Maybe This Summer by Jennifer Snow
Series: Colorado Ice #2.5
Published by Forever Yours
Publication Date: July 10th 2017
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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.
Owen McConnell is an ex-hockey player who had left playing with the Colorado Avalanche to join the Marines. He had lived through an injury by a landmine but that meant he couldn’t play hockey ever again. He was now the team’s mascot (not that anyone but the players knew that) as well as the Colorado Avalanche’s team promotion manager. He heads to the local hospital to meet with a woman who would like his friend Ben to play in a golf tournament to raise money for the burn unit. The minute that Owen sees Paige Adams he falls hard. He will do anything to get her to see him but she seems to look right though him.
Paige was a burn victim herself and hasn’t let herself consider dating in years. She knows that Own is interested but she’s not. One thing leads to Paige being at the DMV where Owen. She’s in a hurry and he has a number that’s about to be called. Owen knows he shouldn’t bribe Paige to get her to date him but he goes for it anyway. Unfortunately Owen does an idiotic man thing and almost blows his chances entirely.
This was a cute novella that had a great premise and was well written. Paige had been a victim of a hate crime and had walled her emotions off afterward. Meeting Owen made her think that maybe she could be more than she had been for years – and let people see the real her. Owen was a jerk at times but he was good for Paige and that made me happy.
My major issue with this story was that I felt no romantic connection between Paige and Owen. Friends? Yes. But nothing more spoke to me in their relationship. It might have started when Owen fell all googly-eyed over Paige after one minute of knowing her but it didn’t get better as the story went on. I could totally see these two as great friends but nothing more. Still a cute story, though.
Rating: 3 out of 5