Maybe This Christmas
Harlequin HQN / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital
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?
Change—we long for it, but we’re also afraid of it. Because it jeopardizes the status quo. We imagine the worst and so we settle for less, for a half a loaf, rather than believing that we deserve the whole.
At least that is what the heroine of Sarah Morgan's Maybe This Christmas Brenna has done; she been in love with Tyler almost all her life. Her friendship with him and her relationship with the O’Neil family is what sustained her during the difficult times at home and school. That is not to say that she didn’t want more, but she recognized early that she would never be Tyler’s type. She watched hopelessly as a classmate had Tyler’s baby, and then cruelly restricted his time with his child. She watched him leave to travel the ski circuit and the more famous he became, the more championships he won, the more women in his hot tub and in his bed, at least per media reports. But Tyler has never let another woman in his life for long.
Brenna tried to move on too, but she can’t get Tyler out of her heart, so she tells herself that even if she’ll never have his love, she’ll have his friendship, a friendship that has outlasted all his previous relationships, combined.