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Heartbreaker Bay #4

Chasing Christmas Eve

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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.

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.

384 pages, ebook

First published September 26, 2017

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Jill Shalvis

433 books12.7k followers
Multiple 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 … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Her newest Sunrise Cove novel, THE BACKUP PLAN, is out now, and THE SWEETHEART LIST comes out in June!

Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning novels wherever books are sold. Visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and fun blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Profile Image for Carol [Goodreads Addict].
2,352 reviews24.7k followers
September 18, 2017
Chasing Christmas Eve - Jill Shalvis

Chasing Christmas Eve is book four in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. I have loved this series from the start. This small community of people that live and work in this small courtyard in San Francisco have become part of my family. I was so excited to finally get Spence’s story and it was amazing. He is everything I hoped he would be and so much more.

San Francisco Christmas

Spencer Baldwin is the owner of the building that this series revolves around. He is the resident genius/recluse/workaholic we have come to know and love. We also get to know his partner, Caleb, a little better in this book and he is quite a character. Spence’s life is his inventions. When he is working, everything and everyone else gets tuned out. He had a long term relationship and lost her because he would get so lost in his work that he would forget all about her. He didn’t make her a priority. So he has accepted the fact that he can’t have both. He can’t have love and work. So he knows that he will most likely grow old alone, just as his ex said he would.

Chasing Christmas Eve - Jill Shalvis

Colbie Albright lives in New York. Her life has always been, since a very young age, taking care of her younger twin brothers and her mom. Colbie is a writer. In the early days, she would do anything to make ends meet, waitress, whatever it took. But then a young adult fantasy adventure she wrote hit it big, Storm Fever. Now a series and the first book coming out in a movie soon, she is able to provide for her brothers and mom as she was never able to. But she has been so good at taking care of them that they depend on her for everything. She does everything for them. At the same time, she is under enormous stress from her agent to work on the next book in the series and to make public appearances. She wrote the series under a pen name and does not enjoy being in the public eye. All the stress from both family and work has blocked her writing. So she decides she needs a break away from all of them. She packs a bag and ends up in San Francisco standing at the very fountain in the courtyard of the building Spence owns. And before she knows it, she is actually IN the water of the fountain, and standing before her is the best looking man she has ever seen.

Kissing over San Francisco

Spence and Colbie were both lonely, both introverts, both under enormous amounts of stress. Together, they found something they both needed, someone that completely understood them, someone that made them smile, take a step back and relax a little bit. Their time together, though, has an expiration date. Colbie is returning home on Christmas Eve.

“She’d offered him her friendship. Her body. And he’d taken both. He wanted to keep them both. And he also wanted more, so much more. He wanted her heart, like she had his.”

Chasing Christmas Eve - Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis has this unbelievable talent of making these characters she writes about so real, so easy to love, so easy to relate to. How many of us have been so overwhelmed with life that we just want to drop everything and run? Even if for just a little while. Little did Colbie realize that she was not only running away, she was running towards something. Towards the man that was soon to become more important to her than any of the other things that ruled her life. Both he, and this magical place he lives in, would open her heart and her creativity to new things she didn’t even know she was capable of.

We get plenty of all of the other couples we have loved in the previous books. And of course, when these women get together, chaos soon follows. We also get some surprises regarding Eddie, the homeless man that lives in their alley. Now I love him even more.

Home is wherever you are

You’re not going to want to miss this one. But I do urge you to take a look at the earlier books in this series if you haven’t read them already. You won’t want to miss any of these wonderfully endearing characters. So grab a cup of tea or coffee or your beverage of choice, put on those fuzzy socks and get comfortable. You are in for a fabulous time with this bunch. If you want, drop me a note and let me know if you fall in love with them as much as I have. I surely hope you do.

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3,234 reviews1,934 followers
September 26, 2017
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I've read a lot of Jill Shalvis' series but I have to say that this is by far my favorite from her. She brings together a close group of friends flawlessly and makes me fall in love with each character. In Chasing Christmas Eve we get to learn more about Spencer Baldwin, the workaholic of the group.

Spencer is introverted and usually working instead of out having fun. But when he meets Colbie, a fellow workaholic, he learns to that taking a break is a necessity. Both Colbie and Spencer are a little crazed with work yet when they cross paths their worries take a backseat and they just enjoy each other.

I really liked getting to know these characters and see them together. I thought that they suited each other really well because they were so similar to one another. Spencer had problems giving up his work in order to live in the real world and Colbie was running away from her work problems and when they found one another it was like their issues weren't as big as they originally thought. The biggest issue then became how Spencer was going to keep Colbie in his life once she went back home.

We got to see some of my favorite couples and characters from this series, which I loved. Ms. Shalvis has the amazing ability to bring in a lot of secondary characters into her stories but doesn't let them take over the story. Instead they just add to why I like it so much while still keeping the focus on the main characters.

In my opinion this book could be read as a standalone without any issues, but I think it's a better experience if all of the books are read together.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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1,446 reviews1,156 followers
September 26, 2017
***IT'S ALIVE!!***

Sometimes you don’t need to chase love

I really do believe that finding your perfect match doesn’t just involve love, lust and attraction. I think that tolerance is one of the biggest components of a successful relationship. You can be seriously attracted to someone but the smell of their feet will turn you off. Sexual attraction can be rampant but their constant humming could send you over the edge. Loving someone who is good and kind could mean absolutely nothing if they pick their toe nails then flick the contents at your coffee cup (GROSS!!). Tolerance plays a huge part because if you love someone you put up with the gross stuff. Or, you share your disgust with the gross stuff and work together to fix/avoid the smelly feet, humming and picking toe nails. If they love you, they will willingly work towards not grossing you out.

