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Maybe This Christmas

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Two best friends. Ten Christmases. One happy ending.

When best friends Alexandra and Lucas share a first kiss on Christmas night their senior year of high school, it feels like the best years of their lives are ahead of them.

Then Alex goes off to college, and Lucas stays behind to work at his dad’s construction business in the small beach town where they grew up. Life, a
Kindle Edition, 114 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Haver Street Press
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Susannah Nix
Oct 22, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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It's heeeeeere!!! Maybe This Christmas is AVAILABLE NOW for only 99¢!

Who's excited to read this holiday romance? I can't believe it's taken me this long to write a best friends-to-lovers book, because it's one of my favorite tropes.

The story starts in 2010 when the two main characters are in their senior year of high school. I had do some research to remind myself what the world was like ten years ago and to imagine what it must have felt like to graduate from high school that year. A LOT has changed in the las
Bex |
★★ 4.5 stars! ★★

Maybe This Christmas is the perfect title for this holiday-themed novella. It essentially takes 10 Christmases for Alexandra and Lucas to go from best friends to more-than-friends, grow apart, and finally, come back together again. Every chapter starts with a new Christmas and I kept hoping that maybe this one would be the one where they got it all together.

There's so much packed into just over 100 pages—friendship, sacrifice, patience, turmoil, life-changing decisions, and/>Maybe
Mixed feelings here. I liked the writing and concept (ten chapters cover the ten different Christmases, starting from senior year of high school), but the execution didn’t quite work for me. We hear so much about what happens the rest of the year (so many parental infidelities and relationship changes), but something seemed missing?

I understand that that the MCs have a once-in-a-lifetime friendship/love, but I never quite felt it. The beginning of each chapter always caught up on the seismic li
Leigh Kramer
This was a fun Christmas romance novella! It takes place over the course of 10 Christmases. Alex and Lucas are best friends and everything changes when they kiss the Christmas of their senior year of high school. Each Christmas vignette takes us through their relationship and the years apart, as well as how their respective families change.

They date other people, which includes Alex coming out as bi. (I’m interested in seeing what bi reviewers have to say about the representation.) They break u
Marika Ray
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for YA type books, so the beginning of this fresh novella of Susannah's hooked me right from the start! The story line and the characters progressed in ways that are out of the box for romance in general which made my adult romance reading heart happy too. If you're ready for more than the cookie-cutter Hallmark Christmas story line, give Maybe This Christmas a read and become a huge Susannah Nix fan like me!!
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maybe this Christmas...they’ll finally get it right!

This is an absolute gem of a story – a sweet second-chance, friends-to-lovers romance spanning a decade!

Alexandra and Lucas were friends FOREVER. Best friends! At the beginning of the story, we meet them over the Christmas holiday of their senior year of high school. Over the course of this heart-warming tale, their relationship evolves into high school sweethearts, to estranged friends, and ultimately to the HEA you just KNEW they
I have fallen in love with this cover. It's the perfect face for this seasonal treat.

Short and cute, this little romance starts with two friends celebrating a party at the beach in their quaint town. I loved the moment they close the gap and seal their hidden feelings with a kiss. That happens at the beginninig so of course there's going to be some upheaval to cross the would-be lovers. Sadly, they grow apart.

I confess I had a hard time accepting the reason. It seemed reasonable, bu
Brandy Hensley
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***I obtained an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love Susannah Nix. I really feel like I can't say that enough. You know how you have that list of authors you anxiously await new releases from? She is near the top of mine.

This adorable story didn't disappoint. It follows Alex and Lucas from their last year in high school through college graduation and young adulthood, taking place on Christmas Day each year. You would think that would be a limited scope, but the
Heidi J.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love small town romances - I particularly love second-chances - and this has both in one delicious, can’t-put-it-down holiday novella. Nix has such a gift of psychological insight: the jokes that aren’t jokes, why we say Yes when sometimes we mean No, and why we sometimes say No when we really want to say Yes. An absolute gem.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I like the fact that each chapter is one year, one christmas.
The book is short so the story is effective. I'd like more details on what happen during each year and about the secondary characters.
I was a nice short read before Christmas.
Kimberly Lund
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seriously fun read. It started a little slow with the high school bits and as a novella, it’s almost too short to get connected with the characters but if you’re looking for fun and light and happy with a bit of Christmas mixed in, this is your book!
Brenda Brown
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. I loved Alex and Lucas both together and apart, and I honestly can't believe how well I felt like I knew them within a novella! If they could move in next door, I think we'd all be friends. Just saying. Also, the romance is slow burn (my favorite) and so so sweet.
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This small town romance will definitely grab you attention. It is descriptive and well written about two high school friends who share a kiss on Christmas and return each year to celebrate that first kiss. Alexandra was destined for college while Lucas remained in town to work for his father. Each year that they celebrate marks a change in their lives but will it be enough for these two to find closure and move to a happily ever after with each other or will they remain in the same dormant state ...more
Lene Norway
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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WOW! I am still crying, both sad and happy tears. This is the sweetest, most agonising and heartwarming romance I have ever read. And what a beautiful and intriguing way to tell the story. I am in awe to this author and her ability to captivate the reader from the first letter and right through to the end.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
Jill Hart
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this Christmas novella! It was the perfect read to put me in the Christmas spirit. Nix is such a masterful storyteller that even her novellas bring out the full range of emotions - hope, joy, sadness, longing, and then back to hope. This is one sleigh ride you'll want to take this Christmas season! ;)
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Christmas stories, so when I found out Susannah Nix was writing one, I was so excited. This book spans the relationship (or non-relationship) of Alex and Lucas from the time they're 17. Each Chapter takes place on December 25th of a different year, and you see how their relationship has changed over the year, as well as how their lives have changed. It starts off when they're in high school and ends 10 years later, when they're adults, and follows all of the ups and downs and different pa ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable read! This book has the perfect framework for a holiday season movie. I hope someone with enough clout reads it and can do something about it. But, enough about that and back to the book…

Initially childhood friends, Alex and Lucas connect romantically during their final year of high school. Alex ends up going away to college while Lucas chooses to stay in town. Distance soon makes this fledgling relationship crumble but neither wants to sever the ties of friendship.
M. Nguyen
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas is only two months away and this perfect novella Maybe This Christmas by Susannah Nix will bring you warmth, joy, and sweetness for the upcoming season!

