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review 2017-12-08 14:39
#Audiobook Review: Love Me by Christmas by Jaci Burton
Love Me By Christmas - Jaci Burton

Ellie Washington lost the love of her life five years ago on Christmas eve. Pregnant and alone, Ellie moved in with her brother-in-law, who was also hurting from the sudden death of his brother. Nick helped raise his nephew, and the trio grew into a comfortable life. However, feelings have been changing over the past year, and now Ellie and Nick need to decide if they can take a chance on love.

 

Love Me by Christmas is a short holiday romance about second chances. I like how the author set this up. I was concerned about any ick factor because Nick is Ellie’s dead husband’s brother. But the author creates a history, having Ellie and her unborn child move in right after John’s death, providing mutual support for five years, and finally, only in the past year did feelings change... it works.

 

The story is pretty straightforward. Nick and Ellie both care deeply for one another, and sorting out what those feelings are - untangling the bundle of emotions - is messy. Ellie is full of concern over letting go of her husband and that it’s wrong to love his brother. It’s all very understandable and real. However, it gives the pair plenty of hurdles to jump, with little forward movement. And then, after a while, Ellie’s constant consternation becomes repetitive. 

 

On the plus side, the narrator does a delightful job, with a solid cadence at 1.5x speed. The narrator’s soft voice suits Ellie well, both cautious and reserved after losing her husband so young. Additionally, Ms. Cook’s male voices are deep enough to sound masculine.

 

Love Me by Christmas is a sentimental, sweet story set around the Christmas season. I did have a few issues with the lack of action and forward momentum, then with Ellie’s constant self-lecturing about how her love isn’t right or that she’s holding back Nick. However, I the love story was still entertaining and enjoyable for the holiday season.

 

My Rating: B-

Narrator: B

 

Review copy provided by Tantor Audio

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review 2017-11-11 07:37
Review: Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton
Love Me By Christmas - Jaci Burton

Note: I received this book for free from  Sullivan and Partners. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

I’m not a huge Christmas fanatic or anything, but I do LOVE Christmas themed romance novels. I don’t know what it is about Christmas that makes everything seem a bit more magical. When I was asked if I’d like to read an eARC of Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton, I jumped on it.

 

Overall, I enjoyed reading Love Me By Christmas. It was a cute, quick read featuring lovely characters. My favorite was probably Nick and Ellie’s friend. Nick knew what he wanted and was pretty straightforward with Ellie about it when he finally decided to put his feelings out there. Ellie’s friend was also very no nonsense with Ellie in delivering advice. They were fantastic characters for a novella!

 

My only problem was with Ellie. While I understood her very valid concerns, she just seemed like she refused to communicate at all about it with others. That always ends in disaster. I think if the story was a bit longer, things could have developed more and perhaps she wouldn’t have been as frustrating.

 

So if you’re a fan of Christmas reads or a fan of Jaci Burton, I’d recommend reading Love Me By Christmas. & Of course, if you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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review 2017-09-12 00:51
The Final Score (A Play-by-Play Novel) - Jaci Burton

The Play-by-Play series of books are the first books I ever read by Jaci Burton so the series has an extra special place in my heart. When you give me a book with both the Riley clan and the Cassidy clan, which are my 2 favorite families from the series, and I know I'm getting a book I won't be able to put down.

 

Seriously, Mia Cassidy and Nathan Riley together has been the story I've wanted since I realized they were at the same college. I absolutely loved that Mia and Nathan were best friends and always went to each other about everything. I even loved they had been together once in college when they had both had a little too much to drink and still remained best friends. I thought it was super sweet that Nathan really was the one that wanted to pursue them being more than just friends first, but was willing to only stay friends if that is all Mia wanted. I loved them as friends every bit as much as I loved them as a couple.

 

I love that while Mia and Nathan had decided to be friends only, once they were in the same city and allowed themselves more time together, they couldn't keep their hands off each other. Seriously super hot times between Mia and Nathan! I have to say that while I loved their smoking hot love scenes, the times the took things slowly and were more gentle with each other, made me sigh just a little and completely fall for them as a couple.

 

Mia Cassidy is such a strong and intelligent female character. She has been working towards her dream of her own company and has had her dream come to fruition. She is an amazing businesswoman who sees the big picture when it comes to media perception and knows how to take care of her clients and friends. She is a bit shortsighted when it comes to matters of the heart though and messes up big time when handling a delicate situation with Nathan. I honestly believe she could only mess up this badly because of how much she loved Nathan, but it didn't change the fact that she was the one to make the mistake.

 

I loved that we got to spend time with so many of both the Rileys and the Cassidys in The Final Score. While I've loved the various other friends that have gotten their books in this series, my love for these 2 families is strong. It was great to see so many of my favorite characters again as we watched Mia and Nathan each figure out their next steps in their careers and their relationship.

 

The Final Score is another winner in the Play-by-Play series from Jaci Burton. I loved ever moment of this story and didn't want to put the book down even to sleep at night. In fact, I kinda wanted to start reading it all over again once I finished reading it the first time. The Final Score is absolutely one of my favorite books in the series and has me chomping at the bit to know where Ms. Burton will take the series next.  

 

 

Rating: 5 stars (A+)

Review copy provided by publisher

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review 2017-09-06 02:24
The Final Score (Play-by-Play #13) by Jaci Burton

 

 

 

 

Author: Jaci Burton

Title: The Final Score

Series: Play-by-Play

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Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He’s been drafted as quarterback for his dad’s former team, and his sports future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget. 

Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career—as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it all. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn’t long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza. 

Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia realize that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't judge me for the three stars I gave the book I'd actually give the book four stars but the three stars is because of me. I would have loved this book so much more if I didn't already know who Nathan is.

For readers who have already read the Play by Play series you'll recognize the fact that Nathan Riley is the child of Mick and Tara Riley from book one, while Mia - Nathan's love interest is Mia Cassidy child of Grant and Katrina Cassidy in book nine. That's where I got snagged. I felt so odd reading about Nathan and Mia being intimate because in my mind here I am thinking that even though they're grown up that these are their babies and my mind got stuck on that. I felt like I shouldn't be reading about them, that I shouldn't see this part of their being adults because in my mind I wasn't ready for them to grow up so soon.

That doesn't prevent The Final Score or Nathan from scoring big with little Mia who isn't so little anymore but in my mind I'm still stuck on them being my previous fav's kids. Oy!

Fun. witty and very entertaining I just wasn't ready for our babies to grow up so soon! :)

 

 

 

Until next time book lovers...

 

 

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text 2017-07-07 17:37
The Perfect Play By Jaci Burton $1,99
The Perfect Play - Jaci Burton

The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom.

Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.

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