Review: This Christmas by Jeannie Moon
Jake Killen’s career in professional hockey has brought him many rewards on and off the ice, but returning to New York brings back a flood of memories. When he sees Sabrina again, he discovers that he didn’t just away from her ten years ago, but also from their unborn child.
Struggling with anger, guilt, and chemistry that’s off the chart, Sabrina and Jake wonder if they can find love again and, this Christmas, make all their wishes come true.
THIS CHRISTMAS starts off with a prologue introducing us to Cass, Kara, Jade, Elena and Sabrina. Sabrina finds out she’s pregnant but the father is her brother’s best friend and hockey teammate, Jake. He’s also a man who recently dumped her, went back to his ex-fiancé, is now currently married and traded to a hockey team in Canada. Sabrina is heart-broken and swears all the women to secrecy about who fathered her baby. Sabrina decides not to tell Jake because she doesn’t want to be rejected a second time.
I was a little worried after I read the prologue. I thought this Jake guy was a flake and needed to be tarred, feathered and hung from the nearest tree. Come to find out there are two sides to every story and Sabrina finds that out. The story jumps 10 years later to the present and Jake is single and back in town. He meets Charlie—Sabrina’s daughter—and immediately starts doing the math in his head. He’s angry that Sabrina didn’t tell him he’s a father, but angrier at himself because he’s the one who left the woman he loved.
I really loved the story. Second chance romances are my favorite trope and when I saw that all the books had that, I jumped at the chance to read them! I thought that showing us glimpses of Sabrina and Jake’s past relationship was showcased beautifully through recollections rather than flashbacks. I really liked how we got both points of view and also a few scenes with Charlie’s point of view. I thought the story was engaging and entertaining and I highly recommend this heartfelt Christmas read.
I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.