Review: Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton

Review: Love Me By Christmas by Jaci BurtonLove Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton

Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on November 6, 2017
Pages: 183
Format: eARC
Source: Book Tour Provided
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A sexy, standalone novella 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.

This is a story about a new love in a complicated situation that in the end, really isn’t that complicated. Ellie Washington lost her husband five years ago at Christmas time while she was pregnant with their son. The holidays just are too painful, but she puts on a brave smile for her son. Her rock is her brother-in-law, Nick. He has been with her every step for the last five years, moving her into his house and life. They shared their pain at the loss, the growing pains of having a baby now going off to school, and now feelings are starting to rise.

Nick has been harboring feelings for Ellie, while she is also harboring feelings for him. When Ellie starts trying to fix up Nick with her friends, their feelings bubble up to the top.

Ellie really is her own worst enemy through this story, which fustrated me so much. How many walls can one woman put up around her heart? Nick offered up some laughs as he thwarted Ellie at every attempt. I really like his character and felt at times Ellie really wasn’t the woman for him.

Overall, this was a sweet Christmas romance that will have you wanting to put up a Christmas tree and drink some hot chocolate. Unfortunately, it didn’t resonate with me as much as I hoped.

About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.. Visit her website at www.jaciburton.com for excerpts, her blog and contest information.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • aww is still sounds so cute, thought not sure how I would feel about Ellie myself

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I get that. She went back and forth then she did something that ticked me off. So I ended up not liking her much.

  • Sucks it wasn’t everything it could have been for you but I quite like the sound of it. 🙂
    May be another for the festive tbr…

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I liked the theme, but not the execution. The heroine becomes quite irritating in the refusal of her feelings and her immature actions towards the hero.