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.
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