Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow

Title: Maybe This Christmas
Author: Jennifer Snow
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Colorado Ice #3
Main Characters: Asher and Emma
Release Date: September 2017
Publisher: Forever
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
Oooh, I really liked this story. In fact, I flew through reading it because I was enjoying it so much. Friends to lovers...um, yes, please.

Emma and Asher have been best friends for about ten years. They've been friends with benefits the last few of those. Emma is ready for more though. She realizes that she's fallen in love with Asher and knows that she can't keep that from him. She plans to confess, but then he gets hurt and things get complicated. 

Asher is a pro hockey player for the NHL. Emma used to be a pro snowboarder until she got hurt and retired. Asher thought she quit too easily and that's been a source of contention between them. What Emma doesn't realize though is why it bugs him so much. Asher thinks she's not going to wait for him in his pro career now that she's settling down in the real world. He thinks she's on the precipice of settling down with the picket fence and 2.5 kids and a dog, but that's not where she's at, at all.

Yes, she wants to be more than just a booty call, but that doesn't mean she wants to change who Asher is. This is an issue of two best friends reading too much into the situation without talking things through. It certainly doesn't help that they have family members butting into their lives, definitely making things much more difficult. I'll admit that was the one thing that really annoyed me about this book...the siblings. Asher's brother is a jerk and Emma's sister isn't much better. Gah...I really disliked them in this story.

But the romance worked for me. The setting was gorgeous...hello, snowy Colorado...and I loved that the characters are friends first. 

It was a great book and incredibly engaging. I started reading it, only planning to read one chapter, and didn't put it down again until I hit the end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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