Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton

Oh, how I love me some holiday stories. Especially when they involve a bit of angst with a lot of swoon.

Ellie loved her husband so much, his tragic death nearly crushed her, the only balm to her soul, her unborn child. That’s when Nick, her brother in law, stepped up and took care of her and her son. They have both been living with him and grew to be a tight knit family of sorts.

Now, though, five years later, Ellie finds that she’s having feelings for Nick, and those feelings grow with every day passing. In her mind, though, she realizes Nick hasn’t been on a date throughout the time she’s been living with him and feels like she’s holding him back from living his life. Add to that feeling like she’s betraying her dead husband, and you have yourself one lustful yet tortured young woman. She is determined to find him a girlfriend.

Now that he’s had years to recover from losing his brother and caring for his widow, Nick is pretty sure his friendship and “brotherly affection” to her has grown and he is in love with Ellie, but feels like if he acts on it, he’ll ruin everything. When he discovers Ellie is fixing him up with her friends from work, he sabotages the set-ups with ridiculous and mischievous little tricks.

Can you imagine how fun them realizing they need to be together is? Adorable story is adorable, and just perfect to kick off the holiday season.

4 stars


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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.

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