Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis #BookReview #HolidayRomance
Chasing Christmas Eve
Holiday cozy contemporary romance
Colbie Albright is having a really bad day. See, she’s an author with writer’s block and zero time for herself. A little impromptu vacation is in order, but a random TSA screening reveals some rather incriminating notes on how to kill someone and get away with it, and instead of boarding that flight to San Francisco, she gets to spend some quality intimate time with airport security. When Colbie finally makes it to her destination, my heart swelled with the Ms. Shalvis’s romantic depiction of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay it guards. Everything about this opening chapter reached in and grabbed me, and I knew right then it was going to be an enjoyable read. Even if I was reading about Christmas in September!
Spence had nixed his personal life a long time ago. It was the Baldwin curse. He could be successful in his business life or his personal life—pick one—but not both. Since he objected on a very base level to going back to abject poverty, he’d long ago decided business was a safer bet than love.
Aaaah, Spence Baldwin! I adore rich geeky tech heroes, and Spence is just right. For a guy who goes out of his way to avoid the droves of women after his eligible rich bachelor status, he owns up to his mistakes and lends a helping hand where it counts. Like, say, after knocking a woman right into a fountain.
“Really,” Colbie said, her voice firm if not a little shaky. “Not necessary. I’m fine.”
Spence didn’t claim to know all that much about women, but even he knew that fine didn’t mean fine. The scale went great, good, okay, not okay, I hate you, fine.
This story is downright delightful. It cheered me up and lifted my spirits right from the first page. The characters—all of them, even the secondaries—are unique and memorable, and the dialogue is both charming and witty.
Her first bite of a blueberry muffin had her moaning. “Tell me this counts as a serving of fruit.”
“Maybe we should go to the gym later and do some crunches or something,” Willa said, sounding less than enthused about this prospect.
Kylie shook her head. “My brain just auto-corrected the word crunches to cupcakes. And we all know that once you lick off the frosting, a cupcake is really just a muffin. Which is almost a serving of fruit, as Colbie pointed out.”
I’m a Texas transplant, so I completely understand a tourist’s fascinating with San Francisco, and this book highlights the usual sites with a lover’s eye—mostly authentic and totally habit forming. I love the cozy, small community feel Ms. Shalvis has carved out for her cast, not an easy thing to do in a city as packed with people, businesses, and unreasonable real estate prices as San Francisco. I wish I could stroll into Finn’s bar and meet the gang myself, hang out and have a beer (okay, wine) and take in the personalities and the warm, lively holiday glow. If there were a “poster child” for heart-warming holiday romances with good friends and family you get to choose, this would be it.
Chasing Christmas Eve is a delightful, heart-warming romance that I had to finish reading through a screen of happy tears and sniffles. I thought I wasn’t ready for a Christmas story this early in the season, but I was wrong. I loved these characters, I adored the story world, and I would absolutely read more about these this bigger-than-life group of friends and their love and support for one another. No matter what season it’s set in.
Recommended for readers who enjoy romances about…
- Shy tech mogul billionaires
- Famous authors who take on too much
- Holiday-time romances
- Casts of characters with a tight small-community feel
- Stories set in San Francisco
- Heart-warming romances with just the right amount of conflict and happy
This review copy was provided by the Publisher. No compensation was received for this review.
My star rating:
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Published by Avon Romance, HarperCollins on September 26, 2017
Genres: Billionaire, Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
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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.
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