Release Review: Maybe This Summer: Jennifer Snow

Maybe This Summer (Colorado Ice #2.5)
Jennifer Snow
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Release Date July 11, 2017

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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We met Owen McConnell in Maybe This Love as he is Ben Westmore's best friend and I was glad to see we were getting his story.  He is the team mascot, Bennie, and Promotions Manager for the Colorado Avalanche hockey team. He is also a previously injured ex-Marine. He gets a lot of attention in his costume, but often gets overshadowed by his friends when he is out of it. He uses humor and sarcasm as a shield, and is generally blunt and honest.

When he meets Paige Adams during a meeting at the local Burn center, he wishes she would really see him. He is a man who has lost his confidence, and is used to being in the background. But when he can't stop thinking about her, he goes into pursuit mode and is determined to get a chance with her.

Paige works tirelessly at the Burn center, but is hiding her own scars. She's guarded and fearful. She does not feel pretty and worthy. She has not dated in years and does not plan on it. She tries hard to hide her vulnerability and how her past has marked her. But she is still struggling with coming to terms with what she has been through.

She never expected Owen to come bursting into her life. And she is determined to avoid attachments and a risk of heartbreak. But he finally finds a way to make an offer she can't refuse. They actually begin to see the other person under the facade they hide under...their heart, passion, and kindness. But their trials at dating are complicated. There is a lot of push and pull and hurt feelings, And they both have to decide how they want to approach their own lives before they can figure out if they could fit together.
I liked the premise of this story and the messages it conveyed. I adored Owen and liked Paige although she was harder to warm up to. Due it's short novella length the pacing is fast and the connection develops pretty quickly. I would have liked it to be a bit longer to get more of the relationship building. But it is not just a romance, but also a journey of self discovery for two people who have to learn to become comfortable in their own skin and figure out what they really want out of life. And they have to find the courage to expose themselves, be brave, and go after it.

It fits well within this series of sweet and romantic books centered around hockey, and I am looking forward to Maybe This Christmas with the final Westmore brother, Asher.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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Love is always worth the risk . . . 

Neil Healy was happy to be promoted to Air Force Lieutenant, but he's less than thrilled that the new job has brought him back to his hometown. The memories alone could kill a man, to say nothing of actually seeing the woman he never got over. Neil knew avoiding Becky Westmore would be impossible, but he didn't expect the chemistry between them to be as strong as ever.

All Becky wants this holiday season is to get through the month of December with her sanity intact. Not helping? Her ex-boyfriend's return to Glenwood Falls. Even after a decade apart, Neil still makes her feel in ways no other man has. But Christmas is a time for miracles, and maybe Becky's will be a second chance at first love.

Maybe This Time (Colorado Ice #1)

Starting over means a second chance . . . 

Abigail Jansen is done with hockey . . . and hockey players. After leaving her two-timing NHL-star husband, Abby decides to start over in her hometown of Glenwood Falls, Colorado. There she doesn't have to deal with people gossiping behind her back or hear the word "hockey"---until her daughter tries out for the junior hockey team. Now Abby has to face her fears . . . and coach Jackson Westmore. He's tall, dark, handsome---and happens to hate her.

All through high school, talented hockey player Jackson Westmore had a crush on Abby, but he would never make a move on his best friend's girl. He gave her the cold shoulder out of self-preservation and worked out his frustrations on the ice. So when Abby returns, newly divorced and still sexy as hell, Jackson knows he's in trouble. Now even the best defensive skills might not keep him from losing his heart . . .

Maybe This Love (Colorado Ice #2)
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Hockey player Ben Westmore has some serious skills---on and off the ice---and he's not above indulging in the many perks of NHL stardom. When a night in Vegas ends in disaster, he realizes two things: 1) it's time to lie low for a while, and 2) he needs a lawyer---fast. But the smoking-hot woman who walks into his office immediately tests all his good intentions.

Olivia Davis doesn't need anyone derailing her career---or her dreams of starting a family---least of all a skirt-chasing player like Ben. But soon he's unleashing a full-court press to convince her that he's the real deal. She's slowly falling for his sweet, rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change---or if he's just playing the game.


Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice #3)
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Release Date September 26, 2017

All wrapped up . . . 

One more game. That's all that stands between NHL star Asher Westmore and a major career milestone. But then his brother bashes him against the hockey boards, sidelining him for months. Over Christmas holidays, no less. If staying off the ice doesn't drive him crazy, staying with his family will. The only bright spot amidst the mistletoe and twinkle lights: His best friend, Emma, is a physical therapist. And working out with her improves his body and his spirit.

One last time. Emma Callaway was in trouble the minute she and Asher added benefits to their friendship. How is she supposed to resist a funny, caring guy who makes her toes curl? Her heart was safe while he lived in a different state. Now that he's back home recuperating, though, it's only a matter of time before she blurts out her feelings. Emma's only hope is that with a little holiday magic, she'll get the best Christmas gift of all.
Jennifer Snow 

Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and son. She writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance stories set everywhere from small towns to big cities. After stating in her high school yearbook bio that she wanted to be an author, she set off on the winding, twisting road to make her dream a reality. She is a member of RWA, the Writers' Guild of Alberta, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Film and Visual Arts Association in Edmonton. She has published over ten novels and novellas with many more on the way.

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