Holiday Wishes: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella

Holiday Wishes: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella

by Jill Shalvis

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It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!


When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.


The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate. 


But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062463609
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Heartbreaker Bay Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 110,418
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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 adventures.

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Holiday Wishes: A Heartbreaker Bay Christmas Novella 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
Jill Shalvis certainly knows hopes to write a novella that goes with the holiday season, Christmas is a magical time of year and Holiday Wishes is a magical read. I have only read 2 books in the Heartbreaker Bay series and both were the Christmas stories, to be honest it really didn’t matter that I hadn’t read the previous books because I was captivated and drawn into the magic and I now need to read the other books. This book may be short but it still has everything you want from a romance, it’s a second chance love story with plenty of holiday cheer, it will steal a piece of your heart and what can I say about the ending apart from it was perfect. If you love Christmas and Romance you will want to one click Holiday Wishes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlotte hasn't seen Sean since he broke up with her in High School. He realizes how dumb he was to let her go. Can he win her back now? Well written holiday novella. Jill characters are strong enough to bring the story to life.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
4 star review of Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis What's not to love? It's the most magical time of the year and also happens to be my most favourite holiday. I love any story that is centred on Christmas; it’s a time for family and friends to get together. I would say if you haven’t read the other books in the Heartbreaker Bay series I would do so prior to reading Holiday Wishes, but that is just my opinion. This is a Christmas Novella from the Heartbreaker Bay series and a quick read which will get you in to the mood for the holiday season. Holiday wishes is a heart warming second chance at love story. When Sean returns home for his older brother’s bachelor party all he wants is to survive the weekend. He has become tired of his casual hookups and is learning that he may well want to settle down. Imagine his shock when he sees Lotti, the women who told him 10 years ago that she loved him but who now wants to hook up for a night or two with no strings attached; how the tables have turned. Can the magic of Christmas bring Sean and Lotti together? Or will they be destined to pass in the night ?
gaele More than 1 year ago
Finn and Pru’s wedding day is fast approaching and everyone is excited. As Finn’s best man, Sean has taken over the planning of the bachelor and bachelorette parties: with this group of friends that have built their own family, there is no way the two will be separate. So after finding the perfect place to make Pru happy, Sean has booked them into a small Victorian B&B, rented a large van to drive everyone, set up a wine tasting and a small party, and is determined to give Pru and Finn the best time possible. From the start there were little problems: torrential downpours with wind and lashing rain, dicey electrics at the old B&B, mudslides that derail their check-out time and close roads and their wedding venue, and the B&B is run by an old high-school one night stand that Sean ran from all those years ago. Lotti isn’t going to let Sean off easily – she’s hurt and trying to convince herself that she doesn’t remember the feelings she had for him. In fact, with a rough year that just got rougher with her latest breakup, she’s only wanting to disappear for Christmas, heading to Cabo for 2 weeks of sun, sand and NSA sex with surfers. Of course, none of that is going to happen with road closures and a state of emergency ending her plans of Sean and company leaving and her heading to the airport. This truly was Sean and Lotti’s story: his regret and guilt becoming a character of its own in this. He’s desperate to make Finn’s wedding a success and give him just a bit back for the years of grief he caused as a teen. Seeing Lotti after all these years, Sean also is guilty about how he ran away from her feelings, closing himself off. Yes, he realizes he was young, but he behaved abominably and he would like nothing more than a second chance. Lotti lost her father, gained a nagging parrot, lost a fiancé a week before the wedding, and has just lost her last boyfriend. She has always remembered Sean, the first boy she ever loved: and that, and every relationship after it, ended badly. She’s scared and hurt and determined to not give Sean a break, or to let him in. There was everything in this story that anyone could want: lots of love displayed within the friends, plenty of drama with the storms, Sean’s palpable guilt about his mistakes and his determination to make everything right, and the gentle and giving approach he takes to work his way back into Lotti’s heart. Of all the characters, Sean has grown up the most in this series, and shown that the friendships and love connections in this group have shown him new possibilities and options, letting him see, not just feel, that love and friendship can become that touchstone. While I wanted a bit more of the wedding and Sean’s officiating of it, the Elle-like precision where it seemed as if the pieces fell together seamlessly, and the lovely recognition of the bond between Lotti and Sean was wonderful and left me smiling. A favorite series for sure, and one that is sure to be read and re-read often. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read. It can be done in about an hour. It would help if you read any of the other books in the series. It is a story of young love lost and mature love found. I'm sure you will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great short story. It has lots of humor. The other characters from the series are in it.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay series, then you’ve been waiting for Sean O’Riley’s story and Holiday Wishes. We have seen Sean grow over the first four books. He has always been the hearthrob that girls throw their panties at, but in this book we see a more mature Sean. He is in charge of throwing a co-ed bachelor weekend at a B&B in wine country for his brother and is determined that everything is going to be perfect. Of course, there are a couple of wrenches thrown into his plans. When they arrive at the B&B he’s surprised to see Lottie, a girl he liked in high school. After losing their virginity to each other as teenagers she moved away and Sean, being a typical young doofus, didn’t keep in touch as he said he would. When Lottie sets eyes on Sean her first reaction is why now? She’s had a tough time of it lately and isn’t about to risk her heart again to someone who’s already disappointed her. Sometimes a novella isn’t long enough to do the characters justice. This is definitely not one of those times. The reason why this story works is because we knew Sean. We’ve watched him change and mature over four books. We’ve loved his relationship with his brother Finn, and that same warmth is given to Lottie. It’s no wonder she didn’t stand a chance against him! You MUST read the other novels in this series before reading Holiday Wishes. I wish I could say it wouldn’t matter if you didn’t, but as I said above, the reason why it works is because we already have a relationship with Sean. We only needed to love him with Lottie, which was an easy thing to do.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay series, then you’ve been waiting for Sean O’Riley’s story and Holiday Wishes. We have seen Sean grow over the first four books. He has always been the hearthrob that girls throw their panties at, but in this book we see a more mature Sean. He is in charge of throwing a co-ed bachelor weekend at a B&B in wine country for his brother and is determined that everything is going to be perfect. Of course, there are a couple of wrenches thrown into his plans. When they arrive at the B&B he’s surprised to see Lottie, a girl he liked in high school. After losing their virginity to each other as teenagers she moved away and Sean, being a typical young doofus, didn’t keep in touch as he said he would. When Lottie sets eyes on Sean her first reaction is why now? She’s had a tough time of it lately and isn’t about to risk her heart again to someone who’s already disappointed her. Sometimes a novella isn’t long enough to do the characters justice. This is definitely not one of those times. The reason why this story works is because we knew Sean. We’ve watched him change and mature over four books. We’ve loved his relationship with his brother Finn, and that same warmth is given to Lottie. It’s no wonder she didn’t stand a chance against him! You MUST read the other novels in this series before reading Holiday Wishes. I wish I could say it wouldn’t matter if you didn’t, but as I said above, the reason why it works is because we already have a relationship with Sean. We only needed to love him with Lottie, which was an easy thing to do.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis Series: Heartbreaker Bay 4.5 3.5 Stars - This was a super quick novella.. almost too quick. It was nice to visit all the other characters of the series, but I would have liked a bit more time to get to know Charlotte. I am looking forward to the next in the series. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I've really enjoyed this series and this novella was no exception. It's a quick, fun holiday read that had me smiling as I turned the pages. Sean meets up with a girl from his past as a group of his friends stay at said girl, Lotti's, Bed & Breakfast. He was once the player but now he's interested in a happily-ever-after. She doesn't trust him as far as she can throw him. Too bad the storm forces them to be around each other. Time to make up for some of the past. It's sweet and charming, just a quick evening read that will definitely brighten your holidays. The characters are all strong and the story is sweet. Not much angst and lots of sexy yum. It's just what the busy read needs to warm their cold night during the holiday season. If you enjoy a good romantic holiday read then make sure and give this one a try.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars -- This one started off really strong, and while I've only read 1.5 other books in this series, it was still nice to see all the characters that I'd already fallen in love with again.  