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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.

278 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 17, 2015

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Sawyer Bennett

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

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Profile Image for Geri Reads.
1,232 reviews2,022 followers
February 13, 2015
I don't know where to start.

It has a good premise. Garrett is the king of one-night stands. He's fine with it until he meets Olivia, who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Suddenly, Garret was hit with insta-lust and miraculously turned into a faithful and committed schmuck overnight.

Can you sense my sarcasm? Yeah. I thought so, too.

But my biggest problem with this book is not the unbelievability of Garrett and Olivia's relationship but how this book was executed from beginning to end.

The characters were one-dimensional to be honest. Olivia is fucking Mary Sue and Garrett talks like a robot. The dialogue were stilted and the characterizations were laughable. I am told over and over again how smart and witty Olivia is but I wasn't shown one instance where she was being witty or smart for that matter. I mean, Olivia is supposed to be a college graduate and yet she doesn't know what an oncologist is? How is that for being smart? And Garrett keeps referring to his fame as his celebrity. My celebrity this...my celebrity that...

Basically, there's a lot of 'telling' and not enough 'showing'. I became disconnected with what the characters keep telling me versus what they are actually doing. For example. Olivia keeps saying that her mom is amazing. She's a hippie but 'ZOMG! She's the best mom evah!!' She keeps repeating this throughout the book and yet, when Olivia underwent chemo for her cancer, her mom is nowhere to be found. I don't care if she lived in the freakin' moon, she's supposed to be the best and most amazing mom ever, she better come and hold her daughter's freakin' hand for me to believe it. But no. That didn't happen. She came for one measly visit, left after a week so yeah, "OMG, your mom is the best ever!'

And can we talk about the ellipses in this book?

Finally ... I pull the condom out. Finally ... I get a good, up close look at his shaft. It's huge ... but then again, he's a big man. It's beautiful ... long, thick and dark with life force-

The whole book was riddled with it. It became distracting.

Then there's the cheese and the repetitiveness. I was absolutely drowning with it. Every line, every thought they had, reeks of cheese.

Sadly, I just couldn't find any redeeming thing about this book. The story was mediocre with one dimensional characters and stilted dialogue. Don't even get me started on the grammar and spelling issues, which I find unbelievable since this is a trad-pubbed title.

I've enjoyed some of Ms. Bennett's work in the past. Unfortunately, this book wasn't one of them.

ARC courtesy of the publisher.
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3,714 reviews31.6k followers
February 17, 2015
4 stars!

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After meeting Garrett in Sawyer Bennett’s first Cold Fury Hockey book (Alex) I was so excited for his story. I love the man whores. I love the ones that change their way for that one special girl. The ones that aren’t looking for love, but when it hits them, they fall hard.

Garrett Samuelson’s life is perfect. He’s doing what he loves to do more than anything (play hockey), he’s getting paid very well to do it, he has great friends and he can get any girl whenever he wants. He’s the fling king. The guy who only does one night stands. Maybe the occasional repeat, but never a relationship. It’s just the way he is. He has no problems with relationships, he’s just never met anyone who’s made him want to be in one.

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Oliva Case is Sutton’s (Alex’s girl) cousin. She is gorgeous, sweet and fun. She’s a florist who loves her job. She gets to work with her best friend every day so it’s pretty perfect for her. Olivia isn’t looking for a relationship right now, but she doesn’t do the one night stands either. She’s just not that type of girl. Olivia is going through something right now that makes her hesitant to jump into a relationship. It makes her want to take risks. To be daring and bold. To live life to the very fullest.

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When Garrett first sees Olivia, he is stunned by her beauty. He can’t take his eyes off her. After wearing her down, he finally talks her into a date. Which ends up like most of his dates do. But Olivia isn’t like the other girls he’s been with. There is something special about her. He likes her. He wants to get to know her, to spend more time with her. For the first time in as long as he can remember, he wants more with a woman…
I’m thinking a bit differently, and I’m thinking one night might not be enough.

Olivia knows it’s not fair to start up a relationship with Garrett right now. Not when she’s going through some tough stuff and her life is pretty unpredictable. But little by little, he starts to wear her down. When he finds out whats going on, he’s more than supportive. He wants to be there for her. For the first time in his life, he wants someone to depend on him. Olivia means so much to him, he would do anything for her.

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Olivia was such a strong heroine. She was fun, spunky and sweet. I loved her relationship with her mom and her bestie, Stevie. She had a lot of strength, but the times she ran low, Garrett was right there to pick her up. I got so much more out of Garrett than I expected. He really stepped up to the plate. He was loving, devoted, and of course, sexy as hell. Their story wasn’t easy, but their love was stronger because of it.

To be honest, I was expecting Garrett to be all sweet and sexy like Alex and it was sweet. And it was sexy. But damn. It was emotional too. It had a trigger topic for me which probably made me a little more emotional than some. I cried more than once. But I also smiled a lot, laughed and swooned. There was a little insta love, but with the situation, it was easily overlooked for me. After reading this story, I am anxious to get the next in the series. Watching those events unfold has me nervous for Zach’s book. Overall, this is a series I like a lot and I’m looking forward to continuing it with more Cold Fury players!

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1,260 reviews9,900 followers
December 6, 2014
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review}
(BR with Dee and Mel)

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This is the second book in the "Cold Fury Hockey" series and after having finished it, I am already salivating for the next book. Each book seems to be better than the last. I was crazy about Garrett in the first book and couldn't wait to get his story! Since he was so light hearted and a manwhore, I thought this was going to be a very steamy and funny read. I was not prepared for the sadness that centered around Garrett and his love interest.

Garrett Samuelson is one of the players for the Cold Fury hockey team. He's Alex Crossman's best friend and has a reputation for bedding many beauties but doesn't do relationships. His last long term girlfriend was during his high school years. His life is about to be turned upside down when he meet's Sutton's cousin, Olivia Case. Sutton is Alex's fiance.

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Garrett is instantly attracted to Olivia, and she can't help but feel the same for this gorgeous man. However, she's heard of his reputation and at first is not willing to be another notch on his bedpost. Garrett is not used to getting turned down by a woman and his interest in Olivia is piqued. We learn very early on, that Olivia has been diagnosed with Follicular B-cell lymphoma. She decides to live what life she has left to the fullest and sees a night or two of wild & passionate sex with Garrett as a much needed distraction.

