ARC Excerpt & Giveaway: MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY by Jill Shalvis


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Lately, my blogmate Sunny has been the Kindles & Wine resident fangirl of all things Lucky Harbor, but let’s all remember where this Jill Shalvis love fest started. Ahem. {points at self} ;)

Before we all bawl our brains out that one of the very best contemporary romance series is truly ending, the wonderful Ms. Shalvis has written a holiday short story featuring one of my favorite Lucky Harbor couples: Sheriff Sawyer Thompson and his wife, Chloe. In case you forgot, this is them:

Sawyer & Chloe

Three words: outdoor shower scene

Makes you want to reread their full-length story, Head Over Heels, amiright?

Anyhoo, Merry Christmas, Baby is told five Lucky Harbor years later. Here are the short story’s deets:

Merry Christmas, Baby cover

Release Date: December 2, 2014
Length: 13,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lucky Harbor, Book 12.5
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Source & Format: Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley; digital
Official Summary
Wild child Chloe Thompson can’t believe how much things have changed. She still can’t get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.
Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.


You read that right … Chloe is preggers.

Even though Merry Christmas, Baby is short (and I will warn you, it’s waaayy shorter than you will want it to be!), this story still has Shalvis‘s trademark heart, humor, and heat.

Here’s one of my favorite moments, not surprisingly it being a bromantic one with Sawyer’s brothers-in-law, Jax and Ford:

The guys faced him. “Going to be a daddy,” Ford said, and clasped a hand to his shoulder. “You ready?”

“I don’t think he is,” Jax said. “He’s looking a little pale.” He leaned in close. “Just make sure you don’t faint. They really hate it when the daddies faint.”


I can’t give away any more than this, so do yourself a favor and preorder this one right this very second. I’ll even provide the links! :)

Preorder Digital* -  Kindle  |  Nook  |  iBooks  |  Kobo
*Note: This is a digital-only title. If you don’t have an e-reader, fear not! It’s only ~65 pages long and you can easily read it on your computer, tablet, or phone with the free Kindle or Nook app.


Other K&W Favorite Jill Shalvis Books

Forever and a Day Forever and a Day mini cover(Lucky Harbor, Book 6)
(Kindles & Wine Best Reads of 2012 selection; 2013 RITA Award Contemporary Romance finalist)

Kindle Gal’s Review  |  Goodreads
Buy:  Amazon  Kindle  |  B&N  Nook


Always on My Mind mini coverAlways on My Mind (Lucky Harbor, Book 8)
(Kindles & Wine Best Reads of 2013 selection)

Sunny’s Review  |  Goodreads
Buy:  Amazon  Kindle  B&N  Nook


It's in His Kiss mini coverIt’s in His Kiss (Lucky Harbor, Book 10)

Sunny’s Review  |  Goodreads
Buy:  Amazon  Kindle  B&N  Nook


Rumor Has It mini coverRumor Has It (Animal Magnetism, Book 4)
(Kindles & Wine Best Reads of 2013 selection; 2014 RITA Award Contemporary Romance finalist)

Emily’s Review  |  Goodreads
Buy: Amazon  Kindle  B&N  Nook


Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor Giveaway

Jill Shalvis is generously offering a signed print copy of ANY full-length novel in her Lucky Harbor series (winner’s choice) to ONE lucky Kindles & Wine reader (U.S. residents only).

To enter for your chance to win, you must:

  1. Be a follower of our blog (click HERE to subscribe), AND…
  2. Hit the comments and tell me: Who is your favorite Lucky Harbor couple, and why? If you’re not a reader of this series (yet!), tell me about a contemporary romance series I should try now that Lucky Harbor has ended.

Please note: All entrants must review and adhere to our official giveaway policy. This contest will close on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM (CST) and the winner will be notified via email by Friday, November 28.

New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. You can also follow Jill on Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. The woman is EVERYWHERE!