Now, tolerance with family…that’s a different story. You’re kind of obliged to be tolerant when it comes to family members. The thing is though, with family, your tolerance could falter, and that’s OK. It’s different because you won’t hesitate to tell your sister that her feet stink, and she won’t hesitate to tell you to bugger off. If your brother hums constantly, threatening his life if he does it again will not have them running for the hills scared that you might actually mean it. More than likely he’ll tell you to bugger off AND hum louder. If your Dad picks his toes…ummm…I'd tell him it's gross and then probably tell my Mum on him.

I think we put up with a lot more from family members than we do from our partners, especially in the beginning stages of a relationship. If you love someone, family or partner, you will have an unlimited amount of tolerance. I would also be trying my hardest that they don’t need to use it if the situation was reversed.

Sometimes your perfect match is the person who doesn’t need tolerance to put up with the things you do that drive others crazy. The right person gets you, works with you and finds a way to make your issues work for them. Besides the toe picking, that's just gross.

I’ve rambled BIG TIME!! How bloody unusual.

I absolutely loved Chasing Christmas Eve. Colbie and Spence were the perfect matches for each other. In previous relationships, Spence forgot to make his partner a priority and instead focused on his work. Colbie didn’t have a lot of experience with previous relationships because her family and her job as a writer were her main focus. Neither Spence nor Colbie was happy and realised they were missing something important in their life. Turns out that they just needed each other.

This story made me laugh, cry and squirm. The Heartbreaker Bay gang are back and I loved catching up with them. I was a little sad for Colbie at times as she seemed to have lived a pretty lonely life up till meeting Spence. His good intentions led to Colbie feeling like a loser and all I wanted to do is climb into the book to give her a hug…and give Elle a kick up the butt. The sexy times for Colbie and Spence were steamy and sweet and I definitely felt the connection between them.

There’s just something magical about Jill Shalvis’s writing that leaves me satisfied. I always finish with a smile on my face and believe that the couple was meant to be. Chasing Christmas Eve was amazing and I think this is her best book…since the last one. 😉

Stacey is Sassy, received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

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1,346 reviews1,419 followers
September 28, 2017
5 Stars!

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Colbie Albright is a 28 yr. old woman living in New York. She's a best selling YA fantasy series author who is at the peak of her success. She's been under too much pressure with work & her family, & feels overwhelmed and tired. She just needs to get away from her stressful life for a while & find herself again. She's lost her joy & her love of writing. She's hoping if she unplugs for a few weeks she will find her inspiration again. She packs a bag and gets on a plane to San Francisco. She's excited to be alone, & finally have some peace and quiet, but as soon as she arrives in the small town of Cow Hollow she crosses paths with a delicious stranger named Spencer Baldwin. He's hot, a little geeky, but gorgeous.

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Spencer Baldwin is known as one of San Francisco's most eligible bachelors. He is an extremely wealthy inventor who owns the Pacific Pier Building. He's sexy, brilliant, and people were fascinated with him. He was a very private socially inept person who was thrown into the spotlight because of his success & trusting the wrong people. He came from nothing, but now has great friends and a full life. The only part of his life that's lacking is his personal life. He can't seem to manage both work & a relationship. He'd attempted both, but could only do one well, so now he's in a relationship with his job. He's just not relationship material. He's the resident genius, & his life is always pure insanity.

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Spencer feels drawn to the new girl in town. Colbie is only in Cow Hollow for three weeks. She's the perfect distraction. She's super focused and reminds him of himself in a lot of ways. They share an undeniable connection, & decide to see where it goes. After all, they can only be temporary, so there's no chance of things getting complicated. As they spend time together Spence finds Colbie funny, smart, & beautiful. She's the best thing to ever happen to him, & his feelings scare him. Things are so effortless between them & they make each other really happy. The closer they become to their expiration date, the more emotionally attached they are to each other. They want more, but their lives are three thousand miles apart. Colbie has found herself being with Spence in San Francisco. Will she leave her heart behind & walk away, or will she take a chance on love?

I loved this book so much! I'd been anxiously awaiting this quiet, sexy, geek's book. He's stunning on the outside, but even more beautiful on the inside. Spence has a heart of gold, & I am so happy we finally got his story! Just fabulous!!!

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-"Home is wherever you are."

-"You are the light in my world. You make me a better man."

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2,308 reviews702 followers
September 12, 2017
5 - "It's the hot geek look..." Stars!

A Jill Shalvis book basically takes me to my reading happy place. The Heartbreaker Bay series is definitely one that’s a keeper, and each new addition to it, makes it even more so.

Spence’s book has been a long time coming, quite elusive in personality, he endeared himself to me pretty early on, because you know this is a guy who values his friends, so much so that they are pretty much his family as well.

"I don’t know why I try to resist…"

Colbie Albright ends up in town because she decides to take a break from her life in New York, and a flight to San Francisco was the first one available for her to get on at the airport. After a less than perfect introduction, it doesn’t take long for her and Spence to feel the chemistry sizzling between them, especially as she ends up renting one of the empty apartments in his building.

"I’m only here until Christmas Eve. I don’t think we’ve got time for games or to be coy."

Spence doesn’t think he is good at relationships, and Colbie is only in town for three weeks anyway, so they agree to a no-strings dalliance while she is in town, but whereas in the past Spence has put work before women, with Colbie he realizes that it’s the reverse, something that shocks him as well as the rest of the crew.

"Look at you… You’re perfect."

"Not… perfect."

"Perfect to me…"

The good thing about this book is it isn’t majorly Christmassy, with the main bulk of the action taking place before and after the actual day, so don’t feel you have to wait to read it. I loved this book as much as its predecessor, and it was great to finally get to know Spence on a more personal level. We also get to know more about old-man Eddie, the homeless guy who lIves in the alley beside the building, as well as great interaction from the rest of the characters that we have come to know and love in the previous books.

"I don’t know why I try to resist."

I want to move in, and live in this series, I adore this author for putting it together, and giving me a group of people that with each new book feel more and more like friends, and I cannot wait for the next novella; Holiday Wishes to be released in November, and the next full length book; About That Kiss to be released in 2018.

"You’ve turned out to be the exception to my every rule."

