Fifteen months ago, my life was turned upside down when the plane I was piloting went down. Injured and trapped in the wreckage, I had to watch my fiancée die a painfully slow death, which is something that can really mess with your head.
Since that day, I’ve had little desire to do much of anything. Except play hockey, that is. Because that is the one place where the bad memories are banished and I can escape my pain.
But off the ice, I’m spiraling out of control. Losing the grip on my life and putting myself and my career in danger. Now, thanks to a string of bad decisions, I’ve been ordered to complete therapy in order to stay on the team.
The problem? Nora Wayne, my beautiful and somewhat unconventional therapist. I can’t buy into the brand of happy clappy crap this woman is feeding me. What could she possibly understand about the type of loss that I’ve suffered? How does she know anything about finding happiness after losing the most important person in your life?
Turns out, I’ve got a lot to learn, and she’s just the person I need to break through those walls I’ve erected.
I am not okay.
But for the first time in a long time, I know that I will be.
Let’s get the basics out of the way. This is the fifth book in the Arizona Vengeance series. It is a complete standalone. Each book is about a different couple but with interconnected characters. While this is a standalone, I personally feel that you will get more out of this book if you have read at least one of the other books in the series. In the other books you get glimpses of Tacker and his struggles. What little we’ve read of him has been intriguing, and I couldn’t wait for his book. Now after reading it, it’s even more than I could’ve hoped for.
This type of book is my catnip. I love a solid, strong hero that shows vulnerability and works to overcome his struggles. Tacker is weighed down with grief and in order to stay on the team he must go to counseling. There is a struggle within him between not wanting to talk about his grief and his desire to stay on the team. It was beautiful and inspiring to watch him through his healing process.
Nora is one of those quietly strong heroines. She works hard for her ranch and for her patients. She has also survived great tragedy and has learned to thrive on the other side of it. I love her tenacity with Tacker. She is not going to let him fail. All of these things make her such a beautiful character.
The arc of this story was perfect. It is a bit of a slow burn, but when you get into the story you will realize that it needs to be. Everything about this story just felt right for these two characters. Sometimes that’s not easy with such difficult topics. This is such a beautiful, inspiring, and heartwarming story. You definitely need to read it.
About the Author:
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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