I have to admit that I was looking for an entertaining, humorous and even mischievous contemporary romance book when I picked the book, “Hot Winter Nights.” Well, what I got was a boring tone book that was nothing special. I expected something different as I've read Jill Shalvis dozens of times. To be frank I wish I hadn’t read this book.
The author is a fine writer. The “Lucky Harbor” series is perfection. But this current “Heartbreaker Bay” series... I just cannot get into even though I have read most of the books. This novel fell into the same line of what I used to enjoy about previous works from the author. The stories are always about the sex, always about the hero making a score and always includes a heroine that is full of sass. That sums up this entire book right down to the last sentence. I have been there and I have read that. It's time for something new!
As humor goes this book was full of quick laughs that were enjoyable. I like authors who have fun with their characters. Had the book maintained this humor I would have liked it more. There is nothing special about the story. Same romance from before only with different characters. I need more, much more to continue reading a romance series and author. There has to be growth and something new and special between the pages of each book.
I feel like the spark in romance novels has disappeared. It has been replaced with guys who are so hot they can score whomever they wish. I’m over this plot idea. I never enjoyed it to begin with but this book starts out exactly like that.
If it isn’t already clear I would not suggest this book. I am done with this series but I may read a future series from this author... if the stories are refreshing. I so hope they are.
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.