Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: Maybe This Christmas

MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS
O'Neil Brothers #3
Sarah Morgan
Contemporary Romance
384 pages
Harlequin
Available Now
Source: Bought

THE STORY (from Goodreads)
This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O'Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he's simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he's never ruined, and he's not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she's been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture…how can she concentrate on being his friend when he's sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she's always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?


MY THOUGHTS
Maybe This Christmas gives us a delightful best friends to lovers romance, one rippling with all the delicious tension that stems from a relationship in transition, and we can’t help but flip the pages at record speed to see how long it takes buried feelings to come bubbling to the surface in all their exhilarating glory.

Brenna is someone who kicks our protective instincts into high gear from the first page, the fact that she’s been completely in love with Tyler O’Neil her entire life but has found herself relegated inescapably to the best friend role making our hearts hurt instantly. She’s in no way maudlin about her predicament however, instead she’s largely come to terms with the firm boundaries of their friendship, but like anyone who’s experienced unrequited love, hope springs eternal. It’s easy to root for her chapter after chapter, hoping she finally works up the nerve to tell him how she feels but of course completely understanding when her fear of losing him altogether keeps her silent.

The tension between them is so thick we practically have trouble breathing as we read, the air heavy with all the words that continue to go unspoken yet charged with possibility as things ever-so slowly start to change. Even though we’re well aware this is a romance and we’re therefore pretty much guaranteed a happily-ever-after, Ms. Morgan does a beautiful job of making us question whether or not such a thing is actually possible for these two time and again.

We’re of course left with a smile on our faces though, infused with the warmth that comes from vicariously experiencing a woman get the one thing she’s always wanted but never dreamed she’d actually have.

Rating: 4/5
 

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23 comments:

  1. I love a slow burning romance charged with tension! This sounds like it was a fun read Jenny.

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    1. I so enjoyed this one Ali, I hope you give it a try:)

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  2. Wonderful review. I'm not familiar with this series but I am looking for holiday romances and this one seems right up my alley with its best friends to lovers concept. Glad you enjoyed it :)

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    1. READ IT SHANE!!! Definitely perfect for this time of year:)

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  3. AH christmas stories, sweet and nice, I always that during this period of the year. I didn't know about this one though. PLus it's nice to have friends and more.

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    1. I highly recommend this series Melliane. I've read 2 of the 3 and loved both O'Neil brothers:)

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  4. Aww, I love the friends and evolving to more stories. I haven't read anything by Morgan yet but it sounds adorable.

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    1. She's a new favorite of mine Rummanah:)

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  5. Aww a best friends to romance book! You know how much I enjoy those, Jenny. I love the sound of the protagonist too.
    I'll be sure to check it out!
    Lovely review!

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    1. I do Nick, I do. You will love this one, I know it:)

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  6. Aw, so glad this was a win! A sweet Christmas romance sounds good at this time of year. And I liked the characters in the previous book. :)

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    1. Yes Candace! Thanks for putting this series on my radar:)

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  7. I don't think I'm emotionally ready to read this one and not destroy me, but it sounds like a fantastic romance!
    Great review Jenny!

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    1. It was so good Pili! And this one has nothing on YA in terms of emotional brutality Pili, so you'll be fine. You know it ends well:)

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  8. Ahh. this sounds just right for the holiday. I always love the Best Friends to romance trope.

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    1. ME TOO! The only thing I love more is enemies to lovers:)

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  9. I so wish I'd planned my December reads better. I wanted to read Christmas themed books this month! This one sounds cute!

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    1. This is the first year I've actually made time to read Christmas (or winter in general) themed stories. So good:)

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  10. I loved this series Jenny, and I am delighted it hit the spot for you as well!!

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