by Jaci Burton
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on November 6, 2017
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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.
Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton is a story about heartbreak and second chances. It’s about the complexities of family, grief, and loss. Most importantly, it’s about the healing power of love.
Widow Ellie Washington has mourned the sudden death of her husband, John, for the past five years. Ellie was pregnant at the time and had to pull through for the sake of their unborn child. After Henry was born, Ellie focused all her attention on taking care of him—and put her own happiness on the back burner in the meantime.
John’s brother, Nick, stepped in after the death and became a support system, both for Ellie and Henry. At first, Nick and Ellie bonded over their shared grief. But lately, both of them realize that their feelings for each other have evolved into something more—something that looks a lot like love.
Ellie has a tough time with her feelings since Nick is John’s brother. Despite the fact that John is no longer alive, Ellie can’t help but feel as if she’s being disloyal to John somehow. And she has spent so much time focusing on her job as a nurse, as well as being a single mom, that she hasn’t taken the time to chase her own happiness.
Meanwhile, Nick knows how he feels about Ellie and how much he already loves her son. Christmas is nearing, which has always been the toughest time of the year for Ellie, since that’s when John died. But this Christmas, the time might finally be right for Ellie to open her heart to love again.
This book tackles tough subject matter with care and heart. At first glance, it might be kind of odd to think about someone falling in love with their brother-in-law, but in the context of this story, it makes perfect sense. Nick is a great father figure to Henry. It’s also obvious that Nick is as in love with Ellie as she is with him.
Love Me By Christmas is a heartwarming romance with both sweet and steamy moments. Ellie and Nick are characters who feel real and relatable, so when they find their HEA, I was happy for them. I highly recommend this book.
Rating: 4.5 stars