Jake Wilde has two loves, but neither is going his way. Jake Wilde, the youngest of the Wilde brothers, has it all. He’s a pro football star with the woman of his dreams by his side…or so he thought. In a desperate attempt to keep the woman he loves, he asks her to marry him. The last thing Jake Wilde expects is for her to turn him down and walk out the door at the same time that his football team decides to trade him. Chris Jeger, a legal assistant and part-time cheerleader for the Cardinals, has been waiting for true love. When she overhears Jake Wilde making a personal plea to some woman on the phone, she can see he’s heading down the road to disaster. Instead of walking away, she steps in to offer him advice so he doesn’t turn his life upside down the same way she once did. Their friendship develops, and one night their emotions collide–but when someone unexpected suddenly knocks on his door, Jake learns that sometimes, what you wish for isn’t what you really want. As real life interferes with her hopes and dreams, will Chris once again be brokenhearted, left on the outside looking in?
About the author and where to find her:
USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart’s books have been described as Longmire meets old-school Dallas, and she recently received the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Award for Romantic Suspense for her title Lost and Found. With over thirty titles under her belt, she is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, such as romance, westerns, and mystery/suspense, including such series as The Outsider, Walk the Right Road, The Wilde Brothers, The Saved, and her most recent addition, The Friessens: A New Beginning. Lorhainne lives on sunny Salt Spring Island with her family, where she is working on her next novel.
Taz: My life is finally perfect. My dreams have all come true. I’m where I want to be with the bureau; having the career I’ve been planning since I did my stint in the military. I’m married to the one and only woman I’ve ever loved; my heart beats for her alone. Together we’ve made beautiful babies that I adore. I’m thirty-three years old and I’m complete. Then one day, it all changes. Slate recruits me for a temporary assignment that is underneath the radar for a reason. The bureau hasn’t sanctioned it as a priority, but Slate feels it is because of who is involved: Sue Ellen Reynard. Yeah, remember her?
Lindsey: Our lives were perfect. Taz and I had everything we’d ever hoped for: family, careers and an everlasting devotion to one another. Suddenly nothing is the same. In a single moment, my biggest fear is realized by one phone call from Slate: an ‘agent is missing’. My agent; my Taz . . .
This is just the beginning of our long journey. Will things ever be the same again?
Excerpt from Taz (Book #4: G-Man Series):
I wiped my hands clean, tossed the towel into the trash and grabbed my wife’s hand, pulling her behind me up the wide staircase to the second floor. Once there, outside of those closed french doors that had been my iron curtain for the past several weeks, I pushed them open, pulled her into the room with me, and then kicked them shut with one swift move.
I pulled her close, raising her shirt up and she didn’t resist; but instead, raised her arms up so that I could pull it up and over her head. I unfastened her front closure bra, releasing her beautiful tits that I hadn’t touched in months.
I lifted her up, and carried her over to the bed–our bed, gently placing her on her back, so that I could straddle her and begin feasting on her breasts.
She moaned beneath me with pleasure. I multitasked, sucking on a breast while I unfastened her jeans, before raising myself back up so that she could shimmy out of them. I pulled my shirt up and over my head, and then quickly unfastened my jeans, shedding them along with my boxers in one swift movement.
I lowered myself back over her, my mouth finding hers. I slowed my pace. I sure as hell didn’t want to come before my dick was even inside of her, but I swear to God, I knew I wouldn’t last long. I kissed her softly, playfully, as my teeth gently nipped at her bottom lip.
Our tongues interlaced, and her arms wrapped around me tightly, pulling my face and upper body even closer to her. I was consumed by her scent, her softness, her sweetness–all of it. She was mine to claim and holy fuck if I wasn’t going to! Nothing–I repeat–nothing was going to keep me from sinking my cock into her sweet pussy and showing her that she was mine–now and always.
And then we heard it.
At the same time.
From the room down the hall, Jackson was crying. And it wasn’t just a fussy or whiney cry that would likely stop so that he could return promptly to sleep.
It was a loud-ass wailing, followed by a high-pitched shriek of “Mommeee!”
Over and over.
Lindsey squirmed underneath me, pushing against my chest.
