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Chasing Christmas Eve
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 2017
ISBN: 0062448099

Book 4 of Heartbreaker Bay
Book Genre: Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance

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Chasing Christmas Eve

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Book Reviewed by Pip (reviewer)

[ Review Posted: Sep 04, 2017 ] - See all my reviews
I've always wanted Spence's story—the hot, smart but lonely geek always there for his friends but also always caught up in his work—and I'm so glad that Jill Shalvis has delivered CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE just as I thought this poor guy was going to be left behind. And this is a typical Shalvis read as well: lighthearted, never too heavy on the angst, with several scenes and dialogues that have comedic timing down pat.

There hasn't been a hint of who would be Spence's other half and it is a surprise in a way, to see that the author paired him with a famous author who's unwilling to reveal the kind of fame she has. But like quite a few of Shalvis's heroines, Colbie tends to run first, shut down, then analyse later, so unsurprisingly, it's Spence—the more solid yet sweeter and steadfast one—whom I thought would get heartbroken in the end. After all, their affair was meant to burnt bright and hot…and temporary. But the expiry date comes and goes, and with the Christmas magic in the air, miracles do happen and Spence does get his HEA after all. He's my soft spot after Elle Wheaten and I do admit that I wasn't as invested in Spence/Colbie as much as I was in Elle/Archer, but that's obviously a personal preference for character coming through here because I didn't find Colbie as much as a standout as I'd hoped.

A particular highlight of the book however, is the return of the usual gang and I definitely dig the group dynamics of the Heartbreaker Bay series, especially since it's always written with charm and quirk that contribute to the quiet sense of comedy. For this alone, I'll be waiting for the next book to get back into Cow Hollow just to get back the feel-goods.
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