Spotlight, Review & Contest: Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow

Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow
Series: Colorado Ice (# 3)
Release Date:  September 26, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
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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.

 

Review: It was great to be back in Glenwood Falls, Colorado along with the Westmore family consisting of Asher, Ben, Jackson, Becky and their mom and extended family members that we’ve met in previous books .  This is Asher and Emma’s story.  They’ve been best friends for ten years and now fit the friends with benefits category but will there ever be more and do either of them even want their relationship to change?

This was a fast paced read with hockey at its core since Asher and Ben are pro hockey players for different teams and Jackson coaches hockey.  There were laugh out loud moments along with sadness and tears.  Emotions ran from elation to despair.  The story flowed nicely with multiple story lines that were interwoven seamlessly.  The characters were multidimensional and we got to know them a little at a time.  Emma’s sister, Jess, was hard to stomach since she was always right and knew what was best especially for her sister.  Sean, from the PhD program that Emma is interested in enrolling in gave me bad vibes.  He definitely came on too strong.  Emma and Ash had a lot to work out but seemed to connect best between the sheets even though they were “only” best friends.  They didn’t always communicate well and when they didn’t things went downhill fast!

There were family and friends, neighborly disputes, accidents and injuries,  lots of hockey along with anger, fear, sadness, tears, decisions to be made, feelings to share,  secrets, romance, love and lots of hot and steamy loving some in inappropriate places.  The book is set around Christmas so there were plenty of descriptions of decorations and gifts and even the weather.  There was some closure and a potential happily-ever-after in the offing but the book ended too abruptly for me.  An epilogue would have been nice unless there will be more books in the series for us to catch up with everyone’s life.

Snow  has fast become one of my go to authors.  I’ve enjoyed her books not only in this series but also books in her Beyond the Cage and A Brookhollow Story series.  I haven’t yet read  Maybe This Kiss, the novella that started it all in the Colorado Ice series but I hope to do so soon.

Favorite Quote: She loved the smell of him-all man, cool, strong, and solid-the way she imagined ice would smell if it had a scent.

 

joanne

 

 

 

 

Excerpt

Asher climbed out of the car. “Nah. I’ll hang out with Em tonight. I’m her last patient of the day,” he said, suddenly feeling a little better and eager to get this appointment finished so they could go back to her place for the evening. Without the meds, he was suffering a little more, and she was the only thing that eased his pain.

“All right, man. Take it easy,” Jackson said as he closed the door.

Entering the clinic, he tugged the big, heavy old door closed behind him.

“Hey, Asher,” Jane said, standing as she saw him.

“Hi, Jane. How are you?” he asked, approaching the desk and leaning over it. If he sat again, getting up would be a struggle.

“I’m great. Um, actually, I wanted to ask you…if maybe you wanted to grab a drink at the Grumpy Stump tonight?”

Caught slightly off guard, he laughed. “You don’t hang out there, do you? You’re far too pretty to be slobbered on by all the local single men.”

She blushed. “Thanks. Actually, I don’t hang out anywhere. Single-mom life doesn’t lend itself it to many dates. Not that this would be a date…”

Oh, damn. He felt like an ass saying no to the woman who was obviously putting herself out there…but he wasn’t interested in dating. In fact, since his last semi-permanent situation ended a while ago, he’d been enjoying how things were going with Emma. Right now, she was certainly the only one he wanted to be with. “I…uh…”

Emma appeared in the reception area, an unreadable expression on her face as she glanced back and forth between the two of them.

“Well, the thing is…I promised Emma I’d do that…thing with her tonight,” he said, looking at her to save him.

Her expression softened slightly as she slowly nodded. “Right, you did promise me you would do that…thing tonight.”

He smiled. Saved. Now he could resume getting excited about a full evening with her, naked, with no pressure of a flight out the next day or having to be anywhere at all. The idea excited him beyond the sexy thoughts coming to mind. He looked forward to just being with her, holding her, kissing her, and talking. He’d been so caught up in his own problems the last few weeks, he had no idea what was going on with her.

“Ok, yeah, no problem,” Jane said, busying herself with the papers on her desk.

He felt like a jerk. He turned to Emma for help.

“Um…maybe Asher could get you and Aiden tickets for a game in Denver,” she said.

Perfect. Right there—that’s why he loved her so much. The thought made him pause. Love? Of course, love. She was his best friend.

“Right, Ash?” she said when he’d yet to confirm her suggestion.

“Oh, yeah…no problem.”

Jane smiled. “Aiden would love that. Thank you,” she said, sitting back down at her desk as the phone rang.

Emma’s eyes held a hint of amusement as he followed her into her therapy room.

“What?” he asked.

She closed the door behind them and grinned. “You just turned down a hot date to suffer through dinner at my sister’s house tonight.”

Oh shit.

Excerpted from MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Snow. Copyright © 2017 by Jennifer Snow. Reprinted with permission of Forever. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio

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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