#ARC #Review: Maybe This Time by Jennifer Snow
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 . . .
I liked Maybe This Time so much better than the first book in this series! The pace was so much more bearable, and the ending was so much more satisfying this time around. I was a little dubious over the fact that Jackson has been in love with his best friend's girl, Abby, for at least a decade, because hello, boundaries. But once I was truly introduced to Abby's now ex-husband and Jackson's long-time best friend, Dean, I had no issue with Jackson and Abby getting together, and I truly liked them together. (To be clear, there was NO CHEATING, and Dean's a jerk.)
Their relationship is passionate, sweet, and fragile while also being strong. And I just loved the fact that they acted like adults as they ventured into this new relationship. The family unit they formed with Dani, Abby's daughter, is respectable. However, I do want to note that Jackson could have grown a spine a little sooner. The way he let Dean walk all over him was a little sad. But Jackson is sweet, kind, and provides enough swoon for me to get over that. Anyways, Dani, Abby's daughter, and Taylor, Jackson's niece, were a really fun part of this story! Their antics and attitudes were hilarious and true to life, and of course, I loved the hockey aspect of this story.
I will say that I was hoping to see more of Becky and Neil as a unit in this story, but Neil was gone the whole time, and the one time he did appear, he and Becky were in an unnecessary fight. It didn't add anything to the story for me, and I would have rather not had that happen.
Overall, I enjoyed Maybe This Time, and I think the best is yet to come with this series! You know the remaining Westmore brothers are going to cause all types of delicious chaos!
*I received a copy from the publisher, but that in no way affected my review.*