ARC generously provided via Edelweiss, through InkSlingerPR, in exchange for the above honest review.
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957 reviews201 followers
October 20, 2017

I have a weakness for smart, sexy nerds with glasses so obviously I have been very fascinated by Spencer Baldwin since the first moment he was introduced. With his dry wit and quiet demeanour, how he believed that he couldn’t have love and success, I just wanted to hug him. I loved how he wasn’t your usual alpha hero, he was sweet and just very sexy.

I love quirky heroines and Colbie Albright was just adorable with her ability to laugh at herself. I also loved that she was a writer, which was actually the reason why she needed to spend time away from her responsibilities like her family (she’s the one who takes care of everyone) and her agent who was demanding she meet her deadline which wasn’t going so well. I loved how her pockets were always filled with little notes she made for herself for book research and how she adopted a stray cat even though she was on vacation.

My life doesn’t work without you in it.

I loved how fateful their romance felt, like a stroke of serendipity. I also enjoyed that their romance was more of a slow burn despite the instant attraction, probably because they (especially Spence) refused to see at first that they could have anything more permanent because both of them had been burned by love in the past and also because they didn’t live in the same city. The chemistry between them was amazing and the sexy times very scorching.

“Maybe we should go to the gym later and do some crunches or something,” Willa said, sounding less than enthused about this prospect.
Kylie shook her head. “My brain just auto-corrected the word crunches to cupcakes. And we all know that once you lick off the frosting, a cupcake is really just a muffin. Which is almost a serving of fruit, as Colbie pointed out.”

The group of friends were hilarious as always, although I will admit Elle really pissed me off. I usually love how protective she is over her friends but she took things too far in this book.

This has been another winner by Ms. Shalvis, a small town romance filled with heart and humor and I enjoyed myself immensely. A definitely must read for all contemporary romance fans.

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959 reviews1,243 followers
September 23, 2017

Title: Chasing Christmas Eve
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release date: September 26, 2017
Cliffhanger: No

“We all have horrible track records,” he said. “It’s what leads up to the real thing. It’s what allows you to recognize it when it shows up.

Anyone who knows me, knows that nerd/genius characters are my number one weakness. So even if I hadn't read the previous book, Accidentally on Purpose and thoroughly loved it, I would be all over this story at first glance. Shattering my sturdy book slump, Shalvis came through once again in delivering a feel-good romance that had a huge smile stretching across my face. There's something about her writing that feels effortlessly smooth and genuine every single time. Her characters are endearing, yet human and relatable. The humor is snappy and clever, and it never fails to make me laugh out loud multiple times throughout the pages.

Colbie looked at Spence. “Are you sure you’re not in a relationship with Elle?”
“No, I’m in a relationship with bad judgment.”

I was so excited to get to know Heartbreaker Bay's resident genius Spencer. Delving into his family, his past, and his idiosyncrasies made me love him even more than I already did. Spence isn't perfect by far-he's work obsessed, extremely forgetful, and unable to maintain a healthy romantic relationship because he doesn't know how to successfully balance work and pleasure. Genius runs in his family, and he's come to the conclusion by example that family and career are two separate entities never to be merged. He's about to learn that sometimes you can't choose to turn away from love. Love chooses you, often when you least expect it.

Colbie has escaped her stressful life in New York for some much needed peace and relaxation in California. Her alter ego, CE Crown is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Storm Fever series. It was even translated to the big screen, and now the pressure is on to produce more money makers. Feeling trapped into catering to her immature family, her impatient publishers and agent, she did the only thing she could: she ran. After an inauspicious, yet indulgently charming first meeting, Spencer is determined to take her under his wing for the few weeks she's there. Beyond feeling responsible for her welfare, he felt an immediate attraction that he couldn't seem to let go.

“You joked about running away from home,” he said. “But it doesn’t feel funny.”
She gave a slow head shake. “That’s because it isn’t.”

What ensued after he moved her into one of his spare apartments was a whole lot of flirting, sexy bantering, and unsuccessful attempts to deny the sparks that were flying. So another alternative was presented: could they pull off a respectful, no expectations affair with an expiration date? There were sure more than willing to try. Approaching it as two reasonable and rational adults who knew that geography and pressing careers would interfere, they vowed to enjoy the now together. What they didn't anticipate was being able to relate so effortlessly and understand one another where others had so hopelessly failed.

Both had secrets that came back to bite them eventually, but the conflicts were not drawn out or overdone. Overall, this was a wonderfully sweet story without falling into the saccharine, sappy category. Spence had a bit of a naughty side that came out to play that I think many will find a happy surprise and steam up some E-readers. Colbie and Spence were a perfectly matched pair, teaching each other about the difference between family support and enabling those programed to use. Learning to set priorities for people in your life, and setting boundaries for your career. I felt the joy that they found in just being able to be. To not have to try to change the essence of who they were, or put aside the love of what they do.

I simply adore this series! Perhaps this storyline was a bit simple and straightforward, but as a light and charming rom-com this really hit the spot. One thing in particular that I really appreciated was the fact that neither Colbie or Spencer distrusted one another because of their past romantic failures. There was no automatic, unearned black marks. They had their hang ups, but were adult enough to respect each other instead of making misplaced assumptions.

Even if you haven't been following along with the series this far, don't hesitate to jump right in, head first. Jill Shalvis' Heartbreaker Bay friends will quickly become your own, ones that you will rush to revisit time and again.


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1,723 reviews464 followers
September 29, 2017
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I just loved this story! I have found this series to be consistently good so I was really excited to get my hands on this newest installment. I was even more excited to read this one once I discovered it would be Spence's story since I have really enjoyed his character in the previous books in the series. I had pretty high expectations going into this book and it met or exceeded every one of them. I had such a good time reading this charming romance.

Spence and Colbie are the focus of this story. Spence has had a role in the previous books in this series that revolves around a group of friends and the building that they live and work in. Spence happens to own the building and is the genius of the group. He spends his time inventing and working out complex problems.