“I’ll get him, babe,” I said, getting up.
“No,” she said gently, giving me a quick kiss on the lips. “It’s okay, Taz. He’s calling for me. I’ll get him.”
She launched herself out of our bed, and quickly went to the closet, pulling on her white terry cloth robe, making a quick exit so that she could tend to our son.
The little cockblocker.
I made a mental note to ground his ass just as soon as he was old enough to understand the whole concept.
About the author and where to find her:
I was born and raised in southern Ohio, and with the exception of a brief stint in Dallas, TX, have been an Ohioan most of my life. My dream has always been to write a novel, and back in the early eighties I tried to do just that, having been influenced by authors such as Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Rosemary Rogers and Laurie McBain. I remember writing to all of them through their listed publishers, and the only response I received was from Johanna Lindsey (who lived in Hawaii at the time. Ms. Lindsey advised me to continue with my dream; and to submit to various publishers again and again. Of course, at that time, publishing e-books yourself was not on the horizon; there were vanity publishing houses of course, but she advised me to avoid those. So my dream was put on the back-burner for more than 25 years until June of 2012 when suddenly I no longer had a reason not to write a novel. My sons were grown; I found myself without a career (blessedly) and the creative juices flowed once again. I finished my first novel, “Maybe Baby” in September of 2012; the next two books in the “Baby Series” titled “Baby Love” and “Be My Baby” were published in early 2013. I learned a lot in my first endeavor with self-publishing. I’ve made so many friends as a result that it is over-whelming. In the spring of 2013, I had an idea for a different type of Alpha, and wrote Book #1 of the “G-Man” Series, titled “Diamond Girl.” This book was well-received, and I followed it with Book #2, “Love Plus One.” These are stand-alone books. I am finally doing what I love and I sincerely appreciate the wonderful readers who provide feedback and take the time to comment. I hope that with each book, my writing has grown and improved as I strive to publish quality fiction.
Kill or Die
Nina Hardwick has had a rough life since leaving high school, but inside she is still the girl looking for a silver lining. The past several years have left their toll on her psyche, and just as she feels like she’s climbing out of a deep abyss, her life and the lives of millions of others fall into shambles as a virus overtakes the country and leaves a plague of undead armies scouring the land. In a desperate attempt to get away from the infected, Nina and some neighbors speed out of town, nearly killing a man on a motorcycle. When they stop to rescue him, Nina realizes that he is the one man from her past she never got over, the guy who should have been her high school sweetheart until she messed it up. But this unrequited love, Kevin Savage, says he doesn’t even remember her. Or does he? Nina, Kevin, and her neighbors head to the wilderness and fight to survive not only the plague but also hunger, cold, their inner demons…and even each other. Will they survive and, more importantly, will her heart?
Excerpt from Savage:
I froze. My heart was thumping in my chest and time seemed to have slowed to a crawl, so I watched as they got closer and my friends steeled themselves for engagement. As though I was removed from the action, I saw chopping, swinging, lunging…as if I weren’t there on the battlefield. Then I saw the violent gray body lunge at me, teeth gnashing and fingers clawing, but I couldn’t make myself move. All around me, I saw my companions felling these creatures but I couldn’t seem to bring myself to do it.
It would be my demise.
I could hear Kevin beside me, yelling at me while fending off his own attacker, but then he lunged in front of me, shoving the tire iron in the neck of the creature that was ready to eat me alive, making it drop to the ground.
And then, suddenly, it was over.
They were all dead. My friends’ weapons—and their response—had saved us.
Everything became more vivid then. The blood seemed even redder on the pristine snow; the skies were a brilliant blue, the evergreens, the richest shade of olive I’d ever seen.
And then time sped up again, and Kevin gripped my shoulders, forcing me to look at him. I could sense Larry beside me ready to say something too, but he was leaving it up to the man who had my attention. “You can’t just stand there and do nothing. They’ll kill you, Nina. It’s you or them. Kill or die, Nina Davis.” His jaw rippled before he repeated each word with force. “Kill or die.”
In spite of the fear that had drained my body and despite the new appreciation I suddenly had for living, it didn’t escape my attention that he’d called me by my maiden name.
