Love Me By Christmas

Love Me By Christmas

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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.

Contains mature themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781977300058
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jaci Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over seventy books, including the Play-by-Play series and the Hope series. She was awarded the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award in 2012. Jaci lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. Visit her at

Samantha Cook is a child of two lands: England and America. Her English-born father was a classically trained actor and her mother an American ballet dancer. When she isn't at home in Los Angeles narrating, Samantha is sipping espresso in cafes in the most exotic cities in the world, from Paris to Rio to Sydney and beyond.

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Love Me By Christmas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great quick read. Loved Fran
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book. I am ready for another new one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jaci Burton has done it again. I fell in love from page one. Another great read! I just wish it were longer!!
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StephPhillips More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. This new indie title from Jaci Burton touches on an issue I hear often.  How soon is too soon to love another after your spouse passes?  I'm not sure there's an answer anyone not inside the relationship that can answer that question.  Everyone's different.   In this case its been five years.  In that five years, Ellie and her son have lived with her husbands brother, Nick.  He was there for them when his brother was suddenly not with them any longer.  He helped her hold together while the both grieved but still had a child to raise.   Some might say staying with your brother in law for five years is five years too many.  Could be true...if you weren't living like you were already a couple. I enjoyed reading about this couple.  Ellie was really infuriating to me.  Simply because she couldn't see right in front of her face, and she wanted society to dictate when she could move on not her own heart.   This is a quick read and will offer a heart warming story just in time for Christmas. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jaci Burton does it again with a wonderful love story!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
This was a great fast read that's perfect for the holiday season. The whole time reading this book my heart ached for Nick and Ellie. This book does have it's sad heartfelt moments, but it also has such beautiful heartwarming moments. Nick can't get anymore dreamier. The way he's there for Ellie and Henry. Nick has many swoon worthy moments. My heart went out to Ellie. I get where she's coming from and the confusion and guilt she felt. I couldn't be cheering more for Ellie and Nick to get a HEA. If anyone deserves one it's those two. If you're looking for a book to get you into the holiday spirit I highly suggest reading this one.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
Love Me By Christmas is a sweet, sexy holiday novella. It is the holiday season, but Ellie Washington doesn’t find much joy in it. She lost her beloved husband at Christmas five years ago. The only things that get her through it is her son, Henry, and her late husband’s brother, Nick. Lately, she is noticing her feelings changing toward Nick. She notices how good-looking he is and being near him gives her tingles. She couldn’t possibly be falling in love with him, could she? Nick was glad to help Ellie and Henry. He took her into his home while she was still pregnant. Taking care of her and Henry helped him deal with the grief he had when he lost his brother. He also is realizing his feelings for Ellie are changing as well. Is it wrong for him to love his dead brother’s wife? I liked both characters, and the slower development of their relationship. It made the love they had for one another realistic. They both feared if things didn’t work out that it would forever change their relationship. “Love isn’t always logical. Neither is fear.” I love a good holiday romance, and I loved this one! It is a novella, but Burton definitely packed it full of emotion. This one is the perfect combination of romance, spice, and emotion! If you are looking for a magical holiday read, look no further than Love Me by Christmas by Jaci Burton. ***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
Nick moves his brother's widow, Ellie into his house after his brother died. Ellie was pregnant. Nick has been there all along for her, through delivery to helping raise Henry. Nick realizes he has deeper feelings for Ellie and would like to take their relationship to another level but is afraid of jeopardizing what they have. 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.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
Such an awesome story! It was sweet and fun with the perfect mix of emotion added in. By the end, my heart was pretty much exploding with happiness. :-) This had everything I love rolled up into one impactful story. The story jumps right in with all the important details and introductions and I immediately wanted Nick and Ellie to have their happily ever after. I totally understood their conflict and why they were holding back. Their attraction to the other is really fun and cute, all the longing and looks. It had me smiling big time. It was so sweet watching their shields come down as they let their attraction out. Nick was so kind and caring and Ellie was just so strong with all that had happened in her life. I loved their internal struggle to work through everything. They had a wonderful connection and ease with one another and really like how everything grew so naturally. I thought the writing was great. There are excellent details and a really nice cast of characters. There was a great build and pace as well. The story moved along at a quick pace but it never felt rushed or like it was missing anything. There was so much emotion and that ending, it was all I could do not to ball my eyes out. It was just a sweet, cathartic moment. Add some sexy times in to round it all out and it was pretty great read. I love an HEA that leaves my heart feeling full and that’s exactly what happened. Wonderful story full of so much love, strength, and healing. Fantastic read. Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
This one was 3.5 stars for me. I loved the hero, but the heroine, not so much. Due to this, I wasn’t as invested as I should have been in their budding relationship. 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!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Love Me by Christmas by Jaci Burton is a standalone Christmas novel. This is a wonderful emotional quick romance that takes place during the Christmas holidays. As usual with Jaci Burton, she is able to give us a wonderful couple, with a heartbreaking and heartwarming storyline, and always manages to pull on our emotions. Ellie Washington, our heroine, hates the Christmas holidays. 5 years ago, her husband died in an accident, leaving her alone and pregnant. Ellie, a nurse, has lived in her brother in-law’s house during these 5 years and both she and her son have become very comfortable. Nick, our hero and Ellie’s brother in-law has spent these years helping Ellie pick up the pieces of her life, as well as helping to take care of her son (Henry), whom he loves as his own. Nick makes plans to go buy a tree for Christmas, taking Ellie and Henry. Of course, Ellie no longer likes the holidays, but forces herself to participate since Nick and her son love it. Ellie begins to look at Nick in a different light, as she is feeling an attraction to him, beyond the comfortable friendship they always had between them. She feels guilty, that perhaps Nick needs to start living his own life, and not worry about them; so she tries to set him up with women from her job. Nick brushes off the women, and realizes that it is Ellie who is setting him up. When he confronts her, she expresses her guilt, and he tells her he is only interested in her, which opens them up for both of them to act on their lust for each other. Nick will soon tell Ellie he loves her, but though she knows she feels the same, Ellie is ridden with guilt that she is betraying her husband; even if 5 years has passed. Love Me by Christmas was a sweet, emotional and heartwarming story. Jaci Burton does a fantastic job of pulling on many emotional moments, which includes happiness, love, fears, anger, tragedy, recovery, as well as sensual. If you enjoy a beautiful romance, and a quick read, then look no further then Jaci Burton’s Love Me by Christmas.