Colbie is a big name author and the stress of her life has prompted her to run away from everything for just a bit. Colbie meets Spence during an unfortunate encounter at a rather famous fountain. They are so much fun to see together from that very first meeting. Colbie decides to stay for a while so that she can get the break that she so desperately needs.

Spence and Colbie were just adorable together. They had great chemistry from the very beginning of the story. There were so many moments that brought a huge grin my face and I may have chuckled out loud a time or too. The banter between this pair was really well done and provided a nice balance to the hotter sections of the story.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This book is the fourth book in the Heartbreaker Bay but it could easily be read as a stand alone novel. Readers of the series will enjoy seeing all of the characters featured in earlier books in the series. I can't wait to see what happens next in Heartbreaker Bay!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.

Initial Thoughts
I just loved this story. Spence and Colbie were so great together. It was nice to see the other characters from the series play a role in the story as well.
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September 14, 2017
Full review to come...

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June 16, 2017

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Oh my gosh. Chasing Christmas Eve was adorable! I seriously want to move in to Heartbreaker Bay and MAKE them all be my friends. Even Elle and her bitchy self. lol

Spencer. This one is all about Spence and the lady who's caught his eye. Finally! Workaholic, glasses wearing, sexy, oblivious geek meeting his distraction in a girl he maybe accidentally pushed into the enchanted fountain in his courtyard. And maybe kinda falling for her without realizing. A girl who's only going to be in town for 3 weeks while working through her writer's block and'll then jetting back to her life in New York.


Spence and Colbie were peas in a pod and I loved them both. She's a writer, he's an inventor. And I loved them together. They both kind of get lost in their own little creative worlds when inspiration hits and both are struggling with outside pressure stifling their process. I loved that they pushed each other to have a little fun just for them while working through her vacation to-do list of sights and such around town. Not having to worry about what others wanted or taking care of anyone. They were cute and sexy and had a lovely little spark when they were around each other.

Now. I was reading. And I was loving. And I was like oh this is so fun. And then...

Some unnamed author *cough, Jill, cough* just casually dropped information in a book and I was over here going OMG! No way! Seriously? No, seriously?!! #mindblown

And they were all...eh...moving on...no big deal.

But I was still over here with a whisper of 'oh...mi...god.' going through my head over the tiny little tidbit of info. lol

I did NOT see that coming, Jill Shalvis! You...are a sneaky one and I loved it!

And then I was back to the romance. Watching these two workaholics find their joy and passion and their perfect match. Their romance was really just adorable.

All in all, I'm falling more and more in love with Heartbreaker Bay, this quirky group of friends and the magical building they call home. Chasing Christmas Eve melted my heart and left me grinning. The perfect taste of Christmasy romance all wrapped up into one sexy, make-you-smile, oh-my-gosh-that-was-so-fun package with a #covergasm topper. Next please! I'm gonna need me so Joe!
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993 reviews806 followers
September 25, 2017
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 STARS⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I feel like there should be Jill Shalvis books in every travel agencies or at least on every airlines counters. Wherever this author decides to set her stories at, like here in the beautiful San Francisco bay, I can be sure it’ll become my next vacation plan and dream like location. She has a knack for setting up and depicting beautiful places I yearn to visit in each new series she releases.

No doubt about it, this Christmas, romance readers are buying themselves a one way ticket for San Francisco. (And let’s all meet there by that magic fountain!)

Jill Shalvis proves once again her talent by delivering a light and heartfelt romance characterized by a solid and pleasant storytelling, her typical quirky brand of humor, and a fulfilling dose of steam.

Chasing Christmas Eve opened with your classic Shalvis comical situation and hooked me from page one! How hilarious! See, the heroine, Colbie Albright— which I had no choice but instantly ADORE— is a writer of a successful YA fantasy series. Typical Shalvis’ heroine, she’s cute and whole lot of nutty.
Feeling pressured by a demanding agent and just as much—if not more— by her suffocating and dependent family, she decides to run and flee her responsibilities for some most needed escape vacation. She thinks a break from everything is what she needs to find back her muse, and — spoiler alert — San Francisco wasn’t her idea!

Spencer Baldwin is the hero of the book and Heartbreaker Bay���s resident hot nerd. Be still my heart. MY favorite kind of hero!
I was super excited to finally get his story and SO happy for him to get partnered with someone genuine like Colbie!
As many Shalvis heroes, he’s your alpha-beta male, sexy, confident and unbelievably caring. Only downside regarding Spence, he’s lost faith in his capacity to commit into any kind of durable relationship. Colbie’s visit comes with an expiration date anyway, by Christmas Eve, she’ll be gone.
Unless… for a Christmas miracle!
-I'm not interested in any sort of relationship. I'm only going to be here until Christmas Eve.
-So you're saying that's it's a good thing we don't have time?

The romance between them was pleasantly quiet and mostly bared of any kind of conflict—my only objection about the story— both heroes were effortlessly understanding of each other, their connection feeling natural and unhurried despite an inevitable and fast approaching outcome.
Sexual tension was somehow lacking and I’d loved to get at least some feeling of urgency between them. It was all leisurely… hushed. Not that it was necessary a bad thing but I’ve been used to more chemistry and building tension in past reads by this author.
Colbie and Spence vacation fling settled under a lighthearted and sexy star, hitting the spot but not entirely satisfying.
The anticipation of his touch was enough to galvanize her into reaching up and tearing off his glasses.

Chasing Christmas Eve proved out to be just the ticket I needed, cheery and easy going—maybe too easy in comparison to the previous books in this series—. Nonetheless, it didn’t prevent my enjoyment at all, I had real laugh out loud moments provided by Shalvis quirky humor, I felt enchanted by the beautiful setting and loved reading snippets about all the characters I got to meet in the previous Heartbreaker Bay novels. (Special note about Elle, which I once again hated for being such a pain in the ass, but still couldn’t help to adore!)
Overall a very rewarding feel good story ! (And it's a perfect standalone :) )

When I started writing this review I told myself I was going to keep this short since by now, I dare hope every romance reader have heard of the awesomeness that is Jill Shalvis? Don’t answer this. It’s purely rhetorical. Oh and mission failed, once again, I let my rambling run wild!