His face was so close to mine, his expression intense, his eyes like cold steel. He was a thing to be feared, and yet…I expected him to kiss me…
About the author and where to find her:
Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado and has decided she likes it enough to stay forever. Jade’s day job is teaching Creative Writing, but teaching doesn’t stop her from doing a little writing herself. Unfortunately, there’s no one genre that quite fits her writing. Her work has been labeled romance, erotica, suspense, and women’s fiction, and the latter is probably the safest and closest description. But you’ll see that her writing doesn’t quite fit any of those genres. You’ll have to discover Jade’s writing for yourself to decide if you like it.
Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined. Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves…or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben’s destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?
Source: Publisher/BenBella Books and Purchase
My Rating: 5/5 stars
** SPOILERS FOR BOOK ONE!!!! **
The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant is the second installment of The V Trilogy and unlike most second books in a trilogy, it does not slow down at all. The book opens with a very confused Anne being told by Teddy that she is not only going back to Cania Christy but she is going to have to help him take down not one but two leaders of the evil isle!! Shouldn’t be a problem given the cast of characters she has at her disposal. Here’s the crew:
Teddy: Huh? Who knew there were double agents where Heaven and Hell are concerned? As things stand, Teddy seems to be a fine actor and though he isn’t technically evil, he puts on a good show. Teddy is full of information and though he isn’t around much when he shows up, things get all kinds of interesting.
Hiltop/Mephistopheles: HA!! That creepy little bastard (what’s the word for a girl bastard?) is all kinds of demoted!! Turns out when one of Satan’s minions royally screws the pooch and gets outsmarted by a couple of kids, he loses all his power and followers but doesn’t get to leave the evil isle. Never fear, Hiltop is still on top of her/his game and just because the power and power base have been dramatically reduced doesn’t mean there aren’t plans within plans. Hiltop clearly has it out for Anne but on occasion she/he feels a bit generous and imparts some information.
Dia Voletto: Uugghh!! Talk about creepy wrapped in a pretty package. Dia is the new leader of Cania Christy and with him comes a whole new crew and nearly every one of them is smokin’ hot. Dia is seemingly clueless and only concerned with himself but he is actually quite clever. . . . sometimes. From the moment he lands on the island, Dia sets out to expand his territory and his influence. He launches construction on Cania College and within days of his arrival, pulls Anne into his madness. For a time, Anne is clueless about Dia’s interest in her but once she figures out how to manipulate him, Dia has no hope of survival.
Ben: Oh, Ben!! I’m not at all sure how I feel about Ben at this point. Sure, he loves Anne but then there’s that give it all up and accept my fate attitude that he has going on. I really want to like Ben, I do but when he gives up after everything Anne has gone through, it really pisses me off. Ben only gets truly interesting after Anne works her magic and literally forces him to suck it up and fight for his life. He does have a few endearing moments but for me, Ben had better square his sh*t away for the big finale!
Anne/Miss Saligia: Holy crap, are you kidding me? As if Anne’s life(ish!) weren’t hard enough already now she has to contend with the fact that she was once (still is!) a seriously powerful and seriously sexy devil with a tail. Oh, and she was Dia’s girlfriend. Really?? Once Anne gets something of a handle on her alternate identity and some information regarding Saligia, she begins to use it to her advantage. Within a few months, Anne and Teddy’s mission to overthrown the big bads is well under way and Anne has a serious number of followers. As her power base grows, so does Anne’s strength and confidence. With the help of a few trusted individuals and some serious badassery, Anne is on track to destroy all that Hiltop and Dia have built.
The Bottom Line: Joanna Wiebe just doesn’t follow the rules!! The second book in a trilogy is generally the slower paced, loads of backstory, get ready for the big finale book. (BTW: That is NOT a complaint from me. I love that crap :)) The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant is anything but and from the moment the book opens to the moment it ends, it is balls to the wall action. Anne is up to her butt in trouble, puzzles, mysteries and drama and if she doesn’t pull it together a lot of people are going to suffer as a result of her schemes. This is an incredibly twisty and turny book but Wiebe has done a fantastic job of leading the reader through each twist and turn with little to no difficulty. Just when you think you have everything figured out and all the players squared away, another twist or turn shows up to throw you off. I LOVED IT!! When you add the backstory of some of the characters and the hints about the third and final book in the trilogy, The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant comes in as a really fun and delightfully twisted read.
