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Maybe This Christmas

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  105 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, as
Published October 22nd 2019 by Haver Street Press
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Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex and Lucas were best friends for years. Both feelings the spark of something more. Maybe this Christmas is the ten years of them figuring it out. Their families are intertwined and so are their friends. It doesn’t matter the distance these two try to stay close.

This is a sweet story about realising you can’t run away from fate.

#competition win
Susannah Nix
Oct 22, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authored-by-me

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
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
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 finally
Rebecca Hunter
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe This Christmas has just what I want from a holiday romance! We get Alex and Lucas's love story in episodes, once a year. They start on the night they move from friend to lovers...but that doesn't last, so they go back to being friends-ish. What follows is a sweet and emotional story of self-discovery, especially on Alex's part. Each year, life takes a new turn, adding a new layer of complexity to them and their relationship. It's a story of true love and of a relationship that helps ...more
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
Marika Ray
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute story that spans over 10 Christmases. Alex and Lucas have been friends forever but when they tried a relationship it didn’t work out due to distance. They spend the next 9 Christmases trying to move on and be friends but something always pulls them back. Loved this sweet second chance romance and I am not a big fan of sweet romances but this one had my heart.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 could get
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I've giving this a three star because objectively I know it's good, but it just didn't hit me the way I think it was supposed to. I love Susannah's works and the writing in this is as on par as it is in her other books, but for some reason I just was not as caught up in the romance and the characters. I think it's the trope to be fair, I've only read a handful of stories like this where the couple goes back and forth with being "on" but someone always still has lingering feelings and I've always ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable the only reason that it doesn't get 4 stars is that it was too short. I just felt like to much happened between every year that wasn't explained enough.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up.

This book is about 2 friends and their relationship over a period of ten years. Lucas and Alex go through changes as each chapter advances by exactly 1 year. Interesting and a fast read.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
What a cute novella! Obviously, it would be considerably better if it was a full-length novel, but I nonetheless loved how adorable it was and the whole concept of the Christmas thing. It really was very, very cute.

And I'm out.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook
Quick, cute read. Like many novellas, I wanted more story but was satisfied with the telling and the way it ended.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not care about this couple. The story was predictable in a boring way. I’ve read stories with the ending revealed, and was still invested to know how the characters ended up there but not these two.
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, but how can
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, kindle-reads
I am so glad to have received an ARC of this book, even though I'm putting my review up so late.

While I’m not a Grinch, I just don’t get excited about Christmas till the holidays are really close. And yet, this book was everything I wanted. It was too short, though. Because I would have loved to see more of Alex and Lucas’ relationship over the years. I feel like if Susannah builds this into a full book, I would drop everything just to soak it up.

I love how relatable the whole story is, because
Brandy Hensley
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***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 characters
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
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
Jill Hart
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ;)
Heidi J.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lene Norway
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
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.
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.
Brenda Brown
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kimberly Lund
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Carey S.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alex and Lucas are best friends in high school, when they start dating. They stay together until Alex leaves for college, while Lucas stays home to work for his dad and attend community college. Lucas sets her free, and Alex doesn’t think twice about it, because she’s ready to experience all that college has to offer. Their group of friends gets together every Christmas holiday to have a bonfire at the beach and catch up. Some years are awkward, while others are better. There are some good ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novella was definitely great to read during this holiday season. Especially as a since this was where the novella took place in. • This had a relationship starting from the end of high school to established careers and that intrigued me with how much character development was shown throughout the novella and how realistic it was. • I also appreciated that there was a lot of background information with the side characters which could have been a lot less if there was supposed to be a main ...more
hayaat ♥
Dec 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thank-u-next
okay, so: Alex and Lucas have been best friends for forever, and every Christmas, they go to the beach and hang out with their friend group. the first Christmas of the story, they kiss and get together –– and the story follows their ups and downs over the next ten years.

this is a trope i can't stand in the slightest bit, but i decided to take a chance in the spirit of winter. spoiler alert: didn't quite work out.

i just couldn't for the life of me bring myself to care about either MC, or the
Kris Woltzen
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NO SPOILERS Maybe This Christmas is a story about Alex and Lucas and the the 9 years of Christmas that lead them to finally finding themselves and what is truly meant for their lives together as friends and maybe more. Their story starts out Dec 25 2010 with their first kiss after being friends for all their lives then after that we get a snapshot every Christmas as what is happening with Alex being away at college and Lucas working with his dad. Their story takes many twist and turns thru the ...more
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Susannah Nix is a RITA Award-winning author of contemporary romance who is best known for her Chemistry Lessons series featuring heroines who work in STEM fields. She currently lives in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. ...more