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About CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE:
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” Spencer 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
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SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
It occurred to me as I was reading Jill Shalvis’ Chasing Christmas Eve that I hadn’t bothered to read the blurb, which is typically the prerequisite before reading a novel unless the author is one of your favorites and you know that you’re going to read the book regardless. Let’s just say, Jill Shalvis didn’t let me down.
Chasing Christmas Eve was the perfect book for me to read right now. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed and sad and despite that I laughed out loud many times while reading this romantic comedy. Any novel that can offer escapism that makes you forget your funk even momentarily is a find indeed.
Colbie and Spence may be two of my favorite Shalvis characters ever. They are both good-hearted, quirky workaholics who try to fix things for other people. Colbie is a best-selling YA writer who has been taking care of her family since she was little after her father walked out. Spence is a geek who frequently becomes so immersed in his inventions that he forgets about everything else. Until Colbie comes along.
The Meet Cute involving a dog and a fountain was charming. I was immediately captivated.
The novel is equal parts funny and romantic and steamy as well as insightful. Chasing Christmas Eve is happiness.
While Chasing Christmas Eve is number four in the series, it can be read as a standalone.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
rating: 5 out of 5 butterflies
Spence drew in a deep, shuddering breath that wasn’t much steadier than hers and pulled off his now crooked glasses. “Hang on a second.” He tossed them aside. “I need to check on something.”
“What?” she asked warily.
Once again he slowly drew her in, his eyes heated and focused on hers, infusing her with some of his calm. “I want to see if this is how it’s going to be.”
“How what’s going to be?” she whispered.
His kiss started out just as slow and thoughtful as the first, all careful control. But when his tongue touched hers, control flew straight out the window.
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I promised a Christmas Wrap-up (haha…pun almost intended) a week or so back. I have read a handful of Christmas romances starting since September and I wanted to revisit my favorites in case you are looking for something funny and sweet. As you can imagine, my favorites combine not only romance but a sense of humor, fun, and in some cases, some steaminess. Hopefully you can find something to enjoy!
5 Butterfly Rating:
The 12 Dares of Christmas: I loved this book! It is fun! It is sexy! It it is ridiculously sweet and big-hearted! I loved Gabe and Lauren!
The Trouble with Mistletoe: There are many laugh-out-loud moments. This is another book where I was almost constantly smiling while reading it.
4 Butterflies and a Ladybug:
Welcome Home For Christmas: I promise you that this one is to read when you just want something nice and romantic and fun.
In Mistletoe: I found this to be the perfect little Christmas romance with all of the ingredients of Christmas music, getting the tree, decorations, mistletoe and sweet, sweet romance.
We Need a Little Christmas: conveyed the spirit of the season with all of its love and nostalgia and family in a special way.
Kiss Me for Christmas: consists of three short stories that burgeon with the Christmas Spirit and it’s probably the cheapest and maybe the most satisfying of gifts
One Snowy Night: a perfect diversion, funny and sweet and romantic.
Love Me at Midnight: Definitely read for the charm of Lyric and Quinn (loved Quinn!)! (It’s also still on sale for $.99, which won’t last too much longer!
Publisher: Avon Impluse
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
If you only follow my book reviews, you might not know that I have also been doing NaNoWriMo this month. I have been doing it for many years now and love the adrenaline rush of just losing yourself in your writing, even if it’s frequently bad writing. It does, however, take commitment and sometimes wears you down, especially if you’re doing what I thought might be fun to do: put the installments on my blog for public consumption. Haha! Ask me if I’ll do that again next year!
So, what does this have to do with One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis? I haven’t stopped reading and writing book reviews this month, although I’ve cut way back. Last night, I was fortunate enough to start reading this novella and it was like finding the perfect, easy-going sweet story just when I really needed it.
At the end of September, I reviewed The Trouble with Mistletoe, the second in Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay Series (you can find that review here). In it we met Willa who runs a pet grooming and goods shop. She has always hired kids who are down on their luck to work in her shop. One of the first she hired was Rory and Rory is the heroine of One Snowy Night.
Rory is spunky and says what she means and doesn’t typically back down when challenged. She ran away from home when she felt overwhelmed by all of the things happening to her and the fact that her disciplinarian step-father blamed her automatically for everything that happened even though she wasn’t responsible.
Max went to high school with Rory, has issues with her that only he seems to know about, and keeps tabs on her—in a good way. He brings his dog, Carl, a loveable Doberman, into the shop for frequent grooming sessions, whether Carl needs it or not.
After all of these years and several broken promises, Rory has decided to return home for the first time since running away at Christmas. Max is going to be her ride. And, they might just make it back home, if they don’t kill each other first.
I liked Rory in The Trouble with Mistletoe and was pleased that she was the heroine in One Snowy Night. However, because she was so well-drawn, I think she probably deserved an entire novel instead of a novella. Also, the back story between Rory and Max is so intriguing that I would have liked to have read more and perhaps seen them in some real adventures. As is true of many Shalvis’ couples, their conversations are fast-paced and witty and inevitably, you just want more. Also, with a little more interaction between them, the floating around of the “L” word might just have been a little easier to believe.
However, a big however. None of those things disenchanted me. I needed to read this sweet story last night. It was a perfect diversion, funny and sweet and romantic.