This is a prequel to the Dark Romance Standalone STALKER.
Some secrets are meant to stay hidden …
Secrets could kill you. My husband is the prime example. I’m a trophy wife. Someone’s prized possession, just there to be pretty. My dreams were pushed aside for his. Until one fateful night, one chance encounter, all his dirty secrets were exposed. And then my supposed husband is killed. I should be sad, but all I feel is anger. My husband is a lying, cheating bastard. And if that isn’t bad enough, I’m now the prime suspect for his murder. Only his brother believes I’m innocent, and in his support, I find relief. However, I will find the real killer and bring him to justice … before he tries to end my life too.
WARNING: This book contains strong language, explicit situations, and disturbing content.
About the author and where to find her:
Clarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series, but she’s best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.
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All-around bad boy, and twenty-five-year-old heir to the Jameson fortune, Tommy Jameson, knows three things:
- His family is disappointed in him.
- Overcoming his addictions won’t necessarily crush his vices.
- He is wildly in love with Sugar Scarborough, a girl who is dealing with her own addictions and an insatiable need to please.
Danger sends Tommy, Sugar and their friend, Julian Fitzpatrick, a heavily medicated, socially dysfunctional genius, fleeing from Green Willow Recovery Center. Now, together, they will face the outside world and uncover a horrifying mystery while being forced to confront their inner demons.
About the author and where to find her:
Tess Oliver is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Freefall. She is a former teacher, who now dedicates her morning caffeine rush to writing romance instead of teaching math and reading. Tess lives in California, the land of perpetual sunshine and traffic, with her husband, kids and five dogs. She is a longtime romance junkie, who likes her hero to be an alpha with a twist of compassion and if he has long hair and rides a horse or a motorcycle all the better. She writes young adult, new adult and adult romance in both contemporary and historical settings. When she’s not reading or writing romance, she can be found hiking, vacuuming up dog hair or baking goodies for her family.
Maggie MacKenzie wants nothing more than to hold her own child in her arms. But after three years of marriage, she and Riley have yet to conceive. The heartbreak of disappointment is almost more than she can stand. Riley MacKenzie would do anything for his wife, and watching the sadness fill her eyes every time she holds a new niece or nephew is torture. He decides what Maggie needs is a no stress vacation where they can concentrate on—certain bedroom matters. But their vacation ends up mirroring the first time they met in more ways than one, and they realize that spontaneity is sometimes the best way to get what you want.
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
Riley, likely my favorite of the MacKenzie brothers is back in action in this hot follow-up to his original novella which paired him with his now-wife, Maggie. After three years of marriage and partnership, Maggie and Riley are looking to expand their family but to date, they have had no luck despite a lot of practice. Riley and Maggie have never had a problem with the practice but each is justifiably frustrated with their lack of success and the waning heat in their relationship. Determined to bring the heat and the passion back into their relationship, Maggie impulsively hops a flight to Egypt to be with Riley at his dig site. Maggie’s suitcase is packed with more than just clothes and as soon as Riley sees her and the toys, the heat returns and some of the frustration fades away.
Being away from Maggie is hard for Riley but as an archaeologist, some opportunities are just too good to pass up. Riley is a world-class archaeologist and when he got the call to search for the more myth than truth Egyptian Book of Souls, he jumped at the opportunity. According to the myths, the one in possessions of the Book of Souls will wield untold power and though many have searched for it, none have every discovered its final resting place. As expected, Riley has come closer than any before him and with a renewed spirit thanks to a night of phenomenal sex with his wife (and a real shower!) Riley uncovers the lost Book of Souls.
Both Riley and Maggie can feel the innate power of the Book of Souls and after just one night in their possession, they both know it is something that can never fall into the wrong hands. Luckily Maggie and Riley are just a few steps ahead of the bad guys because in a moment of pure evil, Riley and his entire team is threatened for possession of the book. The bad guys are bad for a reason and prove they are willing to go to any length necessary to possess the Book of Souls.
