Maybe This Time by Jennifer Snow
Colorado Ice #1
Abigail Jansen has just returned home after a difficult divorce with her hockey player ex-husband. All she wants is a better life for her daughter but when Dani makes the local hockey team, Abigail doesn’t know what to do about Dani’s coach — her ex’s best friend and the man who’s always hated her. This was my first book by Jennifer Snow and it was pretty good. I’ve been on a big sports romances kick so I liked that this was a hockey romance outside of the traditional type sing Jackson is a coach.
Jackson and Abigail had a slow burn going for most of the book but I liked the chemistry and the pacing felt right considering Abigail has just gotten divorced. I really enjoyed Jackson and felt so much for him as he struggled to deal with his feelings for Abigail. He’s always loved her but he never knew how to handle is feelings and now he’s tired of being afraid. I didn’t connect as much with Abigail but I still liked her character and her determination to turn things around and make a better life for herself and Dani.
I would have liked the ending to have been a bit different. There was nothing necessarily wrong with the ending, just a personal opinion but it’s not how I wanted the ending to go (see bottom of page for spoiler).
3 out of 5 stars
Tags: Athlete/Coach | Enemy Lovers | Return Home| Single Parent | Small Town
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.
Published by Forever on November 29, 2016
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Abigail has realized she loves Jackson and wants to be with him but she finds out that he’s been offered the chance to try out for his old hockey team. Abigail doesn’t want to live the hockey wife lifestyle anymore, knowing she could never fully trust Jackson after what Dean did to her so she pushes him away and tells him to go after his dreams. They break up and Jackson makes the team and starts playing for the AHL. He gets called up to the NHL but he’s beginning to realize that he doesn’t want this dream as much as he did as a young man and that he wants Abigail more. At the same time, Abigail has realizes that she wants Jackson, no matter what. I just didn’t like this ending because I felt like Jackson had genuinely moved on from the professional hockey career and that after all this time of wanting Abigail and finally going for it, he turns around and gives up so easily and does the one thing he knows will keep her away.
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