I have quickly fallen for Jill Shalvis' Heartbreaker Bay series. About That Kiss is the third book I have read in this series and I have loved each one. Jill Shalvis has created a fun neighborhood with great businesses, awesome characters that have deep friendships, and storylines that capture my attention from the first page and hold me spellbound until then. Then I want more! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book to see what is going to happen next.
Kylie Masters has a very interesting talent and career. I loved reading about the woodwork she has done and imagining the beautiful pieces she has created. She picked up a great skill from her Grandfather and feels close to him when she is doing something that they both loved. Kylie is a strong, independent lady that is used to being right in the middle of things. When something very special disappears she calls on Joe to help her.
Joe Malone is the strong macho silent type that takes care of those he cares for. He has a demanding job that can be very dangerous. The guys he works with are more brothers than friends or co-workers. He is not in the market for a lasting relationship. Not with the danger he encounters on a regular basis. It's just not in his plans. Then his sister's friend Kylie needs help.
That's when the story really gets good and it really puts Joe in a delegate position of trying to keep his hands off this beautiful woman that is his sister's good friend. Kylie and Joe work pretty well together, except Kylie doesn't exactly do what Joe says and ends up right in the mix of things. I loved this about Kylie. This lady is persistent and has a way with Joe. I laughed several times with some of the ways she tied to "blend in".
The more time Joe and Kylie spend together the hotter and stronger the attraction between them becomes until it's finally impossible to not let that smoldering fuse blow. The passion they feel for each other is strong and incredibly hot. They have a lot that they are going to have to solve in order to make it to a happily ever after. Secrets to be shared and fears to be overcome.
I truly enjoyed watching Joe and Kylie getting to know each other, working together, putting the pieces of the puzzle together to solve the mystery and find that special item to Kylie. There is so much drama and mystery involved in this story that I had a terrible time putting this book down. I could not wait to see what twist or turn was going to be on the next page. About that Kiss is an incredible story that I highly recommend to my fellow Jill Shalvis fans and fellow readers that enjoy a good romance with plenty of drama and laughter.
I was given the opportunity to read this fantabulous story and it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
ABOUT THAT KISS Blurb:
(a standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)
When love drives you crazy . . .
When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.
the best thing to do . . .
No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.
… is enjoy the ride.
As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.
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Joe studied her. “I asked you once before, but now I’m going to ask you again. Is there something going
on between you two?”
She tossed up her hands. “Why do you both keep asking me that about each other?”
His eyes narrowed. “I thought nothing was going on.”
“And before today, I could’ve passed a lie detector test on that,” she said.
“What happened today?”
She paused. Not because she had anything to be ashamed of, but because she wasn’t quite sure what
She sighed. “It’s nothing.”
“Try again,” Joe said and gave her the very male universal go on gesture.
She rolled her eyes. “Fine. He . . . finally made a move on me.”
Joe didn’t budge. Not a blink, not a muscle twitch, nothing, but she could’ve popped corn off the electric tension coming off him.
“Describe ‘made a move,’ ” he finally said.
She crossed her arms. “And again, how is this relevant to my case?”
He just gave her that careful stare again and she thought wow, those eyes of his should be registered as a lethal weapon, because she found herself opening her mouth and spilling her guts. “He kissed me.”
“He kissed you.”
“Yeah,” she said. “Do you know that you often repeat what I say?”
“What kind of a kiss?” he asked.
She was momentarily bewildered. “I don’t know. It was a kiss. A normal kiss. A nice kiss.” She cocked her head at him. “How many kinds of kisses are there?”
He just looked at her for a long moment before coming toward her. He backed her to the wall and pressed his big hands on either side of her head.
“There are many kinds of kisses,” he said.
Her breath had backed up in her throat, where her heart had lodged, pounding wildly. “S-s-such as?”
“Such as this one.” And then he leaned in and covered her mouth with his.
At the touch of Joe’s mouth, Kylie’s brain stopped being capable of rational thought. His tongue gave a knee-weakening stroke against hers and she let out a shockingly needy moan as she clutched at him, fisting her hands in the material of his shirt at his chest. Only when he’d thoroughly plundered and pillaged and left her boneless did he lift his head and
look into her eyes.
“Wow,” she whispered, fully aware she was still holding on to him like he was a lifeline, but the bones in her legs had liquefied. “I mean . . .” She shook her head. “Wow.”
He nodded. “Yeah. So to be clear, that wasn’t ‘a normal kiss’ or even ‘a nice kiss.’ It was a ‘wow’ kiss. Any questions?”
“Just one,” she said softly. “Can I have another?”
Joe didn’t have to be asked twice. His mouth immediately descended again, his fingers sliding into her hair to change the angle of the kiss to suit him. It was a controlled, alpha thing to do, but she had only one thought—nothing about the usually carefully, purposely leashed Joe was in control at the moment.
And she liked it.
She had no idea how long they went at it because she was in absolute heaven. Who knew that the man could use his preferred silent mode to communicate in a way that she finally approved of?
Only when she was completely breathless and about to strip him down to his birthday suit did she manage to pull back.
“Any more questions?” he asked, also a little bit breathless, which was more than slightly gratifying. Dumbly, she shook her head. His eyes softened and he gently he stroked his thumb over her bottom lip. “And FYI? Gib’s an idiot.”
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, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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