Thursday, February 19, 2015

ARC BOOK REVIEW: "Garrett" by Sawyer Bennett

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.

Sawyer Bennett writes sweet, engaging, and ragingly hot books. And although, I have my favorites, I've never been disappointed in any of her stories.  Such is the case with Garrett, Sawyer Bennett’s latest in the Cold Fury series. 

Take one part ladies’ man add a bohemian florist with a life threatening disease looking to live life to the fullest, and what you have is a recipe for an emotionally wrenching story.  Garrett is not a bad guy.  He’s just a guy’s guy.  His greatest love is hockey and not much surpasses that, including women.  He doesn't have a super tragic background. He’s just living the good life as an NHL hockey player. Olivia comes from humble background.  She’s a hard worker with a level headed. When diagnosed with an incurable disease, she faces it straight on.  She takes a chance to have a fling with Mr. Playboy thinking it is only going to be a one night stand.  That is all she thinks she can afford.  She cannot engage in long term entanglements.  She doesn't think it’s fair to burden another.  The best part of the conflict between the two is when Garrett (the no string guy) has to convince Olivia, the deep-relationship girl) to give the relationship a chance.  

There are the dramatic dips and turns that made my heart flutter. Sawyer Bennett has such a grasp on human emotions.  Having said this, however, my greatest critique of the story is that there were moments that I felt verged on sentimentality.  It did not ruin the story for me, but it kept a good read from being a beloved one. 

If you are looking for an emotional romance with a sports edge, don’t miss this read. 

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