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Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes, November 2017
Heartbreaker Bay
by Jill Shalvis

Avon Impulse
128 pages
ISBN: 0062463608
EAN: 9780062463609
Kindle: B01I9BLFGO
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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Fresh Fiction Review

Holiday Wishes
Jill Shalvis

Reviewed by Monique Daoust
Posted November 3, 2017

Romance Holiday | Holiday

Sean O'Riley is stressed out because he's his brother Finn's best man, and a wedding is a scary thing, indeed. Finn and his bride to be Pru booked the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for the bachelor and bachelorette parties, while the wedding itself will take place nearby in Napa Valley in two days' time. But Sean is stunned speechless when he sees Lotti Hartford manning the reception desk. Ten years ago, Sean messed up when Lotti told him she loved him, and he didn't reply. With everything that had happened in his life, Sean just couldn't commit to anything. They were both sixteen, and he was irresponsible and wild, and sadly, Lotti moved away and they drifted apart. But now, how can she not recognize him? Or is she purposely pretending not to? But the weather has gotten worse, it's raining cats and dogs, and the wedding party is stuck at the B&B. Can Sean make up for the time lost?

What a treat: a Jill Shalvis novella for the Holidays! HOLIDAY WISHES has our favorite characters from the author's Heartbreaker Bay series, and for those who haven't read those books, no worry, this novella stands perfectly on its own, but better yet, in those few pages, Ms. Shalvis gives us Lotti and Sean's complete backstories and I felt I knew them, then and now. What was very nice is that I really got the feeling that Sean had changed, that he had matured; it was not just being told he had, and I believed in their making things right the second time around. HOLIDAY WISHES is sweet, sexy, and bittersweet at times, and it was very well done, because even though it's a short read, it has everything you expect from Ms. Shalvis: hilarious and snarky dialogues; Peaches, Lotti's pet parrot; a little Christmas ambiance, as the story takes place two weeks before the Holidays; family and friends; and a happy ending that was not rushed, but felt just right. And there's even a bonus excerpt of the next Heartbreaker Bay novel! Would Christmas feel the same without a Jill Shalvis book? I don't think so!

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SUMMARY

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.


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