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Early Review: Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis

Sep 18, 2017

(A standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)

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.

4-4.5 STARS

I loved returning to the Heartbreaker Bay series! This time around is Spence’s story and I was very much looking forward to reading about his journey to his HEA. It was a winner!

When sexy genius Spencer Baldwin first meets YA writer Colbie Albright, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Colbie has just arrived in San Francisco from New York, needing a break from her too dependent family and the pressures of her writing career. She wants to get her muse back and just have a chance to breathe, away from everyone back home. When she visits the famous fountain in the courtyard of Spence’s building and is accidentally knocked into the fountain by a dog that Spence is walking, Spence quickly goes to help her. He feels so bad about what happened, but Colbie has such a great attitude about it and he finds himself wanting to spend more time with her. This is a rare thing for Spence, since he’s a workaholic and doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to dating and relationships.

These two both aren’t looking for a relationship. Colbie is only in town for a couple of weeks. She’s planning on returning to New York on Christmas Eve and Spence has been working on a very important project/invention that must get done soon. But the more time they spend together, it’s becoming apparent that even though they have an expiration date, it won’t be easy to let each other go. Will they be able to make it work or will the pressures of work/life keep them apart?

This was such a great, heartfelt, sexy, fun read! Loved Spence and Colbie!

Jill Shalvis is definitely one of my go-to authors for contemporary romances. It’s always a treat to read about the characters of Heartbreaker Bay!

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Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins)
Pub Date: September 26th, 2017

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