I just finished watching the Passionflix adaptation of Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble With Mistletoe and it was an entertaining and enjoyable adaptation. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Slick’s review The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (adapted by Passionflix) 4 stars
I just finished watching the Passionflix adaptation of Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble With Mistletoe and it was an entertaining and enjoyable adaptation.
I thought Thomas Beaudoin and Rachel Melvin were well cast as Keane and Willa, but I’m not sure I bought the casting on some of the secondary characters (Archer and Spence were not near imposing enough) and then there was Eddie (more on him later). The screenplay hit all of the high points in the book (big kudos for including the rooftop sex scene), and reduced the amount of time spent on the high school incident that took up way too much time in the book.
I felt both Keane and Willa’s hesitance at getting involved and the chemistry that flowed between them was portrayed well. It was also easy see the growing feelings as they learned more about one another and I liked that they both appreciated the little things that made the other special.
Things I missed from the book, Eddie’s wardrobe was off as in the book he was routinely seen in board shorts (something that made him unique) and no coat despite everyone in the courtyard trying to take care of him. I also missed that he wasn’t selling his “special” mistletoe. I was sad that Willa wasn’t wearing her crazy holiday t-shirts throughout. Most of all I missed the humor that is always present in Ms. Shalvis’ books; there was some, but not a lot.
Overall, I was more than pleased with the movie version of The Trouble With Mistletoe and look forward to Passionflix’s next production.
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Below is my earlier review of the book:
Lots of laughs, a crazy cat, friendship, sexy times, and a bit of Christmas whimsy all made The Trouble With Mistletoe an entertaining story. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
I enjoyed Jill Shalvis’ The Trouble With Mistletoe, but I didn’t love it like I did the first book in the Heartbreak Bay series. For me the romance was missing in this book; it was typical of Ms. Shalvis in that it was funny, sweet and sexy and while I felt the heat between these two they spent so much time dissecting why they can’t be together and very little time discussing why they should be together. That being said as with most books by this author; it made me laugh, it made me smile, it made me sigh and I love this crazy group of friends and the people they add to their lives.
In and out of foster care most of her life Willa Davis goes above and beyond to help anyone in need and that included the four legged friends she attends to at her shop, South Bark Mutt. She loves her friends who have become her family and she’s proud of the business she opened on her own and while she’s made some poor choices in men, she still believes that one day she’ll find the right guy.
Keane Winters is having a tough week, an aunt he didn’t know he had drops off her crazy cat for him to pet sit and the cat hates him. Needing some time off from the cat so he can work on one of his three job sites, he takes her to South Bark Mutt Shop not far from the house he’s living in while renovating it. What he can figure out is why the sexy owner seems to take an immediate dislike to him.
Willa and Keane have a brief history and for a short while I thought this was going to be one of those books where 10-12 years later he is paying for something he did at 18, but thankfully the heroine let it go and moved on. Despite very different upbringings these two characters were way more alike than I think even they realized. Neither one really had great examples of affection or love in their lives and while they were different in the way they responded to that; she very open and giving to those around her and him closed off and thinking he wasn’t deserving of love. She goes overboard for every holiday and he tends to ignore them. What drove me a bit crazy about this book was that while Willa claimed she wanted a relationship every time they got close she’d pull back and while I admired Keane for giving her space it got to the point where I wanted him to take a stand and make her face her fears and then Keane who was convinced that love and relationships weren’t for him did a complete 180 turn around in a very short period of time. For me there wasn’t enough conversation, there wasn’t enough time with them not freaking out and there wasn’t enough emotion for me to really feel their connection.
One thing that stood out in this book as in the first book was the camaraderie between the residents within the Heartbreak Bay complex. I can’t get enough of this group especially when they are all together and I really loved how easily they accepted Keane into their lives even when he and Willa were confident they were “just friends.”
Lots of laughs, a crazy cat, friendship, sexy times, and a bit of Christmas whimsy all made The Trouble With Mistletoe an entertaining story.