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#Giveaway: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

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Chasing Christmas Eve

#Giveaway: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Also in this series: Sweet Little Lies, The Trouble with Mistletoe, Accidentally On Purpose
Published by Avon
on September 26th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: e-book
Source: edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |iTunes |IndieBound
Rating: 4 Stars

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Blurb:

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.

ARC Romance Series smart and funny

 

One word: Spence, okay two words: OMG Spence! He’s a hot sexy inventor whose story I was eager to read about. In Chasing Christmas Eve, we get the funny humorous dialogue that is quintessential in every Jill Shalvis story and a sweet and sexy romance that will steam up your Kindle.

 

The wishing fountain strikes again! I swear I’ve never read about a inanimate object that plays a vital role in a storyline by playing matchmaker. I loved the meet cute between Colbie and Chase. Let me just say it involves a naughty dog. While Spence has the cute/sexy nerd thing going on, Colbie had the cute personality. I loved her alternate swear words, my favorite being: “hairy monkey butts.”

“Spence didn’t claim to know all that much about women, but even he knew that fine didn’t been fine. The scale went great, good, okay, not okay, I hate you, fine.”

Love Spence’s inner monologues. Total sense of humor, but not a great relationship guy. Really, that’s what he thinks. He’s so absorbed with his research that he doesn’t pay enough attention to the relationship. But yea, he totally gets women. And when he throws around thoughts like this: “He wanted her damn heart, like she had his.” It totally endeared me to him, even with his hangups. I loved that he wasn’t made into a jerk. He brought everything to the table and told Colbie about his relationship handicaps. Fortunately, Colbie had hers as well.

That’s what made them perfect for each other. They were so understanding of each others’ problems that when they did start to fall in love, I found myself actually rooting for them both.

“Home is wherever you are.”

That was the sigh moment for me. When they finally realized that they both had to be together. We all know that long distance relationships rarely work, so I was so happy when this one did. Both Spence and Colbie had the support system with their friends and family. It was such a feel good read.

I was kind of disappointed with Elle in this book, I thought she would have lightened up since her story came out, but dang Elle, tone it down! No need to be a grumpy butt.

Can be read as a standalone.

(Clicking on the image will take you to Amazon series page)

Hearbreaker Bay Series

 

 

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 towelin 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?”
Shockingly better. Since she didn’t quite trust her voice at the moment, she gave a jerky nod and took her clothes back into the bathroom. She shut the door and then leaned against it, letting out a slow, deliberate breath. Holy cow, she was out of her league. He was somehow both cute and hot, and those glasses . . .

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 check out her blog, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

**EDITED TO ADD**

Contest is now closed. The randomly chosen winner is Laura J. Congrats! Winner has been emailed. Thanks to all who participated.

The publisher is giving away (1) paperback copy of Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shavis. Open to US/CA residents only.

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I would wish for a long and healthy life.

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good health and safety for myself and my family

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I would love to wish for all the new Christmas romances to be delivered to my door when each comes out. Oh I love the Christmas romances!!!

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I would wish for good health and long life for my family, friends and I.

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One of these days I will read one of her books.

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More peace in the world!

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I would wish for a long and healthy life for my sister and myself.

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At a wishing fountain, I’d wish for a lifetime of health.

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I’d wish for a long life.

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OMG. I love the sound of this one!

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