About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis + Excerpt!

23 January 2018

Happy Book Birthday to Jill Shalvis' latest addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series, About That Kiss! I've been so in love with the Heartbreaker Bay series so I'm excited to share with you my review and an exclusive excerpt of this new swoon-worthy romance!

About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5)
by Jill Shalvis
Published by Avon Books on January 23rd, 2018.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit.

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.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

The Heartbreaker Bay series is a new favourite of mine. Ever since I watched The Trouble With Mistletoe on Passionflix, I knew I had to get my hands on this series and voila, I binge-read the books because I just couldn't put them down! They're just that good. I can't get enough of Jill Shalvis' writing and I'm totally disappointed I didn't pick up her books sooner.

About That Kiss is a swoon-worthy, slow-burn romance, coupled with a little bit of mystery. If you've read the previous books, you'll understand Kylie and Joe are friends... well, sort of...and it seems like there's a little bit of tension going on between them because of a 'kiss' which apparently happened not too long ago. So, when Kylie enlists Joe's help to find the penguin carving that's been stolen from her, they're both forced to put their 'differences' aside.

Frankly speaking, the idea of Joe and Kylie as a couple was never under my radar when reading the previous books, but there's no denying I was really intrigued as to how Jill Shalvis was going to bring these two headstrong characters together.

I really enjoyed getting to know Kylie and Joe's character more. In the past books, Kylie has been introduced as the cute and quirky friend with an adorable rescue named Vinnie (I've been imagining him as a teacup chihuahua mix because he fits in her pocket but apparently he isn't! My whole life has been a lie!). She's the type of girl who doesn't really care much for appearance, especially being someone who works in a male-dominated industry--she's a woodworker! I love that we get to see more of her quirky side, especially when she begins to spend more time with Joe during their 'stakeouts' as they search for her missing penguin.

Meanwhile, it's no surprise Joe comes off as a total alpha male, especially because of his career as a former soldier, but he's also a total goofball and a sweetheart. He's serious and makes sure his head is in the game when needed. We also find out that he's a very family-oriented person, because not only does he watch out for his younger sister, Molly, he also cares deeply for his father who suffers from PTSD. It's very heartwarming to read about characters who care so much about their family.

Jill Shalvis writes slow burn romances so good, she'll definitely leave you satisfied. I absolutely loved how Kylie and Joe's relationship developed slowly as they continue to spend time with each other. No complications--none of that annoying push and pull. I just wish we caught a glimpse of how the 'kiss' happened because there's barely any interaction between just the two of them in the previous books. Not unless they're with friends. But there's no denying the chemistry between them is off-the-charts hot! The sexy times are an absolute thumbs up!

And speaking of friends, a Heartbreaker Bay novel isn't complete without the rest of the squad! These are my people and I love them so much! Jill Shalvis sure knows how to write lovable characters you'll never forget... not to mention their adorable fur-babies. I just can't get enough of them!

About That Kiss will definitely go down as a memorable read this 2018. It's a romantic read coupled with steamy scenes, witty dialogue, a little bit of action (Maybe Jill Shalvis should consider writing romantic suspense novels) and lots and lots of kissing! I want more of this series, I don't want it to ever end!


“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.

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?”


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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.