Maybe This Christmas

Sarah Morgan
Maybe This Christmas
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Release Date
October 2014
Book 3 of O'Neil Brothers
Contemporary Romance

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?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 14, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
88 people found the following review helpful
MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS, the 3rd in the O'Neil Brothers trilogy, is a wonderful, heartwarming read for the holiday season.

Tyler O'Neil is an ex skiing champion and is now back in Snow Crystal with his family and best friend, Brenna. Aside from learning how to be a father to teenage daughter Jess, he's also fighting his attraction to Brenna, especially now that they're working together, because he didn't want to mess up their friendship. And that was before Brenna moved in with them...

In her author's note, Sarah Morgan said she wanted to portray love in all its aspects, and she certainly did a smashing job in this book. I love the scenes of Tyler with his daughter; they're well thought out, and you can certainly see the dynamics of their relationship. I haven't read the other two books, where I think Jess first came to live with the O'Neils and whatever trials and challenges they went through, but in this book, they seem to have come a long way. While Tyler is still learning how to be a good parent to Jess, in terms of advice, etc, their relationship is easy-going and you can see the respect and love between them, and in a way, they're also somewhat like friends. I thought Tyler was going to foist Jess off on Brenna when it comes to girly advice, but no, he soldiered on and tried to be the best father to his daughter, even if he was greatly mortified by the topic. I find much to admire in that. Tyler's scenes with Jess were some of the best in the book.

And of course, Tyler as a friend and, later on, lover to Brenna. I thought the romantic development was done well; the sexual tension was kept high with lots of angsty and jealous moments. Then there's Tyler's insecurity with making a relationship work. Brenna also had some issues to work through, and there's growth and closure for her. The ending may be a bit predictable, but it was perfect!

The secondary characters played an important role in this book as well. Jess is hilarious and she provided some laugh-out-loud moments. Kayla and Elise (the heroines of the previous books) have become Brenna's friends, and they're a great support team, the girlfriends that Brenna never had growing up.

While this is the third book in the series, it's not required to read the first two books in order to understand and enjoy this one. If you're looking for a heartwarming yet sexy story for Christmas, look no further. Pick this one up!
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