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868 reviews120 followers
September 26, 2017
I absolutely loved this! Chasing Christmas Eve was incredibly funny (seriously a hilarious start!) but it was also sweet and flirty with the perfect mix of emotion blended in. Spence and Colbie were wonderful, real characters. Watching them come together completely melted my heart and left a huge smile on my face.

Spence and Colbie meeting for the first time was so entertaining. I loved their sweet flirting and getting to know one another. They could be so playful together and I loved their banter. Spence was so incredibly sweet and loving. I loved getting to see the man behind the brain. I totally got Colbie and liked her instantly. These two coming together was a joy to watch. I really enjoyed them opening up and sharing, it totally melted me.

Awesome cast of characters. There is this great group of friends that have made their own family and I love their connection. I like all the couples and seeing their closeness and also their protectiveness of Spence. They just helped to create a really well rounded story. Just to add, there’s a moment in this story where my mind was completely blown. One of those I did not see THAT coming type of things and I absolutely LOVED it!!!

This story was so fantastic. These real people finding there way together and falling in love. It was so sweet, caring, and extremely entertaining… and there’s a pretty good amount of sexiness mixed in too. I loved all the details and I thought Spence and Colbie had excellent character development. I love what they were both going through in their lives and how them coming together effected that. There's a lot of emotion and it's light in the drama department but it had the perfect amount of everything I love in a great story.

This book just made me so incredibly happy! Jill Shalvis is an amazing, engaging writer who creates exceptional characters and I feel like I'm a part of their world. This was an excellent story!

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2,710 reviews701 followers
September 16, 2017
I love this series and pretty much everything Jill Shalvis writes, so this was a no brainer. But I've been especially excited for Spence's story.

Love love love Colbie and Spence. She's sort of flighty and he's sort of stand off-ish and together they're workaholics with family issues and a boat load of chemistry. I adored their interactions and reading them trying to figure out how relationships work.

Plot wise, it was almost all fluff and I sort of wanted to roll around in it. As always, it's great to see the previous characters and Elle's protection of Spence was quite amusing. The bit of angst didn't last long and the epilogue was perfection.

Overall, it was a fun read and exactly the story I wanted at the time. I can't wait to get into the next two.

**Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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2,101 reviews1,253 followers
September 28, 2017
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review


As a San Francisco native, I adore reading stories that are set in my beloved city and in Jill Shalvis’ latest release, Chasing Christmas Eve, she paints a vivid image of San Francisco’s Cow Hollow District where two strangers meet and begin an unlikely friendship of landlord/tenant and two friends finding a home within each other.


I haven’t read the first three book of this series and so Chasing Christmas Eve can most definitely be read as a standalone. Since I was utterly smittened with this book, I won’t say much but what I will say Spencer and Colbie were written in such a flawlessly and real manner that readers could feel the excitement and buzz as they got to know one another. This book had me grinning from ear to ear. The writing was well paced and beautifully written. The dialogue was witty and funny. And the characters were charming as hell as they each brought forth something to the story. So all I can say, I definitely left my heart in San Francisco with Spencer, Colbie, and the rest of the neighbors from Spencer’s building.

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186 reviews39 followers
December 4, 2017
I first read Jill Shalvis' books back in 2013, it was Lucky Harbor series and I have been a fan of her stories since then. Her books are my happy place so I am always waiting for them. I was especially waiting for Spence because he so deserved a book.

We meet Spencer in the previous books and he is this hot genius who hasn't found any luck in the relationship department. We meet Colbie in this book as she is trying to escape her reality to find some inspiration to write her stories. She ends up in San Francisco. As she is trying to leave New York in the packed flight schedule, that's during Christmas time, so she goes where the destiny takes her. The destiny wants her near the fountain where Pru's, Willa's and Elle's wishes came true(hehe).

Spencer always has been alone then he meets this group of people, cue in Finn, Pru, Willa, Elle, Archer, Joe and everyone, who have become his family and he works with his best friend Caleb. So Spencer is all about settling down and making a home as he finally has a family.

Colbie has always worked very hard to take care of her family like an adult. Looked after her mother and her brothers after her father left. But thankfully her book series Storm Fever takes off. But there's a problem, the chaos of her family and the pressure of the desires of her management for the series, she has a writer's block. She is looking for some scenery change and some inspiration thus ends up in San Francisco and meets Spencer and his group of friends.

Colbie's stay is temporary but Spencer and Colbie can't seem to keep their feelings at bay. Even though I am not a believer of coincidences, this story made me believe in them and thoroughly enjoyed these events taking place because of some coincidences. They were all very believable and relatable too. That's the beauty of the writing I feel. Because not only I LOVED Spencer and Colbie as characters, I LOVED their story as well!

All the side characters deserve a special mention because they were all so lovely! Elle and everyone else is worried about Spence and they look after him. I loved seeing them, they are all my favourites, Finn and Pru, Willa and Keane, Elle and Archer, Joe and even his best friend Caleb. And Eddie! His relation with the group brought his character in full circle! I so can't wait for Joe and Kylie!

Some of my favourite quotes:
“Close out the world,” he said in her ear.
“Close out everything but this.”
“Colbie looked at Spence. “Are you sure you’re not in a relationship with Elle?”
“No, I’m in a relationship with bad judgment.”
“You’re taking a stray cat but leaving behind your man?”
Colbie’s heart twisted. Her man… “He doesn’t fit into the cat carrier.”
“Look at you… You’re perfect."
"Not… perfect."
"Perfect to me…”

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808 reviews1,017 followers
October 13, 2018
4 'No expiration date' Stars!

Every time I am in the mood for a "feel-good" story, I know exactly where to go. Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite options when it comes to reading something light, with amazing characters, a great world building and still with sexiness and emotions.

