Monday, March 2, 2015

Blog tour: Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey #2) by Sawyer Bennett with excerpt, #giveaway, review @readloveswept @TastyBookTours

Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey #2)  by Sawyer Bennett
eBook, 278 pages
New Adult contemporary sports romance
Published February 17, 2015 by Loveswept

USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett hits the ice with the story of a playboy athlete whose winning ways lead him to a beautiful woman with a lot to lose.
Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.

Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.

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I take a sip of beer and then lower my cup, giving her my most devilish, charming smile. “A playboy, huh? So what exactly have you heard about me? I need to be able to set the record straight with you.”
She circles one finger over the rim of her wineglass as she drops her eyes from mine. “Oh, you know. Just that you never go out with the same woman more than once. That you’re a player.”
I snort, not because that’s untrue.
It’s so true . . . almost. “I’ll have to take exception to that. I’ve gone out with a woman more than once.”
She cocks her eyebrow at me in skepticism. “Oh, yeah? Do tell.”
“Well . . . I went out with one woman at least three times that I recall,” I tell her with my lips curved upward in a smarmy grin. No need to tell her it took me three dates to get in that woman’s pants because the first two dates were cut short since she was a doctor and got called to the hospital.
“Oh, wow.” She gasps in false amazement with both eyebrows rising high. “Three whole times. That’s incredible.”
I give her a smug look. “See . . . I have layers that you can’t even dream of.”
Olivia gives me another jovial laugh, from deep within her belly, and I’m glad that at least I’m amusing her. I’m perilously close to bombing out, but at least I got a gorgeous smile on her face for the time being.
“You’re hilarious, Garrett,” she says, as her laugh winds down into the cutest chuckles. “Seriously . . . you crack me up.”
“Which is why you should totally go out with me,” I assert quickly. “At least I’ll have you laughing.”
And in my bed before the night is out, I hope to myself, because that is my main intent right now. But hell, even if it took a few dates to get her there, I’m thinking this bright, funny, and totally hot woman would be worth the extra effort.
“Hmmm,” she says thoughtfully as she eyes me up and down. “While you are very tempting, in this rough, good-looking sort of way, I think I’m still going to say no. I’m just not much into dating.”
“Okay,” I tell her in capitulation as I raise my arms out to my sides. “You got me. No dating. How about we just have one night together of incredible, explosive passion? Something to put a satisfied smile on our faces and then we both go our own ways.”
Olivia grins at me, and I’m glad to note I haven’t offended her, because that was a fucking serious offer I was making. “You’re that good, huh?”
“Only one way to find out,” I say as I wink at her.
“Jesus, Garrett,” I hear from behind me, and I start smiling before I even turn to face the newcomer. “Can you go five minutes without hitting on a woman?”

Garrett is the typical athletic playboy out for a good time, no strings attached. Hockey is his life and number one love. As a member of the Carolina Cold Fury, he's a bonafide star--a celebrity. Everyone either wants him, wants to be around him, or wants to be him. Olivia is hard working, confident, attractive, and suddenly dealing with her own mortality. She's learned she has a life-threatening illness which she keeps secret. When Garrett meets her, he's immediately taken by her and the more time he spends with her, the more he reveals about himself. Could it be this playboy has found the one woman for him? Olivia though knows she may not be around, so when something is temporary...

As entertaining and sexy as Garrett is, I found myself not really connecting with either character. Yes, he's hot and a nice guy while Olivia is sweet and strong. There could have been more showing in their story so I could be understand and see for myself the relationships and things I was told. There were tender and poignant moments which scored with me and I wanted to keep reading about these two to find out if they became a true couple. Olivia's character started out strong and likable with her cool wardrobe, vibe, and job. By the time I got halfway through she seemed to morph from a college graduate into some teen which made me wonder what happened. Towards the end the story did seem rushed and luckily was saved by the epilogue. Since Garrett is a playboy the sexy scenes were indeed hot. Get ready for some toe-curling, reaching for a fan reading with this one.

NA fans familiar with this prolific author will want to grab this second title in Bennett's latest series, Cold Fury Hockey. I have read some of her other series and enjoyed them. If athletes make you swoon, Garrett is the book for you.

Rating: 3.5

Cover comment:
Typical shirtless male pose. The tats remind me of a paranormal series I read.

Book source: Owned.

Author Info
USA Today Best-Selling 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 and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her second book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, February 2015.

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