Dyeing her hair to play Sandy in 'Grease' made a shy girl
the star attraction to her male classmates. Some years
later, Jen Mackenzie is still in theatre, but life isn't
going so well. Her mother is in chemotherapy, so Jen, who
has another apartment nearby, drops by each day. Life in
Kansas isn't that exciting. The good side is, TJ Laughlin
from her old class works in the same building that she
does, and she runs into him on the way to work. MAYBE THIS
TIME things will be different.
Stag Signature Bourbon, owned by entrepreneur TJ, throws a
party in this book in the Whiskey and Weddings series.
Talk is of the corn and sunflower table decorations,
signifying Kansas, and of deployments turned to tragedy.
But life goes on. Jen is just bartending temporarily and
when she accidentally cuts herself instead of a lime, TJ
insists on driving her to hospital. The pair have their
first real conversation in years.
A lot of the tale focuses on the emotional stress Jen
undergoes, the lack of a partner to help her through the
tough times and whether she should have brief flings to
make herself feel better. We all react differently and
nobody should judge someone going through turmoil. What the
reader does want to know is, will any of the guys who fancy
Jen now, be there for her in the long run?
I felt astounded that Jen's water could be turned off by
the utility company. She has further misfortune. But as
tempting as it may be to sleep with her boss, is this a
wise idea? I really felt, not just in two minds but in
three or more as I read. Jen is a grown woman who has
looked after her mother for some years, and can make her
own decisions. But when a man keeps insisting "you are
mine," that is not a healthy attitude.
Expect some strong language and mature romance scenes in
this story of strained and reformed relationships. MAYBE
THIS TIME by Nicole McLaughlin reminds us that it's okay to
accept help when life is suddenly not going well. She has
written several books of contemporary romance including
three books about the co-owners of the Stag distillery.
MAYBE THIS TIME is the next heartwarming contemporary
romance from Nicole McLaughlin in her Whiskey and
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?