his time between hockey and his young son, Reed. He can’t manage to find anyone
good enough to be introduced into his little family, not that he spends a lot
of time looking. As soon as he lays eyes on the beautiful, yet annoyed fan, he
knows he needs at least one date with her, but he has to convince her to say yes
revolves around her daughter, Sadie. She has kept her focus only on her since
the death of her husband in Iraq. She never worried about having a personal
relationship with another man again. The only luxury she holds onto is her love
of hockey, which doesn’t include the Utah Bears.
he wants and what he wants is Lexie. She, on the other hand, has to realize
that sometimes, you have to be a little crazy to earn a happily ever after.
bunch of seahorses and smaller fish inside. A group of kids surround it, all
excited and mesmerized.
can’t see anything.” She crosses her arms in a pout.
pick her up, but as soon as I do, Reed pipes up too.
than chicken nuggets, you’ll start growing. Might want to try those veggies
next time. C’mon.” I crouch down a little to lift him up as well, a kid on each
hip. They are heavy too. Reed and Sadie lean forward a little to see even
better and I look at Lexie. “Can you see?”
done looking, I put them back down and ask, “Who is ready to see the sharks?”
Lexie and Reed. “Like…like real sharks? I thought we were just going to see
fish too, Sadie.” Reed rolls his eyes at her, and I poke his shoulder in
they try to eat us, like on Finding Nemo?”
my shirt a little. “Mr. Ashton, are these good sharks?”
are going to walk through a little tunnel, and they’ll swim around above us.”
thing to say based on how scared she looks now, but I wanted to let her know
what was going to happen. The little girl takes a deep breath, getting very
serious. “Can I hold your hand in case the glass breaks?”
I add, “You might need to hold Reed’s hand too.”
takes his, “but hold Mommy’s, so we don’t lose her either.”
With a hand outstretched to Lexie, I ask, “Are you ready now too?”
with mine and nods. As we walk towards the shark exhibit, she leans in and
whispers, “If I didn’t know better, I would think you planned this.”
Paige is a romance author from North Carolina who has published eight books on
her own. She is a huge hockey fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and loves read.
When not writing, Lindsay is focused on completing college.
Chicago, Illinois, but currently lives in West Virginia. She is an avid reader,
co-founder of Book Nerds Across America, and author of the Ice series, Always
Forever, and The Hockey Tutor. She goes nowhere without her cell phone or
Kindle. Mary loves anything to do with Chicago Blackhawks, Patrick Sharp, and
different teams and players, Lindsay and Mary write hockey romances to
vicariously live through their characters and their experiences with these hot
hockey players. Together, they have written The Penalty Kill Trilogy and the Oh
Captain, My Captain series.