I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: Colorado Ice #3
Published by Forever on 2017-09-26
Length: 352 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge, HoHoHo Readathon 2017
All wrapped up . . .
One more game. That's all that stands between NHL star Asher Westmore and a major career milestone. But then his brother bashes him against the hockey boards, sidelining him for months. Over Christmas holidays, no less. If staying off the ice doesn't drive him crazy, staying with his family will. The only bright spot amidst the mistletoe and twinkle lights: His best friend, Emma, is a physical therapist. And working out with her improves his body and his spirit.
One last time. Emma Callaway was in trouble the minute she and Asher added benefits to their friendship. How is she supposed to resist a funny, caring guy who makes her toes curl? Her heart was safe while he lived in a different state. Now that he's back home recuperating, though, it's only a matter of time before she blurts out her feelings. Emma's only hope is that with a little holiday magic, she'll get the best Christmas gift of all.
"With the perfect blend of hockey, heart, and heat, Maybe This Time is a winner!" --- USA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason
Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow is a fun, steamy romance that kept me up all night until I finished it. I adored this story and everything in it! Two friends who suddenly find themselves in love and wanting to make a go of their relationship….it was done perfectly.
Emma Callaway is head over heels in love with her best friend and she doesn’t know what to do about it. She does know that their friends with benefits arrangement can’t continue because it will eventually break her heart. The question is how does she tell Asher that.
Asher Westmore is one of the hottest stars in the NHL and about to hit a major career milestone when an injury puts him on the sidelines. The only bright spot is that Emma is a physical therapist. Not only can she get him out on the ice faster than anyone else she brings light to all his life. The only problem she’s ready to settle down and start a new path in her life and he isn’t.
Asher is a swoon-worthy idiot. From the first chapter in his POV, the readers know what he does not: that he is in love with Emma. This man can’t take his eyes off his best friend, he can’t wait to share every detail of his day with her, yet he’s a commitment phobe. This aspect of Asher’s personality irritated me. He’s got everything he wants until he realizes that Emma may leave him. It’s like this detail is what kicks his butt into action, it forces him to realize his feelings. Emma is no better. I wanted to reach through the pages and strangle her. Honestly this book could have ended after five chapters if the two main characters would have actually communicated their feelings.
Despite my frustration with their miscommunication, I did love their story. It’s sweet with steamy chemistry and I loved how easy it was for the two best friends to move into a more permanent relationship. I loved the tension and even the drama associated with it. While this book is the third in the series, it can be read as a standalone, but do know that other characters from previous books make an appearance here and cause minor spoilers for those books. (Don’t worry, I haven’t read those yet either and these things are not going to stop me from reading them.) If you enjoy steamy, best friend romance, I highly recommend you read this book!