Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review - Love Me by Christmas by Jaci Burton

Publisher: Jaci Burton, Inc
Published: November 6, 2017
Genre: Romance 
Source: E-ARC
Rating: 3

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.

“Jaci Burton delivers.” —Cherry Adair, New York Times bestselling author
“As always, Jaci Burton delivers a hot read.” —Fresh Fiction
“Burton is a master at sexual tension!” —RT Book Reviews

This is my first time reading a book by Jaci Burton. I found Love Me by Christmas sweet, thoughtful, and the perfect holiday read. Five years after her husband passed away, Ellie is going through the motions. She has a beautiful little boy, Henry, whom never met his father. But he does have his uncle and the man that Ellie is trying extra hard not to notice. 

If she would open her eyes, she would also see that the so called uncle, Nick, is trying his damndest not to notice Ellie either. How soon is too soon to start dating again? Will it be looked down upon if the one you want to be with is the brother of your dead husband? While that may seem off-putting to some, it’s not. Burton wrote in such a beautiful way and it was a joy to see two people brought together by grief, fight their feelings, and ultimately fall in love. 

I found Ellie a bit annoying at times. Especially when she was trying to set Nick up on dates. She may have been doing them for a good reason, but it annoyed me. I mean what would she do if he actually fell in love with another woman? Would she secretly pine over him as the years went on. I think that the two falling in love is perfect. It’s not as if she’s cheating on her husband or bringing ill will to his memory. If anything he would want the best for his wife. And Nick is the best. 

Overall, this is a short, slow burn romance read. It tells the story of grief and the power of healing and how love can heal even the most broken hearts. 

*Thank you to Sullivan and Partners for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 70 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 for excerpts, book information and contests.

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