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Hot Winter Nights

(Heartbreaker Bay #6)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,747 Ratings  ·  460 Reviews
Who needs mistletoe?

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 — bu
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Avon
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hot Winter Nights is book six in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. Maybe my memory is failing me in recalling details of the previous five books because I feel like this one had a bit more suspense in it. We are hearing more of the details that go on inside Hunt Investigations and let me tell you, these guys have some dangerous jobs. You can definitely read this as a stand alone. The characters are recurring from the previous books but are not required to be able to jump right into th ...more
Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis is a 2018 Avon publication.

Merry Elfing Christmas!

In this epic return of the Heartbreaker Bay series, readers are finally treated to Molly Malone’s very own story!

Molly works as an office manager at Hunt Investigations, but longs to join the investigative team. Her boss and over protective brother, Joe, don’t feel she’s quite ready for field work, but when she’s approached by a couple of older ladies who think they’re onto a ‘Bad Santa’, she’s the only one wh
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“I just got a text from Louise… It says, ‘Don’t be late for work tonight, Santa’s turned into Grinch. SMH.’” She blinked. “What does S-M-H mean?” “Shaking my head,” “Oh thank goodness… I thought it meant Sex Might Help.”

Welcome to adulthood, where having Home Advil and Purse Advil is everything.

I do miss cuddling. Sometimes I just need to be kissed and spooned, you know? I deserve that, I’m a decent person, I recycle.

“I thought you had more game than that.” “Game?” Virginia aske
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR & HarperCollins)

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Molly Malone lives in San Francisco, and is the office manager at Hunt Investigations where she works with her older brother Joe. She's the lone woman at the elite security firm. She's spent the last two years behind the front desk, and craved more. She wanted her own case load, and to be challenged and out in the field.

Lucas Knight works as a security specialist for Hunt Investigations. He loved his job, but since he's been rec
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth


"Love is just stumbling through life with your best friend.”

Jill Shalvis is one of those authors I don't need to be in the mood for because I'm always in the mood for one of her books. I remember when I felt that crackling chemistry between Lucas and Molly in Joe's story I wanted to know what was going on between them. Turns out not so much back then. Yes, there was attraction but in Hot Winter Nights they definitely crank the heat up.

What keeps me coming back to Ji
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazon US * Amazon UK

Hot Winter Nights is the sixth book in Jill Shalvis' Heartbreaker Bay series but in my opinion can be read as a standalone without any spoilers from the previous books. Following Molly Malone, the office manager at Hunt Investigations, as she tries to prove that she can handle more than just office work. Seeing that she's trying to push out of the office and into more field work her brother brings in Lucas Knight, one of his close friends, and asks that he watch ove
Jun 25, 2018 added it
I literally could not (and did not!) put this one down. It's not only my favorite of the Heartbreaker Bay series, but quite possibly my favorite Jill Shalvis book ever.

A rambling list of what I loved:

1. Molly is strong, snarky, flawed yet so fiercely loyal, passionate, smart and loving. And, as a special bonus, she adores criminal investigations as much as I do :)

2. Lucas, while not necessarily that different from Jill Shalvis's many other alpha heroes on the surface, really stole my heart. He
Stacey is Sassy
I knew there would be sparks…

I live with three males and at times I think my life is TOUGH!! Poor Molly, her whole office is male and what I thought was tough is nothing compared to what she puts up with. My guys are hubby, teen and pre-teen, while Molly’s are MEN of the Alpha, Badass, Scary, Fit and Bossy variety. Now, I’m thinking, I love my boys, but geez, I wouldn’t mind swapping for a couple of hours. Only a couple of hours mind you. That much testosterone, sweat, and gross boy stuff could
Claire Robinson
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 - "...You're officially on the naughty list." Stars!

My love affair with Jill Shalvis’ words continues with Hot Winter Nights; the sixth book in the hugely enjoyable Heartbreaker Bay series, giving us Lucas and Molly’s story. Brother’s best friend is definitely one of my favourite tropes, and Jill once again nailed it (and then some) with the story she gave this couple.

