Love Me By Christmas
Author: Jaci Burton
Published: November 6, 2017
Source: Author for Review
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A sexy, standalone novel from the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of the Play-by-Play series and Hope series.
Ellie Washington lost her husband in a tragedy five years ago at Christmas. She wouldn’t have made it through her grief if not for her husband’s brother, Nick, who helped her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. And with every year, her feelings for Nick have grown. Now she realizes she might be in love with him, but that’s not fair, because Nick deserves a life that isn’t about his brother’s widow and son.
Sharing his life with Ellie and her son has been the balm that soothed Nick’s soul after losing his brother. Now that friendship has turned into something deeper. Nick doesn’t want to upset the status quo, but someone has to make the first move, and it’s time they figure out if their feelings are real. Nick believes in what they have. He also believes in Christmas miracles, and he thinks they’re both long overdue for one.
Have you ever had a moment where you are so excited to finally read a book from a particular author? It had been so long since I read something by Jaci Burton, I actually convinced myself that she's a new-to-me author. Turns out I read books one and two in her Wild Riders series many, many moons ago. From what I remember I loved those books... Not sure why I didn't finish the series. Let's not even talk about her Play by Play series. I think those will be one of my goals for next year.
In Burton's new standalone, Love Me By Christmas, readers meet Nick and Ellie. Thrown together by her husband's tragic death, it is understandable that they've grown quite close in the last five years. Nick stepped in to fill his brother's shoes when it came to talking care of Ellie and her son, giving them a home and being a strong father figure. Of course they try to deny the attraction and sexual tension that had developed over time until it finally ignites.
I adored Love Me By Christmas. It was a sweet and heartwarming romance with just a touch of sizzle to heat up a chilly November night. The characters were so lovable it hurt to watch them deny the attraction. Knowing everything Nick gave up to take care of Ellie and her son... Can we clone him? And Ellie to want to put Nick's happiness in front of her own takes a special person, especially knowing that it could very well break her heart in the process. Sigh... I stayed up past my bedtime so I could finish Love Me By Christmas. I could not put it down. Such a sweet novella.
Jaci Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over seventy books, including the Play-by-Play series and the Hope series. She has been a RITA finalist in the Romance Writers of America contest, and she was awarded the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award. Jaci lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. Visit her at jaciburton.com.