colorado ice novel, maybe this time, tells the story of jackson westmore and abigail jansen. she's the girl he's always wanted, his best friend's girl, the girl he's never felt he deserved. she thinks he hates her because for as long as she can remember he's treated her with disdain.
these two souls have their communication wires crossed so badly, it's a little bit painful. again this is a second-chance at love story, which aren't my favorite, and i think it's because i do not understand these characters who hold onto grudges and feelings from their pasts as if they happened yesterday. that is so not who i am. and i find it sort of exhausting. so the whole first half of the book abigail is under the impression that jackson hates her and jackson is terrified that she will discover the truth and constantly putting his foot in his mouth.
it's not until becky, jackson's sister, spells it out for abigail that any progress is made. and jackson finally gets over some of his hang ups and finally starts trying to go after what he wants. jackson is so sweet and adorable and gruff and clueless. you just want to give him a hug. but he's also kind of a pushover so you want to smack him and say "dude, stand up for yourself, stop being so wishy-washy and go for what you want."
in the end these two crazy kids figure it all out, and it's very bittersweet and emotional. i did feel like there were a couple of threads that could have been further developed, but in the end, this was a nice, contemporary sports romance.
**maybe this time will publish on november 29, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/forever (grand central publishing) in exchange for my honest review.