I loved how we didn't have to wait too long to find out what happened between Sean and Lottie in the past, b/c I tend to be too impatient for that kind of thing.  And I could actually understand how it happened, what with them both being 16.  I honestly felt Sean's regret/remorse, and his desire for a second chance.  I actually really liked what I saw of Sean in the beginning of the book...he was earnest in his desire to take care of those he loves.  And for a novella, I really felt for his relationship with Finn...just makes me want to go back and read Finn's book now instead of waiting. I felt a bit less for Lottie...I felt like we just didn't get as much time in her head, understanding who she was.  Basically a lot of novellas suffer from just not having enough time to give you a good glimpse of who the characters are, and what shaped them, and I felt that more for Lottie than Sean in this case.  I wanted to know more about what happened last year, what happened after she left Sean when she was 16, just...more.  I wasn't given enough to really connect with her.  The bare bones were there, but I needed just a titch more.  Especially since we're given the impression in the blurb that she's all "one night stands only", and I really didn't feel that that strongly in the book...  I expected it to play a bigger part. I enjoyed their initial...not reconciliation, but their first conversation together.  I liked that it wasn't too overdramatic, and it felt like Lottie understood better what happened in the past and saw it through adult eyes if that makes sense.  But somewhere along the way my interest fizzled a bit.  Maybe it was because while I felt a bit of chemistry, it wasn't that strong and overwhelming.  Or maybe it was just me, and I got distracted while reading.  But it just felt like the book came to an end more suddenly than I was expecting.  I think it's really hard to write a novella, especially a romance, and have the reader still feel satisfied in the end.  And I didn't quite get that with this one.  It was close, but just fell slightly short.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Teenage lovers all grown up! Reuniting with the one that got away isn't all it's cracked up to be when they don't want to forgive you for breaking their heart all those years ago! A sweet and satisfying novella brings us Sean's story ... and a glimpse into the lives of some of our favorite couples from Heartbreaker Bay! Short, but more satisfying than your typical novella length story. Charlotte Hartford never thinks that hosting a bachelor/bachelorette weekend for a group of friends before she leaves on a big vacation is going to change her life ... but that's exactly what happens when the man who broke her teenage heart walks back into her life in the blink of an eye! Sean O'Riley had no clue that Lotti owned the B & B that Pru & Finn were holding their festivities at, but he couldn't be happier to see her. Yeah, he blew her off when he was a teen and didn't know any better, but with a lifetime of living under his belt now, he can see the advantage to finding the right woman to settle down with ... only problem is, she wants to be footloose and fancy free and only offers up a fling!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A fun and cute holiday novella! “If you don't leave your past in the past, it'll destroy your future. You've got to live for what today's offering, not for what yesterday took away from you.” Holiday Wishes is a festive and adorable second-chance-at-love romance in Jill Shalvis’ wonderful Heartbreaker Bay series! It’s a fun and cute novella with low angst – perfect to usher in the holiday season! WooHoo! Cocky bad-boy Sean O’Reilly’s story is HERE! Sean is Finn's younger brother and co-owner of their pub. He's taken charge of Finn's and Pru’s wedding plans. He owes Finn everything and he’s determined that Finn’s and Pru’s walk down the aisle will go off without a hitch. As the story opens, the close-knit friends from the series have congregated at the quaint Hartford Bed & Breakfast in Napa for Finn’s & Pru’s bachelor/bachelorette celebration. Imagine Sean’s surprise at check-in when he discovers that the innkeeper, Charlotte “Lotti” Hartford, is the woman he first slept with ten years ago when Sean was sixteen. He cared deeply about Lotti, but then he broke her heart. When a freak snowstorm seizes the area, the friends find that they can’t relocate as planned to the venue where the wedding was to take place. AND the B&B where they are staying is closing for the holidays as Lotti has other plans. Will Finn’s & Pru’s best-laid plans to tie the knot be all for naught? Sean has grown up a lot since he and Lotti separated. He wants to make amends, but Lotti wants nothing to do with him. Even though it’s awkward between them, their chemistry obviously hasn’t waned. Can Sean convince Lotti to give him a second chance? Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from Holiday Wishes: “Okay, tough girl,” he said softly, nuzzling at her throat. “No questions. No talking. You go ahead and give ignoring what’s still between us your best shot. I’ll wait right here.” --- His smile was badass wicked and filled with trouble as he put a knee on the bed and began to crawl toward her with nefarious intent in his sharp gaze. --- "Hold on." Pru gave him a long look. "if you're trying to say you don't want to do this after talking me into it, then let me be clear and say that I will run you through with my umbrella while you sleep." Finn blinked. "That was oddly specific and violent." Holiday Wishes is narrated by Karen White, one of my favorite narrators. She distinguishes between each character and vividly voices each of their personalities with the proper nuances and emotions. Simply said, she brings this tale to life superbly! If you enjoy listening to audio books, I’d highly recommend that you pick up the audio of Holiday Wishes! Holiday Wishes can be easily enjoyed as a stand alone read if that is your preference. The story and characters will pull you in quickly. Just know that the whole series is delightful… and you’re going to be enthralled with this Christmas treat. Holiday Wishes teems with romance, humor, steamy orgasms, wedding topsy-turviness, surprises and warm-fuzzies galore! It’s fast-paced as the story basically occurs over a single weekend. Even so, Sean’s and Lotti’s relationship doesn’t feel rushed because they share a history. I can’t wait to follow Sean’s and Lottie’s story as this series continues. Joe & Kylie will be up next in this series in About That Kiss - releasing next month! My review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Holiday Wishes is book #4.5 in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. I have been in love with this series from the start and this was the perfect little Christmas novella to add to it. Sean O’Riley, Finn’s younger brother and co-owner of the pub, was always the one his brother couldn’t count on. The one Finn had to bail out of scrapes. He owed Finn everything. And now, with Finn and Pru’s wedding and he as the best man, he is determined to make up for all of it. He planned the bachelor/bachelorette weekend down to the last detail and nothing would go wrong. They were on their way along with their closest friends, to Napa to a Bed and Breakfast. Then they would go on to the wedding venue from there. Lately, Sean had been feeling out of sorts, lonely. Watching his brother and friends fall in love one by one has made him realize what he was missing. Upon checking in to the inn, he finds himself face to face with his sixteen year old one night stand. She was also the one that got away, the only girl he had really cared about and never been able to forget. Charlotte (Lottie) Hartford had been madly in love with Sean when she was sixteen years old. And he broke her heart. Now here he was, standing right in front of her, asking for a second chance. But Lottie is turning over a new leaf. No more relationships, no more broken hearts. Maybe she can just have a one night stand with Sean and then send him packing and close that chapter to her life once and for all. A freak storm changes everything. The roads are impassable so they all have to come together to save Finn and Pru’s wedding. At the same time, it gives Sean more time to show Lottie he has changed. That he is worth the risk. That they deserve a second chance. I loved this. I have only one complaint and that is that I want more. I am so hoping we get to see plenty of what the future holds for this couple in future books. They were adorable together and I so want them to get their happy ever after. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, book five, About That Kiss, which is Joe and Kylie’s story.
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AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
Jill Shalvis is my go-to author whenever I want a romantic, uplifting, heartwarming story. Sassy girls and extremely gorgeous men with attitude provide the ideal ingredients for an enjoyable read. Mix in her trademark humour and Christmas and it all becomes very special. Holiday Wishes is another novella in the Heartbreaker Bay series, it can be read as a standalone but all the others are so damn good you’d be crazy to miss them. This time it’s Sean’s story, a wild, sexy, rebel in his youth he is finally taking things seriously by accepting the role of best man and organising big brother Finn’s wedding to Pru. The gang of friends who we have grown to love all head to a little B&B for the bachelor/ette party weekend. Unknown to Sean it’s owned and run by Lotti, the teenager he lost his virginity with ten years previously. Being the player that he was he left her stranded and in the process broke both their hearts. The chemistry between them still sizzles but how can Lotti trust him again? This is such a scorcher of a story, Sean is just irresistible I fell for him at the start, Lotti has enough balls to make it entertaining. This is such a short, quick but satisfying book .. read it, enjoy it and just wish you could be in that B&B! Five sparkly, festive stars yet again for this series.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Finn’s sexy little brother gets his girl. The Heartbreaker Bay gang is together at a B&B for Finn & Pru’s Christmastime wedding. I totally enjoyed seeing the gang outside San Francisco and seeing Sean come into his own. Sweet romantic fun.