Published by Avon on January 23rd 2018
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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 unique finder-and-fixer skills that 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.
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~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Kylie Masters is a woodworker, but on that day it was her turn to mind the Reclaimed Woods front desk. Of course, Joe Malone would choose that moment to step into the shop. A few days ago, when she was a bit tipsy, Kylie and Joe had shared a passionate kiss, nothing came of it, and Kylie tried to forget about it; it seemed Joe had. Joe is shopping for a present for his sister Molly, but the mirror he had in mind – one of Kylie’s creations – has already been sold, so he commissions a similar one. Case closed, thinks Kylie, but not quite. As she’s leaving the shop, Kylie notices that her precious wooden penguin, the only thing she has left from her late grandfather, is missing. Upon opening her front door, there’s an envelope with a photograph showing her penguin in peril. Desperate times call for desperate measures: she needs Joe’s help; it’s his job after all, he works for Hunt Investigations. If it weren’t for that kiss…
In this fifth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, faithful readers get to catch up with characters from previous books, while newcomers will feel entirely at ease dropping by. I really liked that Kylie has an unusual occupation and that she is not your typical Jill Shalvis klutz, although Kylie is a bit shy and insecure she does have a funny pooch. I was quite pleased that what first appeared a little joke of a mystery turned out to be quite an ingenious one. The romance progressed at a realistic pace, and some of the best moments in ABOUT THAT KISS consist of Joe and Kylie’s exchanges about their pasts. Ms. Shalvis’ descriptions of Joe’s childhood neighbourhood bordered on postapocalyptic, as our inner cities often appear. I felt that the story dragged a bit in the middle, as there was some meandering in several directions, and while Joe is a good and sweet man, his determination to deny that he was in love with Kylie grated a bit. On the other hand, Kylie handled his obstinacy surprisingly well and I thought Ms. Shalvis did an amazing job: Kylie never came across as a victim or a wimp, and I really liked her.
There are also superb secondary characters in ABOUT THAT KISS, namely Molly – Joe’s sister and Kylie’s mother. ABOUT THAT KISS is cute, light, flirty, and there is a silly puppy that will steal your heart.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.