by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Chasing Christmas by Jill Shalvis is the fourth novel in her simply delicious Heartbreaker Bay series. A YA author fleeing New York and a workaholic with a heart the size of Texas make this the perfect read to snuggle with by the fire. Just add hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows!
Hot Cocoa Dates with Chasing Christmas
- First Date: If you’ve been reading this series, then I am sure like me you’ve been anxiously awaiting Spencer’s story. Spence is smexy. He has a brilliant mind, wears glasses and takes care of everyone around him and keeps it low-key. His last relationship fizzled when he made work and his inventions priority, but at the beginning of our story he is having difficulties with his current project and worried about delivering by the deadline. Perfect time for a romance. Right? Colbie Albright is plagued by a deadline for the fifth book in her wildly popular YA series, overwrought by the demands of her family, and has recently been hurt by her manager. What’s a girl to do but escape the city? A hurricane makes anything tropical a no-go, and she finds herself booking a trip to San Francisco. Upon arrival, and with no destination in mind her cab driver tells her the story of a fountain and Cobie soon finds herself standing in front of it, that is until an over-anxious mutt has her falling in head first. And thus our story begins.
- Second Date: Right away I like the chemistry between Spencer and Cobie. He feels obligated to help her, she is careful, and before you know it, Colbie has leased an apartment in the building Spencer works and lives in all to Elle and the gang’s dismay. I absolutely love this group of friends, and it was fun seeing them weigh in on the stranger. All are very protective of Spencer. Neither discloses who they are. This is easy for Cobie since she writes under a pen name. It was fun seeing her try to determine what he does for a living. With her agent and family tweeting demands, Cobie throws caution to the wind and begins to find her muse, so what if it’s not for that fifth book. I loved seeing Spencer loosen up and enjoy life. Colbie is very much a breath of fresh air and seeing her unwind and find herself again was delightful. I struggled with Spence a little which surprised me. I don’t need my men to be all alpha, but I do expect them not to take any shit. A scene with our homeless guy had me laughing, and I found myself completely caught up in this story.
- Third Date: It isn’t long before things are heating up and Cobie is exploring San Francisco. With a definite end date of Christmas Eve, both she and Spence are enjoying their romance, but good intentions, family, and deadlines get in the way. Will these two find their sanity and possibly a chance at happily ever after? Or will misunderstandings, commitment issues, and family get in the way? You’ll have to snuggle up with Chasing Christmas to find out.
Chasing Christmas was another delightful installment in the Heartbreaker Bay series, and I cannot wait to revisit them in Holiday Wishes and About A Kiss.
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Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
I always expect a Jill Shalvis book to be good and I’ve been super excited to read Spence’s book. I’m so glad this one lived up to the hype. I can wait to get started reading it.
I need to buy this one for Thanksgiving break 🙂
She writes so many books! I need to read the ones I already have. LOL
James's Book Obsession
This does good, and I do really need to catch up on the series and soon too.
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
I think that I might have liked this one a bit more than you did. Spence and Colbie made a really cute couple. Elle had some over the top moments but all in all, I enjoyed it. Glad you had a good time with it.
Kristin @ Addicted to HEA
Yup, same here… Elle was my burr. 😀
Kim, I think you are in a christmas mood 😀
On that note sorry this one did not completely work for you. Surprised it had lack of holiday feel since it’s a novella and it’s literally in the name
I was a little disappointed in the lack of holiday feel to this story. I would have thought with the title there would have been more mentions of the holiday season. Still a good read thought. I listened to it all in one day at work this week. I’m reading Holiday Wishes this weekend.
I like the set up for this pair that you’ve describe. 🙂
I am currently reading this one now and I am enjoying. it.
“smexy” — love that word! Have a great “caffeinated” weekend!!!
One of these days I will read one of her books.
It sounds such a romantic read! Jill Shalvis is my auto-buy author but I haven’t yet gotten round to this one.
I’ve been wanting to read this author, and you had me at San Francisco! I love that city…it takes me back to when I lived there for a little while in the 60s…and all the visits there over the years. There is not a more romantic city, IMO.
Thanks for sharing!
Sarah @ A Weebish Book Blog
I haven’t kept up to date on my favorite contemporary romance authors here lately (I’ve been stuck in a PNR/UF rut!) but it’s a rare day when I don’t love Jill Shalvis. Her romances always keep me happy 🙂 I’ll have to acquaint myself with this series, soon!
This is a popular one lately and pretty much everyone seems to like it if not love it. It looks like a cute holiday read. Have a great weekend Kim!
Geybie's Book Blog
Awesome review, as always, Kim. I’m currently reading this author’s Holiday Wishes. Loving it so far. I need to check out more books by this author. ❤️
I need to read more of her books!
Ugh, all your cute Christmas books are going to wear me down and make me want to read one! Stop it! 😉