Review: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

 

 

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About CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE:

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” 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

Review:

Colbie needs to escape.  What she doesn’t expect is to fall into a fountain and meet a gorgeous man on her first day.  Spence is stuck on his project.  Colbie is not what he had in mind for a distraction.  Colbie regains her muse and Spence is even more distracted.  They only have til Christmas Eve.  What happens when in the end you want more than your time will allow?  Will Colbie and Spence find their happily ever after in time?

I adored this book.  This was my first Jill Shalvis book and I guarantee it won’t be my last.  Colbie and Spence were two very complex and intellectual characters.  These two similar characters both ignorant of complex emotions really made a romance book interesting.  Not only are Colbie and Spence great characters but their friends and family really added a fun depth to a book that could have been a quick love story.  Once these two find their way to each other they really steam up the pages.  I couldn’t put this book down.  I can’t wait to read the next Jill Shalvis book.  If you haven’t read any of her books yet I guarantee you will not regret picking this one up.

 

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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 click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

 

 

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Review: Cloaked in Christmas by T.F Walsh

Happy Friday!  Today I get to share with you a Christmas novella in T.F Walsh’s Wulkin series.  Wulfkins and Christmas don’t normal mix but with this sexy love story with Christmas and a bit of danger mixed it will be a Christmas novella no one will want to miss.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful weekend!

32712763Book Blurb:

After fleeing her abusive ex, wulfkin Cacey Varg and her daughter settle happily with a new pack in Finland. As Christmas approaches, Cacey learns her ex has found them and is on his way to take their daughter back. But a massive snowstorm prevents her from packing up and leaving town—and instead delivers a sexy stranger to her doorstep. Can she trust that he isn’t one of her ex’s henchmen?

Second-in-command to Europe’s most powerful wulfkin, hunter Vincent Lyall’s spur-of-the-moment decision to check on his ailing mother soon finds him marooned at a cabin in the woods by the blizzard of the century. Trapped with this spirited vixen, resisting temptation is easier said than done… But she refuses to believe he is who he says he is.

Is love powerful enough to win when two sexy wolf shifters, an unwelcome past, and animalistic urges wreak havoc on the holiday season?

Review:

Cacey has finally found a place that is safe for her and her daughter.  But, when she gets a letter from her ex and then runs into a mysterious stranger she knows they are no longer safe.  The stranger is not for her though.  Vincent, the second in command to the Varlac, has come to visit his family.  He soon finds he and Cacey are undeniably attracted to one another.  Can the two of them come together to fight her past and maybe have a future?

I love this Wulkin series.  It is rare that you find a paranormal story that can fit into a Christmas tale.  T.F Walsh does a phenomenal job.  Staying true to the suspense and romance that is a signature of this series but also incorporates the magic of Christmas.  Cacey and Vincent are great characters.  Vincent was a minor character in Marcin’s book  but I love that he has his own happily ever after.  This was a great story that has so many layers for a novella.  I can’t wait for the next Wulkin book to come out.  You will enjoy this paranormal/romance/holiday/suspenseful book the moment you pick it up.

Review: Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean and Me by Caroline James

Welcome to Friday!  Today I have a wonderful book to share with you.  Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean and Me is a testament that though you grow older doesn’t mean that life stops.  This book will make you want to drop everything and take the next flight to Barbados.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

28450583Book Blurb:

Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Is there hope for the newly single baby boomers and can romance happen?

Continuing the Coffee Tea… series, join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their future and prove that anything is possible!

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me is a stand-alone read but also the sequel to Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me which shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-Book of the week in The Sun Newspaper.

“A story about friendship and loss…is there hope for those of a certain age?”

‘The time to be happy is now…’ Jo remembers her late husband’s words but is struggling to face the lonely future that lies ahead. A heartbroken widow, Jo finds herself alone with ghostly memories at Kirkton House – a Cumbrian Manor that until recently, she ran as a thriving hotel. Her two sons have moved away, Jimmy to run a bar in Barbados, and Zach to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef. Middle-age and widowhood loom frighteningly and Jo determines to sell up and start again, despite protestations from colourful friend, Hattie and erstwhile admirer Pete Parks.

Hattie convinces Jo to postpone any life-changing decisions by enjoying a Caribbean holiday but their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family. Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo?

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a finalist at The Write Stuff – London Book Fair 2015. The judge’s comments included, “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.”

