About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

January 23rd, 2018 Kimberly Review 25 Comments

23rd Jan
About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis
About That Kiss
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.

Book Series ROMANCE friends SUSPENSE

About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis is the fifth novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series. Once again Shalvis transported me to this quaint little community providing the perfect escape from the winter blues.  Kylie and Joe’s story was fun, and it was delightful seeing these sexy, and stubborn characters tumble.

I love a couple who sizzle with chemistry and irritate the heck out of each other!  The results are delicious banter, searing kisses, and eventually fiery passion. A missing Penguin, has Kylie seeking Joe’s investigative skills and this stubborn woman insists on tagging along.

I loved how strong both characters were in About That Kiss. They both come from difficult upbrings but Kylie is sweet and Joe was just adorkable. He has some hangs up, but he is the kind of guy you want in your court. He made my panties melt with his reaction to small dogs and his dedication to family. Shalvis writes strong, confident heroines who tackle things head on and don’t settle. It is one of the things I like most about this author. Kylie is strong, stubborn and a survivalist.

The combination of heat and heart was well balanced. I enjoyed this couple immensely from the wicked banter to the buildup. The romance was off the charts and I loved their sizzling chemistry. I could just see Joe give a half-devilish smile and see Kylie turn red while wicked thoughts danced in her head. Shalvis did an excellent job of sharing their stories, introducing their families and allowing the relationship to develop.

About A Kiss delivers a good mystery with some suspenseful moments as we deal with both Joe’s career and the case of the missing penguin. Growing pains and suspense kept the drama low and the author gave us plenty of heartwarming moments to endear us to this couple. We get updates from previous couples and hints of brewing attractions. I myself want to move to Heartbreaker Bay and befriend all these characters.

While About That Kiss works completely as a standalone, I recommend starting from the beginning. The friendships in this series are well worth it.

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25 Responses to “About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Ada

    I absolutely love Jill and this series, all her books are a must-read for me!

  2. Bookworm

    This one sounds very good, I’ve added it to my wishlist. I like the sound of mystery and suspense with romance mixed in. Great post!

  3. Cyn

    I love that they irritate the heck out of each other too! Such a cute story and good suspense. Glad you liked this, too! Great review, Kim!

  4. Dianne Casey

    I have not read any of this series yet. Sounds like a great series.

  5. Anita H.

    Ooh, I can’t wait to catch up on the this series, Jill has always been a favorite of mine ever since I found her Lucky Harbor books. I’ve read the first two so far, Sweet Little Lies and The Trouble With Mistletoe so far,

  6. Sam@WLABB

    Yes! You nailed in that sentence — “The combination of heat and heart was well balanced.” That is exactly what I love about Shalvis books in general. Great review!

  7. Angela Adams

    “The results are delicious banter, searing kisses, and eventually fiery passion.” — the ingredients of a good read! Thanks for the post.

  8. Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

    I liked this one, too but I got kind of annoyed by Kylie wanting to always go with Joe on his stake-outs. I must not have been in “fun” mood or something, because really, Ms. Shalvis doesn’t write a bad book 🙂 I loved the point you made about Joe and Kylie’s little dog (whose name I can’t remember right now). That WAS so cute!! Great review!!

  9. Diane Sallans

    I haven’t read the Heartbreaker Bay books yet, but I loved Jill’s Lucky Harbor series.

  10. Danielle Hammelef

    I haven’t read this series yet, but I am going to put it on my wish list. I love swoony romance as long as it also is between a couple with a caring relationship. From your review, I don’t want to miss out on the fun banter either.

  11. Nadene

    I skimmed your review as I plan to begin reading this today. I have high expectations for this one.☺

  12. RO

    I totally adore Jill Shalvis, and am behind on her series. Every book she writes is pretty amazing! I know you’re not feeling well Kim, but hang in there! Hugs…RO

  13. Nick

    YES! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did, Kim. Shalvis is just nailing with it this series. I thought the mystery aspect was fun, but the romance! *SWOONS*