Review & Giveaway: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

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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.

I don't know about you all, but I love the holiday season. Christmas...New Year's...both are what makes the rest of winter almost bearable in my eyes. Because of this love, I've been on a mission lately to read as many holiday books as possible this season. So when Jill Shalvis' Chasing Christmas Eve landed on my radar I knew I had to have it!

The Result? Containing romance, laugh-out-loud moments, and just the right amount of holiday cheer, Chasing Christmas Eve had me hooked from the first word until the very last! 

Chasing Christmas Eve is told in the alternating POVs of Colbie Albright and Spencer Baldwin. I found both to be not only likable but also relatable. Out of the two, though, Colbie was my favorite. 

Colbie is so not perfect that it basically makes her perfect in my eyes. When Chasing Christmas Eve begins, Colbie’s having the definition of a ROUGH year. She's dealing with the fallout of a failed romance with her agent, her brothers and mother adamantly refuse to grow up, and her pen name (one of the biggest YA authors in the game) is causing her more stress, tears, and writer’s block than happiness these days. I admired the fact that Colbie didn't have everything in life figured out, because really who of us does? I completely supported her plan of running away from everything, because sometimes you just need to get away and regroup. Plus, running away had Colbie experience some great character growth. She slowly goes from being someone who always thrives to make others happy (excluding herself of course) to someone who stands up and says 'this is not okay, I DESERVE to be happy.'

Similar to Coblie, Spencer’s at a crossroads. In the past few years, he’s accomplished a surplus of career achievements, but at the price of having a love life and in some respects true happiness. Spencer’s come to the conclusion that his family is cursed: either they’re meant to be poor and lucky in love or successful and alone. My heart broke for Spencer because of this, as he was so sweet, caring, and all around adorable, that he deserved to be happy, no matter what. Throughout Chasing Christmas Eve, I was forever rooting for him to realize he can have career success and love…it’s just a mater of balancing the two and I just KNEW he could accomplish it!

While Chasing Christmas Eve followed the stereotypical romance storyline, I still loved every minute of it! The chemistry between Spencer and Colbie sparked from the moment they literally ran into each other. Their banter constantly had me laughing out loud, and I love and hated how equally stubborn they were. Gosh, there were so many times, I was screaming, ‘come on you two, just ADMIT that you want long-term not short-term.’ The side characters also added so much love, warmth, and fun to the book! I loved the small community environment Spencer’s family of friends brought to the book, and because of this, I can’t wait to revisit earlier books in the series. I also had a soft spot for Colbie’s family, because even though they were a disaster of epic proportions, it was easy to find the lovable in their disaster.

In all, to sum up one of Colbie’s curse-avoiding phrases, Oh my lanta, this book is GOOD! If you love your romance adorable as well as steamy and a cast of side characters you can’t help but love, Chasing Christmas Eve is for you!

Grade: A-

Chasing Christmas Eve is now out!

Source: eARC provided by publicist - thanks Julie!

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About the Author:
New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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Thanks to HarperCollins, I have ONE copy of Chasing Christmas Eve to giveaway!

This giveaway is open to US and CANADA only! 


  1. I think this sounds delightful with all the fun moments between them and with Christmas being he backdrop. Great review.

  2. Everyone seems to be loving this series. I should start it. This one sounds really entertaining too. Great review. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. I love Jill Shalvis AND holiday romances so I had to add this one to my TBR. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it!


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