Holiday Wishes Hits Shelves Today!!
By: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
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.
“Tried that already,” he said. “And it was the biggest mistake of my life.” He brought her hand up to his mouth and met her gaze over their entwined hands.
He was looking at her like . . . well, she wasn’t sure what was going on in his head, but her thoughts were racing along with her pulse.
“You’re incredible, Lotti. I hope you know that.” Very slowly, clearly giving her time to object, he pulled her into him.
Her breath caught at the connection and his eyes heated in response as he slid a hand up her spine and then back down again, pressing her in tight to him from chest to thighs and everywhere in between. His nose was cold at the crook of her neck, but his breath was warm against her skin. She felt his lips press against the sensitive spot just behind her ear and she shivered. “You’re trembling,” he said, his voice low. “Are you cold?”
“No,” she whispered. Try the opposite of cold . . .
“No.” Not even close. The way his mouth moved across her skin was making her warm all over. Not that she could articulate that with his body pressed to hers and his fingers dancing over her skin. She was literally quivering as the memories of what it felt like to be touched by him washed over her, as if no time at all had gone by.
Yes, she’d let him think that their time together had sucked for her. But it hadn’t. Not even close. That long-ago night he’d evoked feelings and a hunger in her that she’d never forgotten. “I’ve just had a long day,” she said.
“I know. I’m going to make it better.” He pressed a kiss at the juncture of her jaw and ear before he made his way to her lips for a slow, hot kiss, his mouth both familiar and yet somehow brand-new. She was so far gone that when he pulled back she protested with a moan, but he held her tight, staring down at her with heated eyes. “Just checking,” he murmured.
“That you want this as badly as I do.”
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.
Ten years ago Sean O’Riley and Lotti Hartford shared a blissful night of passion, then she made her feelings for him known, and Sean didn't utter a word, leaving things awkward between them. Which ultimately caused them to part, a Sean has regretted it everyday since. Now he finds himself standing before her, and watching her heartbreak all over again, only this time he isn't the one doing the breaking, and he wants nothing more to be the shoulder she needs right now... but she doesn't seem to want to acknowledge his existence. What is a guy to do?
Lottie Hartford is done with relationships, feelings and anything of the sort, she is tired of going all in only to have her heart broke in the end. So she decides it's time to abandoned her good girl ways, and become the girl who walks on the wild side, and only does strings free when it comes to men. And she has her eye on the perfect playboy to help her embrace her new lifestyle... but the playboy is ready to change his ways and become a one woman kind of man!
Holiday Wishes is a funny, uplifting, charming little novella that's sure to put you in the holiday spirit!! Lottie and Sean had once found love, but then timing wasn't right and they parted ways, now they find themselves reunited, each wanting different things, and love once again coming into play. This was such a fun read, watching these two maneuver through feelings and their complicated past, and finding a way to come out on the other side of it happy and together. The story line was filled with moments that warmed my heart, moments that had me giggling out loud, and moments that had me saying "oh,my". I highly recommend you get your hands on this one, Ms. Shalvis's endearing characters are sure to treat you to a memorable and blissful literary escape!