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About That Kiss
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #5
Author: Jill Shalvis
Releases: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Avon Books

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.


Joe studied her. “I asked you once before, but now I’m going to ask you again. Is there something going

on between you two?”

She tossed up her hands. “Why do you both keep asking me that about each other?”
His eyes narrowed. “I thought nothing was going on.”

“And before today, I could’ve passed a lie detector test on that,” she said.

“What happened today?”

She paused. Not because she had anything to be ashamed of, but because she wasn’t quite sure what

had happened.


She sighed. “It’s nothing.”

“Try again,” Joe said and gave her the very male universal go on gesture.

She rolled her eyes. “Fine. He . . . finally made a move on me.”

Joe didn’t budge. Not a blink, not a muscle twitch, nothing, but she could’ve popped corn off the electric tension coming off him.

“Describe ‘made a move,’ ” he finally said.

She crossed her arms. “And again, how is this relevant to my case?”

He just gave her that careful stare again and she thought wow, those eyes of his should be registered as a lethal weapon, because she found herself opening her mouth and spilling her guts. “He kissed me.”

“He kissed you.”

“Yeah,” she said. “Do you know that you often repeat what I say?”

“What kind of a kiss?” he asked.

She was momentarily bewildered. “I don’t know. It was a kiss. A normal kiss. A nice kiss.” She cocked her head at him. “How many kinds of kisses are there?”

He just looked at her for a long moment before coming toward her. He backed her to the wall and pressed his big hands on either side of her head.
“There are many kinds of kisses,” he said.

Her breath had backed up in her throat, where her heart had lodged, pounding wildly. “S-s-such as?”

“Such as this one.” And then he leaned in and covered her mouth with his.

At the touch of Joe’s mouth, Kylie’s brain stopped being capable of rational thought. His tongue gave a knee-weakening stroke against hers and she let out a shockingly needy moan as she clutched at him, fisting her hands in the material of his shirt at his chest. Only when he’d thoroughly plundered and pillaged and left her boneless did he lift his head and

look into her eyes.

“Wow,” she whispered, fully aware she was still holding on to him like he was a lifeline, but the bones in her legs had liquefied. “I mean . . .” She shook her head. “Wow.”

He nodded. “Yeah. So to be clear, that wasn’t ‘a normal kiss’ or even ‘a nice kiss.’ It was a ‘wow’ kiss. Any questions?”

“Just one,” she said softly. “Can I have another?”

Joe didn’t have to be asked twice. His mouth immediately descended again, his fingers sliding into her hair to change the angle of the kiss to suit him. It was a controlled, alpha thing to do, but she had only one thought—nothing about the usually carefully, purposely leashed Joe was in control at the moment.

And she liked it.

She had no idea how long they went at it because she was in absolute heaven. Who knew that the man could use his preferred silent mode to communicate in a way that she finally approved of?

Only when she was completely breathless and about to strip him down to his birthday suit did she manage to pull back.

“Any more questions?” he asked, also a little bit breathless, which was more than slightly gratifying. Dumbly, she shook her head. His eyes softened and he gently he stroked his thumb over her bottom lip. “And FYI? Gib’s an idiot.”

Jill Shalvis

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,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. 

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Kylie's little wooden carved penguin has always brought her a sense of peace, and been a wonderful reminder of her grandfather...but she never expected it to bring her love! When someone steals it, and holds it hostage she is completely devastated, and is desperate to get it back... even if it means turning to the one person she has always steered clear of... Joe Malone. It's not that she doesn't like Joe, problem is she likes him a little too much, but relationships give her hives, and a one night stands just aren't her thing, so it's best just to keep him at a distance... but now she needs him and his investigative skills! Now if she can just manage to keep her hormones in check while working right alongside him...

Joe Malone can't believe the words coming out of Kylie's mouth, she wants him to help her find a wooden penguin, he isn't real keen on getting involved, but he can't help but notice the hurt that is written all over her face, and dang it if he doesn't want to make her happy again. He agrees to help, and assumes he can more than handle the task alone, but Kylie refuses to let him go at it alone, she wants to help bring her beloved penguin home. Joe knows working alongside her is going to be challenging, mainly because the minute she comes around his heart starts to go into overdrive, and the sparks start to fly... but he doesn't do love, relationships, or anything of the sort, or does he?

Once again Ms. Shalvis has brought her A-game and given readers a heartwarming tale and two endearing characters that they can't help but lose their heart too. Between the pages of "About That Kiss" you will find two characters that don't believe in love and are adamant that they don't want to fall victim to it, but fortunately for them the love gods are looking out for them and have other plans! The moment a missing little penguin brings these two together the sparks start to fly, desire takes over and things really start to heat up, so be ready to get your blush on!! I thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series, it had Ms. Shalvis's trademark humor, her eccentric characters, and a little suspenseful action to boot, definitely a MUST read to look for in January!! Highly recommend!!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title!!



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