Blog Tour Review - About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @avonbooks

I am so excited to share my review today as part of the blog tour for About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis.  I have really enjoyed all of the books and novellas in the Heartbreaker Bay series and About That Kiss is a wonderful addition to the series.  

About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #5
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Date Read: January 20, 2018
Length: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss

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.
My Review

This was great!  I am really enjoying this series and this book was no exception.  This is the fifth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series but it could easily be read as a stand alone since it does tell its own story.  I would warn new readers to the series that you will want to read the other books in this amazing series as soon you finish this one just because you will want to spend a little more time with these amazing characters.  I had a lot of fun spending time with the group and watching Joe and Kylie find their happily ever after.

Joe and Kylie are the focus of this book.  I have been waiting to read Joe's story since I love his character.  I really was curious about what his story was and this book did not disappoint.  We get to learn a bit about Joe and Molly's history in this book and it wasn't anything I could have expected.  It was great to really get to know Joe.  Kylie was also a wonderful character.  I thought that her past was just as interesting as Joe's.  Neither Joe nor Kylie has had an ideal childhood but they are both strong individuals that have been able to move past it.

I loved Joe and Kylie together.  I loved it every single time they were together in this book.  The chemistry between them was intense.  It wasn't just about the chemistry because they really had fun with each other.  It seemed like they were both people that really needed a true friend that they could count on and they filled that role for each other.  There were a few more comical moments in the story and I really enjoyed seeing them laugh together.

They mystery in the story was well done.  Kylie asks Joe to help her find the wooden penguin that her grandfather gave to her.  Sounds easy right?  Well, it was anything but easy.  This pair spend a lot of time together checking out leads and going on the occasional stake out.  Things go wrong from time to time but they are both determined to figure out what is going on.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I found this book to be an absolute delight to read and I couldn't get enough of Joe and Kylie.  I can't wait to watch another couple find love in Heartbreaker Bay!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.

The Series - Heartbreaker Bay

Book #1 - Sweet Little Lies - My Review
Book #2 - The Trouble with Mistletoe - My Review
Book #2.5 - One Snowy Night - My Review
Book #3 - Accidentally on Purpose - My Review
Book #4 - Chasing Christmas Eve - My Review
Book #4.5 - Holiday Wishes - My Review
Book #5 - About That Kiss - Available January 23, 2018!
About the Author

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.


  1. I always like her books, they're sweet!

  2. I love this series too and can't wait to read this one. Glad you enjoyed it. Great review!

  3. Great review, Carole! You've made me want to buy it and I'm on a No Buy streak.

  4. I've only read 1 book and 1 novella from this series and I loved them both. I just got this one from Edelweiss and I can't wait to get started on it. I'm so glad to see how much you enjoyed it! Now I need to get reading and get all the earlier books in the series!

    1. This whole series is so good, Katherine. You are in for a real treat!

  5. This series introduced me to the works of Jill Shalvis. I am loving it and cannot wait to read this installment.

    1. I read just a few of her books before this book started so I haven't been reading her work for all that long but I have liked every single book that I have read.

  6. I still need to read one of her books.

  7. What a wonderful review and I am glad that you enjoyed it so much!! I will be reading this one this week. So I am pretty excited.

  8. It really was a fun one. I enjoyed the mystery and seeing it all piece together. And he was so yummy!

    1. Joe was definitely yummy and the mystery really held my interest.

  9. Joe is definitely one of my favorite heroes in this series. I loved getting to know him better, because he has a heart of gold.

  10. I do enjoy Jill Shalvis and her books! I need to read more of them. I am so glad you liked this one, Carole!


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