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.
|This is a short story but is full of punch. Owen McConnell is the mascot for the Colorado Avalanche hockey team. One time he was a player, but then decided to enlist and a roadside bomb has left him with scars outside and inside to deal with. When he goes with star player and friend to a children’s burn center for a request of players and gifts for a fund raiser Owen also brings up the mascot of the team which is a Saint Bernard to show up for the children as well. Which works since he is the mascot. Paige Adams the director of the program cannot believe that the only man who showed up for the meeting wearing a suit was Owen and that was the man she was attracted to. Not that she was planning on dating anyone soon. She at one time was a top model and when she got a top job the person’s boyfriend who she was chosen over scared her by throwing acid on her. Now she is covering her scars and herself. After a weak moment she agrees to meet Owen for drinks and just when everything is going well he blows it. Now he stands no chance with her and it is time for the fund raiser and looking for the mascot she finds him with the Saint Bernard head on but his body is scarred with burns and tattoos. She is also feeling an attraction that she has not felt in a long time. The problem is the mascot does not talk to her when he is out with the children and the same thing happens a few days later when he shows up at the hospital for the children who could not go outside. After her own surgery which Owen finds out about her mother tells her that he was there all day at the hospital and that she thinks he is the mascot. Now when she gives into her feelings for him it scares her to the point where she does not call him for a while. When she does there is no response and when she finds one of his friends from the team he tells her that he went on a road trip and where he is. Now it is up to her to take a leap of faith or not. This is a good story with a few good twists for a short story. I also enjoyed the whole mascot story. A very good book. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com|