Caroline’s books are stand-alone stories but characters do make appearances throughout. The best order to read them is:

Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me
So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef?
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me

Review:

Jo and Hattie have had a rough go of things.  Hattie soon comes up with the idea of visiting Jo’s son in Barbados.  Jo finds this holiday will be just what she needs to prepare herself for moving forward  with her life after the death of her husband.  What they both find will change them forever.  Hattie falls for a local and Jo complicates things by having an affair with a rockstar all the while having someone pining for her back home.  Jo and Hattie find that with their friendship, a vacation and a press of that all might reset button life doesn’t end just because your middle aged.

This was quite an enjoyable book.  Hattie is quite the character.  She definitely has no filter and livens up everything. Jo on the other hand has had a lot of hardships and must learn to over come and move forward.  It is definitely something woman of any age can relate to.  The weaving of friendship, grief, love and relationships makes this a masterpiece for all women to read.  Descriptions of Jo, Hattie, Pete, Jimmy and all the others emotions and thoughts bring them into a relatable zone.  The story is masterfully told through the voices of all characters.  Readers are drawn into this world and will definitely want to go to the Caribbean for an extended vacation.

Interview and Review: The Christmas Diary by Elyse Douglas

I am welcoming Elyse Douglas today.  They wrote the awesome holiday tale The Christmas Diary. Be sure to check out my review after my interview with Elyse Douglas.

Little Blurb about Elyse Douglas:

(We are a husband and wife writing team.  To keep it simple, we’ll use the pronoun I)

1. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

I heard a story teller in Kentucky when I was young.  He was entrancing, the way he blended character, atmosphere and plot.  The impact was dramatic.  People laughed, cried and shouted.  I witnessed the power of a good story expertly told.  I wanted to do that.  So I embarked on becoming a writer.  And then I embarked again… and again… and, somehow I think writers are always embarking, journeying and then embarking again.  But that story teller from Kentucky inspired me to buy the first ticket for what has become a long series of ticket buying, and embarking on journeys.

2. How long did it take you to write The Christmas Diary?

Six months on the first draft.  It lay around for months more, then was rewritten, reedited and proofed and then revised.  All total, about a year.

3. While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?

Every book begins with the title.  The title is a small poem and the plot grows out of that.  Once underway, the book unravels with hope-filled happy surprises.  If by page 50 the book lacks life, it’s abandoned.  If it flows, I rarely rewrite the plot.

4. You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?

To the hardback new fiction releases.

5. How many books in a month do you tend to read?

Eight to ten books.

6. In all the books you’ve read. Who is your most favorite character and why?

Ebenezer Scrooge.  He’s loathsome, rich, greedy, mean, frightening, odious and then… loveable, generous, delightful, joyful and loving.  It is very difficult to write a character any more entertaining, complex and textured than Scrooge.  But then, Dickens was skilled and supreme.

7. State 5 random facts about yourself.

A fair jazz pianist

Speech-language pathologist

Believe in reincarnation

Grew up in a family of astrologers

Love watching kids catch the spark for learning and exploration of life.

8. Your favorite Genre?  Romantic mystery.

9. What are you currently reading?  Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

10. What is the best book you’ve read?  Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

11. Any new projects coming up? Currently working on three. Two mysteries and one romantic mystery.

Book Blurb:
Contemporary Romance
Title: The Christmas Diary
Author: Elyse Douglas
Date Published: 9/12/12
A young woman, traveling to meet her wealthy fiancé for a Christmas wedding, loses her way in a snowstorm and is stranded at a bed and breakfast. In her room, she finds an old diary written by a man who had once owned the house. Moved by what she reads, she sets off on a journey to learn what happened to him.
Review:
I really fell in love with this book.  This time of the year I really enjoy reading holiday books.  Especially those that have a great story and a meaningful focus.  Alice’s story that begins with a snowstorm will force her to face her life as it is by reading the diary of Jack and the love and loss he heartfeltly writes about.  Her drive to meet Jack and find out what happened in the end.  Alice begins to question her life’s choice and tries to imagine if she continues down the path she is currently on will she be happy in the end or if she decides to change her life entirely will that be her best choice.  This beautiful story had me laughing and crying and feeling the depths of the pain the characters were feeling.  Everything I look for in a good holiday/christmas book was found right here.  I recommend this book for anyone who wants to feel the characters emotions and completely fall in love with a story.
I’d like to thank Elyse Douglas for stopping by today and Reading Addiction Book Tours.  For more information about Elyse Douglas you can click on their links below.  For more information about The Christmas Diary you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.
Author Bio

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse’s mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. His grandfather was a gifted humorist and storyteller from Kentucky.

Elyse Douglas’ four novels include: The Astrologer’s Daughter, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary and Christmas Ever After. They live in New York City.

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