The Bottom Line: Riley’s appeal in this read is as it was in the first. It’s hard to beat intelligent, hot and kinky and Riley has it all in spades. His reignited passion and desire for Maggie takes him over the top on the hot scale and Maggie’s response is equally steamy. Clearly the two are meant for one another and their compatibility shines through in both the sexy scenes and in the moments of danger. There is never any question of their devotion to one another and in a very happy ending, they get exactly what they deserve! In all, I am still totally smitten with the MacKenzie family and really love these follow-up novellas to the original stories. These reads are full of interesting, fully-developed characters who are more than the naughty bits they often engage in. Hart has created a series dedicated to a large family that is as sexy as they are interesting.
About the author and where to find her:
Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller—a dazzling adventure—where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn’t imagine why people weren’t knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things, and eventually learned that losing one’s virginity wasn’t all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can’t help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex.
Since the failure of her first attempt, Liliana’s books have won awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many others. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.
Liliana loves to cook, and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers.
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Chrissie Parker is not an ordinary college freshman. Her father, Jack, is a beloved music icon from the sixties. She was raised in a sheltered world of privilege. Then a whirl-wind spring romance with British superstar Alan Manzone rockets her into a tabloid media frenzy. Some loves prove impossible to leave behind, even at UC Berkeley, though Chrissie is determined to live a normal life as a college girl. Just when things start getting on track for Chrissie, Alan storms back into her world, desperate to reclaim the love of the girl he should have never have let go of and cannot forget. Chrissie must also contend with Neil Stanton, a guy from her hometown who she never wanted to see again, working as a campus janitor, and as irritating and unavoidable as ever. Chrissie fast learns what it means to be a girl of tokens and tears: the clandestine girlfriend of a famous man, and the loved friend of a guy who is perfect for her, but unable to claim her heart. As Chrissie fights to build her own future, she is caught between the love of a friend and the love of her life.
People think Chrissie Parker has a picture-perfect life. She leads an opulent lifestyle in Santa Barbara, her father, Jack, is a beloved music icon from the sixties, and she possesses a wealth of musical talent that will certainly lead to a promising future. But behind the façade, everything is far from perfect. When Chrissie journeys from Santa Barbara to New York City for an audition at Juilliard, romance is the last thing on her mind. She never anticipated encountering British Superstar Alan Manzone, a musician fresh out of Rehab, tormented by his own weakness and troubled past. Alan’s life is everything Chrissie’s is not; exciting, glitzy, and an all-out train wreck. Chrissie is soon consumed by Alan’s shocking pursuit of her, his dark secrets, and his desires. Determined to save Alan from himself, is it possible Alan, this beautiful and brilliant musician, is really rescuing Chrissie from her artfully concealed secret addiction that even her best friend is unaware of? Can two lost people find a love meant to last a life time in only three weeks?
About the author and where to find her:
I’ve written 26 books in 25 years. I write contemporary romance novels about messed up rich girls with perfect looking lives & naughty little souls and the hot mercurial men they take captive…and on occasion messed up rich girls from exciting periods in US and British history, and the poor Lords and Pirates they hold under their spell.
Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of her, and she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence. Child Protective Services yanks her from her home, suspecting her parents. The kids at school mock her, assuming she took it herself. And Ethan, the boy she was really starting to like, backpedals and joins the taunting chorus. Surrounded by disbelief and derision on all sides, Polarity desperately seeks the truth among her friends. Only then does she learn that everyone has dark secrets, and no one’s life is anywhere near normal.
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About the author and where to find her:
Brenda Vicars has worked in Texas public education for many years. Her jobs have included teaching, serving as a principal, and directing student support programs. For three years, she also taught college English to prison inmates. She entered education because she felt called to teach, but her students taught her the biggest lesson: the playing field is not even for all kids. Through her work, she became increasingly compelled to bring their unheard voices to the page. The heartbeat of her fiction emanates from the courage and resiliency of her students. Brenda’s hobbies include reading, making things out of re-purposed wood, pulling weeds in the garden, and going to Zumba classes.
