- File Size: 279 KB
- Print Length: 183 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jaci Burton, Inc. (November 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075R79VH9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Love Me By Christmas Kindle Edition
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Ellie Washington lost her husband 5 years ago tragically, near Christmas time. She was pregnant with their son at the time, and had no other family. Her husband’s brother, Nick, moved her into his house, and they grieved together, and took care of each other during their time of mourning. Then, when her son Henry was born, Nick helped her out immensely. He’s always been there to pitch in with Henry’s care, and whenever Ellie needs anything. She’s started to have new feelings for NIck, but she’s afraid that she’s trapped him in a life he didn’t choose, with herself and her son. So, she’s determined to set Nick free, even if part of her feels like she’s losing her own future happiness to do it.
Nick Washington loved his brother, and he grieved his death. But, the last couple of years he’s started to feel a lot more toward his brother’s widow than a normal brother-in-law’s affection. He also loves Henry as if he were his own son. He’s decided that he can’t live without Ellie, and wants to be honest about his feelings, but he’s very unsure where she stands, and he doesn’t want to push her away. They’ve been in a very comfortable existence for the last 5 years, so what happens when he rocks the boat?
Ellie and Nick started as family, and then became true friends, and confidantes, over the last 5 years. They’ve both been comfortable with their arrangement, and didn’t want to cause any waves. They’ve both developed strong feelings for each other, but have not wanted to say anything for fear of everything changing. However, once Ellie realizes Nick’s feelings, instead of being happy, it makes her feel guilty. She’s worried that she’s trapped Nick with herself and her son, and she’s convinced she needs to set him free. How can he know what he feels for her is real when he hasn’t dated any other women in 5 years?
I loved Nick. He was an amazing hero, and he was such a good, sweet, sexy man. Ellie, however, was a different story. I had a hard time connecting with her, and I felt some of her decisions were not only misguided, but flat out dumb. She made some unilateral decisions that hurt both herself, and Nick, and would have eventually hurt her son as well. She thought she was doing the “right thing”, but really, she was just scared. I get that she lost her husband tragically, and anyone would be afraid to move on romantically after that, especially with her dead husband’s brother, and all the drama that could entail. But, mostly, she just made me mad. I wanted to smack her around and tell her how stupid she was being. Her best friend Fran was a great side character, and she was able to say exactly how I was feeling when she and Ellie were discussing Ellie’s issues, and I felt so vindicated.
I typically love Jaci Burton’s books, but unfortunately this one was just OK for me. This was mostly due to my issues with the heroine. I just had a hard time relating to her, and that didn’t grow much better throughout the story. I was glad with the book’s outcome, but getting there was not easy breezy for me. I still look forward to what’s next from this author, as always, especially with her Play-By-Play sports series!
You meet Ellie Washington a single mom to Henry a nurse and a woman just trying to live her life after a terrible loss 5 years ago.
Nick Washington is Ellie’s Brother in law but when we meet him we know he is so much more to Ellie & Henry.
There will be many doubts raised between them but guilt is definitely something they will have to overcome. Can two people brought together by loss see that you can be happy again if you can just be honest with the other and let that HEA happen.
This was a short read, which may have impacted my not understanding the heroine. In any event, as always with this author, it was well written and well edited. I just didn't feel it was up to her usual output.
To the reader Ellie can be a little hard to take. In fact she can get on the nerves. Nick is just so amazing that it is difficult for us to relate to her. But I feel that the author does a great job with the reality of what Ellie is dealing with. Her emotions are all over the place. She has gone through a terrible loss, still dealing with the ups and downs of that loss, feels guilty for robbing Nick of a life and feels guilty for having more than 'brother' feelings for Nick.
Kudos to Nick for having the patience of a saint and staying strong to his feelings for Ellie. He knows what they can have together. Every person out there would love to have Nick as their partner, someone so committed to them and have their back no matter what.
There is just something about a holiday romance that just adds a deeper level of warmth to the story.
*Reviewed by Tina for Joandisalovebooks Blog
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This is my first Christmas read of 2017. A good read to get you in the holiday mood.Read more