(A standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)
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.
Shalvis's fans will love spending Christmas in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood with her now-familiar gang of lovable Heartbreaker Bay misfits. New Yorker Colbie Albright has had it up to here with her stressful life. She packs a bag and buys a ticket on the first flight that will take her far from home. When a hurricane thwarts plans for a South Seas vacation, she heads to San Francisco and ends up at the wishing fountain with Heartbreaker Bay regular Spence Baldwin. It's uncharacteristic commitment at first sight for Spence, but Colbie is dead set on a quick holiday fling that will self-destruct on Christmas Eve. As befits a make-nice holiday romance, tension runs a bit slack here, but the successful Shalvis formula of relatable characters, stunning Bay Area scenery, and good old-fashioned bonhomie still works. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House.