Review: Chasing Christmas Eve – Jill Shalvis

Posted 20 November, 2017 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 10 Comments

*I received a free copy of Chasing Christmas Eve from via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Review: Chasing Christmas Eve – Jill ShalvisChasing Christmas Eve Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
on 26 September 2017
Pages: 384
4 Stars

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.

Chasing Christmas Eve was a nice story, back with the gang in Heartbreaker Bay. Colbie and Spence were fun, even if they both thought they sucked at love!

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Chasing Christmas Eve includes a main character who’s an author, and  I love those kinds of stories. Possibly because I love reading. And getting a peek into how an author might feel when the pressure is high just makes me feel very strongly for all of them. Shalvis managed to bring all her characters to life, and I really had a good time with them all.

Colbie and Spence’s first meeting was humorous, because Spence had gone out to have a break from work. And he did so by walking one of the dogs in Willa’s shop. What he didn’t count on was the dog running away from him and pushing a stranger into the infamous love fountain in the courtyard. Because Spence is a good guy, he wanted to help Colbie, and ended up renting her one of the empty apartments in his building. This made Elle go on the defensive, until she and the girls took Colbie out for a girl’s night. It was also funny when it became apparent all the ladies knew Colbie’s author pseudonym.

The romance was hot in Chasing Christmas Eve, but not because Colbie or Spence were looking for love. Shalvis brought me a great story with characters I wanted to spend more time with.


Colbie was so fed-up with everyone in her family counting on her for every little thing. Not only that, but her agent did never let up the pressure for her next book, and she just truly needed a break. She got more than a break, though, and I loved getting to know her.

Spence has intrigued me since the beginning of the Heartbreaker’s Bay series started, and he shone so bright in his own story. Understanding why he held most people at arm’s length was bitter-sweet, and I clapped my hands with glee when he opened up a bit to Colbie.

The rest of the Hearbreaker’s Bay gang was present, and as always, it was like a visit with old friends I hadn’t seen in a while – catching up is always fun.

Writing style :

Chasing Christmas Eve is written in third person point of view, past tense. The numerous dialogues as well as some very descriptive scenes made it feel like I was in the middle of the story with the characters.

Feels :

My feelings were mostly mushy with Chasing Christmas Eve, there was a lot of sweetness. And I just love hanging out with this gang, as the characters have become like real life friends.

Fave Quotes - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Clearly she’d gone too long without a social orgasm.

Wow, she was such an idiot. A socially inept idiot, which was yet another reason on her long list of reasons for running away form the month. She had no skills for navigating these kinds of waters, none. She needed a GPS for her life. Was there an app for that? Someone needed to invent that and pronto.

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10 responses to “Review: Chasing Christmas Eve – Jill Shalvis

  1. I just love characters who are authors to because you get some fun insights into an authors life and its so rarely done. I believe the only contemporary author I have read this from is Emma Cane and maybe Lori Wilde. I am looking forward to grabbing this one up.

  2. I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews about this one so I wanted to know what you thought of it! It sounds really adorable and cute. I know Jill Shalvis is a much loved romance writer as well. I also love seeing authors represented in books too 🙂

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