This series is probably one of the best examples of what the New Adult genre is all about: sweet and steamy romance between 20-somethings that will make you swoon and perhaps annoy you a bit with their coming-of-age angst as well. I completely adored this series primarily because it’s so addicting and very much a page-turner. I just couldn’t get enough of Sawyer Bennett’s way of writing as well as the characters she has created. Definite must-read for new adult junkies like me!
“I’m not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed someone… something… to derail me from my current path. Otherwise, I would become lost… a hollowed out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved…”
Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.
Forced her to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.
With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days…
Overall Rating: 4/5 — For a novella, this certainly felt like a full-length novel to me with the substance that it has as well as great character dynamics.
This short and sweet novella reminded me of Piper Shelly’s ‘Play With Me’. I loved that this novella didn’t exactly feel like a fill in because of its short length, instead, it actually felt like a full length love story.
I can see though why some would have a problem with this one and I think the main reason for that is its short length and lack of space for Ryan and Danny’s story to move and develop further. I really have a strong dislike for super intense insta-love and I’m surprised to say that I didn’t get bothered with the love story in this one. I could name a few full-length novels, which had intense insta-love stories that annoyed and bothered the shit out of me.
Ryan and Danny’s story was simple and straight to the point. If not for the random reminders here and there, I would’ve forgotten that almost all these happened in just less than a month and that they fell in love just within a week. I do wish that this could’ve been a full length novel instead, mainly because I would like to see more sweet moments between them. I really loved their first date in the shelter and I love how sweet Ryan could be even more so after that. This had great potential for a full length novel, not that it wasn’t good enough already being a short novella that it is. I loved it and it was a great feel-good in-betweener 🙂
“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it.”
Two years ago, Emily Burnham had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.
Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It’s certainly the best way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.
When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart.
Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?
Overall Rating: 4/5 — Longer than the first and most definitely filled with more swoony and angsty moments.
I really loved Off Sides and I most definitely loved this even more!
More than anything, I really liked how the story progressed between Nix and Emily. It was like getting the full length version of Off Sides. The author did a fine job of drawing out their attraction to each other and in building up the intense chemistry between them. So much so that the first time they finally kissed, I thought my Kindle would seriously combust already. And yes, all that just because of one kiss.
Emily was really the perfect balance and balm to Nix’s asshole and jerk-ish ways, as well as his “closed” personality. I guess my only gripe with this was how Nix rudely dealt with Emily when she was getting close to discovering his secret. My heart really crushed with all the things he said to her and I really thought that he deserved to be bitch-slapped after that. I mean come on, he was already progressing anyway in opening himself up to the point that he wanted Emily’s name on his body. But then again, I’m really not someone who can relate to what he went through. Thank goodness for that sweet resolution and epilogue ❤ And yes, I completely adored Danny and Ryan’s happy ending as well!
All in all, this was really an addicting read that had the right pacing and story development, as well as very likeable characters. Looking forward to more novels by Sawyer Bennett!
The sparks of dislike burn hot, but the sparks of mutual attraction burn even hotter.
Ever Montgomery suffered the ultimate betrayal by the one man who she should have been able to count on for anything. It has left her hurt, jaded, and incapable of forming relationships, but it also means that she can spot a liar a mile away. These traits are earning her a reputation as a reporter with a keen nose for a good story and a complete understanding of the extreme power of the written word.
Lincoln Caldwell is the hot goalie for the New York Rangers. At twenty-four and a rising star, he works hard and he plays even harder. He’s gorgeous and carefree—the ultimate charmer. Ladies fall at his feet and the single life has never been lived the way Linc Caldwell does it.
When Ever publishes an article about Linc containing information that she received off the record, she finds herself on the receiving end of the athlete’s fury. Rather than basking in the glory of exposing Linc as a shameless user of women, she finds herself at his mercy when he demands and receives retribution. Required by her editor to trail Linc for six weeks, Ever is forced to look at the real Linc Caldwell.
And she just might find that she has misjudged him.
Overall Rating: 4/5 — Definitely not an epic romance but this one’s definitely another page-turner and of course, Linc is one swoony bastard as well.
Wowza! Even just with his brief appearances in Off Limits, I knew for sure that Linc would be one helluva hot hockey player and lover in Off the Record.
So we meet Ever Montgomery, a young woman who have experienced epic rejection and betrayal by the men in her life, who wrote a very nasty and unjustified article about Linc after their rather nice and fun interview. I felt for Ever at first because I know what it’s like to have your walls and guard up so high in order to protect yourself from experiencing extreme pain, but it does not justify her unprofessionally bitchy rant about Linc’s manwhoring ways. I was just as pissed as Linc with the article and even though the whole spending 6 weeks with him as some form of punishment came a bit unrealistic and farfetched for me, I really don’t see how that could be considered as a punishment because I would’ve gladly traded places with Ever anytime.
I had some qualms with how easily Ever changed her mind and resolve about Linc but I guess it was justified because all her accusations and assumptions were way wrong and unfounded anyway. But other than that, Linc and Ever’s chemistry was just off the charts! The Caldwell brothers really know how to turn a woman into mush and Linc was the perfect sweetheart to Ever right off the bat up until the moment he admitted to himself that he’s actually in love with her already. And yeah, don’t get me started on those steamy moments. My jaw seriously dropped with that scene at the hotel in Oklahoma because I wasn’t expecting it at all. So anyway, I knew that Ever would be the one to create a rift between them because of her past hang-ups and her major daddy and abandonment issues, but thank goodness that she came around pretty quickly as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Off Series. I consider it one of my most treasured indie gems because even with the simple premise within each book, the author never failed to get me attached to the characters and the story so easily. I will never forget Ryan, Nix, and Linc 🙂
OH and guess what! There’s a fourth book in this series! It’s due out on August 4 and I, for one, definitely can’t wait to get my hands on another Sawyer Bennett novel:
Renner Caldwell has her life perfectly mapped out. She has the ideal relationship, the perfect job and all is right in her world. When a shameful turn of events happens, she boards the first plane bound for Ireland to lick her wounds and get her head back on straight.
Cillian O’Braidagh is the sexy, front man to the Irish rock band, Over The Edge. His rising fame and sultry voice make him every woman’s fantasy come true. Not to mention his single-minded determination. To put it simply: what Cillian wants, Cillian always gets. And he wants Renner, because there’s just something about the flame-haired beauty he has to possess.
If their relationship was just about sex and rock n’ roll, it would be easy for them to get lost in their desires. Only their relationship is anything but a hook-up. Will lies, deceit and hidden tragedy get in the way, making the path to true love uncertain? Or will the girl whose been knocked Off Course, find her footing with the man who is teaching her it’s okay to lose control?