Title: Hot Winter Nights
Who needs mistletoe?
Most people wouldn't think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn't most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she's been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that--but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .
Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don't mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he's shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly's brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can't believe he's drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who's the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he's ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he's been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.
Author: Jill Shalvis
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sweet Little Lies, One Snowy Night, One Snowy Night, Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3)
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #6
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Sweet Little Lies, One Snowy Night, Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3), Chasing Christmas Eve
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: September 25, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I loved the first couple Heartbreaker Bay books, but the last one fell a bit flat for me. This one, I would say, fell somewhere in the middle – not my most favorite, but not the worst, either.
I liked Molly as a character; she is tough, smart, and determined. Throw in independence, and she might be my favorite character of Shalvis’s yet. Lucas also had all the wonderful qualities of a modern-day romance hero; he was confident, recognized the value in his partner, and, in typical Shalvis fashion, the strong-but-silent-yet-oh-so-sexy type.
My problem came more from the phrases within the book. In the last in the series (About that Kiss), I felt like all of the humor came from internet memes. I didn’t just suspect it; I knew it. This book felt like she laid off the memes a bit, but I wasn’t as trusting as I was in the first few. I constantly questioned whether the humor was Shalvis’s own voice, or if it was a collective voice of the interwebs. About halfway through, I made a conscious effort to simply let go and enjoy the story, and I did.
However, the meme thing had me going back to read earlier Shalvis stories (pre-meme timeframe) and my definitive conclusion is…mixed bag. It’s bothersome to me because Shalvis had an enormously funny wit in earlier works; I want her to get back to that. And because I’m an optimist, I’ll continue to read her books in the hopes that she continues her pull from the clever-yet-unoriginal toward the witty-and-original.
Four stars for the overall story.
Three stars for the overall writing.
Average: 3.5 stars.