Review: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill ShalvisChasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Published by Avon on September 26th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher

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.

When I read my first Jill Shalvis book, Simply Irresistible, although I liked the book, I wasn’t in love. I sort of put her books to the side, even though so many people were loving her Lucky Harbor series. Eventually I tried another of her books, and thank heavens I did, because she has totally become one of my favorite authors! Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis is up there with my favorites.

Chasing Christmas Eve takes us back to Cow’s Hollow in San Francisco, and this time Spence gets his love story (and you guys, it’s so so so good!). The heroine of the story is Colbie Albright, a New Yorker, who has a successful YA series under her belt (she writes under a pen name). But she is majorly burned out, and desperate for an escape from her very demanding family, publisher and agent. So she runs away and ends up at the Pacific Pier Building where she meets Spence (with a totally adorable meet cute). Colbie is only there until Christmas Eve, but that doesn’t stop Colbie and Spence from falling for each other.

I loved Colbie. I mean seriously, I loved her. She’s adorable (really aren’t all Jill Shalvis heroines adorable in some way or other), but she’s also feeling a lot of pressure, which has caused a major writer’s block situation going on. I loved how Colbie could go with the flow, and how kind and sweet she was. It was also fantastic to see her writing something she loved, even if it wasn’t what her publisher and agent were expecting.

And Spence was so dreamy, too. I have just loved all the guys in Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series. Spence is pretty private, and does like to keep things close to his chest. He’s also been duped by some not so nice people before, so he can be a little more cautious when it comes to trusting people completely. But Spence just couldn’t resist Colbie, even when Elle was warning him to stay away from her.

And wow, their romance. I was soooo on board for it. Colbie and Spence needed to be together forever! They did hit some bumps, though. There was the bit that Colbie didn’t tell anyone she was already a successful writer, but honestly that shouldn’t have been a big deal. Spence frustrated me at times, but only a little, and he more than made up for it.

I will say, though, that Elle totally annoyed me in this book. I loved Elle so much in Accidentally on Purpose, but wow she pissed me off here. I understand that she is really protective of Spence, but she was never really kind to Colbie until maybe a bit at the end, and that upset me. There was a scene about 3/4 through when Colbie and the girls from the area (Elle, Pru, Willa, etc) go out, and let’s just say I was near tears because it made me so mad. To be honest, I’m not sure I could forgive and forget as easily as Colbie did.

Besides Elle making me so angry with her, I did love catching up with the rest of the gang at the Pacific Pier Building. They have made such a great family among themselves, and I just want MORE from this series.

All that said, I LOVED Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis. I swear, this series just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait for more!


9 Responses to “Review: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Nick

    Yes, I loved Colby and Spence’s characters too. And they were soo perfect for each other. I love it when an author makes me connect on all levels with the couple. I agree about Elle. She took it too far, though I understand where she was coming from. I’m so excited for the next book!

  2. Lover Of Romance

    oh I am really glad that you loved this one so much. Just makes me happy. I am waiting to read this one till closer to the holidays. And a romance you are on board with, definitely will be buying this one. Lovely review darling.

  3. Rowena

    Yes to everything you said in this review. I was happy with Spence and Colbie’s story. I’ve read a lot of Shalvis over the years and her books started getting repetitive (her heroines kind of felt the same just different hair color and book) but this book has shown that she’s still got it. I adored this one.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Her heroines are often quirky and sassy. I kind of love that, but I completely understand what you mean. And this one was particularly fabulous! I can’t wait for the next one.

  4. Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

    I rated this book the same exact way (err, I’m pretty sure?). And yes, I wanted to throttle Elle on her head and scream, “Back the ‘eff off!!!” Talk about being way too involved!! She needed to spend more time with Archer, that’s for sure.

    So yeah, I completely agree with EVERYTHING you said!! Right on, girlie!!!! *fist punch*

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Haha! Seriously, Elle needed to take a step back from overseeing Spence’s life and spend more time with Archer. I was actually kind of surprised how much Elle pissed me off, because I loved her own story. I just don’t really think it’s every okay to be that mean to someone, even if you are coming from a good place. Especially since Colbie was only ever nice to every one. Glad we agree on this!

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