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cover49723-mediumThis 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?

This is the first of the O’Neil Brothers books that I’ve read and I loved every page of it  – I’m dying to go back and read the others because those brothers are definitely addictive.  If you are a reader of contemporary romances with that small town flair, Morgan’s books are definitely for you.

Not having read the previous stories, I think I missed out a little on some of the events leading up to this story but I never felt too lost.  I really appreciate an author who can write a series so that new readers can keep up but who doesn’t get so involved that returning readers will feel like it drags.  And Maybe This Christmas is a complete and engaging story; I definitely feel like it can stand on its own just fine.

Your heart just goes out to Brenna.  Being in love with your best friend and not having those feelings returned is extremely hard … and she’s lived with it for years.  You feel for her every step of the way as she deals with it in even greater detail now thanks to having to live in the same house with Tyler.

Tyler has his own troubles and is completely clueless to Brenna’s feelings … well, he’s very good at denying her feelings.  And his own.  But his life hasn’t exactly been filled with meaningful, long-term relationships so it is definitely understandable why he’s afraid.  The two of them are fantastic together and everyone can see what a great pair they’d make.  It is just getting him to understand it as well that is going to be the hard part.

Morgan’s secondary characters are just as engaging as her main ones.  Not having read the rest of the series, this is my first introduction to the family and they are why I’ve got to get my hands on the rest of the books.  They are a loving and boisterous bunch and one that grabbed my heard right away.

Full of warmth and heartache and one of the best endings I’ve read in a long time, Maybe This Christmas is an absolutely perfect choice for a feel-good holiday read.