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.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
There are hot men with skills and then there is Garrett Samuelson. As Garrett’s story opens, he is still indulging in his man whorish ways but knows the party is about to come to an end as the next Cold Fury is about to begin. Sure, Garrett loves the ladies and they certainly love him but hockey is everything and getting back into a season takes a back seat to nothing!
Olivia Case is bright, beautiful and, very sick. She is devoted to her friends and family, loves her job, has always been a committed relationship kind of girl but, cancerous is an indiscriminate bitch and doesn’t care that Olivia is far from done living her life. With an uncertain future ahead of her and with the encouragement of her best-friend, Olivia decides it is now or never and she is going to break some of her own rules and experience a little bit of life. Garrett Samuelson seems like an excellent place to start and given his reputation, scoring a one-night stand shouldn’t be all that difficult.
When Garrett meets Olivia he experiences something he long thought he lost the capacity to feel, the desire to see a woman more than once and in an upright position and fully clothed. Olivia is like a breath of fresh air and with her intelligence, beauty and, willingness to go with the flow, Garrett is interested in more than just sex. For what may be the first time in his life, Garrett is ready to take things slowly and see what the future holds with one and only one woman. Though Olivia is pleased that Garrett is respectful of her and her feelings, she feels like there is a timer counting down on both her relationship with Garrett and her life. Olivia is well aware of Garrett’s “dating” habits and after a few brief discussions and some very heated kisses, Olivia convinces Garrett that she is more than ready to get horizontal. What neither counts on is how extremely good together they are and the feelings that one sexual encounter awakens in each.
Olivia does not, under any circumstances want Garrett to know about her condition and all Garrett wants is to be closer to her. At odds with their desires and unwilling to open up fully to the other, Olivia and Garrett stumble around a lot in an effort to protect one another. Olivia doesn’t want Garrett to feel responsible or obligated to her in any way and can’t believe that the one-time playboy is so willing to change his ways for a sick and potentially dying woman. Garrett is true in both his actions and his words and once the truth comes out, he does everything within his power to support Olivia and convince her that no matter what her situation is, he wants to be with her. In fact, it takes Garrett about a nanosecond to realize that there really is something in his life that is far, far more important than hockey.
For a time, Olivia and Garrett make things work but Olivia is so very fearful of hurting Garrett in any way that she allows her fears to not only consume her but to rule her. In a moment of shear panic, Olivia leaves Garrett with little to no explanation and shatters his world. To make matters far, far worse, Olivia refuses to answer her phone and/or respond to texts. Not only does she shut Garrett out but also her family and best friend. With no way to actually talk to her, Garrett reaches out to her family and friends and each and every one comes to his aid. Sure, everyone gets that the cancer is scary and potentially life-threatening but Olivia’s actions are those of a coward and everyone, including her knows it!
The Bottom Line: Through and through Garrett is one of the hottest and best books I have read! From the moment she finds out about her cancer, Olivia pisses me off. She has love and support surrounding her at every turn yet she allows her fears to dominate her thinking and her actions. In the moments when she is free and happy, Olivia is endearing and fun but the dark moments have a tendency to overshadow everything. From the first page, I fell for Garrett and rooted for him right up to the very end!! I love a bad boy gone good and Garrett certainly epitomizes that. Garrett may have a man whore reputation but at his core, he is a good man with a huge capacity for love and caring. Olivia takes up residence in his heart almost immediately and Garrett is more than happy to put away his past dalliances and focus all of his attention on Olivia. Sure, Garrett is scared for Olivia and wants her to be happy and healthy but he never lets his fear overshadow his love for her and his every action speaks to that. In all, Garrett is both a heartbreaking and completely uplifting read. Bennett delves into some serious darkness with the cancer diagnosis but she beautifully balances that darkness with a message of hope, support and, love. Garrett is as sexy as he is caring and make no mistake about it, the naughty bits are all kinds of sexy as hell and totally appropriate for this read. The cherry on top of the sexy sundae is the epilogue and though I won’t spoil it for you here, I will say that is one of the most satisfying parts of the entire read. Even better? Zack, book three of the Cold Fury Hockey series is already available for pre-order and I have already one-clicked!!
About the author and where to find her:
USA Today Best-Selling 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. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.