Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

Title: Chasing Christmas Eve
Author: Jill Shalvis
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Main Characters: Colbie and Spencer
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Avon
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:

I've been saving this book to read for the week before Christmas and it did not disappoint. 

This is a sweet, little story about two people who don't know how to achieve balance in their lives. Spence graduated from high school at 16, college at 18. He's brilliant, driven, and has no idea how to turn off his big brain when he's working on a problem with one of his many inventions. So, despite being gorgeous and wealthy, he has never been able to make a relationship work. He sees it that he can either have work or love...not both. 

For Colbie, she's put herself last since she became the primary caregiver to her mother and twin brothers at the age of 6. She doesn't know how to do anything else. And since she's taking care of so many other people, she's never had room for a serious relationship. She's the impetus in this story. 

With a book deadline looming, Colbie has had enough from all her outside stressors (i.e. the people in her life) and she runs away from home, ending up in San Francisco where she runs into Spencer...literally. Spencer is a caregiver...heck, this entire community is built from his need to take care of other people and build his tribe, although he can't see that as an ability to connect. 

There's so much to love about this world and story. Colbie is experiencing San Francisco, so the entire book is like taking a virtual road trip. But of course the best part is this building and the occupants that live here...and we get to see all of them. I love these characters...and the setting. It just makes for a really fun read. 

I also really enjoyed the relationship build between Colbie and Spencer. They flounder...big time, but they maintain that sizzling sexual chemistry throughout...and are completely honest about it which I loved, too. All of it together just made for an incredibly fun escape into a fictional world for a couple of days that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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