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Chasing Christmas Eve: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel (Heartbreaker Bay, 4) Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2017
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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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“Shalvis’s fans will love spending Christmas in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood with her now-familiar gang of lovable Heartbreaker Bay misfits.” -- Publishers Weekly
“With her Heartbreaker Bay books, Shalvis has created a terrific crew of friends, each more lovable (and deserving of love) than the last.” -- Entertainment Weekly
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 novels wherever books are sold and visit her website, jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
- Publisher : Avon (September 26, 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062448080
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062448088
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #384,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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OK, I'm going to warn right at the beginning that this is going to sound like a negative review, but it really was a cute romance...solid, easy, with some fun interactions and a great cast of secondary characters. And I did give this 3 stars, so it's a solid book. It just didn't wow me, and that's probably what's going to come across most strongly in the rest of this review. I just wanted to caveat that so people take my thoughts with a grain of salt.
So, hmmm... Well, I was pretty excited about Spence, even if I've only seen him in brief in Willa's book. I'm a sucker for a geek, as I married my own hot geek. And Spence was a cutie, though I could have used a bit more awkwardness. I will admit I read another review that talked about how he was perfectly carved, just like all the other heroes, even though we never see him exercise in this book, and I will admit that bugged me too. Not every hero has to have the perfect body to be swoonworthy, I think I was kind of hoping he would be more normal... Kind of a weird thing to be disappointed in, but there you go. Maybe I just want a bit more variety in my heroes, and I was disappointed because I thought Spence would give me that. I also really expected to learn more about his upbringing that led him to buy the Pacific Pier Building and populate it with his own little small town. And it's not that we didn't get any of his past, it just was kind of underwhelming I guess. He was poor. Huh. But he had loving parents...I expected him to be neglected or something with the way he shied away from love and built his own little family. So that was...disappointing. And yeah, we get bits with his Grandpa and all, and then a bit about his attempted love life, but I guess it just felt like bare bones, and not enough to really suck me in and empathize with him. He was so mysterious in Willa's book, keeping a lot about who he was hidden (owner of the building, rich, etc). So I was expecting a lot more. But maybe that was me. And I was initially excited about Eddie, but then that kind of fizzled, and we never got any closure with that. *sigh*
Then we get Colbie. Some of her story bugged me because the author employed the "keep secrets from the reader" thing that I really dislike...in this case about what happened with Jackson. I expected something really huge because it was kept secret for so much of the book, and then it was like oh. That's it? Which just flared my pet peeve again. I guess I want a big payoff if I'm going to put up with the reader secret stuff. I did love seeing all the little writer quirks about her, and she had such a good nature in general...she seemed really sweet and eager for affection. But as with Spence, her background disappointed me. Her family sounded atrocious, just a big bunch of users who didn't respect and appreciate her at all. But then we get to the ending, and it was like an about face in a teeny amount of time, and it was NOT believable at all. Though at least I still hated her Mom, even though apparently she didn't. The ending to Colbie's family story was MEGA disappointing basically.
And then we get to the two of them together. They could be really cute, and had some really great moments (I loved his failed picnic on the boat, and when he took her flying drones). But in reality, I didn't really get enough of them together that wasn't about the sex. Which is fine, I like steamy scenes. But I didn't really understand their emotional connection I guess. It was infatuation at first sight for both of them, but without much explanation for why, for example, Colbie was different from other women. There was a bit, but not enough for me. It all just felt very basic to me...I wasn't captured. And for the short amount of time they had together, they didn't actually spend a whole lot of time together...they both worked quite a bit. Which was good for their personal stories I guess, but then I kind of wanted to know more there...like why didn't Spence ponder why Colbie was different from other women, and he was suddenly able to balance. *sigh* I'm so freaking picky you guys...it's annoying sometimes. I wasn't even that excited with the epilogue, it felt fast too.
