finally got their own book. Molly stood out in big brother Joe’s book, but Lucas has always been a bit of a mystery. He’s recovering from a work injury, sidelined a bit, and maybe not making some of the best decisions. For Molly, she’s looking to strike out on her own a bit in order to expand on her role with Hunt Investigations. Through this the two are brought deliciously closer.
There’s plenty of things that stand between them, but they are both inspired to work through personal issues and the issue of their status as co-workers – and it’s likely Joe and Archer will frown upon a relationship with them. There are so many great moments between and I found myself rooting for them from #MorningAfterNumberOne. Their partnership on the Bad Santa case lands both in some precarious positions and Shalvis weaves in a fair amount of danger and a few super angsty moments. More then once I found myself wiping my eyes of tears from happiness, laughter and from heartache. Mostly happiness and laughter. 4.5 stars and my recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
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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 books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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