Hot Winter Nights
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #6
Publisher: Avon Books
Published: September 25, 2018
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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.
What happens when two strong-minded people who aren't looking for love are thrown together to investigate a Bad Santa? You get amazing sexual tension, hysterical banter, and a fun mystery all wrapped up in a fantastic Jill Shalvis romance. Seriously, what more can you ask for? Hot Winter Nights is the perfect romance to get you in the winter mood.
I say this every time, but I am having a blast discovering Jill's writing style. This is the first time I'm almost up to date with one of her series and I'm having so much fun spending time in Heartbreaker Bay. I love the small town feel in a large city world. The characters are always so darn lovable. In a way it feels like we're branching out a bit from the original group of friends and I am enjoying that it feels like an extended family. Lucas and Molly had me from the very beginning. Both of them are wounded and guarded, so love wasn't in their future. Or so they thought. Molly in tenacious to the core. She knows that she is as good investigator as the guys, if not better, and now she has the opportunity to prove that by apprehending Bad Santa. Lucas is originally assigned to thwart her plans, but when it looks like she's not giving it up, he knows that he has to go along as her partner. Not wanting to die a violent death at the hands of Joe and Archer, Lucas does everything in his power to keep his hands off Molly. The problem is his willpower and guard started crumbing the minute he woke up in bed with her and is seeing her in a different light. Thrown together, sparks fly and their chemistry ignited. It was a rocky journey for them, but they made it through the tears, laughter, and love. I simply loved Hot Winter Nights. It set the bar high for this year's holiday romances.
It took Lucas Knight longer than it should have to realize he had a woman in his bed, but to be fair, he had a bitch of a hangover. Even worse than that, last night was a blur, prompting him to take quick stock. One, there was a bundle of sweet, soft curves against him. Two, his head was currently threatening to secede from the United States Of Lucas. And three, his side hurt like … well, like he’d been shot.
It’d been two weeks since he’d gotten caught in some crossfire on the job and he hadn’t yet been cleared for more than light duty – something he’d obviously managed to ignore last night given that he was palming a nice, warm, feminine ass.
Straining his brain, he remembered taking a pain med before going to O’Riley’s Pub to meet up with some friends. A client had been there, someone he’d recently helped save from a multi-million dollar corporate espionage. The guy had ordered shots to toast to Lucas and … shit. Knowing better than to mix pain meds and alcohol, he’d hesitated, but everyone had been waiting on him, glasses hoisted in the air. Thinking just one shot couldn’t hurt anything, he’d knocked back the drink.
Clearly, he’d been wrong and it’d been enough to mess him up big time, something he hadn’t been in years, not since his brother Josh had been killed. Shoving that away for another time – or never -- Lucas cracked open one eye, but when his retina was stabbed by a streak of sunlight glaring in through the window, he immediately slammed it shut it again. Taking a deep breath, he told himself to suck it up and opened both eyes this time, learning two additional facts.
He was naked and completely uncovered.
And the woman snugged up at his side was rolled up in his comforter like a burrito.
What. The. Hell.
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, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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