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(Arizona Vengeance #9)

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A second chance may be just what James Steele needs…

I might be one of the older players on the Arizona Vengeance, but I like to think that also makes me one of the wisest. Or at least I used to.

Turns out, I’ve been a bit selfish. I’ve been married to hockey and my team for years, which hasn’t left much time for my actual wife, Ella. Now I’m juggling a separation I never wa
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Published December 8th 2020 by Big Dog Books, LLC
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MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4 Stars!
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James Steele is a professional hockey player for the Arizona Vengeance in Phoenix. His career is at an all time high, but his personal life has hit rock bottom. He's been crazy in love with his wife Ella since they were in high school. They had sixteen years of history between them, and planned to be together forever, but have now been separated for the last six months. He'd been blind to the fact she was unhappy and felt invisible. He'd crushed her heart when
Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)
ARC received thanks to author.

a great second chance romance!!
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We already heard about Steele and how he wants to win his wife back in the previous book.
Now it's time to get serious. They've been in love since highschool. He can't imagine life without her. And Ella is not the only one he has to win back. Convincing his 13 year old daughter Lucy that he's changed will be just as difficult.


Another adorable and funny story in this great hockey series.
I really enjoyed reading it.
It was really cute and fun and sexy.
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Steele is quite possibly my favorite book in this series. Jim Steele is delicious and dreamy while he tries to win his wife back. The

The last book in this series before this one was Kane’s story but there was a fun scene in that one where Kane and Jim follow Jim’s (not yet divorced) wife on a date with another man. That scene made it very hard to wait for this book to be available for me to read. I knew Steele was going to an interesting ride.

Jim is charming, manly, handsome and a good dad. He
book bruin
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Edited 12/17/20
Audiobook Review
Overall 4 stars
Performance 4.5 stars
Story 4 stars

Brian Pallino and Jill Redfield were wonderful as Jim and Ella! I loved revisiting this story through audiobook. Brian Pallino was perfect as Steele and was just the right amount of alpha and sweet. I definitely need to listen to more of his performances. I didn't have any trouble differentiating between characters and both narrators did a fantastic job bringing these characters to life.

It's not often that I com
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars
Jim Steele is a veteran and a bit older than the average guys on the Arizona Vengeance. We have known thathe was separated from his wife, Ella, for a while, and he was feeling pretty hopeless about it. But it just takes a bit of jealousy and some self-awareness to push him to make a decision whether to let her go or win her back. And any self-respecting husband and father who is insanely jealous and realizes his mistakes is hopefully going to choose the option of fixing them.

In the pas
Sawyer Bennett
Dec 08, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)

Available now from New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett!

A second chance may be just what James Steele needs…

I might be one of the older players on the Arizona Vengeance, but I like to think that also makes me one of the wisest. Or at least I used to.

Turns out, I’ve been a bit selfish. I’ve been married to hockey and my team for years, which hasn’t left much time for my actual wife, Ella. Now I’m juggling a separation I never wanted, the pressure of being a single dad to our teenage
With Steele, book #9 of the Arizona Vengeance series, Sawyer Bennett writes a beautiful second chance romance where the characters fall in love once again with their intended soulmate.

Jim Steele, has had a long a successful hockey career. With the Arizona Vengeance, they won the Stanley Cup the prior season. Putting his job before his family has caused him to lose the love of his life and the apple of his eye.

After their separation, getting Ella, his wife, back seemed futile and thought he’d be
Nadine Bookaholic
Steele is the latest release in the Arizona Vengeance Series and I must say this man stole my heart. After years of marriage Steele and his wife Ella have separated, she asked him to leave and he didn't put up a fight he just left without really knowing what was wrong. It takes seeing his wife out with another man to wake him up and fight for what he wants.

Jim Steele learns its not good to get to complacent in his marriage, now he's pulling out all the stops to win his wife, Ella, back. I'm sure
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Jim Steele is not a new professional hockey player, despite his fairly new status among the Vengeance team. His focus has been his hockey career, in the hopes that the financial stability he provides will take care of his family. But he doesn’t see that Ella has felt invisible and unnecessary while he has focused on hockey. Since she asked for a separation, he hasn’t known what to do, but when he discovers she is dating, jealousy and regret spur him to fight for what he wants: his wife
Bookgasms Book Blog
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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We’re nine books in, and I still can’t get enough of this series. Each book has its own flavor – some are extra spicy, some come with edge-of-your-seat thrills, and some – like this one – are just a simple, sweet, sexy love story that fill your heart in the most satisfying way.

I will be the first to admit that romances about married people – particularly those trying to salvage a relationship – are not my favorite. They often feel a little too real life to me. I read to escape and for me – that’
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sawyer Bennett Fans, Hockey, Romance
Oh, Boy- It's LIVE!!!!
Being the Old Man on the Ice...
Should have some Respect...
I think I'm Wise...
An Asset and the Anchor...

But by Devoting my Heart and Soul to the Ice...
My Marriage took a Backseat...
My Selfish Actions have Come Home to Roost...

Ella, My Wife, has Called a Time Out...
A Separation I Never Wanted...
With a Teenage Daughter, being a Single Dad
Is Not Cutting it...

Decisions Need to be Made...
Family Love, Wife Love, Hockey Love...
I Need to Get the Priorities Right...

I have My Game
Ella **Booking it to the library** Roberts
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Ruthie Taylor
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the ninth book in the series, and whilst I definitely would recommend that you read them in order, this is a lovely story which you could enjoy in its own right ... and then go back and catch up!

Steele had been a happily married man, completely oblivious to how badly he was treating his wife, Ella and daughter Lucy, working and playing hard at hockey and thinking that providing financially was more important tha
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Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet, steamy hockey romance…

I LOVED Jim and Ella’s story! Married for years, with a teenage daughter, their marriage hit a railing. It really seemed like it was over. Months later, however, Jim had a wake-up call. If he did nothing, all would be lost, and he wasn’t ready for that. That’s when things got really, really interesting…

Facing hard truths, making a plan and letting it all play out meant Ella and their daughter Lucy saw a new, improved Jim and wow… He was sexy seriousness of the best o
Meegz Reads
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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*5 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. I was really excited for this, after the little glimpse we got previously in Kane. I haven't read. book before where the hero is trying to win back his wife. This was a fabulous story.

I was hooked right from the word go, and its an easy and fast read. Both main characters were likeable, and there was plenty of family time included with their daughter as well. Also some fun moments with our favourites from the Ven
Lynn Lim
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What can I say, this series just keeps getting better and better, and that is a lot to say, because this series started out phenomenal! Steele is the 9th book in Sawyer Bennett’s Arizona Vengeance series. I started reading it as soon as it hit my Kindle, and I could not put it down.
I REALLY loved reading Ella and Jim’s story. You could just feel the love between the two of them. I really enjoyed watching Jim go thru all the steps to win his wife’s and daughter’s love and trust back. Seeing them
Mary Mooney
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this series and each book seems to get better and better. We met Steele and Ella a few books back but only got a glimpse into their story. Too much hockey and not enough time spend with his family, made Ella feel like she second.
As Steele realizes that he doesn't want to lose his wife or end his marriage, he has to figure out how to win Ella back. Loving Jim Steele has never been a problem for Ella, coming second to his hockey buddies has been the problem. She felt he didn't h
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Steele was the ninth book in the Arizona Vengeance series by Sawyer Bennett. It can easily be read as a stand-alone but even better in order of the series.

Steele was a veteran hockey player with the NHL team, the Arizona Vengeance. We learned in previous books that he was separated from his wife, Ella, but still very much in love with her. The storyline picked up as slightly a crossover from the previous book, Kane.

I loved how Bennett set the stage in the first few chapters. It was purely from S
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free review copy of Steele. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.*

Bennett took the second chance at love trope a step further in Steele for sure. And this is one of my top favorite tropes in romance novels, so I was a happy reader from start to finish.

I felt for Ella so much, especially how the last part of her marriage to Jim had not been about their family at all. At the same time, when Jim finally woke up - he definitely woke up. It was
Thuy Taylor
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hockey is life for Jim aka Steele. Although he loves his family, he lives and breathes hockey. A bit surprised at Ella's request to separate, he starts to question his life. He wants that second chance with his wife and to put back his family. Steele really goes over and beyond to win back the love of his life and his daughter. These two were really sweet together. Their love was strong and Jim just needed to see what was right in front of him, not neglect the love of his life and daughter. I re ...more
Jeeves Reads Romance
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this hero! This was actually pretty sweet and adorable, with a completely different kind of love story than I'm used to. This married couple already loves each other, and it's that deep love that only comes from years upon years together. Our hero has taken his relationship for granted, and it's only once he's lost the most important person in his life that he realizes what he let get away. It's emotional but not heavy, instead focusing on rebuilding this couple's marriage and moving forwa ...more
Becca T. 🥰dreamingandromanticreading
4 🌟
Finally!! I was waiting SOOOOOO long for this one. From the previous book in the series, Kane, I felt this HEAT 🔥 between Steele and Ella that I knew they’re book was going to be AWESOME!! And it was...they have a genuine connection, great chemistry and they’re daughter is SO CUTE!! They’re were some quirky and adorable moments in this book!! I honestly wish their story lasted forever! As such, if you’re looking for something sweet, funny, cute and spicy to read, I definitely recommend this o
Izzie d
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Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Jenn Amy
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

Steele by Sawyer Bennett is book #9 in the Arizona Vengeance Series and for me is a top favorite in the series! I totally swooned over Jim Steele and his pursuit to win his wife back.

From the outrageous scene in Kane's book of Jim and Kane stalking Ella on a date with a new man I have been dying to get his story.

Steele is a veteran player on the team. He has been on the team from the beginning, being traded from the Quebec Royals and is a left winger on the team's second line. Jim is r
Tanja OMGReads
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know when somethings appear in your life at the right moment? Sigh...I don't have word to describe how awesome this book turned out to be for me. I've been in a funk in my relationship lately and I could relate on so many levels with Ella. All the feelings she was feeling I was feeling with her.

It's strange when you have a everything you could ever want but still feel alone. And it gave me so much joy to see Jim seeing his mistakes and trying so hard to correct them. But what I liked the m
❤~🌟~❤ 4.5 TEAM STEELE STARS! ❤~🌟~❤

“I’m playing to win.“

Marriage in Crisis romances make my heart skip a beat —and are a rarity in this industry—so when I learned that the next Arizona Vengeance book had that trope I was positively giddy with anticipation! And holy wowza did Sawyer Bennet hit a huge goalie with STEELE!

As one of the oldest Arizona Vengeance players, hocky legend Jim Steele realized one of his lifelong dreams when his team won the Stanley Cup the prior season. But oft
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a sports romance, especially hockey and even though this is book number nine, I think it’s my new favorite in this series. I say think because it’s hard to beat some of the other couples which have stayed in my mind for some time but Jim and Ella have touch me genuinely. You don’t get books very often on a married couple having problems and actually solving them to reunite and that to me is genuine but also emotionally moving. Through some of the other books in this series, we knew that J ...more
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