Tuesday 17 February 2015

✤ Garrett ✤ Sawyer Bennett ✤ Cold Fury Hockey #2 ✤

© Bianca Janeane

Cold Fury Hockey #2
• release date: 17 February 2015
• 320 pages
• told from both Garrett's and Olivia's POV
• Book #3  ZACK will be out 9 June 2015
•  Book #4  UNTITLED will be out 8 September 2015

4.9 Stars

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.

We already met and fell in love with him in the first book in the series: ALEX
And now he's finally here with his own book.

Garrett loves his life.
He lives and breathes hockey.
And women - he enjoys them for one night.
But that's it. Once the night is over, he leaves, never coming back to do a repeat performance with the same girl twice. That would feel too much like commitment.
And the only thing he's committed to is his one and only love: HOCKEY!

Olivia is the step-cousin of our first books' heroine Sutton.
She has a college business degree, but she loves her job in a floral shop: creating beautiful bouquets and helping her bestie Stevie with the business.
She never has flings or one-night stands. Only relationships. So she's the total opposite of Garrett.
But once they meet, the sparks are flying. Both are horribly attracted to each other.
But Olivia doesn't want to be one of his notches.
BUT - unfortunately she got some very bad health news the other day - and maybe now's her only chance to ever do something daring and sexy.... maybe with Garrett? If he's still interested....

Of course he's interested.....but should he be?
Won't her sickness be too much for the carefree athlete?

I'm not telling you that of course...


GARRETT was a really cute and sweet and verrrry sad & moving and of course sexy romance.

You can't help but be instantly in love with Garrett. He was already this great guy and friend to Alex in the first book and now he's about to give up his man-whoring ways ☺
That is just too adorable to watch.
But of course it's not all happily-ever-after-hearts-and-flowers..
Olivia is very sick and Garrett has to decide if he wants to risk being with a girl for maybe a very short time only - or give her up before it's becoming more serious.

It was so moving and sad - I cried a lot all through the book.
But of course we also laugh a lot - especially about Olivia's overly gay buddy Stevie...he's hilarious!!!

 Garrett and Olivia are so adorably cute and we have LOTS of sexy & romantic scenes!

I really loved the cover by the way ☺☺☺ grrrr! I love it when the cover model is at least somewhere close in looks to the character ☺
Some things I didn't like - there were too much redundant lines in here - like all the exact names of the medicines and the over-explaining and describing of medical procedures ... well, just a few too many words - the book would've been better with 50 less pages ☺

BUT - I loved it and you will fall in love with Garrett too - but of course you already did while reading ALEX ☺

GARRETT  - was a very sexy & funny and extremely moving Hockey-Romance!
You'll love it!!!!!

Book #3 will be about Zack - we already met him in the first two books.... grrr...can't say anything about him without spoiling - but I'm sure his story will be amazing - amazingly moving ....

ARC received from Random House/Loveswept via Netgalley for an honest review

I couldn't wait to get my greedy little hands on Garrett!

We met and fell in love with (well I did anyway!) Garrett in the first book in the Cold Fury series Alex.  He is Alex's best friend, and a heck of a lot of fun.

I always knew it was going to take a heck of a woman to tame Garrett Samuelson, and Olivia is that plus more.  Loved her from the minute she turns up in the pages.  She was smart, sassy, didn't take Garrett's crap and gave back as good as she got.  What's not to love??

I just adored being taken on the journey as Garrett hands over his man-whore card!  Who knew he had it in him!

But it is not all sweet and happy with Garrett and Olivia.  Olivia's medical issues are not something anyone can take lightly, even though she tries to keep them from Garrett... for his own good of course.

I can't tell you how many times I broke down into tears while reading this book.  I had to put it down and reach for the tissues - maybe even a bit of a snotty ugly cry at times. 

There was quite a bit of medical jargon in Garrett - though this was explained well enough that you don't feel confused about it all.  There may have been a bit too much of it though,  a little wordy and a bit repetitious at times.

So, do Garrett and Olivia get the happy ever after? Nope, for that you are going to have to read for yourself!

I love love loved that we got more of Alex and Sutton.  Also more of the Cold Fury players, coaches and family.  

There was also a pretty big side story involving teammate Zack, that I am sure we will get lots more of in Zack's book.

I tell you now... if Ms Bennett broke my heart in Garrett, she is going to completely smash it to smithereens in Zack.]

Can't wait to read more!


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 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.