I just love the Heartbreaker Bay crew so much! Now it was time for Spencer, the hot nerdy in the group, to fall in love. And who is better mate than Colbie Albright, a cute, looking for a break YA author, that will change Spencer's opinion on love forever. Yes, as you can see, I am was on Christmas mood already lol But I just adored this story! The characters, the storyline, the chemistry and the feels. Everything. Yes, I wish the ending was a bit more developed but it was still really beautiful. As always, Jill Shalvis does not fail me and I can't wait to read the next story in the series!
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2,442 reviews812 followers
September 26, 2017

In the fourth book of the Heartbreaker Bay series, Jill Shalvis turns back to the trope and theme that I think she is most comfortable with. The heroine, Colbie Albright, is a little down on her luck. In an effort to change her life, she flees New York for San Francisco on a whim. She hasn’t really planned on what she is going to do there but she naturally finds herself in a strange situation within the arms of a stranger.

Spence follows a lot of Shalvis’ heroines so I feel like if you have enjoyed the other books in this series, then you’ll enjoy him as well. I liked him, but I don’t think I fell hell over heels in love just because he was a really safe choice. I was hoping to see something different from Shalvis this time around. Just like her heroines, the authors tends to keep within her comfortable parameters when it comes to characterization. And after reading every single one of Shalvis’ books already, I am looking forward for her to mix it up a little bit.

Nevertheless, I am still a sucker for a Holiday read and I did enjoy this story. It’s nice to get a longer story from Shalvis that is Christmas themed because most of her themed stories tend to be novellas. I liked that we got to explore more of the traditions and experience the charm for a little longer.
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2,237 reviews63 followers
July 20, 2019
I really enjoyed reading Chasing Christmas Eve as I was born three days before Christmas. I just adore reading stories that are set around Christmas. Jill Shalvis has the gift for romance, start reading her books and I am quite sure you will fall in love with her stories. As Colbie Albright is a writer she writes fiction adult-adventure. It's December and she is going off to San Francisco. We all know what is like at the airport going through the x-ray with putting your suitcase on the belt to be scanned. Her ordeal at the airport made me laugh the things Colbie tells the TSA agent. Unfortunately for Colbie TSA agents become suspicious of her, but eventually in eight hours writer Colbie Albright is landing at SFO international. When Colbie meets handsome bachelor Spencer Baldwin she can't possibly start a relationship she is only going to be in San Francisco until Christmas Eve, so what will happen next? If you love reading Lindsey Kelk books then will most certainly enjoy Chasing Christmas Eve.
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541 reviews80 followers
May 1, 2021
3 mü, 4 mü çok kararsız kaldım. Sonuna kadar güzel gidiyordu. Hatta karakterlerin ilişkisiyle, diyaloglarıyla çok eğlendim. Ama sonunu, Colbie’nin ailesi olayını hiç toplayamamış, aceleye getirmişti. Herkes birden bire akıllandı ne hikmetse😃 Yine de kıyamadım. Spence ve Colbie çok tatlılardı😍 Yine bir kitap sonrasında inek gözlüklü, dağınık saçlı, seksi dahiler aranıyor🙄🙄
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2,471 reviews242 followers
September 28, 2017
The Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis has a bit of whimsy (a wishing fountain with a legendary coin toss for true love) to go with some sexy romances – some more lighthearted than others, but all involving a group of friends finding lifelong partners.

Chasing Christmas Eve is the fourth full novel in the series and the hero Spence has been a key secondary character in previous stories. He’s the somewhat reclusive owner of the building where his friends live and work, a very wealthy man who sold some proprietary technology at a young age and continues to use his engineering and design skills to better others’ lives. The drawback is that he’s a confirmed workaholic, not interested in a relationship mostly because he’s already been in one that failed due to his lack of attention and he doesn’t want to put another female through that. Things have been pretty dry in the dating department lately – until his latest dog walking escapade ends with a charming young woman drenched in the aforementioned ‘love’ fountain.

Colbie Albright is taking a well-deserved two-week break in the run-up to Christmas, and the movie premiere of one of her highly successful YA novels. Her writing success has come with a lot of stress and her current writer’s block, with a deadline looming, had her searching in desperation for a place to get away from everything. As luck would have it, she’s ended up in San Francisco, and due to an overeager canine, she’s made some instant friends. Spence is quick to try to remedy the situation and when he finds out that Colbie is looking for a place to stay for a few weeks, offers her the use of one of the apartments in his building. It’s exactly what Colbie needs to stay incognito and try to rekindle her writing mojo.

Colbie and Spence find themselves to be kindred spirits, and a friendship develops swiftly and easily. In fact, the more time they spend together, the more they want to share their secrets with each other – and they both discover that a vacation fling can be oh so sweet. But Colbie knows that her real life is waiting for her back home, and the clock is ticking. Will her Christmas present this year be more than just a handful of sweet and sexy memories?

What a charming story! I was thoroughly entertained right from the start with this delightful romance, full of laugh out loud moments, sexy scenes and sweet friendships. Spence’s building manager, Elle, guards his privacy well, and is a bit suspicious of Colbie and her possible intentions, especially as Colbie doesn’t reveal much about herself. But Spence’s other friends warm up to her quickly. For Colbie, it’s nice to be taken at face value and not for her writing fame, something that Spence can appreciate since Colbie treats him like any other ordinary guy since she knows nothing about his past either.

The attraction between them exists from the start, and a two-week fling sounds pretty heavenly to both of them. No strings attached and a chance to enjoy each other’s company leads to some sexy scenes and a bond of trust that has them opening up to each other. For Spence, it’s an interesting revelation that with Colbie around his desire to work around the clock is tempered by wanting to spend time with her. He’s also working on a problem that has him stumped, much like Colbie’s writer’s block. Taking some time off to be creative in the bedroom turns out to be just the kick that they both need to get their careers back on track.