The sexy times are indeed panty melting!! Garrett and Olivia can't seem to get enough of each other, and I was enjoying every minute of it! I know it is definitely an "Insta-Love" type scenario here, but it didn't really hinder my love for the story or the two main characters. I found myself swooning over Garrett many times throughout the story. I loved that he wanted to be there for Olivia, every step of the way.

"Nothing...no woman...no piece of ass or fake boob thrust in my face will ever turn my eye away from you. Nothing and no one will ever come close to making me feel the way I do just when I'm holding your hand, or listening to you breathe at night. Nothing compares."

Olivia struggles with her conscience. She feels that she is being selfish by getting into a relationship with Garrett when there is no guarantee that she will go into remission and live a long life. She fears that her death would destroy Garrett. I wasn't really annoyed with her at this point. I kind of got where she was coming from, but I would have chosen a different path than her.

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My heart was breaking for Garrett. He clearly was crazy in love with Olivia and wanted to help her fight the cancer. He knew there was a chance she might not live a long life, but he was willing to take whatever time he could have with her.

I have to give honorable mention to Alex. I freaking LOVED him in this book. He was the only person talking any sense during the angsty portion of the story. I just love that he and Sutton were very present in this story and that they were always around to offer words of encouragement.

I had tears of joy by the time I finished this book and I really can't wait for you all to be able to read this one. I can honestly say that after reading two of the books in this series, that I wouldn't ever hesitate to read any other books Ms Bennett has written. I am actually looking forward to reading them all. I can't wait for Zack's book!! I'm praying now to the Netgalley Gods that I get approved for that book once it's available. I certainly will be doing a happy dance!!!

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1,005 reviews800 followers
February 17, 2015

This is the second book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series featuring Garrett. We first met Garrett in Alex’s book and I was immediately in love with the young sexy, playboy. I love this type of character, he is nice, charming, and hot as sin. So he uses these qualities to his advantage. Garrett is a good guy he doesn’t take advantage of women they know exactly what they are getting up front: no strings attached sex.

One night at a team party he sees Olivia and immediately wants to meet her. Olivia is there with her cousin Sutton and Sutton's fiancé Alex. This isn’t a case of love at first sight, no Garrett wants to meet Olivia and see about taking her home for the night. Olivia is completely completely taken back by the sexy hockey player and his advances. However, things are cut short when Olivia receives a call and has to leave the party early. No fear ladies, Garrett is persistent and decides to visit Olivia at work.

Olivia is a florist and works for her best friend. She is a smart, caring, and generous woman. Olivia wants to live every moment to the fullest and have no regrets. I think this is what get’s to Garrett. He isn’t expecting someone as beautiful as she is to have all these other great qualities. When Garrett visits Olivia and asks her out Olivia knows what she is getting into, but decides one night with hockey player is just what she needs and says yes.

"So…what you’re saying is if I told you I wanted to just go get a hotel room, and let’s have sex all night, we could do that?" - Olivia

"That’s not really appropriate for a first date. I don’t want you to want me just for my body. I want you to want me for my mind as well.” - Garrett

After their first date and evening of hot sexy fun, Garrett decides he wants to break his rule and go out with her again.

Olivia is hiding a secret from Garrett, which is the main reason she decided to take a chance on him. Hoping that one night would be enough, since she isn’t in the position to enter into a relationship. However, when Garrett decides he wants more she thinks a few more dates will be fine since he will lose interest soon.

This is definitely a different type of story as both people are acting out of character. We have Garrett who only does one night stands and Olivia who would typically be looking for more, but isn’t now. So it is hard for the two of them when one is confused about how to change and be in a relationship. While they other isn’t sure if she is willing to open up and let someone in. Olivia is terrified of someone being with her for the wrong reasons, she wants real love.

Just as I thought I would I truly enjoyed this story. It is a difficult subject matter and there was some definite heartbreaking moments, but overall it was an enjoyable read with a positive message. I really enjoyed how Garrett was protective and caring with Olivia, it really sold him as a character for me. I also liked seeing different sides of Olivia. I highly recommend this if you are a fan of this series, if you haven’t started them yet I suggest jumping in - hot, sexy hocker players, doesn’t get better than that!

ARC kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley exchange for an honest review.

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896 reviews1,932 followers
November 19, 2014
4 Strong Stars!

Garret, Cold Fury sexiest playboy wants nothing more for his life. He has a job he loves, women falling for him on every corner and more money that he can count. He believes he has everything. Until he meets Olivia (Sutton's cousin) in a party and she knocks him out of his ass when she refuses him. Olivia has cancer and doesn't want to open her heart when she doesn't know how much time she has, so as much as she wants him she knows isn't a good idea to let him in. But he is relentless and eventually they get together.
For the first time Garret finds that all he needed to change was someone worth it and Olivia realizes that she needed something to fight back. But when they both know there's the possibility of losing this fight, how much time they have to win before the clock stops ticking?


This was a really sweet romance. It was nice how it touched such a sensible subject as cancer and turned it into a light and sweet story. Sayer's writing always flow easy and leave us with that heartwarming feeling in the end. Do when you ate in need of s sweet book with dome swoony hockey players, give this series a try.


Rating: 4 Stars.
Characters Development: Garret was sweet and great and I loved how he had no problem in changing his ways. But I was expecting more 'alphaness'. He was too sweet. Olivia was nice, she had some annoying attitudes but giving her condition it was expected. I really liked how she was bold. I loved Stevie, loved to see more of Alex and Sutton but I really hope next book won't be about Zach. I don't think I can handle it.
Steam: Some hot scenes.
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1,342 reviews960 followers
February 17, 2015
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Cold Fury series has the hottest covers. I thought Alex’s, book #1, cover was smokin but I’m changing my mind and handing the award to Garrett for sexiest cover.

Garrett was introduced in Alex’s book as a womanizer who is looking for a good time. Having a different girl in his bed and not looking for anything with deep meaning has left him with a reputation that follows him.

Olivia is Sutton’s, Alex’s girl friend, cousin and she has a secret that could change her future. When she meets Garrett she tries to keep him at arms length to prevent any attachments but Garrett can’t be deterred. Even when he finds out her secret he is determined to be the man she needs.


Olivia's mother lives in Oregon. I had to laugh because she was what most people think of Oregonians: hippies.

I was pleasantly surprised by Garrett’s book. I figured it would be a lot of man-whoring going on but instead I found a man who was committed. Olivia’s secret is something no one wants to think about and when I discovered the secret (which happens early on in the book) I figured this book would be somber. But instead Garrett’s humor helped lighten the mood of a very serious condition.

