Series: Colorado Ice #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
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.
"With the perfect blend of hockey, heart, and heat, Maybe This Time is a winner!" --- USA Today bestselling author Debbie Mason
Maybe This Christmas is a friends-to-lovers sports romance with a holiday theme! Emma, once an Olympic bound athlete, is a physical therapist and her best friends, Asher, is a pro hockey player. Asher is injured and needs Emma’s help. Emma has been trying to work up the nerve to tell him she loves him, worried he won’t return the feeling.
Asher is consumed by hockey. He welcomes his no strings sex with Emma because it doesn’t interfere with his ultimate love, playing hockey. But, his injury forces him back home to recover and spending a lot of time with Emma makes him see things in a different light. Because Emma lost her shot at professional athletics years before (due to injury), Asher is starting to get a sense of how she felt then. Now, Emma has a chance to go to Florida and enter a Ph.D program for physical therapy. The only thing that could alter her course? Asher.
Sometimes I wanted to shake Emma because Asher did not deserve her devotion. But, I understood her. She could no more walk away from the possibility than anyone could. Asher made me crazy with his single minded focus on hockey. However, I understood it. It was his life and he just wasn’t ready for anything else until it was forced upon him. I did want to punch Emma’s judgmental sister a few times though (she comes around by the end but in the beginning…grrrr)! Her dad and Asher’s mom’s bickering adds a bit of family angst to the story. Overall, if you enjoy sports romance and Christmas romance, Maybe This Christmas is a great pick! You don’t have to have read about Asher’s brothers in the previous 2 books to enjoy this book (I haven’t read them and it wasn’t a hinderance at all!)
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: friends-to-lovers, hockey
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes no epilogue « Hide Spoiler
Christmas stories and hockey romance…then you will probably like Maybe This Christmas!