An Arizona Vengeance Novel
by Sawyer Bennett
Everything is clicking for the Vengeance. We may be new, but we’re well on our way to winning the championship, and I’m having the time of my life headlining the sports media as the hottest goalie—hell, player—ever. I for one am going to live up to my name . . . because I am Legend Bay.
Dragging my ass home from the gym, I’m blinded by some gaudy, glowing holiday lights. As usual, my hot-as-hell neighbor Pepper Nantais has gone way over the top. But just as I’m about to tell her off, something else catches my eye . . . Seems like Santa left me a present, and not one I was expecting.
As life takes an unexpected turn, I realize that there’s much more to Pepper than meets the eye. Sure, she’s gorgeous. And exasperating. And her taste in decorating may be a bit . . . unique.
But beneath her carefree demeanor is a fierce determination and a heart of gold. And before I know it I’ve fallen for her. Hard . . .
Pepper is exactly the woman I never knew I needed.
This was such a delicious story for so many reasons. There’s the hot, single dad who is pretty hard to resist. Even though a baby is totally unexpected, Legend throws himself into being a parent with all sorts of love and energy. Once he gets his hands on that little girl he does just about anything to keep her safe and happy. He just needs a little help from his formerly annoying neighbor.
And that’s another reason this was a fun read – the enemies to lovers trope. While Pepper and Legend weren’t really enemies, she did love to get under his skin and annoy the dickens out of him. She (and I) just thought he did need a little shaking up but he didn’t see it that way. Which made it all the better. And you totally knew that things were gonna lead to the bedroom eventually … and whew! They know how to keep things steamy.
I really loved Pepper and Legend together. She’s not really as zany as she’s made out to be, which I think helps. She’s just a little bit original and artsy, which are not the first things that you would think of to describe Legend. But he is strong and steady and learns to enjoy the color she brings to his life.
Unfortunately things don’t work out 100% easy for Legend when he finds out that he’s a dad, so there is a bit of mama drama going on. All of which leads up to quite a suspenseful ending, but while that part was fun it was the human piece of Legend learning to be a dad and seeing Pepper in a new light that really made this read a hit for me.