I’m always a fan of good banter and there is plenty of that to go around here, whether it’s between Spence and Colbie, or some of Spence’s other friends (including Caleb, who raids Spence’s fridge on several occasions). The chapter headings are another source of amusement, and #WhatTheFrenchToast is my new favorite saying. The overall story conflict is minimal and Spence and Colbie soon find their way to a happy ending. Chasing Christmas Eve is a delightful romance to start off your holiday season.

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A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.
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707 reviews59 followers
October 2, 2017
Every story I have read in this series has left me highly entertained and charmed by both the delightful story and the fun characters and this story is no different. CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE is the perfectly lighthearted and feel good romance that will put you in an anticipatory mood for the coming holiday season. I enjoyed it so much and found myself in tears of mirth a lot of times. If you need a book to make you laugh, this is the perfect book to read!

Colbie Albright has spent most of her adult years taking care of her family and the added pressure from her career isn't helping any, so walking away from all of it for a bit is the only way to relieve the pressure, never mind that she has a looming deadline on a book she has not even written yet. What she planned to be a getaway to some sunny climate became a trip to San Francisco where her solo plans get scuttled, thanks to an unruly canine. But the replacement plan isn't so bad after all because she gets to spend time with Spence Baldwin and the rest of his crew and hopefully get her creative juices flowing again.

Spence has achieved a lot of success at his age, but the one thing that has eluded his mastery is relationships, because of his tendency to get buried in his work to the exclusion of everything else, so he makes do with short-term arrangements. And Colbie is the perfect candidate for because they are both interested in the here and now, with no strings attached. But they underestimate what they could become to each other, beyond the hot chemistry they shared from their first meeting.

Spence and Colbie are kindred spirits because they can easily lose sight of everything when they are focused on their projects and they get each other in that sense, but they also make each other want to take a breather from work to enjoy spending time together and with their friends. Spence finds his obsession with his work being tempered around Colbie and some shared downtime revives the creative juices for both of them. But can they walk away from each other and their feelings after two weeks? How can they make two weeks into forever when they live at opposite ends of the country and have so many commitments?

As usual, the dialogue was enjoyable, as was the interplay among the friends. The best thing about Ms. Shalvis's writing is getting a romance, great dialogue, amazing interplay among secondary characters and a sense of family/community among the characters in one book. Spence was the heart of this group, giving so much to them and asking for nothing and I loved how they rallied to protect him, even though it was not necessary.

CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE is the perfect holiday story, with lots of fun and passion, little drama and lots of celebratory moments.

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.

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2,183 reviews82 followers
September 24, 2017
4.25 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

You know those books that just make you smile when you read them? Chasing Christmas Eve is exactly that kind of story. Spence and Colbie’s romance is flirty and fun with a whole lot of warmth; it’s a holiday romance you can enjoy all year long.

I have a soft spot for nerdy heroes and Spence is a totally sigh-worthy one. He’s brilliant, sexy, generous, and kind – the perfect hero without ever becoming a cardboard character. He’s also quite wealthy and the way people have tried to use him for that wealth has made him wary and his friends protective. Spence was a pretty dreamy hero. He’s not without flaw – he has a huge problem with work/life balance – but I fell pretty fast and hard for him and was eager to see him get his happily ever after with Colbie. Colbie is a quirky, sweet heroine I adored. She’s also a bestselling author who is under so much pressure personally and professionally that she’s ready to crack. An accident involving rogue animals and a special fountain bring Spence and Colbie together and they click right away. Both of them are stressed out by their work, have been hurt in the past, and I liked that they understood one another so well. Colbie and Spence’s romance is both sweet and sensual and their slide into love had me sighing. Though they know from the outset their time together has an expiration date, I was rooting for them to take the leap, open their hearts, and find a way to make things work.

When Colbie flees New York for San Francisco to take a break from her life, she not only finds love, but a whole new group of friends. Colbie fits right in with the Heartbreaker Bay gang and the whole group made me go all warm and gushy. They’re the kind of characters you just wish were real so you could be friends with them. The Heartbreaker Bay cast is truly charming and helps make this story shine. Chasing Christmas Eve is classic Jill Shalvis in that it’s an excellent mix of humor and heart. I finished Colbie and Spence’s book a well-satisfied reader and I can’t wait for the next Heartbreaker Bay story!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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620 reviews
January 2, 2021
Elle ve Archer'dan sonra en çok merak ettiğim Spence'in hikayesiydi beklediğime değdiğini düşünüyorum okurken çok eğlendim. Colbie çok tatlıydı ve ikisi bir araya gelince şapşal bir çift oldular 😍
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6,949 reviews827 followers
September 26, 2017

I’ve really loved Jill Shalvis’ Heartbreak Bay series, this quirky, fun loving group of friends who live in a section of San Francisco and work or live in a building with a courtyard and a magical fountain of love. Chasing Christmas Eve was exciting, fun, and sexy but more than that I loved that two people both of whom had unwanted fame and creative souls find each other despite the odds.

OMG…sexy, geeky, workaholic, do anything for anybody Spencer, I knew his story was going to be special because he is just not your average guy. What I loved is that the minute Colbie crashed into his life, for once he didn’t think about consequences he just acted. It was fantastic to see him not worry about every minute detail and in turn realize that there was something about this woman that called to him.
Trying to escape her life for just a while Colbie finds herself wrapped up in a crazy cocoon of people and begins to realize that it is okay to do something just for her. Thrust into a caretaker role at a very early age, Colbie has always lived her life for others, but when a relationship goes bad, her family is draining her creativity she flees and ends up in San Francisco for what will be three weeks that changes her life in more ways than one.

