Review: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

Posted on December 27, 2018 by Nadene in 2018 new release challenge, COYER Winter, Review / 5 Comments

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Review:  Hot Winter Nights by Jill ShalvisTitle: Hot Winter Nights
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #6
Published by Avon on September 25, 2018
Pages: 388
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Source: Edelweiss
Format: ARC, eBook
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Rating: four-half-stars
Heat Level: four-flames

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.

Love, love this installment. This book was so much fun from the romance between Molly and Lucas to the case they were working on. This story pushed all the right buttons for me. Swoon-worthy and heartfelt Hot Winter Nights left me feeling warm all over.

This is the sixth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series and like the previous books, it is a standalone read. Having been introduced to the main characters in the previous installment I hungrily gobbled up their story, as I was eager to know what made them tick.

I loved the fact I had the chance to reunite with the characters from the previous installment and to enjoy their meddlesome antics.

From the beginning, I knew I would be in for a treat. Lucas who is recovering from a GSW got the shock of his life when he woke up to find a woman in his bed. To top it all, he had no memory of how she got there. Then to make matters worse she turns out to be his co-worker and sister of his best friend. How did Molly, reach in his bed? What made this situation hilarious was Molly’s decision to make fun of it and poor Lucas did not know what hit him.


Molly has gotten bored with her job as office manager with Hunt Investigations. What she really wants to do is fieldwork, but neither her boss nor her brother was on board with her desires. Therefore, when her senior citizen neighbour approaches her about shady happenings at the Santa Village she saw this has an opportunity to prove herself worthy of being an investigator. 
Molly’s hang-ups with her looks came from emotional and physical scars she has borne since the age of fourteen. Lucas too has had his share of pain stemming from loss. Therefore, they both had serious emotional baggage. I loved Lucas and Molly. I thought they were perfect for each other even though they frustrated me with their push and pull behaviour. It was a relief when they finally got their act together. Molly took a long time coming to her senses.  The facts surrounding the case proved interesting and ended up being dangerous for the parties involved. Molly got the chance to shine and for the men she work with to take her seriously as an investigator.

Conclusion/Recommendation
As stated earlier I had a great time with this story. A funny, sexy, romantic Christmas story that will leave you wanting more. Fans of Jill Shalvis and contemporary romance will love Hot Winter Nights. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

About Jill Shalvis

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 for a complete booklist daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
 
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