Shalvis achieves another winning love story with her signature mix of witty banter, lighthearted humor, and romantic high...

CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE

When Colbie takes a much-needed break, she doesn’t expect to meet the man of her dreams or find unexpected balance, but when she does, will it mean completely leaving her old life behind to embrace her newfound happiness?

When a late-season hurricane thwarts her plan to head to a tropical island for a pre-holiday vacation, bestselling author Colbie Albright spontaneously buys a ticket to San Francisco instead. She has three weeks before she needs to head back to New York for Christmas with her mother and twin brothers—“twenty-three going on twelve”—all of whom she's allowed to become completely dependent on her. She supports them financially and emotionally, which leaves her burned out and exhausted. On her way to her hotel, she stops in the Cow Hollow district to check out the famous fountain “with the crazy love legend that had appealed to the writer deep down inside her”—and a giant dog knocks her into the water. The dog walker, Spence Baldwin, feels guilty enough and is immediately attracted to her enough that he offers Colbie the use of an apartment he owns. Spence and Colbie each have secrets, but as they move into an affair, chip away at their insecurities, and win over Spence’s skeptical friends—making them both more productive on their individual projects and balanced overall—they begin to wonder what exactly is keeping them apart. However, neither one is willing to take the first step beyond their strictly enforced affair-only zone until Colbie actually gets on a plane home to New York and realizes she may have ruined everything.

Shalvis achieves another winning love story with her signature mix of witty banter, lighthearted humor, and romantic high notes.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-244808-8

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2017

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With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

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ON MYSTIC LAKE

Hannah, after eight paperbacks, abandons her successful time-travelers for a hardcover life of kitchen-sink romance. Everyone must have got the Olympic Peninsula memo for this spring because, as of this reading, authors Hannah, Nora Roberts, and JoAnn Ross have all placed their newest romances in or near the Quinault rain forest. Here, 40ish Annie Colwater, returns to Washington State after her husband, high-powered Los Angeles lawyer Blake, tells her he’s found another (younger) woman and wants a divorce. Although a Stanford graduate, Annie has known only a life of perfect wifedom: matching Blake’s ties to his suits and cooking meals from Gourmet magazine. What is she to do with her shattered life? Well, she returns to dad’s house in the small town of Mystic, cuts off all her hair (for a different look), and goes to work as a nanny for lawman Nick Delacroix, whose wife has committed suicide, whose young daughter Izzy refuses to speak, and who himself has descended into despair and alcoholism. Annie spruces up Nick’s home on Mystic Lake and sends “Izzy-bear” back into speech mode. And, after Nick begins attending AA meetings, she and he become lovers. Still, when Annie learns that she’s pregnant not with Nick’s but with Blake’s child, she heads back to her empty life in the Malibu Colony. The baby arrives prematurely, and mean-spirited Blake doesn’t even stick around to support his wife. At this point, it’s perfectly clear to Annie—and the reader—that she’s justified in taking her newborn daughter and driving back north. Hannah’s characters indulge in so many stages of the weeps, from glassy eyes to flat-out sobs, that tear ducts are almost bound to stay dry. (First printing of 100,000; first serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild/Doubleday book club selections)

Pub Date: March 31, 1999

ISBN: 0-609-60249-7

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1999

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