MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Snow

Title: Maybe This Christmas

Author: Jennifer Snow

Series: Colorado Ice #3

On Sale: September 26, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Formats: Mass Market

Price: $7.99

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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.

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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.”

Oh shit.

Excerpted from MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Snow. Copyright © 2017 by Jennifer Snow. Reprinted with permission of Forever. All rights reserved.  

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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.

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MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS
Jennifer Snow

Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow was a friends-to-lovers slow burn romance. It was sweet with a bit of angst thrown in. I loved the characters and the story!

Asher Westmore is so close to achieving a career milestone as an NHL star. But he has a secret. A secret that ends up sidelining him for months when his own brother injures him on the ice. Now he needs to heal, even if it will drive him crazy being home. But there is one good thing about being home. His longtime friend Emma who is also a physical therapist and can help him heal.

Emma Callaway has been safe from Asher while he was away building his career. Now he is home and needs her help. But this man has always affected her. Will she be able to hide her feelings from him? Emma was sweet, caring and strong. She had her own challenges to deal with, but she was strong and ready for what was thrown at her. Even as she struggled with the choices in front her.

Emma and Asher have been friends for a long time. They share a history together. Through the years, they became more than just friends, but kept it light and casual. Their careers have always been important and often kept them apart. But recently, things have changed for Emma. But Asher is still following his dream and is only home for a short time. Could he feel the same way about her?

Ash and Emma feel the heat between them. Ash wants Emma but also knows hockey is a huge part of his life. Could he give Emma what she wants and needs? Ash struggled with what was important. Sometimes what you have in front of you is not always clear. Will they be able to find their way together?

Maybe This Christmas was a friends-to-lovers romance that was sexy, sweet and fun to read. It was a slow burn romance that pulls your right in! This was the perfect read to get us ready for the holidays!

~ Liz

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