Series: Cold Fury Hockey #2
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 278
Published: Loveswept, February 17, 2015
Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.
Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.
Why oh why, do I have to choose books lately that first break my heart a little, even though they later put the pieces back together? To this one and to all that came before it, let me dedicate this song to you, Quit Playing Games With My Heart by Backstreet Boys-and I so used to love that song!
It’s been two books by Sawyer Bennett for me, and by now I’ve learnt my lesson not to expect anything just too simple from her. I should’ve known I was in for something more, but next time, I’m definitely more prepared. What anyone might think as a fun sports romance was more emotional, more real, much deeper than you can imagine, and-maybe not so unexpectedly- sexy and romantic. The first book I already liked a lot, but perhaps because of the subject matter, or the characters in general, this one was a step further than that.
I’m not going to get into details, but let me tell you, there’s no way you wouldn’t like Garrett and Olivia. Their chemistry was enough to melt the ice Garrett plays on, and their romance was one you’d envy. They were both strong and vulnerable at the same time, both right and wrong, but one thing’s clear, they were both pretty darn relatable, and that is, again, because their voices were crystal clear when they spoke to us themselves in the book. I said this for the first book also, what I normally don’t like in my reads-first person narration- especially in my romance, somehow works smoothly for this series.
There’s also an acknowledgements page at the end of the book that I’d like to point out and suggest everyone read. I always read them, I don’t know about you, they make me feel like I get yet another, more direct way to connect with an author, but this one I suggest everyone read because it’s nice and personal, and I don’t know, maybe because I’m personally acquainted with the subject matter so its impact was bigger for me, but it tells how courageous this author is for taking something painful and hard and turn it into a happy ending. I can’t wait for her next story. Even though I know it’ll be yet another emotional roller coaster, I’m more than ready for the ride.
I’m adding five spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge. Here’s to all the Olivias and Garretts in the world.
Cold Fury Hockey series by Sawyer Bennett: