Review: Maybe This Time by Jennifer Snow

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Snow
Series:  Colorado Ice (# 2)
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 336
Source: book provided by the author for review
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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 . . .

 

Review:  I’m happy to see there are more stories to tell in the Colorado Ice series that has hockey at its core.  Maybe This Time is book two in the series but I didn’t feel lost not having read the first book, Maybe This Kiss.  I look forward to reading all the books in the series since Snow is one of my go to authors having enjoyed her Brookhollow Story series and the Beyond the Cage series as well as some stand-alone books.  Snow’s books have a hometown feel to them with just the right amount of romance and love.  This series is reminiscent to me of the New York Blades series, also a series with hockey at its core, by Deirdre Martin.

Maybe This Time has a lot of angst due to Abigail’s return to her hometown of Glenwood Falls, Colorado from Los Angeles due to her impending divorce from an NHL hockey player, Dean Underwood.  Her nine year old daughter, Dani, is less than thrilled to have left sunny California, her friends and her dad behind.  Abby couldn’t take the tabloid photos of her cheating husband and comes home to restart her life after filing for divorce. Everywhere she turns she has memories of growing up and she has to avoid some of the memories and feel empowered so she can take her life back.  Watching her interactions with some she grew up with were painful especially since Dean also grew up in the small town.  Her run ins with Jackson, Dean’s best friend, were angst ridden since he harbors a secret of how he’s really felt for all these years.  Dean was a character that I disliked immediately and it only got worse as the story progressed.

Jackson and Abigail have a one step forward and two or three back approach but it’s amazing what lengths Jackson will go to in order to help Abigail and Dani out under the guise of friendship or is there more?  There is according to Jackson’s sister Becky who becomes close with Abigail especially when they enter a business arrangement together.  There is also with the chemistry between them but what will happen when Dean arrives to take Dani to a Father/Daughter Dance at her school?  What impact will it have on their budding relationship?

There are family and friends, lots of hockey, sorrow, anger, tears, unhappiness, reminisces, memories, disbelief, lies, happiness, laughter, jobs, friendships rekindled, loving and love.  There is a happily ever after in the offing and some closure but the ending was a little too abrupt for me but I hope we meet up with Abigail and Jackson again and again in future books in the Colorado Ice series.  An epilogue would have been nice and given me the closure I was looking for..

Favorite Quote:  Her father reached across the table and touched her hand. “You can’t help who you love, sweetheart, and besides, without Dean, there’d be no Dani.”

joanne