Tuesday, January 23, 2018

About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Title: About That Kiss 
Author: Jill Shalvis
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #5
Main Characters: Joe and Kylie
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Avon
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I liked this story. Neither Kylie nor Joe want or need a relationship, but they keep drifting toward one another. One drunken night they shared a kiss and now neither one can forget it. It's best to just stay away from one another.

But then Kylie's beloved carved penguin made for her by her grandfather is stolen and a threatening photo arrives. Her grandfather was a talented woodworker, but he and almost all his work were destroyed in a fire at his workshop. The penguin is all she has left. But the villain won't return it unless Kylie falsely authenticates some woodworking as her grandfather's. 

Joe works for Archer's security firm and is as tough and smart as they come, so he's the one she turns to for help. She needs her penguin back, but isn't willing to sully her grandfather's reputation with sub-standard woodworking. They have to work together to try to find out who is trying to bribe her. And you know what all that time together is going to do for them...this is a romance novel. ;)

Both of these characters have good reasons for being leery of relationships. But I loved watching them fall for one another when they had no idea that could even happen. Joe is gruff and sexy and protective. And it's awesome watching him fall apart and lose control over Kylie. Kylie can admit that Joe is a darn sexy man, but she's been left by way too many people. She's better off alone than getting hurt again. She just wants her penguin back.

But as the two work more and more together, their friendship and understanding of the other person deepens...and that sexual chemistry sure isn't going away. This was a sexy, fun read. I liked the little details about Joe's history with his sister Molly and how that all plays into his protective stance with Kylie. I also loved watching all the guys who work with Joe at Archer's security firm give Joe a hard time...bromance at its best. 

This was just a fun book to read...and it had the added bonus of a light bit of mystery and suspense added to the story that kicked it up a notch. LOVED that!

I definitely recommend this and the entire series, although you can read any of the books as stand alones.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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