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was such a nice little story! I have really enjoyed all of the the books and novellas in the Heartbreaker Bay series and Holiday Wishes was no exception. This novella can easily be read as a stand alone story but readers of the series will enjoy seeing characters from previous books make an appearance in this installment. I had such a good time reading Sean and Lotti's story. Sean and Lotti are the focus of this story. Sean is taking his role as best man for his brother's wedding very seriously. He wants to make sure everything goes perfectly for the weekend the group has planned at a Bed and Breakfast. He is in for a surprise when he finds his high school girlfriend running the establishment. I love second chance romances and I thought that this one worked really well. When Sean and Lotti were together last, they were teenagers going through a lot of things and they made some mistakes. They had a lot of chemistry and I really wanted to see them make it work this time. They really were very good together and just seemed to fit. I was really surprised by how detailed their background was despite the length of this story. I was cheering for this pair to get their happily ever after. It was really nice to see all of the characters that I have come to love in the series play a role in this book. We get to see the first wedding in the group and I enjoyed seeing the whole group work together to give their friends a perfect day. I have really liked Sean from his first appearance in the first book and I liked Lotti just as much. I would recommend this story to fans of contemporary romance. It was a really nice romance that should appeal to many. I can't wait to read more of this fantastic series! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis is a Chrismas novella in her wonderful Heartbreaker Bay series. Sean O’Reilly, our hero, is travelling with a group of family and friends to a Bed and Breakfast to spend the weekend with Bachelor/Bachlorette parties. Sean’s brother is getting married and he wants to make sure everything for the wedding party goes as planned., before they head to the venue for the wedding. When they arrive at the Inn, Sean goes to the desk and is shocked to see an old school flame running the Inn. Lotti Hartford, our heroine, is also shocked to see Sean again. It’s been 10 years since he walked out on her, after she had told him she loved him. Needless to say, Lotti isn’t thrilled to see Sean, and totally ignores him. But fate has its own plans: a terrible storm suddenly arrives, causing road blockage and forcing them to have to stay longer then the weekend, and delaying the wedding at the venue. Sean is determined to prove himself to Lotti, as he feels he has changed, especially watching his older brother falling in love and getting married. He has always been known as “the hook-up King”, something he no longer wants. His feelings for Lottie are rekindled, but now he has to win her over again. Lotti is not interested in any relationship, as her fiancée just dumped her. What follows is a second chance romance, and with the extra time, and convincing Lotti to have the wedding at the B&B, their romance will heat up. They both succumb to their lust for each other, but know that it is only for the couple of days they are there. Lotti is going on vacation (planned trip for honeymoon that fell through), and she accepts that Sean will leave again. Holiday Wishes was a short story, but a sweet fun heartwarming romance, that not only had a Christmas theme, but lots of adventure with the storm, makeshift wedding, and a hot sexy couple. Anything by Jill Shalvis is always going to be good, and even in a novella, it was a perfect taste of what will come in the next novel in Heartbreaker Bay series.
Arys More than 1 year ago
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis is a sweet and sexy romance. Sean O'Riley owes his brother Finn who has had his back through thick and thin over the years since they lost their parents and planning Finn's bachelor/bachelorette party weekend is a way to give back for all Finn has done. Lotti Hartford is ready for a break, from her job at the B&B, from the cold rainy weather, and from failed commitments. Neither Sean or Lotti is expecting to see their "first" right before Lotti's planned vacation or Sean's harried plan to give back to his big brother. At first things seem ok, but when the weather starts knocking out the power and washing out the roads, Lotti can't escape for her vacation, Sean needs to find a solution for his brother's wedding, now that they aren't leaving the B&B, and most of all they can't escape each other. I liked how each really had never gotten over their High School crush of each other. Each made teenage mistakes which had lasting effects. Sean's dedication to his brother and to Lotti are endearing and Lotti slowly opens up to the new Sean who worms his way back into her life, and her heart. Overall, I very much enjoyed and recommend Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis. The romantic setting and sweet characters. Sean and Lotti are easy to fall for, fun and passionate. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A second chance romance at Christmas, how perfect. Lottie and Sean were friends in the past, with a one night stand, now fast forward when they meet up again at the B&B that Lottie runs, Sean is there for bachelor/bachelorlette party of Pru and Finn. Can Sean win Lottie over. Lottie is not interested in opening her heart again. Loved this story, a quick read for the busy holiday season and keeps us loving Heartbreaker Bay. This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was a totally entertaining story that packed a punch. It was fantastic read with genuine characters, the perfect mix of sweet and sexy with a just the right amount of emotion and playfulness. I loved this and thought it was a great addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series. Sean and Lotti were such likeable characters and I loved their story. Even though it’s a novella it felt really full with great details and an awesome build. It was fast paced but I didn't feel like I was missing anything. I found this to be super fun and couldn't stop smiling. I liked learning Sean and Lotti’s history, the complications in their life, and were they are now. They’ve got got an awesome attraction happening after all these years and I loved their flirty playfulness and electric chemistry. It it was thrilling watching them reconnect. Holiday Wishes had a great feel to it. It was a totally enjoyable, cute, second chance romance that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved seeing the other characters from the Heartbreaker Bay series as well, that was a perfect addition that really rounded it all out. So entertaining and sweet with the right mix of sexiness thrown in. The perfect afternoon read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
After reading Chasing Christmas Eve earlier this fall, Jill Shalvis ended up on my must-read authors list, especially when the crew from Heartbreaker Bay is involved! So when I found out that Jill wasn't just giving us just one but TWO holiday themed books this year, I was BEYOND excited! How could we possibly be that fortunate? As it turns out, we could in fact be that lucky and even more so, because Holiday Wishes? Yeah, it's a whole lot of adorable, swoon worthy fun - so much fun in fact that it didn't even bother me that it was a novella length (me and novellas have a love-hate relationship). Well, until the end when all I wanted was more, more, more but that's beside the point. Holiday Wishes is told in the alternating perspectives of Sean O’Riley and Lotti Hartford. Trust me when I say there's so much to love about these two! Sean is typical bad boy gone good, and there's not much I love more than redeemed bad boy hero. I loved how much time and work Sean put into making his brother's special day perfect. Better yet, I loved how much effort he also put into making Lotti see him as an actual human being again - one that would (hopefully) not break her heart into a million pieces this time. He was charming, sexy, and laugh-out loud funny. Basically, I was swooning the whole way through! Lotti, on the other hand, is the classic case of "I'm-smiling-on-the-outside-but-dying-on-the-inside." If loosing her father didn't already hurt enough, it certainly didn't help the situation that her fiancé broke off their engagement soon after. Lotti is THIS CLOSE to swearing off relationships, and rightfully so. Lotti was so incredibly lovable - I loved her reactions/interactions to/with Sean (the one at the start - so something I would do!), her pet parrot, and her desire to still have that HEA. While this book is a novella, Jill Shalvis still managed to successfully shove a lot of action, romance, and fun into the plot! The romance between Sean and Lotti was tension filled, and while I knew they'd end up together (hopefully!), I still got those will-they-or-won't-they vibes I always love. Better yet, I loved the wedding adventures and disasters! Last but not least, the setting was PERECT! What say holiday fun better than a cozy inn in the country side? The answer: NOTHING! In all, I can't urge you enough to add Holiday Wishes to your holiday reading lists! Honestly, I may have even liked this one better than Chasing Christmas Eve. Grade: A-
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Ten years ago Sean O’Riley and Lotti Hartford shared a blissful night of passion, then she made her feelings for him known, and Sean didn't utter a word, leaving things awkward between them. Which ultimately caused them to part, a Sean has regretted it everyday since. Now he finds himself standing before her, and watching her heartbreak all over again, only this time he isn't the one doing the breaking, and he wants nothing more to be the shoulder she needs right now... but she doesn't seem to want to acknowledge his existence. What is a guy to do? Lottie Hartford is done with relationships, feelings and anything of the sort, she is tired of going all in only to have her heart broke in the end. So she decides it's time to abandoned her good girl ways, and become the girl who walks on the wild side, and only does strings free when it comes to men. And she has her eye on the perfect playboy to help her embrace her new lifestyle... but the playboy is ready to change his ways and become a one woman kind of man! Holiday Wishes is a funny, uplifting, charming little novella that's sure to put you in the holiday spirit!! Lottie and Sean had once found love, but then timing wasn't right and they parted ways, now they find themselves reunited, each wanting different things, and love once again coming into play. This was such a fun read, watching these two maneuver through feelings and their complicated past, and finding a way to come out on the other side of it happy and together. The story line was filled with moments that warmed my heart, moments that had me giggling out loud, and moments that had me saying "oh,my". I highly recommend you get your hands on this one, Ms. Shalvis's endearing characters are sure to treat you to a memorable and blissful literary escape! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.