Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review - Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @avonbooks

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Date Read: September 16, 2017
Length: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss

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.

Make merry...

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.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I just loved this story!  I have found this series to be consistently good so I was really excited to get my hands on this newest installment.  I was even more excited to read this one once I discovered it would be Spence's story since I have really enjoyed his character in the previous books in the series.  I had pretty high expectations going into this book and it met or exceeded every one of them.  I had such a good time reading this charming romance.

Spence and Colbie are the focus of this story.  Spence has had a role in the previous books in this series that revolves around a group of friends and the building that they live and work in.  Spence happens to own the building and is the genius of the group.  He spends his time inventing and working out complex problems.

Colbie is a big name author and the stress of her life has prompted her to run away from everything for just a bit.  Colbie meets Spence during an unfortunate encounter at a rather famous fountain.  They are so much fun to see together from that very first meeting.  Colbie decides to stay for a while so that she can get the break that she so desperately needs.

Spence and Colbie were just adorable together.  They had great chemistry from the very beginning of the story.  There were so many moments that brought a huge grin my face and I may have chuckled out loud a time or too.  The banter between this pair was really well done and provided a nice balance to the hotter sections of the story.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This book is the fourth book in the Heartbreaker Bay but it could easily be read as a stand alone novel.  Readers of the series will enjoy seeing all of the characters featured in earlier books in the series.  I can't wait to see what happens next in Heartbreaker Bay!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.

The Series - Heartbreaker Bay
Book #1 - Sweet Little Lies - My Review
Book #2 - The Trouble with Mistletoe - My Review
Book #2.5 - One Snowy Night - My Review
Book #3 - Accidentally on Purpose - My Review
Book #4 - Chasing Christmas Eve - Now Available!
About the Author

New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

26 comments:

  1. I can't wait to get to this one because I loved Spence in the last book. Glad to hear it is good! Great review!

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    1. Spence is a really wonderful character. I can't wait to see what you think of it Grace!

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  2. I loved this one so much, too! It's my favorite in the series so far. Spence and Colbie were just sooooo adorable. And their meet cute was just so cute. Elle drove me nuts though. I thought she was kind of mean and nasty in this book, and I didn't like that about her.

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    1. I can't pick a favorite because I love them all. Elle was a little extreme in this one.

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  3. I enjoyed this too, although I felt Spencer was a pushover at times. Shalvis always makes me smile :)

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    1. It is hard not to smile while reading Shalvis!

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  4. It's been a while since I read this series so I don't remember Spencer. Awesome that you liked this one so much :D they sound super cute together and it's Shalvis so, for the win :D

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    1. Spence is such a great character. I had a lot of fun with this one.

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  5. I like that this an be read as a stand alone. Spence sounds amazing, and I certainly wouldn't mind following him and Colbie to see how everything works out. Great review!

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    1. You should have no trouble jumping into this series at any point. Thanks, Jenea!

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  6. I keep meaning to read one of her books.

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  7. Yay, glad that you enjoyed it!! I'm planning to read this book soon. Awesome review, Carole. :)

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    1. I think you like like this one, Geybie! I will be looking forward to your review.

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  8. aww so adorable with the hints! So will someone be saying Bah Humbug?

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    1. There aren't any Bah Humbug moments that I remember. There is some Christmas in the book but it isn't really a huge part of the story.

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  9. I do love those books that bring a smile to your face!!

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    1. Jill Shalvis always seems to do that for me :)

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  10. You're totally right about expecting this series to be constantly good and I was definitely glad Spence and Colbie were so darn cute!! Glad you enjoyed this, too!
    (i just posted my review haha)

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  11. All Shalvis books are solid reads for me. I quickly fell in love with this series, and all the Cow Hallow residents are earning a place in my heart. I was all in with Spence and Colbie from their meet-cute and adored how they were such positive influences on each other.

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    1. I am loving this group of characters. Spence and Colbie were wonderful together.

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  12. I read this one last weekend and absolutely loved it! I agree with you about Spence and Colbie's chemistry. It managed to make the book so much fun to read, and their banter always had me laughing. I actually haven't read the previous books, but I'm hoping to soon - I want to see how all the stories fit together. Great review, Carole!

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    1. All of the books in this series are great! I hope you get the chance to read them soon.

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  13. I am glad this one lived up to your expectations, Carole. I love the sound of Chasing Christmas Eve.

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    1. This is such a wonderful series, Wendy!

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