Spence and Colbie were so much alike in that they get lost in their creative worlds and no one understands that they can’t be interrupted, that when the work is going good they need to stay at it, but in each other they did understand, but they also pushed one another to actually get out and have some fun, and live a little and that’s what I adored about them so much. It was like the time they spent together having fun, spurred their creativity and helped them work harder so they could carve out these pockets of time to be together. There were so many sparks between them, but I loved that they didn’t jump into a sexual relationship immediately. They spent some time together, they share a bit about themselves but not everything but they were okay with that even though it drove Spence’s friends a bit crazy because it was so unlike him (which to be honest should have made them realize she was different). The entire Heartbreak Bay crew was front and center in this book especially Old Man Eddie whose involvement is quite insightful especially when his special brownies are involved. One thing I have always loved about this author’s work is the way she builds such a sense of family within a community and it was especially nice since Spencer is the heart and soul of this group.

Colbie’s three week timeline gives them permission to act on their attraction because in their minds there is an expiration date and then they can get back to business as usual, but what they don’t plan on is their hearts engaging despite their heads saying it is temporary. While their time may be short, it isn’t without issues, mostly from outside sources, but when they are together it is sweet, sexy, and honestly quite perfect.

Chasing Christmas Eve is exactly what I look for in a holiday romance; fun, entertaining, low on angst, lots of friendship, and most of all two people realizing that together they are better. Well done Ms. Shalvis, well done!

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56 reviews39 followers
September 30, 2018
I recently reread this one and loved it even more. It's probably among my three favorite Jill Shalvis books ever, though that may be primarily because it just happens to check off some of my personal favorite romance tropes/criteria, such as...:

1. A relatable and amusing heroine who's introverted, creative, intelligent but somewhat socially awkward, and inherently kind and 'soft' without being too much of a passive wimp. Colbie is flawed---she tends to literally and figuratively run from certain conflicts, for example---but despite and even because of that, I absolutely loved her.

2. A brainiac geek hero with a hidden badass streak and not-quite-so-hidden heart of gold. More of these, please! It was especially refreshing to take a break from Shalvis's usual 'type' of heroes. (In fact, my main complaint about Shalvis's books is that most of her heroes are such absurdly similar, 'cookie cutter' alphas.) Granted, Shalvis sometimes writes Spencer more like her usual heroes than like the brainiac geek he's supposed to be, but she gets huge points for stepping outside her usual proverbial box and giving the few of us who swoon over brilliant, slightly nerdy guys a slightly different type of hero to star in our fantasies :)

3. There are some nice female friendship scenes in this one. Too many of the characters in this series feel too similar and interchangeable to me (other than Elle, whose personality can be unlikable but is at least very distinctive!) But since our heroine Colbie has had a tough time making meaningful female friendships, seeing her bond a bit with these women was gratifying.

4. There are some great lines in this one. The author's particular sense of humor worked even better for me in this book than in most of her other ones, possibly in part because I really, really relate to her heroine.

5. There's JUST enough real psychological substance to keep this from being too silly, yet never so much angst that it overshadows the book's warmth, humor and unapologetically optimistic tone.

Shalvis is sometimes a bit hit and miss for me, but this was a definite hit! If you don't mind suspending your disbelief that two people could fall for each other in a relatively short period of time (I actually find near immediate connections romantic, but I know many understandably dislike 'insta-love'!), and you either like or at least don't mind a little cursing and some moderately steamy sex scenes in your otherwise sweet and fluffy comedic romances, then do yourself a favor and try this one out...even if it's not yet Christmas :)
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2,499 reviews150 followers
September 14, 2017
Spencer Baldwin is the resident millionaire tech geek. He is successful and highly focused on business, but his track record with romance is not good. He is pretty sure that he is meant to just be a successful engineer, inventor, and businessman, and that he cannot do well at both work and love. But due to some recent publicity there is no shortage of women wanting to land this hot geek and he is unwillingly one of the city's hottest bachelors. But despite being handsome, charming, smart, caring, and protective, he is also somewhat socially inept and clueless about how to have a real relationship.

An unexpected incident brings Colbie Albright into his path. She has basically run away from her stressful life in order to get some peace and meet some of her own author deadlines, and ended up in the courtyard of Spence's building. She only plans to be in San Fran temporarily. She is more of a literary nerd, introverted but funny, socially awkward, and also does not have good history with relationships. She tends to take care of everyone else, but not herself. And she really needs a break from real life to enjoy herself and find her writing inspiration again.

So they both have a lot in common as they are both on deadlines and need to focus and work, they both have not had healthy relationships, they have gone from poverty to success and money, they both tend to get super focused and ignore life making them not good socially. So it is like-meets-like, and they have some raging chemistry and attraction. But they are both slow to share and make themselves vulnerable, and are analytical overthinkers with baggage and fears.

Neither needs distractions and there is a set expiration date. Spence has a lot of friends that care about him and are not sure what to make of the woman that just appeared in his life. We get to visit with all of his friends that form his extended friend group with some being more featured than others. They add humor, fun, drama, and depth to the story. And Colbie has her own family dynamics and coworker issues demanding her attention.

I loved this pairing. They were so much alike and both really needed to figure out balance and priorities, while really living life. But having two such intelligent and intuitive people being thrown out of their comfort zones is hard. It's a battle of heads vs. hearts. Fear vs. risk. Existing vs. feeling. But their lives are literally in different places, and they both have significant responsibilities as well as fears, insecurities, and trust issues.

She's a runner. He's an avoider. But will they get to a point that they realize that they need to chase love to be truly happy?

This is a sweet, funny, sexy, smile-inducing, whirlwind holiday romance. It is about two socially awkward but likable people who could understand the other, but still had plenty of obstacles both internally and externally. I enjoy this dynamic group of friends/pseudo family that we have come to know during this series, and am looking forward to more, especially Joe's book.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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2,150 reviews1,205 followers
December 7, 2017

Well, that was just adorable!
Cute mood - all christmasy and sweet. The amazing location - San Francisco - and that adorable place they all live in.
Great people and friends in that house.
Adorable love story between Spencer and Coblie. FINALLY Spence. I've been waiting for his story for forever! ☺ And I just loved it.
It maayyybe could've been a few pages shorter - but I still loved reading it.


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