With the onset of hustle and bustle (both of them!), find some time to bring both of these Jill Shalvis holiday stories into your downtime. They won’t cure anything, but they will make you feel less stressed for a bit and they have a healthy dose of Christmas cheer and humor to make you smile.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
rating: (4 out of 5 butterflies)
Christmas Eve had the nerve to show up just like it did every year: way too quickly and with ridiculous fanfare.
Rory Andrews stood in the courtyard of the Pacific Pier Building in San Francisco, surrounded by sparkly holiday lights and enough garlands to give the place its own ozone, and told herself things could be worse.
She just wasn’t sure how.
It was the unknown, she decided. Because this year, unlike the past six, she’d be spending Christmas with her family, a thought that caused a swarm of butterflies to take flight in her belly.
Not an uncommon feeling since she’d turned twenty-three a few months back and decided it was time to become a person she could be proud of if it killed her. And given the guy leaning against one of the lamp poles clearly waiting for her, arms crossed, frown in place, it just might.
Max Stranton. At his side sat Carl, his huge, eternally hungry, adorable Doberman.
“No,” she said, not to Carl but to Carl’s owner. Who was not lovable. “No way.”
As always when their gazes locked, Max’s was a disconcerting mix of heat and . . . something else that she couldn’t quite figure out, as he was good at hiding when he wanted to be. She never quite knew how to take the heat because it seemed reluctant. He was attracted to her but didn’t want to be.
Ditto. He made her knees wobble. And also a couple of other inner reactions that shouldn’t be happening in public.
“Merry Christmas to you too, Rory,” he said, and damn. It wasn’t just his eyes. His voice was rough and sexy, and for that matter, so was the rest of him.
He worked for an investigations and security firm in the building. Basically he and the rest of his team were fixers and finders for hire. To say that Max was good at his job was an understatement. He stood there looking like sex on a stick with a duffle bag slung over a broad shoulder, his dark hair two weeks past needing a cut, and the icy wind of an incoming storm plastering his clothes to a body that could be registered as a lethal weapon.
“What are you doing here?” she asked calmly even if her heart was anything but, pounding all the way up to her throat and ears because she knew. She knew exactly why he was here. “I don’t need a ride home.”
A flash of wry humor slid in with all that sizzling heat. “Because you’d rather take two buses and a train than get into my truck with me?” he asked.
Well yes, actually.
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Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
I’m writing this on September 7, listening to the air conditioner hum, and thinking about mistletoe and Christmas while it’s 91°F and somehow Jill Shalvis has convinced me that it’s okay.
Willa, the owner of a grooming and pet goods shop, is washing golden retriever puppies when there’s a knock at the front door and a good-looking man is standing there with a pink pet carrier. She recognizes him: Keane Winters, the boy who had stood her up for her first and only dance back in high school. His great Aunt Sally has just dumped her PITA cat on him and it’s the cat from hell. Although Willa initially refuses to take the cat, on the grounds of BECAUSE, one mew from the woebegone creature and her heart takes over.
If you are a fan of romantic comedies and love furry creatures and have somehow managed to not read a Jill Shalvis novel, you should remedy that. The Trouble with Mistletoe incorporates all of the elements. There’s witty banter with extremely likeable characters.
“How much you like this guy? he asked, his gaze scanning her clothes from his rearview mirror. “Because maybe you want to dress nicer.”
Said the guy in a grungy gray T-shirt and hair so wild and crazy it touched the roof of his car. “These are my favorite sweats,” she said.
“But they’re not getting laid sweats. They’re more like . . .birth control sweats.”
The Trouble with Mistletoe is part of the Heartbreaker Bay series and, yes, I have done it to us again. It is number 2 and I have not read number one. (Did you really think we were going to continue our string of reading the first in series? Haha!)
Willa is and is not your average romance heroine. Yes, she’s pretty and curvy, but she also seems a bit more reluctant, shall we say. I’m pretty much over the heroines who are in it just because they’ve been hearing wedding bells since they were seven. I like the heroines who have a self-identity beyond wife. Willa feels like she’s part of a community and has a family of chosen friends. She loves her shop and she has built herself from the ground up because she was part of the foster system for years and had nothing but herself. She is a great heroine for a Christmas novel because she is warmth and spirit and love, her arms and heart are always open.
Keane also falls into the group of average and not average. Yes, he’s got the hard abs and he’s handsome as all get out, but he’s introspective and seems to gain increasing self-knowledge, which is so much better than fists banging on chest arrogance that sometimes predominate in romance novels. As the youngest child, the unexpected child, his parents were professors who did not easily dole out love so he believes that he is also unable to love or feel warmth.
The relationship between Willa and Keane is fun and sexy. They might be reluctant to move beyond a one night stand, but their bodies aren’t. Oooo la la.
There are many laugh-out-loud moments. This is another book where I was almost constantly smiling while reading it. And, do you know what? Not once in the blurb does the word “hilarious” show up, yet it would be more fitting here than for those books I’ve noted where it has shown up. Go figure.
There are also poignant moments, one involving Rory, one of the “kids” that Willa has helped who now works in her shop. Rory’s not known a lot of great things in her life and thinks she’s to blame for most of them. Her scene brought tears to my eyes.
The Trouble with Mistletoe really runs the gamut of emotions: funny, sexy, sweet, sad. It’s a highly entertaining dose of Christmas cheer. Cue the eggnog.
The Trouble with Mistletoe is on sale September 27.
I received an ARC from edelweiss and Avon books in exchange for an honest review.
From Amazon: The Trouble with Mistletoe
rating: (5 out of 5 butterflies)