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Off Limits by Sawyer Bennett
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2015_reads, contemporary-romance, e-books, for_my_kindle, made_me_cry, keepers
Recommended for: Anyone/everyone

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

I don't know why this one touched me so deeply (I had a good cry near the end) but it did. I guess it was the characters--I just fell in love with them!

This one was about former Marine Nixon "Nix" Caldwell, 26, and college student Emily Burnham, 20. Emily was in a previous book in this series (Off Sides, which I have not read--yet!) but it's not essential that you read that one first.

So, a little about Emily...she's a beautiful NYC college student (a junior, I believe), the daughter of a congressman who is thinking about running for President. Emily comes from a socially prominent/rich family, and is expected to do what her parents (especially her mother) demand. How to dress, how to act, who to socialize with, what to major in...all must be approved by Mother. And it is starting to suffocate Emily. Em used to adore her life as a socialite, but lately she just wishes she could be a normal college student and fade into obscurity if she so desires. Emily is trying to make a change in her life--she doesn't like how she has acted in the past and is trying to be a better person and to live her life on her own terms. For one thing, she wants to be a sports journalist, not a doctor or lawyer as mom expects. For one of her college journalism courses, she will be interviewing NY Rangers goalie Lincoln Caldwell (who just happens to be a teammate of her brother Ryan Burnham (Off Sides). After she interviews Linc she gets distracted while driving, has a minor accident, and backs into our hero (Nix Caldwell, Linc's brother--but Em doesn't know that yet) on his motorcycle. Nix is okay, but damaged to his motorcycle is extensive--$10,000. Em has had many accidents/tickets, so she doesn't want her insurance to handle it. And she can't draw on her trust fund just can she pay Nix the money she owes?

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Against his better judgment, Nix proposes that Emily work for him as an administrative assistant. Nix is a successful metal worker/artist but lousy at keeping his books/paperwork organized. So maybe Em can work for him to pay off her debt.

About Nix: He's 6'5", gorgeous...and a surly, closed off s.o.b. Content to be alone and isolated, just working with metals and restoring motorcycles. Doesn't want a relationship. Doesn't really want to associate with people. Doesn't like to talk to people. Has been seeing a psychiatrist/therapist for over two years because he is suffering from not only a traumatic brain injury he received on a mission in Afghanistan, but also is suffering from PTSD and anger issues. And some unresolved feelings of guilt about what happened in Afghanistan. To help him cope with his feelings he has a therapy dog, a friendly golden retriever named Harley. (Loved Harley!)

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So Em comes to work for Nix, and slowly but surely, Nix finds that he likes her company. She gets him. She doesn't push him to reveal things about himself. But he finds her intriguing, beautiful, and easy to talk to, and he starts to look forward to seeing her. And he opens up a little to her and they become friends. He finds himself feeling protective of her, especially when she reveals that an ex-boyfriend is stalking her. They have a mutual physical attraction, but what can he offer this beautiful socialite? He can't do a 'relationship'--he doesn't want to risk caring for another person, but maybe she'd consent to some no-strings sex?

Ah yes, we've seen this plot device before, and we know how it will work out. But who cares! This was so well done, and the characters were so developed and complete, that I felt that I knew them. I just adored Emily and Nix together. I wanted them to work! It's kind of rare for me to like the heroine as much as I like the hero, but I loved Emily! She was just what Nix needed, and I loved how she was making an effort to become a better person. (She must've been a real piece of work in the previous book...) I loved how Nix found his walls crumbling down around Emily. I loved how he stared to feel again. I love how he recognized that she brightened his world. I loved the romance that was blooming between them, and how it wasn't all about the sex (although that was verrry hot!). These two fit together like a couple of missing puzzle pieces! The only hurdle they had to get past was something that Nix struggled with for years--his guilt over what happened in Afghanistan. And if Nix couldn't resolve that, there would be no future for him and Em. This is where the crying jag started for me...

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So people, you have to try this book. If you like a scarred hero dealing with emotional issues, this is the book for you. If you like a plucky heroine who is trying to improve herself, this is the book for you. If you like a hero and heroine who not only have tons of sexual chemistry but really get each other, then this is the book for you. And if you like a good cry with your HEA (OMG, the tattoo scene!), then this is definitely the book for you. Hey, this was definitely the book for me, and I'm happy to recommend it. 5 big stars
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Reading Progress

June 28, 2015 – Started Reading
June 28, 2015 – Shelved
June 28, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015_reads
June 28, 2015 – Shelved as: contemporary-romance
June 28, 2015 – Shelved as: e-books
June 28, 2015 – Shelved as: for_my_kindle
June 28, 2015 –
32.0% "Really enjoying this..."
June 28, 2015 –
100.0% "Simply awesome story! The best .99 I ever spent!\n * sniff*"
June 28, 2015 – Shelved as: made_me_cry
June 28, 2015 – Shelved as: keepers
June 28, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Kathrynn (new)

Kathrynn Thank you for bringing this one into my radar, Auntie!

Auntee And only .99 kindle & nook!

message 3: by Kathrynn (new)

Kathrynn Can't beat that! :-)

message 4: by MelissaB (new)

MelissaB Wonderful review Auntee!

Auntee Thanks Melissa!:)

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