I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.How My Brother's Best Friend Stole Christmas by Molly O'Keefe/M O'Keefe
Published by Independently Published on October 22, 2020
Genres: Age-Gap Romance, Best friend's little brother/sister, Contemporary, Fiction, Friends to Lovers, Holiday Romance, Romance, Workplace
Format: eBook, Kindle Unlimited
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I have one Christmas wish: to get Sam Porter, my brother’s best friend and the man I’ve loved from a distance for most of my life – to notice me. To really notice me. So, I’m doing that super cheesy thing where I get all dressed up at the Kane Co. Holiday party in the hopes he’ll see what he’s been missing. And for the span of a blackout every one of my sex dreams about Sam come true. But then the lights come back on and he pushes me away with both hands. So now I’m done with him. Done with his handsome face, and his not-so-hidden pain and all our inside jokes. And my love for him – I’m really done with that. But Sam has been discharged from the Marines, and my brother has hired him on at Kane Co. In the shipping department. Where I’m the boss. And he’s…irresistible. But Sam has his own Christmas wish and it’s me he’s wanted all along.
This story was a bit heavier than most Christmas romances, but it was well written and one I won’t forget. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Book Reviews
How My Brother’s Best Friend Stole Christmas had a bit of a serious side to it; former Marine with PTSD and the woman who has loved him most of her life. This book was equal parts sweet, sexy, and emotional and it was impossible to put down.
Sophie has loved Sam for most of her life and she intends to show him, but things go terribly wrong and even after they go right for one night he pulls away. Sophie was good person inside and out, fun loving, sweet, and brave, but when it came to Sam she was so lost in the idea of being with him that she let him shake her confidence. I hurt for her.
I understood Sam’s reasoning for the way he pushed Sophie away; I didn’t agree with it or like it, because to be honest his thinking was wrong. Sam is transition to civilian life hasn’t been easy; his injuries plague him; he believes his PTSD keeps him from being the man that Sophie deserves. He has a good heart, loves and protects his mother and those he’s closest to fiercely, but believes he doesn’t deserve that in return. In reality, Sophie was exactly what he needed.
I loved these two together, they had years of friendship that even Sophie’s brother isn’t aware of, time together where he can just be without judgment or someone pressing him for more. This friendship gives them a foundation for their relationship to grow. While Sam had a misguided since of honor and he did hurt Sophie, he wised up with some help and made things right.
This story was a bit heavier than most Christmas romances, but it was well written and one I won’t forget.