Author: Jill Shalvis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: ARC courtesy of HarperCollins
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Synopsis: Meet cute...
Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.
Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?
and hope for a miracle.
Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.
Chasing Christmas Eve is the fourth novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series and when given the opportunity to review it, I couldn’t pass up the chance. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Chasing Christmas Eve. While Jill Shalvis includes past characters, there’s nothing I consider to be spoilers and you can enjoy previous books in the series.
We have good character development. Colbie Albright is an author suffering the dreaded writer’s block. She’s a bit of a free spirit, but very responsible. You’ll like her and I personally loved the creative ways she cursed. I might be borrowing “son of a seacock.” And then there’s Spencer Baldwin, our geeky, intelligent, workaholic hero. I fell for Spence from the moment I met him in The Trouble with Mistletoe and couldn‘t wait to get his story! He’s a bit of a loner, but for a good reason. I won’t go into detail, but you’ll be proud of Spence and what he’s worked for. If you’ve read the series, we finally get a back story to Eddie, Cow Hollow’s resident homeless man. And, oh what a surprise!
What I liked about Chasing Christmas Eve was the inclusion of the Heartbreaker Bay friends! It was nice to catch up with Willa, Elle, and company and it felt like coming home. I love the way Shalvis describes Cow Hollow and San Francisco; I’ve never been, but I’m sure when I visit, I’ll immediately recognize a few places. If you’re familiar with Shalvis’ books she tends to feature pets and they sometimes steal the scene. In Chasing Christmas Eve, we have a few dogs that steal the show including a dog named Daisy Duke and a feral black cat that caught Daisy’s eye.
I debated with the rating and while I laughed at some parts, I just didn’t love it enough. I had high hopes for Chasing Christmas Eve-it was one of my most anticipated reads for the year and I couldn’t wait to read it. The meeting between Colbie and Spence was cute although a bit clichéd. In the end, I just didn’t feel the connection between Colbie and Spence. I wanted the butterfly in the stomach feeling and I felt nothing. Furthermore, past characters make an appearance and while I loved Elle before, in this book she’s a bit too over the top protective. It quickly became an annoyance.
If you enjoy holiday reads or are looking for a new author to try, I recommend Jill Shalvis. Her books always make me a smile and let me forget the world for a moment.