"Words to live by - chocoate makes everything better."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted October 9, 2017
Romance Contemporary | Holiday
By my count CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE is the fourth installment
in the Heartbreaker
Bay series by Jill Shalvis. From the very first book
Jill Shalvis conjured up some of the best, flawed and funny
characters. Fans of Shalvis should put this series on their
must read list. And if you are new to Jill Shalvis and her
special brand of romantic comedy, what are you waiting for.
CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE is just the right book to put you in
the spirit of the season and once again make you believe in
Colbie Albright is on a mission, her intentions are good,
but her plans seem to have minds of their own. She needs to
get out of town, sounds like running, well that's exactly
what Colbie is actually doing. She is running away from her
life which has begun to wear her down. No it's not really
something new. It's just that her tolerance has reached its
limit. So Colbie needs a well-deserved break from her life,
her mother, her twin brothers and her agent. Colbie
Albright, aka, CE Crown is a YA action adventure writer. Her
practice of writing thoughts and random ideas on scraps of
paper seems unreliable and messy but that's the method
Colbie uses to remember things that will spice up her books.
Bet you never thought icicles would make a great weapon.
Jill Shalvis immediately lets you see that Colbie is going
to be someone special even if Colbie herself doesn't think
so. Great sense of humor, self, deprecating humor at its
best, caring, funny and vulnerable. Just listening to Colbie
speak provides great insight into who she is. So the fact
that Colbie decides to spend three weeks away from her world
shows just how crazy her life has become.
Spence Baldwin is a genius engineer and inventor who invests
his money in people projects. There are many people that
will benefit from Spence's philanthropies. But most
important is his intractable devotion to his mother and
grandfather and his lovely friends. We keep meeting up with
this special and unique group of characters in all the books
of this series. And each time we are so grateful for the
opportunity to spend more time with them.
Putting Colbie and Spence together is a brillant move. They
both have many flaws and insecurities. They both feel left
behind in the search for that special someone. So they over
compensate with their work. Even on a sort of vacation to
fire up her writing Colbie has a list of places to see in
San Francisco and things she wanted to accomplish, rather
eclectic list that Spence finds rather amusing. But the
caring side of Spence sees a side of Colbie he really likes.
She makes him laugh. She makes him take time out of his
burgeoning mission. And as for Colbie well so far everything
she sees in Spence just makes him all the more attractive.
Colbie is a realist. She is only going to be there for three
short weeks. She wants to take back with her memories to
last. Spence just may be the answer to her escape prayers.
No promises. No long term plans. As Spence says its good
thing they don't have time. Just moments with a wonderful
guy that makes her feel pretty and special.
So be prepared to be dazzled and swept away in a well-
constructed romantic comedy that will delight all your
senses. CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE by Jill Shalvis is that good.
And while you are at it take a look at the rest in this
series. It would be a crime to miss out on meeting some
really fabulous characters.
(A standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)
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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