I know it’s only the end of September, but I love Christmas. Lately, I see tons of Christmas romances releasing and that makes me excited. So when I heard about Jill Shalvis releasing Wrapped Up in You, I had to sign up for the blog tour! Today I want to share my review and a little excerpt.
A big thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for providing me an ARC to read and review!
Wrapped Up in You by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Wrapped Up in You, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Jill Shalvis.
It’s love. Trust me.
After a lifetime on the move, Ivy Snow is an expert in all things temporary—schools, friends, and way too many Mr. Wrongs. Now that she owns a successful taco truck in San Francisco and an apartment to call home, Ivy’s reinvented life is on solid ground. And she’s guarded against anything that can rock it. Like the realities of a past she’s worked hard to cover up. And especially Kel O’Donnell. Too hot not to set off alarms, he screams temporary. If only his whispers weren’t so delightfully naughty and irresistible.
Kel, an Idaho sheriff and ranch owner, is on vacay, but Ivy’s a spicy reason to give his short-terms plans a second thought. Best of all, she’s a tonic for his untrusting heart, burned once and still in repair. But when Ivy’s past intrudes on a perfect romance, Kel fears that everything she’s told him has been a perfect lie. Now, if only Ivy’s willing to share, Kel will fight for a true love story.
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Wrapped Up in You is book number 8 in the Heartbreaker Bay series and my first go at it. It’s clear that some characters have already had their own stories, but I don’t feel like I was missing out on too much. This book can definitely be read as a standalone. It does make me want to go read the previous books though, because I am curious about a few characters.
In Wrapped Up in You we meet Ivy Snow. She owns her own taco truck and is very happy with how far she has gotten. We don’t learn everything right away, but it’s clear Ivy has had a hard life and really trying to settle down in one place is something new. I really enjoyed Ivy. She works really hard to get what she’s dreaming of. Her passion for her own food truck is really sweet. Ivy isn’t really sure how to let people in, but I loved how she slowly came out of her shell in this one.
Kel is a sheriff from Idaho and is visiting for a couple of weeks. He seems like he’s married to his job (this is said to him quite a few times, haha). A lot has happened to him in the past and even just recently, so trusting isn’t something that comes easy to him. Kel always says that his job makes it hard to keep a relationship going, but it’s clear he is holding back as well. Kel is definitely one for the book boyfriend list. Even though I wanted to smack him at times, he has such a big heart! His urge to protect someone he cares for is clear and I loved that about him. He slowly opens up in this book and Kel definitely has some thinking to do about his future.
Kel and Ivy have chemistry and it’s a lot of fun. They both don’t think they’re relationship material, but they both can’t deny there is something going on between them. There are so many sweet moments, but also some steamy ones. I have to say I enjoyed that they didn’t just jump in bed together. It had some story leading up to everything. Kel and Ivy also had some laugh out loud moments, but also times I wanted to smack them both. Even though I enjoyed their romance, speaking of love after two weeks felt a little rushed to me here. It didn’t feel that way reading, but that’s just my personal opinion.
Wrapped Up in You was kind of pitched as a holiday romance, but I can’t say I noticed much of the holiday elements. Besides decorations being described and them mentioning Christmas Eve was near, I wouldn’t have been able to say that there was any holiday cheer. Coming in hoping for some holiday romance, I have to say I was a little disappointed.
This book is a fast and fun read with a romance that will definitely make you swoon. The side characters were a lot of fun! I actually wished we got to see more interaction between Ivy and her friends. That was also an important part of the book, but kind of lacked a bit. I get the romance is between Kel and Ivy, but Ivy’s story played a big part. Which means these friends did as well.
All in all, a book I’d definitely recommend. Just don’t go in expecting a holiday romance!
He held her gaze for a long beat before taking the bag and unzipping it, finding the dishes she’d put together for him. “Not tacos,” he said in surprise.
“Making tacos is my job,” she said. “This was for something else.”
“And what’s that?”
“An apology for being … grumpy last night.”
She gave him a get real look and he smiled. “Okay, maybe a little. But it was understandable. You’d just gotten an unfortunate and unfair surprise.” He gently tilted her face up to his. “You doing okay this morning?”
“Yes,” she said. “Of course.”
“Of course,” he repeated and shook his head. “Smart, tough, and resilient,” he murmured, his gaze on her face.
Now it was her turn to smile. “Some might say stubborn, impulsive, and doesn’t know when to quit.”
“Yeah,” he said. “But I find those things very attractive.”
Honestly, she didn’t know how to take half the things he said. They made her feel both terrified and exhilarated at the same time. “You’re a strange man.”
“So I’ve been told.” He looked over the food. “You poison any of it?”
“No, and only because I’d never waste food.” But to prove it, she grabbed the fork she’d packed and took a bite of her eggs. “Mmm,” she moaned before she could stop herself, but hey, she’d worked out and been on the move ever since, and she was starving. Plus, she made damn good eggs if she said so herself.
Again their eyes met, and that now familiar spark went right through her. She wanted him. Quite badly, if going off her racing pulse meant anything. He was so … what, exactly? Steady? Tough? Intense and yet somehow easy-going, not to mention also extremely easy on the eyes?
“You didn’t have to cook something special for me,” he said, sounding touched.
“You helped me last night. I repay my debts.”
“I didn’t do it so you’d feel indebted to me,” he said and cocked his head as he studied her for a beat. “Someday you’re going to have to tell me about the apparent assholes who’ve been in your life to make you so distrusting of me.”
“Oh, don’t flatter yourself. It’s not just you. I don’t trust anyone. And it wasn’t just me paying back a debt,” she admitted. “I wanted to cook for you.” And because that made his smile warm, which in turn made something inside her warm as well, she shrugged and backed up a few steps, needing breathing room. “I also wanted to thank you for your help,” she said, feeling annoyingly awkward as he shoved stacks of plans to one side of the table and started pulling everything else out of her bag with a deep male hum of pleasure when he caught sight of the pancakes.
“Are those blueberry?” he asked very seriously.
“Fair warning, if they’re as good as the eggs, I really am going to drop to my knees and ask you to marry me.”
That startled a laugh out of her. “Fair warning, if you drop to your knees, I’m going to use my considerable kickboxing skills on you.”
New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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Even though this wasn’t the holiday read I was expecting, I really enjoyed it! I will be getting my holiday read pile ready soon, so if you know any fun Christmas reads I can’t miss, let me know in the comments!