When the one you want …

Daisy doesn’t believe love is ever-lasting, so it’s ironic as hell that she parlayed a business degree into a wedding planning business. More ironic still is her latest job bringing her back into contact with the man who’d taught her that love can’t last.

Is the one you can’t have…

To say Diego has been taught the hard way to bury emotions is an understatement. But when he’s called home to help the brother he hasn’t seen or spoken to in years, that’s one thing. It’s another entirely to also come face to face with the first woman he ever loved. First and only.

Can love conquer all?

Daisy’s learned to depend only on herself, and Diego is and always has been an island of one. And yet when they’re together, even when they’re bickering, still wary and haunted by memories of what was … it’s magic. The question is, how to find their way back to each other?

Titles in the Heartbreaker Bay series include — Sweet Little Lies – The Trouble with Mistletoe – One Snowy Night – Accidentally on Purpose – Chasing Christmas Eve – Holiday Wishes – About That Kiss –  Hot Winter Nights – Playing for Keeps – Wrapped Up In YouTwist of Fate (#8.5 – A 1001Dark Nights line companion novella) –

If you love Jill Shalvis’ stories then check out our Jill Shalvis page for more titles, series, and standalone titles that have been reviewed here at Keeper Bookshelf.  (At one time most of Ms. Shalvis’ romances were reviewed on a website of mine that no longer exists due to circumstances beyond my control.  It is my intention to bring those “lost” reviews here to Keeper Bookshelf over time.)

Title:  Twist of Fate (1001 Dark Nights Line Novella)
Series:  Heartbreaker Bay #8.5
Author:  Jill Shalvis
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 5, 2019
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars

TWIST OF FATE takes us back to Ms. Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series for a quick story featuring some new characters and some old friends as well.  The 1001 Dark Nights line is designed as a quick bite of an established series through a novella – and, indeed, this one is definitely short and sassy.  And I really cannot say much in this review without giving away spoilers.  So.  If you’ve heard about the Heartbreaker Bay series and wondered if you’d like it then this is a good way to find out.

Everything you really need to know before starting this story is in the cover description.  To go much beyond that is telling you the story, and I do not do that style of review.  This second chance romance will bring together again two people who once could have made it but life happened, hardship was experienced, and through lack of communication, they drifted apart until there was nothing left.  Now brought together again through Diego’s brother’s wedding and Daisy being both a friend and the wedding planner they are forced to deal with each other in the now.  There is anger, hurt, and blame on both sides for neither was solely at fault for their eventual break-up.  Daisy and Diego have to face some harsh realities, the fact that their passion for each other has not diminished over time, and some serious healing to be done on several fronts before their happy ending can become a reality.

I enjoyed TWIST OF FATE and being back in the Heartbreaker Bay world again – yet, this is very short even for a novella.  I won’t tell an author how or what to write, that’s not my place but I wanted so much more of Daisy and Diego to understand them, to go beyond the surface.  So, I liked their story, it’s full of emotions, shenanigans by Rocco and Tyler, steaming moments and a love that has been neglected but still burns for this couple.

I own a Kindle edition of Twist of Fate.