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.
As I wrote in my review of this book last week, there is just something so sexy about sports romances. Written in 1st person, each chapter alternates between Garrett POV and then Olivia's. Garrett plays hockey and the ladies flock to him like bees on honey. This is book #2 in the Cold Fury series and you meet him in the first book ALEX. Garrett is Alex's best friend and he meets Olivia thru her cousin Sutton, Alex's girlfriend. Olivia is sassy and doesn't fall at Garrett's feet which fascinates him, besides her good looks. She turns him down for a date, but he can't get her out of his mind. As much as she found him attractive, she didn't want to be just another one-nighter especially since she had more important things on her mind. She is seriously ill and will be starting treatment soon.
They keep meeting and finally Olivia agrees to go out with him. Garrett is funny, self-confident and talented and with her he can relax and be himself. He has a zest for life and Olivia thinks maybe she should enjoy her life, too, if only for a short while. The story is filled with emotion as they both deal with Olivia's illness. There are some touching and tender moments. There is also a little shock in the story with another character. And then there are moments when things get real tough between the new couple.
This story, of course, is a little more serious in tone than in ALEX, but what I liked was that the two men had a great friendship and had each others backs and weren't afraid to let each other know if one was being a jerk and could lose out on something important.
All in all, this story is an emotional roller coaster and I found myself tearing up a time or two. It is filled with friendship, trust, and most of all, LOVE. I can't wait to read another in this series.
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