Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Sports Romance
Series: Arizona Vengeance #4
*can be read as standalone*
The Arizona Vengeance is killing it on the ice. But one player can’t seem to keep his eye on the puck—all thanks to the woman he just married to save her life.
My name is Dax Monahan and hockey is my passion. And if you want to succeed in this sport you have to bust your ass 24/7. I’ve never had a hard time focusing on my career, but when my past comes knocking, no amount of training can prepare me for what lies on the other side of the door.
Regan Miles was always like a sister to me. When a shared tragedy brings us face to face after several years, I’m shocked to see just how much she’s changed. Gone is the shy, awkward little girl that always used to chase me and her brother around. Instead, I’m faced with a gorgeous woman who makes it damn hard to concentrate on anything but her.
Turns out, she’s in trouble, and the only way out is to get married.
I surprise myself when I tell her to marry me. Order her, actually. And most shocking of all, she doesn’t even hesitate before saying yes.
So it’s settled. We’re getting hitched and she’s moving to Arizona with me. All platonic, of course.
I never knew I’d fall so hard for my best friend’s little sister.
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This series just keeps getting better and better and I believe that Dax may be my new favorite by this author. This book falls into a few different romance tropes - hockey romance, friends-to-lovers, and a marriage of convenience. After Regan’s brother is killed in a mugging, his best friend, Dax takes it upon himself to look after Regan. The two enter a marriage of convenience and neither one of them bargained on falling in love with each other.
Regan is a breath of fresh air. She is a strong heroine who has survived the loss of her parents and later her brother. She has a health problem that she is bravely battling and she is fierce, determined, and independent. I adored Dax with his protective streak towards Regan, but also with how sweet and caring he is towards her. He is also a great team player and tries to look out for his friends both on and off the ice. He is an all around good, honorable man. Dax’s and Regan’s relationship is relatively low on angst, but there is a palpable chemistry between them. I like how they had the history of growing up together and then seeing their relationship evolve from friends to lovers.
One of the things that I like about this author is that each of her books have unique storylines. Yes, this is a hockey sports romance, but she tackles different subject matter with each story and it is evident that she does judicious research. In Dax, she accurately brings to light that there are people out there who are ill and struggle to get access to the life saving treatments that they need.
Dax is the 4th book in the Arizona Vengeance series and it can be read as a standalone. There is a bit of a timeline overlap with Legend’s story, but you will not find yourself lost in this story. I really enjoyed getting to see some of the old favorites from the pervious books such as Bishop, Erik, and Legend as well as learn a bit more about Tacker. Overall, I really enjoyed this sports romance in that the story was well written, the characters are likable and well-developed, and the plot moves at a good pace.
About the Author:
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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