From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series… Don’t miss the amazing excerpt and giveaway below, and grab your copy today!
About CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE:
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” Spencer 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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At the unexpected sight of Spence, Colbie startled hard. How was it that he was the one who needed glasses and yet she’d not seen him standing against the window? “No, I don’t kill a lot of people,” she said cautiously because she was wearing only a towel in front of a strange man. “But I’m happy to make an exception.”
He laughed, a rough rumble that was more than a little contagious but she controlled herself because, hello, she was once again dripping wet before the man who seemed to make her knees forget to hold her up.
“I didn’t mean to scare you,” he said and pushed off the wall to come close.
She froze, but he held up his hands like, I come in peace, and crouched at her feet to scoop up the clothes she hadn’t realized she’d dropped.
Leggings, a long forgiving tee, and the peach silk bra-and-panty set that hadn’t gotten so much as a blink from the TSA guy.
But it got one out of Spence. He also swallowed hard as she snatched them back from him.
“Hold on,” he said and caught her arm, pulling it toward him to look at her bleeding elbow.
“Sit,” he said and gently pushed her down to a weight bench. He vanished into the bathroom and came back out with a first aid kit.
It took him less than two minutes to clean and bandage the scrape. Then, easily balanced at her side on the balls of his feet, he did the same for both her knees, which she hadn’t noticed were also scraped up.
“You must’ve hit the brick coping as you fell in the fountain,” he said and let his thumb slide over the skin just above one bandaged knee.
She shivered, and not from the cold either. “Not going to kiss it better?” she heard herself ask before biting her tongue for running away with her good sense.
She’d raised her younger twin brothers. Scrappy, roughhouse wild animals, the both of them so there’d been plenty of injuries she’d kissed over the years.
But no one had ever kissed hers. Not surprising, since most of her injuries tended to be on the inside, where they didn’t show. Still, she was horrified she’d said anything at all. “I didn’t mean—” She broke off, frozen like a deer in the headlights as Spence slowly lowered his head, brushing his lips over the Band-Aid on her elbow, then her knees.
When he lifted his head, he pushed his glasses higher on his nose, those whiskey eyes warm and amused behind his lenses. “Better?”
There are authors that I know I can go to when I’m in need of a visit to my happy place, when what I want is a story that will leave me satisfied and lighter. Jill Shalvis is one of those authors for me, and CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE, the latest book in her Heartbreaker Bay series, has nicely done the job.
I have been waiting for über-nerdy, arch, brilliant Spence to get his book, and his HEA. Spence is a guy that’s risen from veritably nothing because he’s so stinking smart. For all that he has, though, his most wonderful attributes are his big heart and his love for the family of friends that he’s found in Heartbreaker Bay. For all of his smarts, it’s been hard for Spence to make a romantic relationship work, mostly because he spends so much time in his own head, focusing on work and projects.
Colbie Albright has arrived in Heartbreaker Bay looking for a jump-start for her creative process, a vacation from her ‘other’ life that has worn her down and left her empty. I fell in love with her from the first scene, and, I have to say, she and Spence are kind of perfect for each other. She can keep up with Spence from the get-go, something that he’s not used to, and I think that it knocks him and his well-meaning friends (Elle, I’m looking at you) a bit off-kilter, as well as drawing him right in.
I’m a big fan of those series that, while made up of standalone books, draw on the characters and relationships from previous books, because it just lends more heart to the story, somehow. Jill Shalvis is a pro at these types of series and books, adept at crafting worlds that readers enjoy visiting again and again, and characters that are a joy to spend time with. The folks from Heartbreaker Bay are like a family, and each book draws me more firmly into their orbit. CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE is as delightful as the other books in this series, and an easy 5 smart, sweet, slightly nerdy stars for me. A definite must-read for Jill’s fans, and for fans of romantic comedy everywhere.
And don’t miss the previous books in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE and ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, now available! Grab your copies HERE!
About Jill Shalvis:
New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.