Maybe This Kiss by Jennifer Snow
Series: Colorado Ice #0.5
Published: November 1, 2016 by Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Neil Healy was happy to be promoted to Air Force Lieutenant, but he’s less than thrilled that the new job has brought him back to his hometown. The memories alone could kill a man, to say nothing of actually seeing the woman he never got over. Neil knew avoiding Becky Westmore would be impossible, but he didn’t expect the chemistry between them to be as strong as ever.
All Becky wants this holiday season is to get through the month of December with her sanity intact. Not helping? Her ex-boyfriend’s return to Glenwood Falls. Even after a decade apart, Neil still makes her feel in ways no other man has. But Christmas is a time for miracles, and maybe Becky’s will be a second chance at first love.
I read this one right after reading another ex-lovers romance that was a lot heavier, so I appreciated that this was a bit lighter emotionally. I enjoyed going back and getting Neil and Becky’s story since I read Maybe This Time first and Becky is a pretty big part of that book.
I liked Neil’s character which I was surprised by because I wasn’t crazy about him in Maybe This Time. He seemed to really understand why Becky made her choices when they broke up and he’s mature enough to have moved on after 12 years (I’d sure hope so!). Becky’s daughter was so great; she had the right amount of kid spunk that is cute and not annoying. I also loved the scenes where Neil and Taylor interact. It was so sweet seeing Neil fall in love not just with Becky, but also her daughter.
The biggest issue for me was Becky’s changing emotions, thoughts, and wants. I’m surprised she didn’t give Neil whiplash considering how often she switched from pushing him away to making a move.
“I’m not saying yes to us, but I’m no longer saying no.”
I also didn’t really understand Becky’s process of choices. She breaks up with Neil because she can’t handle the stress of him being gone and risking his life. Then she marries Rob who is a cop and a volunteer with Search & Rescue, also a very dangerous job, though granted not one that involved long absences. The story implies that she only married Rob because she got pregnant (though they did have a very loving and happy marriage) so maybe it never would have happened without that. Now she’s pushing Neil away because his job is still dangerous. She didn’t seem to realize how hypocritical she was being of Neil’s job when she ended up marrying someone just like him.
3 stars – it was good
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