Book 2 in the Cold Fury Hockey series
by Sawyer Bennett
Audiobook from Tantor Media : 5/26/2015
Narrated by Cris Dukehart, Graham Halstead
Running Time 9:26
New York Times 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.
This is a hot, sultry, poignant story about a couple who have a massive exterior obstacle, but also face the age-old poor communication skills issue along with a big dose of flawed logic! It’s a sexy story with a measure of “happy” as a couple finds each other with a dose of “sad” when some tragic stuff happens.
Olivia fears that Garrett is only committed to her because she is sick and she doesn’t want to ruin his life by dying sometime in the next few years. The event that really precipitates the realization that her death would hurt Garrett is not the same kind of event. And I don’t think she trusts his motives for being with her when she knows he’s never been in a relationship for more than three dates, but breaking up with a sick chick would be low. Plus, she decided she ought to sow her wild oats while she still can.
On the other hand, he’s fallen hard and fast. Yes, he questions whether he should take a chance on a woman who is sick and puzzles it all out. For him, the event that precipitates her fear, solidifies his commitment.
The sex is hot with a little raunch and a tiny bit of dominance. They are a good couple together. The sex is more of an expression of love though. Sometimes reading steamy romances I think, do these characters realize there’s more to life than sex? But then in this one she’s sick so of course they do. The faulty logic is of course that there are no guarantees in life and love. Perfectly healthy people die in accidents or develop fatal illness once you are involved. The event that happens that makes Olivia worry the most would make me think more this way than the way Olivia does.
One thing really bothered me about the narrative and the narration. Olivia works for a gay florist wo is omewhat flamboyant in a 1980s, hello kitty crop top, disco and rhinestones, stereotype way. And he is played with that singsong, girlfriend! stereotype in the narration. I was a little offended by the way the character was written and played. He is a loving, caring friend to Olivia and then Cole, and what he wears is given more attention than who he is.
This could have been a fluffy sports book, but Olivia’s illness and Cole being a stand-up guy adds a level of serious that sets the story apart.