I did love the moments with our secondary cast...they were delightful as usual. In some ways, those were the highlights of the book. I'm going to go back and catch up on the books I missed (Finn/Pru and Archer/Elle), and depending on how I like those, I can see wanting to read about Joe and Kylie as well.
So see what I mean? That was a totally negative sounding review. *sigh* I'm not good at balance I don't think. Oh well.
She wanders into the courtyard near the fountain that finds love for people who toss in coins, only to be pushed into the water by a rambunctious dog with Spencer Baldwin, the electronics and engineering genius at the end of the leash.
Spence feels responsible for chilling Colbie to her bones and insists she rent the "empty" apartment that usually awaits his grandfather's acceptance of such safety. And thus begins a reworking of the hearts and minds of two people so involved in their work that they've forgotten about living a life.
Spence's friends decide to help out, but when their help turns into a night in jail for the girls that the boys bail them out of, Colbie concludes--even after beginning yet another novel, this time a romance--that it's time to go home to face the demons that chased her away. After all, it's almost Christmas Eve and her twin bros and mother really want her back. So she leaves, taking Cinder the cat with her, only to realize that she has no life without Spence.
Will he come get her like his friends insist he do? Or will she listen to her mother about the folly of running from emotions and the problems they represent?
The only think I didn't love, and that brought my review down by half a star, was a slightly rushed ending. **SLIGHT SPOILER** Colbie's problems with her family and agent were solved so quickly and cleanly, it was hard to believe she ever really thought they were problems. I felt like there should have been a bit more difficulty in their resolution, which would have made their happy ending even sweeter!
But that being said, this is another fantastic read from Jill Shalvis, funny and sweet, intense and real, all at the same time. Don't miss the sexy nerd finding a sexy nerd of his own!
I received an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review, and I can honestly recommend it!
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This is the 4th full-length story (5th if you include short stories) in the Heartbreaker Bay series. These have a continuing cast of characters, a group of friends, who find their perfect match thanks to a wish made into a fountain. This story, however, completely stands alone. Having said that - I highly recommend that you read the books in order because you’ll love the characters even more having done so, and you’ll understand the background characters a bit better, too.
Having read the previous books, I was already half in love with Spence. A sexy geek? Yes, please. But from the first, I fell all the way in love and he’s my new book boyfriend. He’s still a sexy geek but he’s also so much more - he’s sweet, kind, damaged and seeing him fall in love was just wonderful.
I also fell in love with Colbie, too. She is a little bit of an introvert, a little bit frazzled but 100% sweet, kind and positive. She was Spence’s other half and they couldn’t have been more perfect for each other if they tried. Perfectly imperfect soulmates.
As I mentioned above, I’m a huge fan of Jill Shalvis’s writing style. It’s funny - I laughed out loud on many an occasion, upbeat and, without sounding cheesy - it was really a inspiring tale of how to be yourself and live for yourself. And it was a great advert for San Francisco, too - I want to go now!
Oh and yes, this has Christmas in the title and yes, there is a slight sprinkling of Christmas in it - but I would never call this a Christmas book. So long as you don’t pick it up thinking that you’re in for snowflakes and Santa and mistletoe, you’ll be alright. And I’m saying all that as someone who loves Christmas.
If you’re looking for love, laughs and positivity then I would recommend that you read this book. And all the other books in the series, too. 5 stars.
The story starts with Colbie being knocked into the magic fountain - it is meant to have magic powers to grant true love and Spence rescuing her and there was instant attraction between them both. Spence generally tries to stay clear of the fountain because of the reputation of it but he can not stay away from Colbie so the story evolves with them knowing there is an expiration date on their relationship which suits Spence due to his reservations and suits Colbie because of her responsibilities too. This book has a twist that I did not know was coming and I loved it as it answered alot of questions.
This story is about friendship, family, friends and of course love, this book is a definite MUST READ for romance lovers but I recommend reading this series in sequence so you learn about all the other characters in this great series
It's got a great storey line, with wonderful characters.
Couldn't put this book down, it's definitely one of my favourites.