"Masks cannot hide everything in this hockey romance"
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted August 17, 2017
Romance Contemporary | Romance Sports
MAYBE THIS SUMMER by Jennifer Snow is a story about courage
-- about getting out from behind a self-imposed mask so to
speak. Everyone has something that makes them feel
self-conscious and imperfect -- something they would prefer
to remain unnoticed by the public -- hence the mask.
This mask takes many forms. In the case of the characters in
MAYBE THIS SUMMER it is really a matter of getting
comfortable with the new you -- your new normal. Perhaps not
a perfect you but the one that just is. And that takes an
enormous amount of hope, love and courage.
Paige knows firsthand how difficult it is to reveal your
scars. She has sort of mastered a technique -- the art of
camouflage with her turtlenecks, scarves and jackets.
Outwardly Paige is an example of a cool self-confident young
professional woman. On the inside, Paige can't get to the
next stage -- the one where she can go out in public without
Owen can understand the need to hide scars but as a tough
ex- Marine Owen sees things quite a bit differently. Scars
are something you have to live with -- the alternative is
something Owen saw in battle. And now Owen is beginning to
face the next step in his career choices -- he calls it his
third career. He wants more than just work -- he wants a
family -- a woman to love and one that will finally see him.
Owen without his hockey uniform, his Marine uniform and
Bernie his Saint Bernard mascot disguise. Owen is hoping
that woman is Paige. But he definitely has his work cut out
MAYBE THIS SUMMER is a truly wonderful introduction to the
Ice series by Jennifer Snow. MAYBE THIS SUMMER is a
novella that is packed with memorable characters that
capture your attention along with your heart with their
engaging conversation and heartfelt dialogue. There's a
sense of community in this albeit shortened story that seems
to encourage you to revisit as soon as possible. MAYBE THIS
SUMMER is a sort of NHL hockey tale and shows you a fabulous
side to these hunky guys who skate more gracefully than many
of us walk. I am definitely a hockey chick. Give me a good
hat trick any day. Jennifer Snow's follow up to MAYBE THIS
SUMMER qualifies as a great hat trick.
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.
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