COLD FURY is a professional hockey team chalked full of hot guys. The next book is Zach’s and after getting a glimpse of him in this book I’m looking forward to what he has to bring to the table.

RELEASE DATE: 2/17/2015
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Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer Bennett
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1,342 reviews1,246 followers
December 19, 2017
"Love is grand and warm and secure."

Garrett is the second book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, however, the more I read of this series the more I appreciate the way in which each character plays an integral role in the overall scope of the series. Garrett Samuelson is Alex's best friend and a complete player with the ladies. When Sutton's cousin Olivia Case makes an appearance at a Cold Fury Team Party, Garrett is instantly taken by the bohemian beauty. Although Olivia is aware of the ways of the playboy player, recent circumstances in her life have given her the confidence to go all the way with Garrett. Believing that their time together will offer her one night of passion, she is completely shaken to her core when Garrett makes it clear that he is looking for more than one night with her. As Garrett chases after Olivia, Olivia is terrified that the baggage in her life is going to bring him down. As passion and romance continue to blossom, it becomes clear that nothing will tear them apart.

"Then he's flipping me, kissing his way down my body...licking at my breasts, teasing my nipples. Worshipping me. Showing me all the ways in which he loves me through touch and taste."
Told in dual POV, Garrett has a complex plot that is full of emotions and rich passion. Olivia is facing the battle of her life and Garrett steps in and offers her support and healing like she has never experienced before. I love the dynamics between the characters and the way in which the entire cast of characters interact throughout their journey. I adore the natural writing style of Ms. Bennett and how she offers a perfect blend of hockey, smoking hot passion, and romance. Garrett and Olivia are a perfect match and although you can expect a little angst in this read, due to the circumstances they are facing, you will find the ride is certainly worth the reward.

"To get him to forgive me. To get him to love me again. I wasn't going down without a vicious fight."
Overall, I cannot offer enough praise to Garrett and the entire Cold Fury Series. Each player is unique and the passion in which they love their women and the game will leave you hanging on every single word of every single moment! With friendship, passion, romance, and hockey, Garrett is an absolute must read!

***Cold Fury Hockey***
Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer BennettGarrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer BennettZack (Cold Fury Hockey, #3) by Sawyer BennettRyker (Cold Fury Hockey, #4) by Sawyer BennettHawke (Cold Fury Hockey, #5) by Sawyer BennettMax (Cold Fury Hockey, #6) by Sawyer BennettRoman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7) by Sawyer BennettLucas (Cold Fury Hockey, #8) by Sawyer BennettVan (Cold Fury Hockey, #9) by Sawyer BennettReed (Cold Fury Hockey, #10) by Sawyer BennettMarek (Cold Fury Hockey, #11) by Sawyer Bennett

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February 18, 2015
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Garret is about taking risks. It's about fear, facing it head on and overcoming it. It's about choices. Sometimes life can hurt but it can also be amazing. We have to hang on to those wonderful moments, cherish them and believe in the positive. Garret is a story about living.

Garret Samuelson is 26 year old hockey superstar with the Cold Fury team. Women... he loves to fuck them but they're always second in line to Hockey. He's a no commitment, maximum-3-date-kind-of-guy, a player both on the ice and off, "...absolutely and devastatingly gorgeous," outgoing, funny, charming, strong and caring.... Garrett is just lovely.

Olivia Case is natural, bohemian, beautiful and strong. She's direct, lots of fun and flirtatious when the mood takes her. I enjoyed all aspects of our heroine's character and her great sense of humour. She's unsure of her future so she decides to grab every opportunity. I love her inner I-will-take-everything-life-gives-me approach and that she totally goes for it.

When they first meet they partake in a little flirtatious fun together with a light hearted banter-style conversation. She's fully aware of his reputation and has no plans to try and change him, even though they're undeniably attracted to one another. His agenda is to get Olivia to agree to a date....... He almost can't believe his luck, she wants what he wants, a good time, but maybe they have differing reasons for their outlooks, and maybe they want more from each other then they even know?

So deliciously HOT. Sawyer Bennett writes deliciously sexy and erotic scenes.

This story captured my attention from the very beginning, it engaged me with it's beautiful array of characters, the author integrating them in interesting digestible notes, letting us feel their warmth and friendship towards each other. Stevie, Olivia's BFF, is one of my favourite additional characters and adds a great dynamic to the story with his vivacious personality and his ability to endear people to him.

4 Stars love because....
The middle section of the story is a little slow, that's really my one small critique. I felt a lull in the prose for about 30% in this section of the text and then something unexpected happened reflecting the unpredictability of life and the story took off again in all it's emotional beauty.

I love stories where the hero 'doesn't do' commitment, the MANWHORES, but is then completely blind-sided by the heroines beauty, and that special something about them. When it's executed well it makes for a dream-like story and reflects how, in real life, when you meet the one and only everything falls into perspective.

Garrett is a sexy, beautiful romance set against the gut wrenching battle of Olivia's medical issues. It's a story that made me smile and swoon, it's utterly dreamy at times.... It's also a story with an extremely serious and emotive subject matter at its core. The heroine's sadness juxtaposed against her zest for life, raised the levels of emotions to heady heights. This story made me both happy and sad, it worked through all my emotions and gave me the most wonderful epilogue a reader could wish for. It got to my feels big time; made my emotions overflow. I cried through it, the epilogue is perfection.


**Note: Garrett is book two in the COLD FURY HOCKEY series.It can be read and enjoyed as a standalone as each book in the series focuses on a different COLD FURY player. If you haven't read the first book in the series, it's a lovely read and I thoroughly recommend it, here are my review thoughts ALEX (Cold Fury Hockey, #1)

Can't wait for Zack's story!

Arc provided by Random House Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review

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1,093 reviews1,008 followers
February 28, 2015
4 stars
"I can't see anything but you."

Never judge a book by it's cover... Garrett Samuelson, the ultimate player in and out of bed, only ever wanted one shot with Olivia. But Olivia easily brushed him off due to his bad boy ways...but now, now things are different, funny how quickly your life changes and you rush to strive to really live. It was always supposed to be one night, just to give into her desires; at least with Garrett she knows for sure he knows what he is doing.

For Garrett though all it took was just one look to know that she was a game changer, that one night would never be enough. His past is thrown back in his face, forced to face the image he has made himself out to be. Secrets are kept but when all is revealed he does everything to the contrary and everyone around him are silenced with their assumptions. But will it ever be enough ???
Love is grand and warm and secure. But love is painful...

Garrett is a tale of a reformed bad-boy who falls hard for his one true love. He was such a treasure to have, sexy deliciously inventive and such a sweetheart. I felt bad for him with how highly his friends thought him to be. He was there every step of the way, and took it all in stride never allowing it to impact what rally mattered. Olivia was dealt with news no one wants to hear, but she tried to not let it rule her life, even though the insecurities and fear always find it way. I was able to relate to both characters and their decisions, even if I wanted to smack a certain someone in the end. I never read the first book in the series, jumping into this one directly so I had nothing to go by in regards to expectations. Heartfelt sexy story, and the epilogue... I absolutely loved!

ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

***Quotes above are taken from the ARC version of the book and may differ upon publication. Even though I'm not supposed to include any quotes, I couldn't resist.
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1,654 reviews977 followers
June 14, 2015
I have to treat this review with kid gloves, because I really don't want to give anything away. It kind of bums me out because I just have so much to say about the story, and also how close to my heart the subject that the couple have to deal with is. There is so much that I would love to share with you all in my own experiences; but I can't! In saying that though, I will tell you that this was a very special book. It is full of major feels, and at times it broke my heart only to pick up the pieces again and put it back together! Sawyer Bennett did a beautiful job with Garrett's book, and she has now upped her rank in my favorite authors list BIG TIME! I will be honest, when I first started this series, I thought from the sexy covers that I was in for a ton of sex and that's about it. I was so very wrong. This series has that and MORE! It has substance, major feels, and hero's that will leave you swooning forever. Garrett is hands down my favorite so far, and he will be hard to beat by far....EVER!

Garrett plays on the hockey team; Cold Fury. Anyone who has heard of him knows that he is the biggest manwhore alive. He makes no excuses for the way he is, and he has absolutely no interest in tying himself down with a woman. Unlike most heroes who shy away from commitment, Garrett hasn't come from a broken past. His parents have been married for years and have a wonderful marriage. Garrett hasn't really had any serious relationship before, but he treats life as just living in the moment...That is until he meets; Olivia. This woman is very different than what Garrett is used to. She also does not fall at his feet and want to please him, nor does she want him for a "hockey hubby" like most others. This makes him stand up and take notice. When he does finally talk her into going out with him, he finds out very quickly that there is way more than meets the eye with this intriguing woman. For once in his life he has decided just maybe this woman would be worth the time to get to know her outside of the bedroom. Very quickly though, Garrett and Olivia's reality comes crashing down...and there are some HUGE decisions to be made if they are going to go forward with seeing each other. Garrett surprises EVERYONE and really stands up to the plate and becomse extremely committed to this firecracker of a lady. My only complaint would be that everything happens so quickly, and he falls for her very fast too. Considering though, what these two have to deal with, I can see and somewhat understand why the speed of feelings would come into play. They are dealing with something that most couples never deal with in their whole lifetime.

Garrett amazed me with his willingness to be there for Olivia. Their journey is not an easy one; but Ms. Bennett writes about it beautifully. This could have been a potentially very depressing book if it wasn't done right. However the humor that is infused with in the pages, and the romance between the couple enlighten the topic wonderfully. I just can't say enough how this story just had an over all great message to it.

There is also another tragedy that takes place to one of the other team members...Talk about somber when that happened. This was a roller coaster ride of feels, and the main thing I will suggest is to go out and buy a box of kleenex (or three) before you sit down to read it! This can be read as a stand alone, but you do see a lot of Alex and his woman from book one. Olivia is cousins with Alex's woman.

I truly didn't do this book justice with my review, but I don't want to give anything away! This touched me in a way that most books never do, and part of that is that I can relate to how Garrett was with Olivia. My hubby has done some very amazing things for me in our marriage regarding a very similiar topic, and so I think I was absorbed way more because of it!
What a pleasant surprise this series has been. I look forward to continuing with it, and as I said earlier; Sawyer Bennett is now one of my top fave authors. She has my utmost respect in her writing ability..
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620 reviews348 followers
February 3, 2015

Before starting my review I wanted to say that my rating reflects the fact that I had a hard time to focus on this story because of Olivia's "secret" I don't deal well with book treating about illness (especially at the moment and for this illness in particular) and I don't usually read them. If it wasn't for that aspect I would probably given the book 4 stars.


I met Garrett in Alex' s book and I was immediately attracted by this confident guy who seems fun. There's one thing you know about him is that you want to hang out with him just to have a good time. He's the type of guy who not go to too much trouble. He easily made friends and so I immediately wanted to know more about him.

Garrett Samuelson is a womanizer, he likes the company of women and likes to gives orgasms, have orgasms but nothing more. What he loves more than anything else is hockey.

He is a professional player and he's good at it. He lives to be on the ice with his teammates and nothing else.

Olivia Case is Sutton (Alex girlfriend) 's cousin ( and has a lot on her mind. She has just found out she is sick and doesn't really know what tomorrow will bring.

At first she doesn't want to be involved with him because she has no time for a boyfriend + she thought it's not really fair for him to start something which will lead to nothing.

After talking with Stevie, her best friend, she decides that after all, Garrett doesn't usually date and after his own revelation he doesn't go further more than three dates, so why not take advantage as long as she can and why not do it with an handsome hockey player.

Because I'm not going down without a fight, and If I do go down, I don't want there to be any regrets

I've liked Garrett honesty, he never pretends to be someone else and he is honest when he talks about his relation with others girls. He also honest with his attraction toward Olivia, and he just want to let it go, see where this relation will lead.


When he discovers Olivia's secret, he is a little confused but he doesn't get mad or try to blame Olivia for not telling him. No, he understands and he immediately stays by her side. He knows it's important for her to have his support and even though he doesn't really know how to react he doesn't go anywhere.

I don't do obligation. I live for what I want, and right now... I want you

The relation between them two was beautiful, sweet and sometimes heart-breaking. Garrett is amaze by the fact that finally he found someone who wants him for him and not his fame or something else.

I don't feel like I'm putting on a performance with you, and I know you don't need me to. You like me for me and I like that about you. It's just nice to be with someone that makes everything easy.

At some point, Olivia starts to panic because she doesn't want Garrett to suffer if something happens to her... but what if it's not up to her to decide?


Despite the fact that the part about the illness made me a little uncomfortable, I have to say I think Sawyer Bennett manage to deal it brilliantly. Of course, it takes a huge part but at the end you can feel the message is to give hope, that no matter what happen, you always have to believe and be strong.


Pre-order links:
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garrett-Cold-...

PS: I'm now excited to meet Zach. I can already feel it's going to be emotional ♥

Thank you Loveswept ♥


In this series: Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett - to come Zack (Cold Fury Hockey, #3) by Sawyer Bennett
Profile Image for [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ .
501 reviews453 followers
August 29, 2015
3 stars

I quite liked this book to begin with. The way they met was cute. The way their relationship developed was done well. I think after I while I just found myself not so invested in it and wanted to reach the end to see how it all plays out.

If you decide to pick this up I would say read the blurb as it is on the depressing/gloomy side. I would have rated this 4 stars but that epilogue ruin it and that rarely ever happens.
Profile Image for NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}.
1,301 reviews85 followers
July 21, 2016
***5 "You're my strength" stars***

Who could imagine that a series with a bunch of hockey players could be so emotional???
Not me, that's for sure!!!
Alex prove me wrong and after that difficult ride, i thought that my mood will lighten up a little bit with reckless, funny Garrett!!!

But man, Garrett prove me wrong for second time, so my expectations for funny times with these books are finally over, because after what i found out about Zack, it's hopeless...

Don't get me wrong, every book had its funny moments but all of them are so emotional and they had prove me the strength that there is in any person, but damn, they hurt!!!
Still... i can not stop reading about those guys, even though my heart is breaking every time a little bit!!!

They worth it!!!

Everybody thought Garrett as a shallow person... His friends, his teammates... Me!!!
He loved the game. He love to play hockey... It's the most important thing in his life...
But he also like to have fun, to tell filthy jokes and to fuck different lady every night or maybe two...
I met him for first time in Alex's book and i adore that guy!!! He was so funny and he was such a good friend... He manage to earn Alex and that it is saying much!!!
Now, it's something about to change in Garrett and that something is coming with the form of Sutton's cousin, Olivia!!!

Olivia is a girl who likes her job in a flower shop, doesn't have many friends except Stevie and Sutton and lives an easy simple life...
But everything are changing in her life...
She just found out that she had cancer and she started to question everything that she knew.
The death maybe it's right outside her door and after she met Garrett Mathewson, she wanted to live her life to the fullest. And she will start with this nice piece of ass...
Everybody knows that Garrett is the king of the one night stands, so it will be perfect for Olivia.
She will have a wild sexy night, her first one-night stand, with a dreamy man and with that she will not have any regrets...

But what will happen when she will discover that Garrett for the first time in his life want to be with a woman... Olivia exactly???
What will she do with her plan??? And how can she let him enter in a life full of loss and heartness????
And Garrett what will do when he will finally find out about what Olivia is hidding of him????
Will he stay by her side or will he runaway????

Well, guys!!! This was an intense emotional journey!!!
I really liked Garrett's tranformation...
Garrett near to Olivia was a different person.
He was still funny, but he was caring for her with such intensity that made my heart racing wildly inside my chest...
Garrett was the strongest guy that ever existed... I really admired him about that...
He was so determined and courageous and he was showing no fear to the future...
Yeah, he had his bad moments sometimes, but that was totally understandable!!!

And Olivia was such a brave person... Even though her condition, she never once cry or let her pain to be shown to the others...
She was fighting her disease with all the power that she had inside of her...
She was a really strong person and she deserved Garrett...
They were so good together....
I only pissed off with her near to the end, even though i totally understand her reasons why she did what she did, it wasn't right for Garrett...

Also i want to tell that the people that surrounded them were fuckin' awesome!!!
If you have friends like them by your side you don't have to be afraid about anything....
And Sutton, Alex and Stevie were friends with big "F"...
(Love you, Alex!!! Just for those words!!!)

That story was so lovely, even though it was extremely sentimental...
And now, it's Zack's turn and i'm so scared!!!
I was in shock when it happened that shit and my heart was aching more than Olivia's struggle with her disease...

But i have to know how he will get through the tragedy that hit him!!!
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942 reviews571 followers
December 3, 2014
****4 Heartfelt Stars****

(Arc kindly provided by Netgalley)

(BR with Melissa and Patty)

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The more I read this series the more I love it!! Sawyer Bennett has created stories that are sexy, heart melting and very entertaining.

Garret is on fire on the ice and off, he's the newest addition to the Cold Fury Hockey Team and he is having the time of his life on his new home, winning games and charming hearts away. Garrett has never been on a serious relationship, he gets plenty of action from all the ladies that he doesn't need the commitment, but when he meets the sexy and free spirited Olivia he's not oppose into giving monogamy a chance. When Olivia accepted to go out with the sexy Hockey Player, she thought it was just for a hot, one night stand, her life recently got turned upside down and she really needs a distraction from all the chaos. Garret and Olivia immediately find themselves in a passionate affair that will become a lot more than they bargained for. Things will get serious and very intense quickly as a difficult situation will become a constant shadow between them. Is now up to them to fight for their love or simply give up and allow their fears to keep them apart.

Garret was absolutely charming, he's possibly the most perfect male character I've read about, he didn't know he was ready for love but when it came down to it, he was the most supportive and gentle boyfriend of all times. Olivia was also great, she was a fighter and a really inspiring character, I also loved her best friend Stevie, he was a riot and an amazing secondary character. Overall this story was very fast paced and super romantic, theres another book coming out about another player Zack, who just experience terrible heartbreak and I can't wait to read his book, it promises to be very emotional and I can bet it will be the best one yet. Love this series about hot and enchanting hockey studs!
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2,633 reviews3,210 followers
April 21, 2018
4.5 Seriously Good Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
This continues the new series of Sawyer Brown's Hockey team, Cold Fury. First, please take a moment to honor this cover....

Yes, artfully done.. yet gasp worthy.

What is the best... the story lives up to the promise.
This is a tale which was hinted in the first book of the series, Alex... and the promise of Garrett was firmly planted... and it has blossomed and born some of the sweetest fruit. This book is brimming over with sensuality, heart, humor and care.

The heart and soul of this story is huge... be prepared to swoon for Garrett. This is a story which has so much going for it yet balances serious life experiences with a deft hand. It was never over the top... it just told it like it is... these things happen... it is what you do; how you handle them and move forward...

I applaud the author in presenting this story with realism, humor and yes.... that hot sexy way Bennett knows how to do...and nothing is more sexy than both characters being strong, playful and human. By giving us both POV's... we were treated to the real deal.

This was a terrific addition to the Cold Fury series... and it will be interesting what comes next.

I will advise those who's trigger is serious illness may need to be prepared.

Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1)
Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer Bennett Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2)
Zack (Cold Fury Hockey, #3) by Sawyer Bennett Zack (Cold Fury Hockey #3)
Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey, #4) by Sawyer Bennett Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey, #4)
Hawke (Cold Fury Hockey, #5) by Sawyer Bennett Hawke (Cold Fury Hockey, #5)
Max (Cold Fury Hockey, #6) by Sawyer Bennett Max (Cold Fury Hockey, #6)
Roman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7) by Sawyer Bennett Roman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7)
Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey, #8) by Sawyer Bennett Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey, #8)
Van (Cold Fury Hockey, #9) by Sawyer Bennett Van (Cold Fury Hockey, #9)
Reed (Cold Fury Hockey, #10) by Sawyer Bennett Reed (Cold Fury Hockey, #10)
Marek (Cold Fury Hockey, #11) by Sawyer Bennett Marek (Cold Fury Hockey, #11)

A gifted copy was provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

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1,324 reviews1,389 followers
February 17, 2015

4.5 "You Make Me Feel Alive" Stars!
(ARC provided by Netgalley)
(BR with Patty & Dee)

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Garrett Samuelson aka Mr. One night stand is a 26 yr. old guy raised in a loving family from a small town outside of Minneapolis. He is the star right winger for the Cold Fury in North Carolina. Professional hockey is his life, his joy, & his one true love. He has a reputation as a playboy who doesn't do repeats or commitment.

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Garrett meets a woman named Olivia Case at a hockey get together, and is instantly smitten. She is one of the most beautiful women he's ever seen, and he flirts like crazy, and tries to get her to agree to a date. Olivia is dealing with some heavy stuff in her personal life & things are complicated for her right now. She is extremely attracted to Garrett, but just needs things to be as simple as possible, so she turns down Garrett for the date.

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After returning home for the night, Garrett is all she can think about. After giving it some thought she decides even though her future is unknown, maybe he could help her forget her problems & be the perfect diversion. Why deprive herself of the pleasure he can give her. She finds Garrett to be sinfully sexy, and just wants to enjoy everything he has to offer her. She decides a one night stand is a fabulous idea after all, & just what she needs right now.

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A one night stand quickly turns into 2 nights, 3 nights, etc. They become inseparable, & things just feel natural between them. Garrett finds himself wanting a relationship with Olivia. Olivia is overwhelmed by her feelings for him, & wasn't expecting for their feelings to become so intense. What started as a physical connection has turned into so much more. Garrett helps Olivia to live in the here & now, feel, & have fun. He makes her feel desired & sexy, and makes her stronger. He cherishes her and we see such a beautiful, softer, more serious side of Garrett. I had no idea how emotional Garrett's book would be & was shocked I even was teary a few times. I really enjoyed Garrett's book & look forward to an HEA for Zack up next! :D

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-"You may possibly be the perfect woman."

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-Now that I've seen what it's like to have someone that you care about- and who cares for you- it just puts a different perspective on things for me.
Profile Image for Ilze.
263 reviews194 followers
December 8, 2014
I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first book in the series, but I still liked it and I enjoyed Garret immensely. He really was amazing - your next book boyfriend for sure ♥


This time, the story is about the heart breaker Garrett and sweet ordinary girl Olivia. Garrett has never been with one woman to more than 3 dates and he does not sleep with a girl twice. He loves women, but his true passion is hockey. At a party he meets Olivia, stunning, sexy and smart women, who turns down his first attempt to go out with her. However, Garrett has been never the one who turns down a challenge. He gets Olivia to go out with him and their feelings progress, but Olivia has a secret...

I loved Garrett in the 'Alex' and I continued fall hard for him in this book. He is probably one of the most considerate love-them-and-leave-them type of man. He knows hot to use his good looks to his advantage, but his intentions are never evil or mean. He is smart, sexy and lots of fun. Him wanting to always take care of Olivia and understanding everything what is happening to her made me swoon. Also, I love his bromance with Alex and his relationships with Stevie, Sutton and his mom. Love, love, love Garrett. He stole my heart and when he was angry and in pain I was too <3

Olivia, I am still not sure how I feel about her, I liked her for the most of the book, she was fun and her banter with Garrett was awesome, but in the end she made some pretty idiotic decision, which I am still not happy about. However, her always trying to stay positive and strong was pretty cool.

I wish I could give this book more than 3 stars, but although I liked it, I was a bit bored in the middle part and I needed a bit of an action or conflict or anything except 'we are happy and we enjoy every second'. THE conflict came a bit too late in the book and then I had to ask myself 'is that it? is that really the big conflict'. Anyway I wasn't too happy about it, but was so unexpected and really almost made me wanna cry.

What surprised me the most in this book was Alex. He really stood up for Garrett and took matters into his own hands and made things happen. I was very proud of him, even though he was a shitty friend in the beginning.

Also, I think author did a great job writing about this subject matter and giving a hope those who suffer or know someone who suffers that survival is possible and that they can live happy life.

Lastly, I liked this book and I loved Garrett, so I definitely recommend reading this book, especially to those who enjoyed ALEX

Release date is in February 17th, 2015
You can pre-order it HERE

*ARC provided by Loveswept via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Profile Image for Claire.
2,303 reviews704 followers
February 5, 2015
4.5 - "I'm not going anywhere." Stars!

We return to the lives and loves of the Cold Fury Hockey boys. I have no shame in saying that I fell in love with this series from the first chapter of book one Alex and I am even more besotted and in love with it after finishing the last chapter of Garrett.

Sawyer Bennett takes the bad boy turns good trope and firmly twists it on its head with this book. Garrett Samuelson operates his love life on a bit of a revolving door rotation, he leaves his women happy, but the understanding is there that it is one night only, and definitely no strings attached. Olivia Case has a lot going on in her life right now, so meeting Garrett at a team party and knowing of his reputation, offers the temptation of a night of no-strings fun, a perfect diversion to take her mind off of the desperately sad situation she now faces in her future.

”I don’t want you to regret it if we fuck tonight…

”And I don’t want to regret not fucking tonight.”

This is quite an emotional book, and it touches on a sensitive subject that most people will have had some sort of exposure to in their own, or the lives of their loved ones. Because of that it certainly tugs on the heart strings and it bought on quite a few tears as Garrett and Olivia explored their fledgling feelings towards each other and their budding relationship, in light of the circumstances.

”I’ll give you whatever you want, Olivia. All you have to do is ask.”

Sawyer Bennett has 100% hit the back of the net with the puck again with this one. Garrett is funny, cheeky, damn sexy and an absolute sweetheart.

Olivia had a bit of a wobble towards the end of the book, but for the most part I could see where she was coming from, I liked her free spirited nature, and she also has the best, bestie a person could ever want in Stevie, some of his actions and words in this story had me alternately laughing and crying in equal measure.

I cannot wait for the next Cold Fury Hockey player Zack to get his book, it is possible that Sawyer, may bring on even more tears with his story!

ARC generously provided via Netgalley, it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review as thanks.
Profile Image for Lyndy Ann ♫.
670 reviews
November 22, 2014
Garrett was an emotional read for me, it made me cry and not many books can do that.

Olivia and Garrett meet at a Cold Fury pre season party and it is lust at first sight for the both of them and Garrett is known by the team as the king of one night stands and Olivia is only looking for a bit of fun before she has to fight for her life.

For Garrett one night with Olivia is not enough so he wants to start his first real relationship with her but Olivia is keeping a secret from Garrett that is life changing. They begin a realationship with some scorching sex the truth come's out and it is tough going for a while and something heart breaking happens that changes things for Olivia and makes her think about the future with Garrett, what will happen?

I loved all the gang and I loved the epilogue and I am looking forward to book 3 in this series. I am a huge Sawyer Bennett fan so I love everything she writes.

ARC generously provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for an honest review.

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664 reviews839 followers
November 17, 2014

Hey, Sawyer Bennett Bennett!

A: For Garrett's story.
B: That blurb.

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Review to come.

~ARC kindly provided by publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.~

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1,264 reviews1,369 followers
December 24, 2014

I was going to try to write a spoiler-free review, but then I noticed the book blurb sort of gives it away...:(

In a nutshell: Garrett Samuelson (26) is a star winger for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team. Garrett's a great guy, comes from a good family, has no real baggage, loves to play hockey...but he's a one-night-stand kind of guy. And there's no real reason for this lack of desire for commitment, nothing tragic in his past, he's just a young guy sowing his oats who has yet to meet THE ONE. But he has a reputation as a player, and there's not a woman that he can't charm (out of her panties).

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And then he meets the vision that is floral designer Olivia Case (25) at a preseason party. One look at the lithe stunner with the caramel colored hair and he is smitten. Here is his next conquest! Although charmed by him, the fair Olivia puts him off. She knows of his reputation as a womanizer (her cousin is Sutton Price, girlfriend of Alex Crossman (Alex), Garrett's linemate and best friend), and she's not a one-night-stand kind of girl. Usually. But Olivia's been hit with some life-altering news, and eventually rethinks her decision regarding Garrett. Her vow to live life to the fullest puts her right where Garrett wants her--in his bed. Olivia thinks this is a one-night-only thing, but Garrett has other ideas. When Olivia reveals what she is facing, will Garrett turn and run, or will he be the man that no one expects him to be?

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I loved loved loved this story! At times it made me cry, but that was okay. Olivia was so brave, Garrett was a revelation (I was so proud of him), and the two of them together were pure magic. Lots and lots of heat between these two. And passion. I was totally convinced of their love. And I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

And oh yes, there is a beautiful little epilogue too, but no spoilers about that.:)

If you're looking for a story with a surprising amount of depth, with two very likable leads who generate some sheet-scorching heat, a story that has heart and just about breaks your heart, and a story with some well needed touches of humor (courtesy of Olivia's bff/ boss, Stevie), then this is the book for you. 5 big stars.

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Profile Image for Holly.
1,393 reviews928 followers
April 12, 2018
When I read a romance novel, I expect it to have:

- a plot
- three dimensional main characters
- dialogue that is interesting/witty/amusing
- a little bit of smut
- a realistic reason for there to be "trouble in paradise"

This book is a whole lot of smut, and that's about it. We're told about their first date, their trip to a beach, to an amusement park etc, but never get to actually "see" it because the author seemingly couldn't figure out how to write a developing relationship. But we get lots of explicit smexy times, which quickly got boring. The cancer plot is emotionless, the relationship building is non-existent, and the epilogue was just not needed. Pass.
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1,639 reviews449 followers
February 17, 2015
2/17/15: Now Available!

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This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

Wow! This turned out to be an incredible book. I am not always a big fan of alternating voices in a book but it really seemed to work in this story. It was really nice to spend a little time in both Olivia and Garrett's head. I must admit that I fell completely head over heels in love with Garrett in this book - He was simply amazing!

I am not a huge hockey fan. Don't get me wrong...I like hockey but I just don't spend a lot of time following it or watching it. This book opened with a scene that was so stereotypical of every professional athlete....and I loved it. I was ready to hate Garrett and his playboy ways but I found that I hadn't really met the real Garrett. Nobody seemed to meet the real Garrett until Olivia came into his life.

I liked Olivia. She is a fighter and was willing to take what Garrett offered but she really didn't think it would go anywhere. She treated Garrett just like she would have treated anyone else which is exactly what he needed. I really liked Garrett and Olivia as a couple. The chemistry between them was intense and there were more than a few steamy scenes. I don't think that this book fell into the insta-love trap exactly. It really starts out at insta-lust which is totally believeable in my opinion. It turns into more as they spend time together.

The supporting characters were great. Olivia's mom was amazing. Stevie was equally amazing and his support of Olivia during her illness was heartwarming. The hockey fans that threw themselves at Garrett every chance they had added an interesting element to the story. I really expected this book to be a light romance but it deal with some major issues. I didn't expect to be hit with life and death issues but it made for such a unique story. Everything that Olivia and Garrett go through in this story works to bring them closer.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance that don't mind a story that deals with illness. I actually started reading this book while I was sitting in a chemotherapy lab with my mother and I don't know that I would have wanted to read this story a year ago just because of the illness at the center of the story. This book is the second in the series but I read it as a stand alone without any trouble. This is the first book by Sawyer Bennett that I have had a chance to read but I plan to go back and read the first book in the series very soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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2,082 reviews859 followers
March 1, 2015
Remember Garrett? The guy that befriends Alex and always has a dirty joke on the tip of his tongue and a one night stand in his bed.

Garrett knows he’ll never love anything more than hockey. Maybe someday he’ll settle down, but for now it’s all about his love of the game and enjoying his time with the ladies. While attending the preseason party he spots a woman that not only catches his attention with her beauty, but with her wit and sense of humor. The perfect package, if only he could get her to say yes, but Olivia knows just who Garrett is and knows all about his playboy ways.

Olivia is facing a hard fight, one that makes her realize that life is too short not to live each day to the fullest. Although Garrett is the type of guy she should say no to, she find herself taking the risk for a little bit of fun. But one night doesn’t seem to be enough for either of these two. But Olivia is keeping something from Garrett and once he realizes just what they’re up against, it’s a fight he isn’t willing to walk away from.

I remember when I met Garrett and I was just knew that he was the kind of guy that falls hard. There was no soft landing for Garrett, no dipping a toe into the pool – it was all or nothing. Garrett had been painted pretty much as a gentleman and a man-whore in Alex so I was worried that the might come across more of a jerk in this, but found that he got angry and rough at all the right times. Beyond a few outbursts he really was a decent guy from the start. And in the bedroom… swoon. Hard and rough were perfected but he also knew how to give it soft and sweet.

Olivia’s struggles I think were perfectly showcased in this story. Her fears were realistic and although her decisions made me crazy at times, I never doubted the place they were coming from. There were a few points in where this struggle caused me to get a little choked up. But I think what made this story and story line so good was that it caused me to put myself in the characters shoes and think about what I would have done. That right there showed just how connected I was to these two.

Beyond the main story line developing between Garrett & Olivia we get quite a bit of Alex & Sutton and the introduction of a new character, Stevie. That first encounter between Stevie and Garrett was priceless. We also are given the a sideline story that will morph into the third book in the series that I have a feeling so going to be the best book of this series. The set up that occurs in Garrett was perfection and fit in not only the situation that we were facing as a reader in this book but has me all twisted waiting for book three.

I have been slowly devouring all things Sawyer Bennett this year and I have yet to be let down. This author gives you amazing Contemporary Romance reads. This is an author that I know won’t lead me wrong. When I need a sure thing, I know that I can pick up anything this author writes and I won’t be disappointed. Loved me some Garrett & Olivia and can’t wait for book three and all the feels that will come with THAT story!
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838 reviews76 followers
February 19, 2015
ARC generously provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating~ 3 stars

Garrett Samuelson is the star hockey player and the king of one-night stands. He doesn’t even go on a date with a girl for more than three times. His life is pretty much revolves around partying and playing hockey.

“I love women and love fucking them. But they take a backseat to hockey…my one true love. Always have, always will.”

Olivia Case is Sutton’s (the heroine from Alex, first book in the series) cousin. She works at a flower shop with her best friend Steveie. Olivia’s life upto this point has been pretty easy and simple, she works, goes out with her friends and spends time with her family.

Garrett from the moment he meets Olivia feels attracted to her, he wants her to go out with him but strikes out. Olivia who has gotten the worse news of her life doesn’t mind the flirting from a gorgeous guy like Garrett but she knows that it isn’t going to go anywhere. Olivia finally says yes to Garrett after steveie egging on/advice to live a little and have fun.

I did like that both the protagonist didn’t have extra baggage like childhood traumas or commitment issues because of their family etc. I also liked that the book had less angst in it even though the book deals with a huge illness because that’s something thats serious enough as it is. I also really liked Garrett, at first I was a bit leery of him but he won me over. He was great with Olivia.

Quibbles: Firstly Slight things Olivia is a university graduate she should know what an oncologist is, she should also know what median life expectancy means and what’s the deal with the word snicker both Garrett and Olivia snickered a lot. I just don’t imagine people in their mid-twenties snickering a lot, it seems very juvenile or maybe that’s just me. Secondly, I felt like Olivia would never have given Garrett a chance if not for the fact that she was ill. Lastly Olivia’s behaviour after 80% of the book,

Overall, it was a lot better than the first book in the series and I liked it. Happy Reading!

Please note: Cancer is a issue that deeply affected my life so my personal feelings may have affected this review and hence the reason I didn’t focus much on it.
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Author 9 books611 followers
July 26, 2015
This book is so hard to review ... I cried like a baby over it ... but it was perfectly sweet & wonderfully uplifting at the same time.
One thing's for sure ... Garrett has earned himself a spot on my top book boyfriend list.
Profile Image for SamJ ★Needs a HEA★.
609 reviews853 followers
February 21, 2015
Copy received via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

★Book Basics★

Genre : - Contemporary Romance
Series : - 2nd in the series
Love triangle? -
Cheating? -
HEA? -
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - Yes
Rating - 4


Starting this I was worried I would not like it as much as I did Alex - as I loved Alex!

I need not have worried Garrett is a completely different man to Alex, but I ended up falling in love with him all the same.

The story here was beautiful, and usually I am a bit eye rolley over insta love, but here it actually fit, given the circumstances.

I worried we might get too much of Garrett and his "king of one night stand" ways at the start, but luckily it moved on from that and got into the story really quickly.

I adored Garret, once he fell, he fell hard and was so willing to just be there for Olivia. I liked how the relationship developed, and as with book 1, it was the main characters own fears, that led to any relationship tension, as opposed to the often used BIG MISUNDERSTANDING!. Olivia I really liked too, and they felt like a couple who actually fit well together.

All in a lovely beautiful story that made me happy, that is excellently written and will have you falling in love a little (ok a lot) with the characters.

But why not a five?

Well, I am not a huge fan of present tense first POV - especially when it is a dual POV - but that is a personal preference.

And the situation with Zack and Gina,
Profile Image for Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~.
797 reviews744 followers
December 15, 2014
4 Sweet Hockey Stars!

Garrett is a ladies man and not really settling down any time soon....

Until he sees Olivia...

Olivia has some problems in her life...Mainly one that starts with a "C"

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She's not sure if she should be in a relationship with someone when she is trying to figure out if she is going to live...

Turns out Garrett's not a hoebag but just waiting for the right girl to show up...And he wants to spend whatever time left with Olivia that she has

They worked through their issues together. It was a little instalove but still good and I'm not a hockey fan but this was an overall enjoyable book.

ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange of honest review.
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