Review: Mistletoe in Paradise by Jill Shalvis

Posted on December 9, 2020 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 25 Comments

Review: Mistletoe in Paradise by Jill ShalvisTitle: Mistletoe in Paradise
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #5.5
Also in this series: Almost Just Friends (Wildstone, #4), The Lemon Sisters , The Summer Deal , The Forever Girl , Love for Beginners
Published by Avon on December 1, 2020
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Format: arc, ebook
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Series Rating:
Heat Level: three-flames

Problem Number One – Getting There
Old childhood friends each fly separately to join their families on what’s been an annual holiday themed yacht adventure. Secret ex-lovers, Hannah and James are determined to make the best of things…
Problem Number Two – Getting Stuck.
When everyone but Hannah and James gets held up in an airport snarl, it leaves them stuck together for four days, making Hannah’s already problematic trip a whole lot harder to face. Especially because she comes bearing more than just gifts…
Problem Number Three -- Falling In Love (again)
As the former lovers try to make the best of the Christmas snafu, they soon realize that the best things in life can’t be planned and sometimes love is sweeter the second time around.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I have been a fan of Jill Shalvis ever since I read her Heartbreaker series. Since then, I jump at every opportunity to read her books. Therefore, when the offer to read and review Mistletoe in Paradise appeared in my email, my response was an automatic yes. A point to note, despite this being a part of the Wildstone series, it can stand on its own.

Set on a boat, sailing the Caribbean Sea, Mistletoe in Paradise provided me with a sweet, second chance, friends to lover’s romance. In this story the reader met Hannah, her step-father Harry and James.

Now Hannah and James have been friends since childhood and as the years went by their feelings for each other developed beyond friendship. However, losing someone close to them both coupled with their thirst for different things in life led to them drifting apart. A few years later, Hannah is a workaholic with no social life and no time for relationships. She lives for her work, and so she was far from amused when her mother’s actions placed her in a position of delivering bad news to Harry, while spending time with him on his boat for the holidays. To make the situation worse, James would also be on the trip, not what she had signed up for.

I had a wonderful time with this novella. I laughed, and I teared up watching James and Hannah trying to deny their feelings and realising that it was an exercise in futility. Time and distance in no way dimmed the spark which existed between them.

I admired Hannah for her dedication to her job, but she needed to find some balance. I loved the fact that they communicated with each other and in the process managed to resolve the issues that initially tore them apart. The question is though despite coming to terms with their past, will their relationship survive the current situation given their different lifestyles?

Fans of the author will enjoy Mistletoe in Paradise, and for readers who enjoy short and sweet romances, then you need to get yourselves a copy.


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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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25 responses to “Review: Mistletoe in Paradise by Jill Shalvis

  1. I like that they are able to communicate and get their past resolved. Fun that it’s Christmas on a boat even if she has troubling news for Harry.

  2. Shalvis + second chance + friends-to-lovers — I am so there. I have had a longstanding love of Shalvis’ books too, and will pick them up without even reading the synopsis. Have you read the new Wildfire book yet? So good!

  3. Shalvis + second chance + friends-to-lovers — I am so there. I have had a longstanding love of Shalvis’ books too, and will pick them up without even reading the synopsis. Have you read the new Wildfire book yet? So good!

  4. Karen Hitt Siddall

    A Christmas story a little on the different side! I like it. Thanks for providing such a good review!