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A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

by Sawyer Bennett

USA Today 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.

I actually had a hard time getting into this one – I’d make it a few chapters and then put it down to try again.  I did that a couple of times and then when I saw that Zack’s story was coming out, and I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to read it, I knew I had to try again.  Apparently the third time’s the charm because not only did I finish it but I actually enjoyed it quite a lot.  I think there were a couple of issues for me my first few times – I could see where their problems were going to be a mile away plus, I wasn’t all that big a fan of Garrett.  I thought after Alex that I’d love him but he comes across not so much like a modern day rake (which I love) and more of just a manwhore.  Once I got to know him a little better though I actually liked him a lot.

And even though I knew where things were going to go wrong I decided to try to just sit back and enjoy the ride.  It’s a little bit of a secret (but not one that is hidden very long) – Olivia’s issue is that she has been fighting cancer and she’s about to fight it again.  When she meets flirtatious and oh-so-sexy Garrett she decides to take the chance to enjoy some fun sex with the hottie hockey player.  Only it turns into something a little more serious.  So of course her health issues become the huge trouble spot for the two.  Mixed in with how unappealing I found Garrett at the beginning and I just wasn’t sure I wanted to face that, but he quickly changed my mind and I loved the dedicated boyfriend he became.

Bennett is a great story teller and her characters are complex with deep issues, so once I got started I quickly found myself drawn into their story.  The ending was a little difficult to read because both of them needed a good smack but it just made their HEA all the better.

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