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Blog Tour - About That Kiss


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.


About the Book:



About That Kiss
by Jill Shalvis

Heartbreaker Bay

Contemporary Romance

Avon Books

Publication Date
January 23, 2018


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To celebrate the release of ABOUT THAT KISS, we’re giving away one paperback copy of the book!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 2/5/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!





About Jill Shalvis:

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,www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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review 2018-01-28 22:17
About That Kiss - Jill Shalvis

About That Kiss is the 5th book in the Heartbreaker Bay series from Jill Shalvis. Jill Shalvis is a go-to author for me when I want a fun, sexy, and even sweet story.  About That Kiss was all of that and kept me pulled in from the very first page. 


I have to say when I saw About That Kiss was going to be Kylie and Joe's book, I initially had some reservations about them as a couple. They just seemed so different from each other, which isn't a bad thing ever, but Joe has always seemed so standoffish unlike the other characters in the series. Like he didn't think he deserved to have happiness in his life. Both Joe and Kylie had rough starts, but Joe seemed to let his define his future where Kylie decided she could have anything she wanted despite her rough start. I felt like Kylie's attitude rubbed off a bit on Joe the more time they spent together.


I loved that when Kylie needed Joe's help, she demanded she be in on the investigation every step of the way. Kylie has taken care of herself for so long, it would have gone against everything in her character to sit back and let Joe do all the work. I also loved the more time they were together, the more time Joe wanted to be around Kylie. Yes they had amazing chemistry, but it was really more like Joe finally found someone who made him feel like he was safe. 


I have to say I loved that both Kylie and Joe seemed so drawn to one another, and once they finally gave into their mutual attraction, I felt like they really started moving more toward being a couple. There was still the bit of hesitancy you would expect for Joe, who still doesn't believe he deserves happiness, but he also started to listen to valuable advice on his relationship with Kylie.


About That Kiss was another winner in the Heartbreaker Bay series. I love spending time with each of the characters in the series and almost feel as if they have become my friends. 


Rating: 4.5 Stars (A-)

Review copy provided by publisher

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review 2018-01-23 21:51
Review: About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis
About That Kiss: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel - Jill Shalvis

Kylie and Joe have been flirtatious friends, but when the pair share a passionate kiss, neither can forget the sparks it ignited. But Kylie won’t go after “the wrong guy,” and Joe doesn’t “do relationships.” So they dance around one another, that is until Kylie needs Joe’s help to find a stolen toy her late grandfather made for her. As the pair chase down lead after lead, they find it difficult to contain their passion.


It’s hard for me to find much fault with any of Ms. Shalvis’s titles, and for the most part the Heartbreaker Bay series has been a huge joy to read. This definitely holds true for the fifth novel, About That Kiss. While I found the first half of the book a bit slow and lacking the emotional grab I was looking for, the second half of the book came with all the usual features I adore about this series. 


As Kylie and Joe work on the case, they grow closer and share more passionate kisses, as well as personal secrets... Which creates an intimacy that the unsuspecting pair is trying to avoid. In fact, seeing several of their friends pair up and find love over the past few years makes both Kylie and Joe cautious. Which is why I think I struggled a bit with the first half. They were actively working to avoid emotional attachments, leaving the romance flat. I liked Joe and Kylie together, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by their passion. However, I was interested in the mystery and trying to discover what was happening. 


Once the pair gives into their desires fully, the emotion ratchets up and it gets real. This is the stuff I look for in Ms. Shalvis’s stories: the give and pull of the heart. As Joe and Kylie each try to figure out what they feel and, of course, overthink everything, each discovers that they are more when together. And in the end, I appreciate that they own up to their feelings and fight for what they want.


About That Kiss is another delightful romance in the Heartbreaker Bay series. Filled with affable characters whom I’d love to hang out with, the stories bring me joy.


My Rating:  B, Liked It

Review copy provided by Edelweiss

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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review 2018-01-22 12:59
About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis
About That Kiss - Jill Shalvis

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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.

Initial Thoughts
Joe and Kylie. I liked them together. They both had a very interesting backstory and they seemed to really click with each other.

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review 2018-01-22 02:26
Review: About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis
About That Kiss - Jill Shalvis

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin


About That Kiss is a warm, funny read that’s classic Jill Shalvis. Kylie and Joe are endearing, vibrant characters and their love story charmed my socks off. Like all the Heartbreaker Bay books, About That Kiss draws you into a wonderful world of welcoming characters, making you want to pull up a comfy chair and get lost in their stories.

Ms. Shalvis knows how to write sigh-worthy heroes, and Joe definitely fits the bill. He’s strong, protective, and his love for his family shines on the page. He had to grow up fast at a young age; his father is a Gulf War vet with severe PTSD, so as a child Joe had to be the one to ensure his family was safe and fed. Hid childhood left its mark on him, and Joe is reticent to get involved with someone long-term, which is why he tries to resist Kylie. She gets under his skin like no one else, and I loved that she knocked Joe off balance a bit. Kylie also carries some scars from her childhood, which makes her wary of opening her heart. She has hidden vulnerabilities, but I was rooting for her to take a risk and open her heart to Joe. Kylie is the kind of heroine you want to have for a friend. She’s quick, funny, kind, and an incredibly talented woodworker. She also has an utterly adorable dog who threatens to steal the show more than once. It’s clear from the start that Kylie and Joe are simply meant to be. They’ve got buckets of chemistry and their banter made me grin more than once. So while they might resist the “L” word, Joe and Kylie don’t stand a chance. Their romance is bright, sexy, and sweet – the perfect combination.

About That Kiss is the fifth full-length book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. Kylie and Joe’s friends – all part of the Pacific Pier Building crowd – add even more humor and warmth to this story. The friendships are as important to the story as the romance, which is part of the book’s charm. Everyone is perfectly imperfect and easy to adore. I finished About That Kiss a well-satisfied reader, but I cannot wait to see what Ms. Shalvis has in store for Joe’s sister, Molly.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2018/01/review-about-that-kiss-by-jill-shalvis.html
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