He’d long ago learned to ignore the undercurrent of electricity between them because he had zero interest in mixing business a

Title: Hot Winter Nights
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #6
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release date: September 25, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

Returning to the Heartbreaker Bay series is like catching up with old familiar friends, and once again they did not disappoint. This was such a fun and entertaining comfort read! Jill Shalvis always delivers the laughs and sexy romance that makes my heart go pitter patter. Hot Winter Nights was no exception. From page one, I had a huge smile
Contemporary romance enthusiasts will be delighted with the perfect symmetry between the romance, humor, suspense, family and friends achieved by Jill Shalvis in Hot Winter Nights. Hot Winter Nights is a strong and entertaining lighter romantic suspense.

I received this ARC copy of Hot Winter Nights from Avon. This is my honest and voluntary review. Hot Winter Nights is set for publication Sept. 25, 2018.

My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay
Mass Market Paperback: 384
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I just loved Molly and Lucas! I think that I had a big old silly grin on my face the whole time I was reading this book. I went into this book with some pretty high expectations since I have enjoyed each of the previous installments in this series. I have to say that I think that this might be my favorite book in the series so far. I really found this book to be an absolute delight.

This book is the sixth book in the Heartbreaker Bay
Tasha and Megan Mahoney
This is the first book that I have read by Jill Shalvis. I have wanted to read her books for quiet a while and I even have a signed copy of one of her books (I never read signed copies so always but the Kindle version too.) However I had not found the time to read one and then the opportunity arose for me to read Hot Winter Nights on a blog tour. This particular book called to me on 3 fronts. Firstly, the author, secondly, the season and finally the synopsis had me gripped! (I had not seen the c ...more
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Hot Winter Nights was sexy, hilarious, heartwarming and made my heart beat faster. I loved this book with my whole heart and soul. And while it can easily be read as a standalone, I'm a little preferential to this fabulous group of friends and recommend picking up all of the previous books too. It's so much fun watching their lives intertwine, see what everyone is up to and falling in love with each couple in this series!
“There’s something I need to talk to you about,” he said very seriously.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve have loved all of the books in this series, so while I didn’t look to see whose story it was before requesting, I was delighted to see it was Molly and Lucas.

I adored these two. She’s stronger than she thinks she is and he’s sweeter than he thinks he is. Together they’re a perfect fit of sass and gruff and I truly enjoyed watching their relationship grow. Of course it’s always fun to see the other couples.

Plot wise, it was interesting. There wasn’t a lot of push and pull or angst. I loved
☕ Kimberly
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun romance, with a twist on the fountain, and a suspenseful mystery surrounding some disgruntled elves and a bad Santa.  Molly Malone, is the office manager at Hunt Investigations and has secretly had a crush on Lucas Knight. When she unexpectedly ends up falling asleep in Lucas's bed and he can't remember what happen.. it's her turn to be a little naughty. I loved the setup to this romance. It's a best friend's little sister/co-worker troupe and I easily slipped in and began rooting for ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pacific Pier is decorated for the Holidays and Jill Shalvis's prose + Christmas + bingo elves and a cozy mystery = the perfect remedy for a bad case of the flu. A great comfort book :)

Molly Malone and Lucas Knight both work at Hunt Investigations, a security and investigative firm. She's the office manager but wished she could follow the guys on the catching of thieves and scammers. The men in her life tend to be overprotective but despite a natural impulse to defend and protect, Lucas see her a
Robin Bielman
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, loved this book!!
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
“You look ready to have a mantrum.”
“What the hell’s a mantrum?”
“It’s like a tantrum, only worse because a grown-ass man is having it.”

Not mind-blowing, but, overall, it's an enjoyable Christmas-y contemporary romance. There's humour. There's some serious moments. There's romance. There's Christmas elves... And a super shady Santa.
I received a copy via the publisher. It does not impact my review.

I’ve really been in the mood for cute romances lately and Hot Winter Nights definitely fit the bill.

I liked both Molly and Lucas. I thought they really complemented each other well and made a good team. I thought they got together, physically at least, a little more quickly than I would’ve liked, but I did definitely ship them together. I enjoyed their banter and how they had each other’s backs. I also liked how Molly’s physical
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (posting 11/28)

Ah so good! Hot Winter Nights provided exactly that. Woo! Yes, it heat things up real nice and gave some good laughs along the way.

