Chasing Christmas Eve
by Jill Shalvis
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.
This is my second Jill Shalvis Christmas romance. My first was The Trouble with Mistletoe which was my ultimate Christmas read last year. It's also been made into a movie over at PassionFlix, and I am going to be all over that during my winter break. Anyway - I was definitely looking forward to reading Chasing Christmas Eve this holiday, and I was not disappointed.
Colbie is a YA author (writing under a pseudonym) who needs a break from her deadlines, pressure, and playing "father" to her family. So, she decides to escape to San Francisco. Through a definite meet cute, she gets to know Spence who is basically a genius who sucks at relationships. There is an immediate attraction, and eventual affection between the two - and a definite expiration date for them. Colbie is expected back in New York on Christmas Eve.
I love books about books or authors, and Colbie's writer quirks were definitely endearing, and a good reminder that she is very much an independent woman. There was no "saving" by the rich hero like some books are accustomed to giving us. Don't get me wrong, I love the billionaire trope, but I also love women who can take care of themselves. Colbie, however, was too used to having to take care of EVERYTHING herself, so the affection Spence provides as a form of support is a definite turn-on.
I enjoyed reading about Spence and his emotional evolution. This is a romance, so you know the ending, but I don't want to give everything away - lets just say that both hero and heroine experience some growth in the emotion department. It was also great seeing Spence's friends, which include Keane and Willa from The Trouble with Mistletoe.
Something I appreciate from Shalvis's books are that the guy isn't always the one with "the problem". She doesn't shove the responsibility and hurt over to the hero - in these two books of hers that I've read, she's written women as a real woman with anxieties, faults, and hopes. That is probably my most favorite aspect of her books (of the ones I've read).
I recommend this book to lovers or romance, especially those in the mood for an unconventional Christmas read (not everything is about Christmas and there is no snow, so I'm calling it unconventional lol).