Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4.5
Also in this series: Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay #1), The Trouble with Mistletoe, The Trouble with Mistletoe, One Snowy Night, Accidentally on Purpose, Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4), Chasing Christmas Eve, Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay, #4.5), About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay, #5), About That Kiss, Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay, #6), Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay, #7)
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Sean O’Riley and all of his friends head to Napa Valley for a weekend of wine tasting and fun in celebration of his brother Finn, and his fiancé Pru, getting married. When they get to the bed and breakfast that Pru insisted staying at, Sean is shocked to see Lotti behind the check-in counter. Sean and Lotti had been friends in high school and then they’d lost their virginity together. Lotti declared her love for Sean but then in the next breath told him she was moving. Though Lotti attempted to stay in touch, Sean didn’t respond.
Now all these years later Sean knows that his 16-year-old self was an idiot. He wants nothing more than to be with Lotti. He admits that he wanted to back in high school as well but was too filled with fear to act on his feelings. Lotti is determined to have no more relationships so turns Sean away. Sean however is persistent and isn’t about to give up on the woman of his dreams.
Jill Shalvis always writes such sweet and charming stories. This novella was done so well, and I found myself smiling through most of it.
Sean and Lotti were perfect together and I loved how Shalvis didn’t try to make their relationship move too fast. The initial romance takes place within a few days but I could tell that it would be a lasting one.
The whole wedding and holiday theme of this novella wrapped up so nicely with Sean and Lotti’s story. If you want a short Christmas romance to get you in the mood for the holidays then you need to pick this one up.
Heartbreaker Bay Series
Rating: 4 out of 5