Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice, #3) by Jennifer Snow
Title: Maybe This Christmas
Author: Jennifer Snow
Series: Colorado Ice, #3
On Sale: September 26, 2017
Formats: Mass Market
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.
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.”
Excerpted from MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Snow. Copyright © 2017 by Jennifer Snow. Reprinted with permission of Forever. All rights reserved.
Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice, #3) by Jennifer Snow
Rosa's rating: 4 of 5 iScream Cones
"I'm not me without you."
Maybe This Christmas was my introduction to author Jennifer Snow. Who can resist a #HockeyHottie, right? Certainly not me. I really enjoyed the witty banter and family dynamics in this feel-good holiday romance. A good dose of competition and sibling rivalry made it very entertaining.
Asher is the youngest of the Westmore brothers. His two older brothers led the way into hockey and he followed. Now that Ash's brothers have found love they've forgotten their 'sticks before chicks' bro code. He's the only one holding out, refusing to claim a girlfriend. He'd rather focus on his hockey career and when he has the time he enjoys his best-friend-with-benefits, Emma. She used to be an athlete too, but after a career-ending injury, she became a physical therapist. His competitive spirit and drive to win was something she could relate to. They had an easy relationship and could talk about anything. Well, at least they used to be able to when they did it long distance. Now that he's back in their hometown recovering from an injury, they find themselves face-to-face. Will their 'arrangement' stand up to a closer inspection? Will Emma want more than he's willing to give now that he's not traveling with his team?
Emma's been wanting more for a while, but she's been too afraid of losing her best friend to tell him. But now that he's home, it's hard to deny all of those qualities that make him so irresistible. Especially when he's not wanting to deny their chemistry. It's their feelings that are off limits. Will she find the courage to risk it all for the win, or will she just keep pretending she doesn't want more? Would it be better to just walk away than staying to watch him find someone else? Or to watch the 'puck bunnies' chase him when she has no claim?
Oh, and then there are their families. Each has siblings and parents that require their attention, and obligations that force them to evaluate their relationship and their future. Maybe this Christmas will be a new beginning for them... or it might be the end.
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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.