Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Hot Winter Nights, a stand-alone Heartbreaker Bay romance, by Jill Shalvis is a sexy romance in which hero Lucas Knight wakes up with a woman in his bed with no memory of how that happened. What the heck?
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.
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What I thought about Hot Winter Nights
When Lucas Night wakes up with a woman in his bed, his first reaction is to get out of there fast! He has no idea who's in his bed and when he finds out, he's in for a whole mess of emotions.
Molly has had a crush on Lucas for a while, but her heart is protected by a good size wall. Her previous relationships haven't gone well and some of that is related to an injury she suffered as a young girl.
But the spark between them won't go out, and Molly and Lucas engage in what they both kid themselves to be no-strings attached nights together. Yeah, right. They end up falling for each other.
I really liked Lucas and Molly together. They really needed each other for reasons I'm not going to spill in this review. There's a really nice mystery going on too, with Molly wanting to have her own case at Archer's investigations. Personally, I think she needed to be a lot more harsh with Archer and her brother when the truth comes out! I did love the nosy co-worker scenes when everything comes to a head near the end of the story.
Lucas's family also has a nice spot in this story, and I wish there had been more of them, especially after the events at the end of the story. Their absence was noticeable.
Overall, Hot Winter Nights is another nice installment in the Heartbreaker Bay series, which I love, and I was happy to see that a few more characters were introduced for the series. Looking forward to more!
An ARC was provided for review.
“You’re staring at me funny,” he said.
Probably because she was confused over how badly she wanted him. Okay, not so suddenly, but still, denial had been her friend and now that friend had deserted her. “No, I’m not.”
“Yes, you are. You’re staring at me like …”
She turned her back on him and grimaced to herself, knowing exactly how she’d been staring at him. “Like I’m annoyed by your presence?” she asked.
“Like I’m dinner.”
She closed her eyes. “Oh, please,” she said on a low laugh. “I’ve slept with you now. Trust me, I don’t need a repeat.”
“So you keep saying.”
His voice sounded right in her ear now. He’d moved, shifting close enough that his chest nearly brushed the entire length of her spine. She could feel the heat of him and nearly moaned. Nearly. But she caught herself. It was just that his body heat was soaking into her and she found herself wanting to back into him. He smelled amazing and he was still dressed from his job, and that was a shocking turn on too. As was the sexy smirk she heard in his voice.
Which didn’t make any sense. From the time she’d come into her sexuality as a teenager, complete with all the baggage of her kidnapping still hanging over her head, she’d only ever felt comfortable when she was the one doing the charming and chasing. She’d dated guys here and there, all very different from her brother and men like Lucas. They’d been … beta. Not pushovers, but non-threatening. Nice and sweet. Emotionally available.
The exact opposite of Lucas.
But the truth was, no one had ever really invested in her, and she wasn’t sure Lucas was the investing type either. In fact, she was fairly positive he wasn’t, but it still felt a little bit like he was chasing her and she wasn’t at all certain what to do with that.
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
Jill lives with her family in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters (Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is mostly coincidental). She does most of her writing on her deck surrounded by more animals than humans. Which is quite astonishing considering she’s a city girl who was plucked from the wilds of L.A. to the wilds of the Sierra’s. Most of her books come from a combination of hard work, cookies, and hot guy pics, and not necessarily in that order.
Jill often travels to reader weekends & conventions where she LOVES getting to meet and hang-out with readers. The only problem being she tends to get lost in her hotels. So if you ever see Jill Shalvis roaming the halls, someone please return her immediately.
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