February 17, 2015

Garrett by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Garrett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #2
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date:  February 17, 2015


New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett hits the ice with the story of a playboy athlete whose winning ways lead him to a beautiful woman with a lot to lose.
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.

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New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett is a snarky Southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company that lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Bennett would like to report that she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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My 4 Star Review

This is the second book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series featuring Garrett. We first met Garrett in Alex’s book and I was immediately in love with the young sexy, playboy. I love this type of character, he is nice, charming, and hot as sin. So he uses these qualities to his advantage. Garrett is a good guy he doesn’t take advantage of women they know exactly what they are getting up front: no strings attached sex.

One night at a team party he sees Olivia and immediately wants to meet her. Olivia is there with her cousin Sutton and Sutton's fiancé Alex. This isn’t a case of love at first sight, no Garrett wants to meet Olivia and see about taking her home for the night. Olivia is completely completely taken back by the sexy hockey player and his advances. However, things are cut short when Olivia receives a call and has to leave the party early. No fear ladies, Garrett is persistent and decides to visit Olivia at work.

Olivia is a florist and works for her best friend. She is a smart, caring, and generous woman. Olivia wants to live every moment to the fullest and have no regrets. I think this is what get’s to Garrett. He isn’t expecting someone as beautiful as she is to have all these other great qualities. When Garrett visits Olivia and asks her out Olivia knows what she is getting into, but decides one night with hockey player is just what she needs and says yes.

"So…what you’re saying is if I told you I wanted to just go get a hotel room, and let’s have sex all night, we could do that?" - Olivia

"That’s not really appropriate for a first date. I don’t want you to want me just for my body. I want you to want me for my mind as well.” - Garrett

After their first date and evening of hot sexy fun, Garrett decides he wants to break his rule and go out with her again.

Olivia is hiding a secret from Garrett, which is the main reason she decided to take a chance on him. Hoping that one night would be enough, since she isn’t in the position to enter into a relationship. However, when Garrett decides he wants more she thinks a few more dates will be fine since he will lose interest soon.

This is definitely a different type of story as both people are acting out of character. We have Garrett who only does one night stands and Olivia who would typically be looking for more, but isn’t now. So it is hard for the two of them when one is confused about how to change and be in a relationship. While they other isn’t sure if she is willing to open up and let someone in. Olivia is terrified of someone being with her for the wrong reasons, she wants real love.

Just as I thought I would I truly enjoyed this story. It is a difficult subject matter and there was some definite heartbreaking moments, but overall it was an enjoyable read with a positive message. I really enjoyed how Garrett was protective and caring with Olivia, it really sold him as a character for me. I also liked seeing different sides of Olivia. I highly recommend this if you are a fan of this series, if you haven’t started them yet I suggest jumping in - hot, sexy hocker players, doesn’t get better than that!

ARC kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley exchange for an honest review.

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