Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Review : Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer Bennett

Cold Hockey Fury, #2
by Sawyer Bennett

Release Date:
February 17th, 2015


via NetGalley

eARC received in exchange of honest review


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.

Purchase links:

Cold Fury Hockey Series on Goodreads

Our Review of Alex HERE

Lindy's Thoughts:

Garrett is the second book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series.  Each book is about a different team mate, and can be read as a standalone story.  While Alex, the first book in the series was a great story, Garrett, completely stole the show.  It was such a beautiful, tender, gritty, and inspirational love story.  Ms. Bennett's story radiated with me, and made me feel a multitude of emotions.

In Garrett, we are given the story of a playboy that is loyal to his friends, passionate about the game of hockey, and loves to have a good time.  He hasn't found a woman that makes him want to settle down, and is known to his friend's as "The King of One-Night Stands.  That all changes for him when he meets Olivia.  She is beautiful, witty, charming, shares his sense of humor, and makes him feel alive.  Olivia is Sutton's cousin, who is with Garrett's best friend and team mate, Alex.  Therefore, she knows all about this bad boy.  Initially, she turns him down when he asks her out on a date.  However, with his persistence and the encouragement from her best friend, Stevie, she finally agree's to go out with him.  As these two get caught up in the rapture of passion, and begin falling in love, Olivia has a decision to make.  She has been diagnosed with a serious illness, and because she doesn't want to hurt Garrett, she must decide if the best thing for him is letting him go forever.

I loved how Ms. Bennett used alternating view points in Garrett's story.  We, as readers, get to see in to the minds of Olivia, who is strong, courageous, tenacious, and an all around lovable character.  She is in the battle of her life, and I couldn't help but respect and commend her, and Garrett's character, who made me fall hard!  He went from being a flaky playboy, to being one hundred percent committed to Olivia.  He became her strength, hope, happiness, and reason to live.  He was so tender, loving, and giving, with her.  Their love story was so beautiful, and touched me deeply.  I was happy to get a lot of Alex and Sutton, from book one, in this story also. We are introduced to, Stevie, Olivia's best friend, who was such a colorful, and fun character!  

I believe, Garrett, is a story that will resonate deeply with readers.  It was memorable, eloquent, and full of depth.  The next story in this series is going to be about, Zack.  A life altering event occurs in Zack's life, in this story, that had my heart breaking for him.  I am highly anticipating his story, and cannot wait to get more of these beloved characters.

My Rating:

I give, Garrett, by Sawyer Bennett, 4.5 Inspirational, Hopeful, Touching, and Beautiful Stars!  This is the kind of story that will stay with readers for a long time to come.

My Favorite Quote:

"Since meeting Olivia, I feel like blinders have been taken off my eyes.  Things seem brighter, funnier, happier.  Sex is off-the-charts mind-blowing and I feel a fullness inside me that I haven't felt before.  Yeah...I know exactly what she means.  I feel more alive than ever, and it's due solely to the woman in my arms."  (eARC, Loc. 3179)


Mikki's Review:

The second installment, of The Cold Fury Hockey series, was packed with emotional, intense, steamy and tender moments. Sawyer Bennett once again wrote a story where the reader escapes into a wonderful journey filled with passionate characters that will steal your heart! 

When I finished reading Alex, which is the first installment in her all new hockey series, I could not wait for Garrett's book! It took me no time at all to fall for him and I was anxious to see who would be the girl that would make him change his playboy ways. What starts out has a fling for Olivia and Garrett, soon turns into an all-consuming love story! From the moment that their path's cross they both have to let go of the insecurities that surround them, but will they bill able to overcome the obstacles that life throws their way?

What I love the most about Sawyer Bennett is that not only are her stories well-written and a total escapism,  but the characters that she writes about are so passionate and full of life! It takes me no time at all to connect with them and for me that is a very important aspect when I read a book. I need to connect with the main characters as well as the secondary ones. Her cast of characters are absolutely sublime!

Olivia and Garrett's journey has been a difficult and emotional one. Olivia is hiding a secret from Garrett that leaves him broken. When he finds out about her medical issues, he wants to be by her side at all cost. As the days go by, their shared laughs, tender kisses and steamy passionate encounters leave them falling hard for one another. Their love story was breathtaking and touching! The way Garrett takes care of his woman will completely melt your heart! He gives his 100% in this relationship even if Olivia pushes him away because of her insecurities.

This is another winner in my books! I was extremely happy to see Alex and Sutton. I loved their story and loved the role that they played in Garrett's story. I highly suggest that you have tissues next to you at all times. You will need them! My heart completely shattered at one point of this journey. It still hurts just thinking about it :(

Zack is the next hockey player to get his own story. You have no idea how anxious I am to read his story! I'm ready for it! The only problem is that June is to freakin' far away!!!! I want this book STAT!
I give Garrett, by Sawyer Bennett 4.5 heart-melting, romantic, captivating, emotional stars!

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling 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. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three 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. 

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series.


  1. I read Alex and loved it. Garrett was a loveable character. Wonderful reviews, ladies! I'm convinced that I need to read it soon.

  2. Now THIS is definitely one that I could read. It sounds good, and I like that each of the books in the series are about a different teammate. That is pretty cool! Thank you so much for the awesome review!

  3. Great reviews I've been dying to read the off series by Sawyer Bennett for a long time now and your reviews just convince me to push it up to my next reading list! Thanks for your awesome reviews!

  4. That is quite the cover! I am interested in reading this book!


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