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Today, we're playing host to a stop along the HarperCollins BLOG TOUR for the latest release addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series by none other than author Jill Shalvis. If you've not become acquainted with any of the titles, it's high time you do and you can jump in at any point because while they are connected, they work perfectly fine as stand alones...but really, WHY?!?! ^-^ Anywho, let's get on with the show because the stars of today's bookish beauty aren't exactly known for their patience. *ahem* Ready or not, here comes today's title of choice...
Heartbreaker Bay, Book 5
About the book...
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 don't know about you, but life can get pretty mucked up sometimes...and there's nothing better to turn a bad day around than a great read. Am I right? Of course I am...and this book definitely does its "job" well.
From start to finish, I really loved this one! I mean, I know I say that pretty much about EVERY Heartbreaker Bay book that I've read, but can I help it if they are amazing? No, I can't, so I do what I can and shout it from the virtual rooftops. THIS BOOK ROCKED! Kylie was amazing...strong, independent, but with a past that she'd rather forget and memories she'd die to hold on too. It's a tough break what happened, truly awful, but sometimes the truth we tell ourselves isn't really so. Sometimes we need things shaken up, broken apart, made a mess of, to really see what's there...and it definitely doesn't hurt to have a very less-than-unfortunate looking guy by your side for the ride. Which brings us to Joe...
Joe was so much more than just a hot bod alpha...there is actually substance beneath the veneer of masculinity, sarcasm, and flirtatiousness (not that we're complaining about any of that either...*ahem*). He too has lived a life that was harder than you might guess (MUCH harder), but despite the inner demons of unworthiness he faces, he truly is one of the good ones. The situation these two find themselves in forces their hand in more ways than one, but in the end, they find the missing pieces they didn't know they were looking for...and we get one heck of a story!
Don't believe me?
Check out this excerpt...
~~~ EXCERPT ~~~
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
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.”
About the author...
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.
Special thanks to Julie at HarperCollins Publishers for the copy for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. Be sure to check out the other stops along the tour making its way through the blogosphere as we speak for more bookish fun!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!