Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Maybe for You by Nicole McLaughlin ~ Review

Title: Maybe for You (Whiskey and Weddings #3)
Author: Nicole McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 28, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

She’s never had a no-strings fling. He’s never had anything else. But maybe this time will be an exception?

After a year of mourning her fiancé, Alexis Parker has worked hard to rediscover what she wants out of life. Fresh out of the military and back stateside, her brother offers her a marketing job at the Stag Distillery. Ready for a new challenge, Alexis agrees to accompany her new co-worker Jake Cooperon a Stag cross-country promotional tour. He may have an infamous playboy reputation, but Alexis is surprised to find out that there is more to him than meets the eye. And she likes what she sees. . .

Jake promised Alexis’s brother that he’d be an absolute gentleman. Of course, that was before he and Alexis hit the road, and they both agree that what Alexis’s big brother doesn’t know won’t hurt him. The plan: to keep their fling confined to the RV, and everything will go back to normal once they head home. Things progress in ways neither of them could have imagined, and Jake realizes that he and Alexis make a perfect mix. Can he convince her that he’s ready to shake things up and give true love a shot?

One of the first things that stood out to me in Maybe for You was that the ex-military wasn't the guy. It was the girl. And while this wouldn't fall into the category of military romance, her military past and the loss of her fiance while in the military were key parts of Alex's life and personality. When she returns after her last tour, she is ready to start over and move on, but it's hard. I thought her way of coping and confronting the loss of her fiance was amazing. She didn't lash out or hide but fought to understand what her feelings were and what they were rooted in. She also took control of them the best she could.

Jake had become close to Alex long-distance, and he was the shoulder she would virtually lean on through the hard times and long days and nights as she struggled through her feelings. But when Alex returned, things were a bit awkward at first. When they go on a promotional tour for the Stag, they both realize that the connection they build long-distance had grown into something more.

Their journey through romance and into love was incredibly sweet, but it still remained very real and very difficult for both of them to work through their pasts and reach for their future together. For followers of the series, you will see some wonderful moments from the past characters and couples. 

*I voluntarily read a review copy of this book*

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