Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Rafe: (Arizona Vengeance #6.5) by Sawyer Bennett

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett comes a new story in her Arizona Vengeance series…

I was living my dream until one phone call changed everything.

As the second line center for the Arizona Vengeance, my mind has been on one thing—helping my team bring home a championship. But that all changed when I found out my dad had cancer and only months to live. In that moment, nothing mattered more than getting home to North Carolina to be by his side. That meant asking for the unthinkable—a trade to the Carolina Cold Fury.

Now I’m home and when I’m not on the ice with my new team, I’m helping care for my dad. And in the midst of my grief, I find comfort from the one person I never expected.

Calliope Ramirez stole my heart at a very young age. The beautiful, smart, headstrong girl next door, she was my first… everything. She has never forgiven me for leaving her, believing that I chose hockey over a future together. What she doesn’t understand is that every decision I made was for her, and I’ve never given up hope that one day we’d be together again.

Watching my dad slip away is a harsh reminder of how short life can be, and having Callie by my side makes me realize I was a damn fool before. That changes starting right now. Calliope Ramirez is mine and I’m not going to waste the second chance that I’ve been given.

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4 Stars

Another fantastic read by Ms. Bennett. We got a sneak peak of Rafe and his family emergency from the last book in the series. Now we follow Rafe back home, with a new hockey team, and trying to make amends with an ex, who he still had regrets for hurting her. 

Rafe Simmons is one of the hottest NHL star, he's on a winning team, but it all changes when his father gets ill and he needs to go home to be by his side. The Arizona Vengeance was able to trade him, so he can return back to North Carolina and get on the rooster for The Cold Fury team. But being back home and making amends with his father and ex isn't going to be easy. 

Calliope "Poppy" Rameriez has moved on with her life after Rafe left for the pros. But she's still very close to his parents and when Rafe returns home, she's determine to keep her distance. Rafe was a huge part of Poppy's life growing up and they were going to make it work, when he got drafted, but Rafe left her. 

As, Rafe's father takes the turn for the worse, Poppy seems to be there for him and his family. He no doubts still loves her, but trying to gain her trust back isn't easy

This book is filled with heartache and second chances and I loved every page. Perfect quick read in this series.  

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both. Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.   

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