Review of About that Kiss


About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay, #5)

About That Kiss

Jill Shalvis

January 23, 2018


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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Recently I referred to a novel as romance comfort food, which it was. However, About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis is romance comfort food for an entirely different reason. When I pick up a Shalvis novel, I know that I am going to be treated to a combustible couple, comprised of a sexy man and a strong, confident woman who find each other at the end with a few laughs and adventure (of various types) along the way.

About That Kiss did not disappoint. As the 5th entry in the Heartbreaker Bay series, this reader has come to know and enjoy the characters, so much so that I am anticipating rereading the whole series when it’s completed just because I want to go back and see how the characters have evolved. On the flipside, I do believe that you can read this as a standalone because it’s a complete story, but would suggest for maximum enjoyment reading the other novels–because you won’t be disappointed. Unless sexy humorous romances are not your thing.

While I was reading about Joe, the ex-military man, and Kylie, the woodworker, I thought Shalvis should write a mystery because About That Kiss was in part a mystery, which she completely pulled off. And, she could write about military men because she drew Joe as ever-so-sexy and competent. In fact, I’m wondering if Shalvis takes requests.

Another element that sets Shalvis above many other romance writers is that her women are strong. I like that they take a step back from a situation, evaluate it, and realize: no, I deserve more than that. These are not damsels in distress or victims. Kylie knows what she wants and goes after it, not aggressively, but pointedly. They are human. They have vulnerabilities. But these are most definitely not women to be dragged around by their hair. Thank you!

The only thing I waffled about with regard to About That Kiss was the eventual rating. I admit that I don’t compare Shalvis to any other romance writer any more with regard to ratings because it wouldn’t be fair…to the other writers. Now, I just compare Shalvis to herself. I had such affection for Chasing Christmas Eve, which I reviewed here back in September 2017 that it might be hard for any of her other novels to compete, except this one nearly did. I adored Joe and Kylie and loved the mystery and adventure, but I counted only one laugh-out-loud moment (another Shalvis trademark, the lol, not there only being one).

If you’ve never read a Jill Shalvis novel, but adore romantic comedies, give this series a try. I promise you won’t regret it. Romantic comedy comfort food. Yum.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

rating: 4-and-a-half

4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies

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a7d5c-jill_shalvisAuthor Info

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.



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