Book Review

‘Maybe This Time’ by Nicole McLaughlin

mtt nmclSTORY: Jen Mackenzie has been knocked down more than a few times, but she always gets up and makes sure she has the last word. It’s the reason she now considers herself equal parts self-sufficient and free-spirit. But since losing her job and trying to help her mother beat cancer, real life―and her occasional careless choices―have begun to catch up with her. Her one saving grace: The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s go-to wedding venue. The only catch: One of the owners, TJ Laughlin, happens to be the one man who somehow manages to make Jen feel inadequate.

TJ has secretly had a thing for Jen since high school. Now, as her new boss, it’s a daily struggle between revealing his feelings and wringing her beautiful neck. Only one thing is for certain: he can’t stand idly by and watch the woman he cares for struggle. She may be convinced that accepting TJ’s help is a weakness. But all he sees in Jen is beauty and strength, inside and out. As things finally heat up between them, can TJ find a way to convince Jen that love is about give and take―and having it all, together?

REVIEW: This is the second book in Whiskey and Weddings series, but it is my first time reading this author. The blurb, as well as the cover, promised a hopeful, interesting and sweet story. That is not what I got reading it.

This story had so much potential but the main characters, especially Jen’s character, was so off putting that I really didn’t care for her at all. There was nothing likable about her. I think the author wanted Jen to be strong, self-sufficient smart-ass and in doing so she managed to create someone that came off bitchy and whiny. I tried to understand her but I just couldn’t get her.

TJ, the hero of this story, wasn’t what I expected either. I was hoping that he’d grow out of his insecurities, but by the time that he showed some potential for it, I lost interest in their story.

For someone who loves a second chance tropes, I found this one underwhelming, but you might not. If you’ve read book one, than you probably would read this story as well. However, if you’ve never read this author before, I’d tell you to skip this story and possibly read the book before it. I believe that I’d like to do that myself.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC provided by the publisher

1 thought on “‘Maybe This Time’ by Nicole McLaughlin”

  1. I’m shocked by how often an author creates an off-putting heroine with no idea she’s done so. I love Stephanie Laurens and she’s written two of my top 5 romances, but she’s done this more than once.

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