The Gist: Molly is tired of just being the office manager at a security firm. She wants to work a case just like the guys. And she has one-- her neighbor thinks something hinky is going on with the local Christmas village. And Lucas--poor dumb bastard--has been tasked with se
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Jill Shalvis heats up the Christmas season with a little suspense, a Bad Santa shenanigan, and a very sexy romance. Molly Malone is ready to be an investigator at Hunt investigation but they want to keep her protected and stay behind the desk as their office manager. When her elderly neighbors come to ask her to help them figure out what is happening at the local Christmas village, she accepts the job. When word gets out her boss Archer asks Lucas Knight to keep an eye on her while she investiga
Gretchen  (About That Story)
This was so sweet, fun, and heartwarming! I love the way that Jill Shalvis tells a story. I always know what I'm going to get from the entertaining moments to the great friendships, and the awesome romance. Great read!

I loved Lucas and Molly and thought this was a great friends to lovers romance. It had such an adorable start, pulling me in. They were so sweet together, I liked their chemistry and their flirting. I loved their pull to one another even as they fought to stay away, it made for a g

This was only the third book in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Ms. Shalvis that I’ve read, and so far it’s my favorite of the three. I don’t recall if there was mention of Molly or Lucas in the two previous books I read, but even if there was this story developed in such a way that I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. That’s what I love about series like this- even though I usually prefer to read in order, I like that I can just jump in anywhere and know that the story I’m readi
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

6th in the Heartbreaker Bay series. Can be read as a standalone.
Engaging romance. A favorite author.

Loved the Chapter headings. Here are a few:

“He caught her arm. She was both terrifying and incredibly impressive. If the guys could see him now, they’d be laughing their as$es off. “Fine” he said. “We’ve got a deal. A
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Wit and Sin

It’s never a bad time for holiday cheer, especially when you’ve got a story like Hot Winter Nights to read. Lucas and Molly’s romance is funny, heartwarming, and sensual. It’s impossible not to be swept away by this sweet confection of a tale.

Molly is a fighter. She’s got grit, strength, and a spine of steel and I loved that about her. As the office manager at Hunt Investigations, she knows she’s invaluable to the team. Yet she also knows she can and wants to do more,
There aren’t many books that I know of that mix very, very light suspense with chick-lit, but it seems that Jill Shalvis is carving that niche on her own with the Heartbreaker Bay series, with stories (quirky cases and droll banter and cozy girl talks) that never get pulled into heavy angst and convoluted conspiracy theories with James Bond-like action but still manage to stay on the side of the light-hearted rom-com.

‘Hot Winter Nights’—possibly tailored for the winter season—takes a little get
Elley Murray
Rating: 3.5 stars

OK, so I'm going to be up front and admit that a part of my medium/low-ish rating for this book is that I don't really love mystery/suspense in my romance novels. And since Molly and Lucas both work for Hunt Investigations, I bet you can guess what brings them together... They're investigating a Bad Santa that some elderly elves are concerned about, convinced that he's swindling them out of their share of the profits of the local Christmas village. It is absolutely up to Jill Sh
Mary at USAT's HEA
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommendation appeared on USA Today’s Happy Ever After on September 25, 2018.

Hot Winter Nights sparkles with its lighthearted ambience, laugh-out-loud humor, sizzling chemistry and compelling romance, and it’s the perfect read to celebrate the transition from summer to fall. Molly has a crush on her alluring, gorgeous co-worker, Lucas, but he’s always kept her at arm’s length. When he’s assigned to work with her during her first foray into investigative work for their security firm, it places t
The sixth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. Lucas Knight wakes up with memory loss of what happened the night before. His mixing pain pills and alcohol was a big mistake! There is an unknown woman in his bed and he rushes off to work without checking to see who it is. Imagine his surprise later when he discovers she is no other than his boss's little sister, Molly Malone.

Meanwhile, Molly, who works as the manager at Hunt Investigations, decides to take a case on her own since
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Heartbreaker Bay (7 books)
  • Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay, #1)
  • The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay, #2)
  • Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay, #3)
  • Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4)
  • About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay, #5)
  • Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay, #7)