I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
Series: O'Neil Brothers #3
Published by Harlequin on 2014-11-01
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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"Uplifting, sexy and warm, Sarah Morgan's O'Neil Brothers series is perfection."—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author
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?
I have been seriously enjoying the O’Neil Brother series and was so excited when I was approved for this last book on NetGalley. The third book in the series is all about Tyler, the youngest of the three O’Neil brothers. As well as being the youngest, he is also an adrenaline junkie who was one of the best skiers until he fell and injured his knee. Since being out of competitive skiing, he has come home to Snow Crystal as a ski instructor and to spend time with his family helping out the business. Customers pay big money to have Tyler lead them on the runs but Tyler just wants to ski.
Brenna is also a big part of Maybe This Christmas. We met her in the first book and got to know her much better in the second. This is finally her book and I liked her a lot. She’s been around the O’Neil family since she was a kid, growing up with the O’Neil brothers and was welcomed into their family when hers was less than warm. She wanted nothing more than to live at Snow Crystal and be a part of the family. And she wanted it with Tyler. Ever since she was young she’s had a crush on him. But the brothers just saw her as one of them, someone to ski with and hang out with, not someone to date. Eventually it became too painful to be around him when she knew he didn’t feel the same. So she went away for a while to work with Jackson, the oldest brother, in Europe. But when he returned to help the resort, she did too. And she still has feelings for Tyler.
The best parts of this book are, for me, with the whole O’Neil family. Not only do we get to see Tyler’s brothers and their fiancees, we get to see Jess, Tyler’s daughter, and his grandparents and his mom. I absolutely love the warmness of all of the O’Neils. And their honesty. I love how close they are and that they just want everyone to be happy. They aren’t perfect, but they try and they love each other and I always love reading books with big, loud, loving families.
I’ll be honest here and tell you that while I did really enjoy this book, it was not my favorite of the series. My favorite still belongs to Sleigh Bells in the Snow, Jackson’s story, and the first in the series. Tyler’s story was good and after seeing him in the other books, I’m glad we finally had the chance to get his story. But the romance between him and Brenna just wasn’t great. It took too long for them to get together, the back and forth and the inability for either of them to make a move got very frustrating, and then the end wrapped up much too quickly for me. I don’t want 300 pages of “I love him but he doesn’t like me so I’m just going to sit over here and watch him” and “I think I like her but I don’t want to ruin our friendship” and then 50 pages of them together and a happily ever after. It’s just not my favorite way for a romance to play out. But, like I said earlier, I did enjoy the book. I liked the individual characters as well as the O’Neil family but also all of the other relationships that we get to see. The ones from the two previous books and the females friendships that have developed and Tyler and Jess’ relationship. This isn’t just a romance, it’s also a family book. Without those things, I don’t think I would have liked this book.
If you’re looking for a romance series, I highly recommend these books. The O’Neil brothers make great male love interests, their female main characters are all interesting and very different, and the O’Neil family is really just the best. The books read very quickly and if you haven’t started the series, it’s only three books so you don’t have to make a huge commitment. While the books don’t need to be read in order, it is easier to understand the family’s and Snow Crystal’s history if you start at the beginning. Also, you won’t get to see the relationships develop in the right order if you skip ahead! I definitely recommend these books for fans of the romance genre and reading them in order, if you can. So go pick them up (they’re all out already!) and get ready for some fun dialogue, hot characters, and steamy romances!