Hot Winter Nights – book review

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Hot Winter Nights
by Jill Shalvis
Release Date:  September 25, 2018
Publisher: Avon
Book #6 in the Heartbreaker Bay series
Number of Pages: 384
Kindle Edition
Source:  MCL
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  NC-17
Read 12/2/18 to 12/4/18

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.

Excellent chemistry.  I mean really, coming off the pages. Molly and Lucas are not only dripping in sexual chemistry, they also have emotional chemistry and are so much fun together.  I loved this story.

If you read the last story in this series, About That Kiss, you know most of Molly’s story.  You just don’t know it from her point of view.  And we, as readers, haven’t gotten to know Lucas on too deep of a level until this book.  Lucas has a wonderful family and had a great childhood, but he also has had to deal with loss and heartbreak.  Although Lucas and Molly had completely different upbringings, they can relate to each other in so many ways.  Sometimes people who seem so opposite actually have the same issues.

Lucas is the perfect guy for Molly.  He sees her strengths and, although he’s a protector by nature, can’t help but want to see Molly explore her strengths.  And Molly quickly sees past Lucas’ tough guy Romeo façade to realize he would be easy to fall in love with. 

This story is amazing.  I love everything about it.  One of my favorite things is Lucas’ mom’s explanation of what love really is.  So true and so insightful. 

This group of friends and, in some cases, coworkers keeps growing and growing.  I love reading about them all and learning how that magic fountain has done its work on every couple in this series.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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