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Nov
6

Review: Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis

Review: Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis Holiday Wishes Author: Jill Shalvis Reviewer: Jen Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: At first, B&B owner Lotti Harford tries to pretend she doesn’t remember her high school sweetheart Sean O’Riley. Aware of the fact she couldn’t keep up the pretense, the pair strike up an easy truce, leading to a renewal of their childhood friendship. Sean, already realizing he’s looking for a meaningful relationship in his life, regrets the way he left things with Lotti. Lotti, burned by Sean’s actions from youth, is scared to open her heart. Holiday Wishes is a wonderful standalone story centering on Sean O’Riley, brother of Finn, the series’ first book hero. The...
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Sep
26

Review: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

Review: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis Chasing Christmas Eve Author: Jill Shalvis Reviewer: Jen Rating: A- Colbie Albright is the best-selling author of a hit book series, with a blockbuster movie releasing on Christmas Day. Family and work always come first for Colbie, and she’s hit a wall causing a severe case of writer’s block. Escaping to San Francisco, she finds herself in the arms of a sexy stranger. Spencer Baldwin is a wealthy, intelligent, good-looking entrepreneur who owns the hottest building in a trendy part of San Fransisco. He hides who he really is, trusting only a select few close friends. But when he accidentally knocks a beautiful stranger into a fountain, he is...
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Jan
23

Review: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Review: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis Accidentally on Purpose Author: Jill Shalvis Reviewer: Jen Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Elle Wheaton is the successful manager of hot downtown San Francisco property and is putting herself through school with aspirations of owning her own accounting firm. She doesn’t let anything or anyone get in her way. However, with Archer Hunt as the head of her building’s security, she has a few hurdles to jump. They have a past. She’s still attracted to him, but wants a man who is safe, secure, and stable. Archer is none of these things. Archer, ex-police officer, owns his own private investigation and security firm. He saved a 16-year old...
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Nov
10

Review: One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Review: One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis One Snowy Night Author: Jill Shalvis Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Picking up from events started in the previous full-length book, it’s Christmas Eve and both Max and Rory want to get home. Rory, who ran away at 17, hasn’t been back to see her family since she’s gotten her life straighten out. Rory’s friend and boss asks Max to drive her from San Francisco to Tahoe, unaware the pair shares a history. Unknown to their friends, Max and Rory went to high school together, and they themselves don’t ever talk about it. While Rory was a quiet kid with a huge crush on big-time...
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Oct
13

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: All I Want by Jill Shalvis

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: All I Want by Jill Shalvis Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: All I Want Author: Jill Shalvis Narrator: Karen White Audio Speed: 1.5x Series: Animal Magnetism #7 Genre: Contemporary Romance Source: Library Loan After a delay (library hold list), I was finally able to listen to All I Want, the final title in Jill Shalvis’s wonderful Animal Magnetism series. This time around, we get the romantic story for Zoe Stone, the eldest Stone sibling. Now that her younger brother (Wyatt) and sister (Darcy) have found love and moved out of the ancestral home they shared, Zoe is feeling a bit lonely, although she would NEVER admit that to anyone. Determined to make her...
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Sep
26

Review + Excerpt: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Review + Excerpt: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis The Trouble with Mistletoe Author: Jill Shalvis Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Willa Davis, lover of animals, runs a successful pet boutique. She had a rough childhood, in and out of foster care, but she’s turned her life around; seeing the positive in everyone and everything. She believes in second chances, except maybe when it comes to Keane Winters, the boy who stood her up in high school, regardless of how sexy he is now. Keane Winters, now a successful contractor, was just a teen when he stood up Willa for the Sadie Hawkins dance her freshman year of high school. The funny/sad thing is…...
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Aug
18

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Still the One Author: Jill Shalvis Narrator: Karen White Audio Speed: 1.5x Series: Animal Magnetism #6 Genre: Contemporary Romance Source: Purchased Picking up the characters and stories started in the previous title, Still the One shares the story and romance of Darcy and AJ. Darcy is the sister of Wyatt (Then Came You), still recovering from a near-fatal car wreck. Darcy is able to walk and mostly get around on her own thanks to her Wyatt’s best friend, physical therapist AJ. Over the months of P/T, which we first witness in Then Came You, AJ and Darcy have developed a dangerous attraction,...
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Jul
28

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Then Came You by Jill Shalvis

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Then Came You by Jill Shalvis Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Then Came You Author: Jill Shalvis Narrator: Karen White Audio Speed: 1.5x Series: Animal Magnetism #5 Genre: Contemporary Romance Source: Purchased Doctors Emily and Wyatt had a one-night stand three months ago at a vet conference in Reno. Never expecting to see each other again, it was a bit of a shock when Emily discovers her new supervisor is that sexy man with whom she had an uncharacteristic affair. The revelation that Emily is Belle Haven’s newest intern is equally shocking to Wyatt, who refuses to let his heart be broken by someone with one foot out the door, again. With each return...
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Jul
1

Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

Review: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis Sweet Little Lies Author: Jill Shalvis Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Having recently moved into her new digs and spending time with the locals at O’Riley’s Bar, Pru Harris realizes she’s got a big thing for Finn, one of the bar’s owners. However, Pru has a huge secret that could put an end to her new friends and comfortable life. Finn O’Riley is married to his job and keeping his younger brother, Sean, on the straight-and-narrow. But when Pru breezes into his bar, he realizes he is missing something in his life, something that only Pru can fill. Okay, I’ll say right from the start… Generally,...
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May
19

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Rumor Has It Author: Jill Shalvis Narrator: Karen White Audio Speed: 1.5x Series: Animal Magnetism #4 Genre: Contemporary Romance Source: Purchased Kate takes care of everyone but herself. She is practically raising her two younger siblings with little help from her dad. She’s had one boyfriend in the past several years, and continually puts off the full scholarship to attend her dream graduate program in California. She’s had a crush on Grif since she was ten, and she’s trying hard to keep calm while he’s back for her best friend’s wedding. Grif is home for his sister Holly’s wedding, but what he...
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