Always a wingman . . .
Owen McConnell is used to being ignored. After all, it’s only when he appears as the Colorado Avalanche’s team mascot that he gets all the attention. When the costume is off, women tend to gravitate toward his famous hockey player friends. But after he meets lovely, damaged Paige Adams, he knows he can be the star player for her. She’s raising funds for the hospital burn unit, and Owen’s determined to help her out—and sweep her off her feet.
The burn unit has been near and dear to Paige’s heart ever since the doctors helped her after a vicious attack. Yet the scars—both emotional and physical—haven’t faded as much as she’d hoped. She’s closed herself off from relationships, and the thought of opening up is terrifying. But Owen’s sexy charm might be just the push Paige needs to start loving again.
Review: I enjoyed returning to the Colorado Ice series even though Maybe This Summer was a novella at only 118 pages that had a lot packed into it! Hockey was still at the core but since it’s off-season it’s more about appearances at charity events and delving into some of the players lives namely Ben and Owen.
Owen has a twofold presence in the story as both the Bernie, the mascot of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey team but also as the team’s promotions manager where his face is seen. When he and Ben meet with Paige, at the Burn Treatment Center, regarding sponsoring an event, Owen can’t take her eyes off of her. From there it’s one stalkerish moment after another, but is it really? There’s immediate chemistry but Paige has some secrets she’s not ready to share but is Owen the one that can break down her barriers?
There are family and friends, the burn center and the children being treated there, the fundraiser, sadness, fear, tears, hurt, sorrow, happiness, laughter, loving and love. The story flowed nicely and tied up loose ends. There is a happily ever after in the offing with the epilogue tying up loose ends. I look forward to reading more books in this series with Maybe This Christmas being released in the fall.
Snow is one of my go to authors having enjoyed her contemporary romances in the Brookhollow and Beyond the Cage series in addition to those in the Colorado Ice.
Favorite Quote: “Impressive enough for you to dump your boyfriend/girlfriend and give me one quick coffee date? That’s all I need to sweep you off your feet.”