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Release Blitz and Giveaway: Maybe This Time: Jennifer Snow

Maybe This Time (Colorado Ice #2)
Jennifer Snow
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Expected November 29, 2016

Starting over means a second chance . . . 

Abigail Jansen is done with hockey . . . and hockey players. After leaving her two-timing NHL-star husband, Abby decides to start over in her hometown of Glenwood Falls, Colorado. There she doesn't have to deal with people gossiping behind her back or hear the word "hockey"---until her daughter tries out for the junior hockey team. Now Abby has to face her fears . . . and coach Jackson Westmore. He's tall, dark, handsome---and happens to hate her.

All through high school, talented hockey player Jackson Westmore had a crush on Abby, but he would never make a move on his best friend's girl. He gave her the cold shoulder out of self-preservation and worked out his frustrations on the ice. So when Abby returns, newly divorced and still sexy as hell, Jackson knows he's in trouble. Now even the best defensive skills might not keep him from losing his heart . . .
“Look, we both know the other night was…”
“Incredible.”
She sighed. “Okay, yes, incredible, but also…”
“Passionate.”
“Can you let me finish?”
He smiled. “Fine, but first…” Taking her face in his hands he lowered his lips to hers. The surprise look in her eyes should have given him cause to reconsider, but the hell with it. It didn’t matter that he knew he’d crossed a line and he’d broken some sort of bro code; for the first time in his life, he was ready to go after what he wanted. And after the night they shared, he knew she wanted him to.
She closed her eyes and fell into him, and he deepened the kiss, savoring the taste of her peppermint lip gloss and sliding his fingers through her soft hair. Her hands were pressed against his chest, but she wasn’t pushing him away. Instead, they clutched the fabric of his T-shirt, drawing him even closer.
When he reluctantly broke away a moment later, he was happy to see Abby was as out of breath as he was. “Okay, now you can talk.”
“I don’t remember what I was going to say.” She sighed, resting her forehead against his chest. “What are we doing?”
He leaned back and, placing a finger under her chin, forced her gaze to his. “I’m doing what I should have done a long time ago. Abby, I know I should keep holding back how I feel for you because of Dean, but the truth is, that friendship isn’t worth giving up this chance with you. I’m not even sure I know my friend anymore, after how he treated you and Dani.”
“Jackson, I just got divorced. I’m not ready for…this. Whatever this is. I’m sorry my kissing you and…other things have been misleading, but I’m not sure I can do a relationship right now. Dani and I are starting over and rebuilding a life here.”
He nodded. “I’m not asking for anything except a chance. I know you’ve been through a lot. I know you may still…have feelings for Dean,” he said through clenched teeth. The idea that he might always have to compete for her full affections made him even more determined to prove that he was the right one for her. Had always been the right one.
She shook her head and started to say something, but he placed a finger to her lips.
“And that’s okay. I just want a chance to prove to you I would never hurt you the way he did. I don’t care how long it takes. Take your time. I’m not going anywhere, Abby. My love is not going anywhere.”
She swallowed hard and her eyes widened at his words. “I can’t promise I’ll ever be ready,” she whispered.
“I’ll keep waiting,” he said firmly. Then he smiled. “On one condition.”
She frowned. “Which is?”
“You and Dani come to the fall fair this weekend with Taylor and me.”
“No.”
“It won’t be a date,” he said quickly. “Just two friends hanging out.”
She sighed again. “I think we skipped over ‘friends,’ don’t you?” she asked.
“Well, then friends shouldn’t be that difficult,” he countered. He wasn’t about to let her push him away. Not when he was finally ready to show her how much he cared about her.
“Fine. But I don’t think friends sit on the same side of the table, so get over there,” she said, trying to nudge him out of the booth.
He stayed exactly where he was. “This friend does.”
Abigail Jansen has just moved back to Glenwood Falls after her divorce from a pro hockey player. She is trying to rebuild her life with her daughter and get back on her feet under the watchful eye of the inhabitants of the town she left years ago.

Unlike his two brothers, Jackson Westgrove did not realize his NHL dreams, so he remains a coach for the youth hockey league in town...the league that has just gone co-ed and his niece and Abby's daughter  want to play for. Now Abby cannot avoid hockey or her daughter's coach.

Jackson will have to try to keep hiding the feelings that he has kept buried under a facade of animosity. Like his pro hockey dreams, Abby was just always out of his reach and she eventually ended up marrying his best friend. She never really understood why he seemed to hate her. He has kept his feelings a secret for a long time, but years have passed and circumstances have changed. Now that she is back, it is getting harder and harder to resist her. And now that he sees an opening, he knows he's got to take a chance even it means failure. 

Jackson is a really good, lovable guy, but he has a history of being a bit too selfless and allowing people walk over him. He has fears, insecurities, and issues with self worth that have affected him. He is also challenged by loyalty to his best friend and is just now realizing that he might have been wrong about some things. 

Abby is resilient and spunky, but still overwhelmed and scared of jumping into anything too quickly. Her life has undergone so many changes and she has been hurt. She just wants some stability for her and her daughter away from the life of excess so that they can heal and move on. Her history understandably makes her guarded and untrusting.

Abby and Jackson keep getting thrown together. It's a mix of new reactions, physical attraction, and hidden feelings from the past. Their lives have become more intertwined and it begins to look like this might just be his chance at finally getting the girl...if he can convince her to take a chance. But he still has some other dreams as well. Life is a series of choices that lead in different directions. It is up to the individuals to figure out what they can live with and without. And some choices require sacrifice.

What happens when you have the chance of getting everything you ever wanted, but the two things cannot co-exist?

This is a sweet and swoony second-chance love story centered around hockey and a small town. It was a light read  with fun banter, interesting characters, and an engaging writing style that drew me in. It was not too angsty, but had just enough drama to keep it interesting. I enjoyed the side characters of his sister, Becky and Neil (Maybe This Kiss), the precocious tomboys, Dani and Taylor, and the whole community. 

There are more books coming in this series and I am sure two of them will feature his NHL playing brothers, Ben and Asher. They are both die hard single men but I have a feeling that it will be fun to see their status change.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Maybe This Kiss (Prequel novella. Available now) 
Maybe This Time

Upcoming

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Jennifer Snow Website/Facebook/Twitter

Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and son. She writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance stories set everywhere from small towns to big cities. After stating in her high school yearbook bio that she wanted to be an author, she set off on the winding, twisting road to make her dream a reality. She is a member of RWA, the Writers' Guild of Alberta, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Film and Visual Arts Association in Edmonton. She has published over ten novels and novellas with many more on the way.

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