Review of Hot Winter Nights with Excerpt and Giveaway!


Hot Winter Nights

Heartbreaker Bay series

Jill Shalvis

September 25, 2018

Avon Books


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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Just as mashed potatoes are comfort food for the stomach, some books are comfort food for the brain, which is exactly how I feel every time I read a Jill Shalvis novel. I settle in with a cup of tea and enjoy whatever road she takes me down.

In Hot Winter Nights, Shalvis’ yearly nod to the holidays, feisty Molly Malone (did you start humming the tune?), the underutilized office manager of Hunt investigations, undertakes the case of a Bad Santa, because her next door neighbor, one of Santa’s elves, says that he is swindling his elves.

Knowing that Molly will investigate on her own after he says no, Archer asks Lucas Knight, who is recuperating from a gunshot wound, to watch over Molly to make sure nothing goes wrong.

Things heat up between Molly and Lucas already more than they had been as the pair spends more time together. And, the more time they spend together, the more things they find out about each other that they didn’t know, and we watch them fall in love.

Hot Winter Nights is not short on storyline or backstory. I always feel it’s such a cliche to say that a novel is a page-turner, but what else is there to say when it’s true? All of the parts just work in this book, and I only put it down when I had to. As I said, pleasing comfort food.

Shalvis is showing a penchant for writing suspense in these past two Heartbreaker Bay novels. I hope sometimes she does an entire romantic suspense, with some laughs thrown in, of course.

If you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis and especially this Heartbreaker Bay series, don’t miss Hot Winter Nights.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

rating: 4-butterflies

4 butterflies out of 5 butterflies



“Tell me about your night. You know you want to.”

“Actually, it was over so fast, I can’t really remember.”

He gave a low, rather triumphant laugh and turned her to face him. “You haven’t yet once managed to look me in the eyes and tell me how bad I was. Here’s your chance, Molly. Give it to me.”

See, that was the thing. She did want to give it to him, quite badly. Naked . . . Gah. She really hadn’t seen this coming, but she deserved fun like anyone else, right? She looked at his mouth, desperately wanting it on hers. And then her body somehow mistook the fantasy for reality because she went up on tiptoes and . . . kissed him. Just a soft brush of her lips across his, gently and a little hesitant, but it was most definitely a kiss.



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About the Author


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 for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventure.


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4 thoughts on “Review of Hot Winter Nights with Excerpt and Giveaway!

    1. Thank you. There’s not a huge amount of Christmas in it, but it’s a good start. You might check out The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan. That’s a bit more serious but has a lot of nice bits to it and some humor (to even out the serious).

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