Alexandra and Lucas were both from the same small town, went to school together and became best friends during high school. Before their graduation, on a fateful Christmas night, they decided to take their friendship a step further. But as Alex moved away for college and experienced her new life, Lucas stayed behind, excited
Ana Celia
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Holiday Short Romance novella

I have read Susannah’s previous books and they never disappoint. The cute cover and intro to the book made we want to immediately get immerse in this one! I knew it was going to be short BUT it is still a story that is done throughout 10 years.

Here we get to meet Alex and Lucas. They have been good friends and before going their way to college the moment is right, sparks fly, and they share a kiss.

And here begins the story which is a st
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nix has quickly become a favorite of mine, an absolute one-click for me. This novella is a sweet, friends to lovers, second chance romance that truly gets you in all the feels. We follow Alex and Lucas over the span of a decade, through some ups, downs, and personal growth, as they navigate their adult world. It’s very well written and Nix touches on relationships with true to form and realistic expectations. I absolutely adored Lucas. He’s sweet, funny, and oh so caring. His tenderness and soft ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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As soon as I saw the adorable cover of Susannah Nix's latest novella, "Maybe This Christmas," I knew I had to read it, and it did not disappoint.

This cute, sweet story features a pair of likeable main characters, Lucas and Alex, who were surprisingly well-developed given the novella's short length. I particularly enjoyed the novella's structure, which seemed to me more like a series of vignettes than a traditional novella. I've never read anything like it before, but I found it to be a great wa
Kristen Lewendon
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book put me in the mood for more of the holiday season. It’s as stressful as any dysfunctional family get-together, and just as sweet and magical as the season. In other words, it’s everything real life is, and also everything you wish it would be. I loved the care and delicacy the author handled one of the major direction changes in Alex’s life. It strikes me as being very accurate and true to life. Lucas is everything I want in the perfect book boyfriend – I just want to pull him out of t ...more
Melena Torretta
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019
Christmas books are some of my favorite to read each year, and I liked the idea of following one couple on Christmas each year.

Alex and Lucas change and grow quite a bit over the course of 10 years. Each chapter highlighted where they were in life and the state of their relationship, both together and apart. I loved the concept, but sometimes wished we had gotten to see more of what was briefly mentioned. There were other friendships, familial relationships, and more that were used t
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
A far more conventional romance than we're used to receiving from Nix. Told over the course of six Christmases, we watch as high school best friends Alex and Lucas decide to shift from friendship to heterosexual couple-dom; break up; date other people; then gradually realize that they really still want the other. Not really a second-chance romance in the traditional sense, since the two see each other each year for the holidays. The bisexuality storyline (Alex dates a woman for a year) seems a b ...more
Lisa Kropinak
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maybe This Christmas is a sweet romance that is intricate for a short story. I was rooting for the hero and heroine, through twists and turns. The short story is organized around nine Christmases. There are a few contemporary twists to the story that were surprising, but fitting in today's world. My only struggle is that it is a short story and I like the character development Susannah is so good at. Due to it being a short story she develops them but not as deep as usual. I like to get as much ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking. Sweet. Cute.

I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This book tells the tale of high school sweethearts that drift apart then drift back together. It’s a friends to lovers, second chance, coming of age romance all wrapped into one.

Interestingly enough, the story is told over the span of 10 years. Each year the Lucas and Alex meet up on Christmas Day, whether they want to or not, and catch up with each other’s lives. I liked that we get to experience their personal gr
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

An absolutely adorable stand alone novella from the same author who brought us the Chemistry Lessons series. It kind of reminded me of that one Christmas movie Love at the Christmas Table (2012) but this book was so much better. Christmas of their senior year Alex and Lucas finally admit they like each other and share their first kiss after knowing each other practically all their lives. The next year after graduation and Alex leaving for college Lucas realizes as much as he loves her
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Susannah Nix for the complimentary eARC of Maybe This Christmas! #partner

I’ve been deep into my “romance only” reading mood all year, and something about that made me want to jump right to cozy Christmas romances! Maybe This Christmas is a sweet little novella from Susannah Nix, and was a great way to spend the evening feeling the Christmas spirit.

This is a second chance love story that takes place over ten years as Alex and Lucas come back to their small town every Christmas. I have
Kate (kate_reads_)
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maybe This Christmas is a sweet novella - a fun quick read to pick up if you’ve been feeling bogged down by real life or heavier reads.

Alexandra and Lucas have been best friends for a long time. On Christmas night of their senior year of high school, they finally share a real first kiss. And then we see them on every Christmas night for the next 9 years. I really enjoyed this way of watching them grow and change based on where they are this one day each year.

I also think those 10 years from th
Slightly bittersweet Christmas novella with a satisfying happy end.

I really like the structure of this novella with each chapter describing one Christmas Day over the course of a decade. There is a lot of drama going on in this rather short read - not only with Alex and Lucas, but also with their families - but, somehow, Susannah Nix makes it work.

Among all that drama, we get to see Alex and Lucas grow up - and, sadly, grow apart - before they find their way together again.
To be honest, I fou
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Susannah Nix lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.