Thursday, June 25, 2015

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Zack by Sawyer Bennet- A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief that  has put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury, still crippled by emotional baggage, and now a single dad, he;s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny win's his son's heart, Zack isn't sure he's ready for a woman's touch- even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she's hiding under those baggy clothes.

Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athletes body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life- and besides, he's her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationships into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack's  wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.

REVIEW:
I am going to give you a second before I start this review to catch your breath.. you did see the cover above right? If you are hyperventilating from the hotness, locate your closest paper bag and breathe in and out.. slowly.

If you aren't already reading Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury hockey series, stop what you are doing and catch yourself up (Book #1- Alex is ONLY .99 and Book #2- Garret is $2.99). Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone, but reading them in order, just makes the next book even more awesome!

The tragic accident that took the life of Zack's girlfriend and the mother of this son toward the end of Garrett left me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to hug Zack and to know how he was going to move on after such a tragic loss. Sawyer Bennett takes an incredibly sad story and turns it into a story of living and loving after loss. She does a wonderful job of emotionally investing you into Zack and Kate's relationship. The development of their friendship based on the mutual goal of raising Zack's son perfectly builds the plot.

Kate is just adorable! Under her dorky glasses and baggy clothes she has a heart of gold and heart has decided to help thaw the ice from around Zack's heart. This scene was one of my favorites from the book, she is trying to get Zack to lighten up a little...

"While Kate's main duties are to take care of Ben and her secondary duties are to help me take care of the house, she's also apparently put it on her chore list to try to make me laugh. She is a complete and utter dork sometimes, always dancing around and making up stupid songs to sing to Ben. She makes up different nicknames for me and Ben each day, refusing to call us by our real names unless we acknowledge her use of the nickname at least once. Ben always gives in because he thinks they're hilarious. Just yesterday he was Mr. Tadpole Climbing a Beanpole and I was Miss Sparkly Skates.

Yesterday, she asked, "Hey Miss Sparkly Skates," which caused Ben to double over in laughter, "I'm doing a grocery store run today; anything special you want?"

I refused to answer her, instead continuing to surf on my laptop while I sat at the kitchen table. 

"Hey.. Miss Sparkly Skates... I'm talking to you," she called out in a singsong voice.

I took a sip of coffee and ignored Ben's conspiratorial giggle.

"Hey... Miss Sparkly Skates... what's wrong? Did you lose some rhinestones or something?" 

I looked up at her and she just stared at me from behind those think eyeglass frames, her head tilted to the side in anticipation.

"More bottled water," I muttered, and bent my head back down, trying hard not to smile and thus encourage her. I didn't miss the high fives she and Ben exchanged over my defeat. "

While there are lots of cute interactions in this book, once things start heating up between Zack and Kate, the rating in this book goes from G to R... fast!

Her eyes are closed, so I wait for her to open them. When she does her look is glazed as she tries to focus on me. 

"Do you want me to stop Kate?" I ask her urgently, squeezing her breast gently. then rubbing my thumb over her nipple that's puckered. hard against her bra. 

She moans again and pushes her hips against me in a move that's wanton and demanding.. Christ.. my dick is aching so bad and her grinding against me is torture. I need this to end one way or the other.

"Kate," I say harshly so I can get her attention. Her eyes focus a little on me. "Do you want me to stop?"

Her brow furrows inward for a second, then she blows out a soft breath form her lips. "I'll die if you do," she says quietly and I know I'm an absolute goner.

This book sucked me in and I read the entire thing cover to cover in one sitting. I am in love with this entire series to date, but  Zack is by far my favorite of the three. I laughed, cried, and fanned myself from the heat!  Zack gets 5 STARS from Save Your Money for Books and as soon as I turned the last page, I immediately went to Amazon to pre-order Ryker the next book in this series. Sawyer Bennet yet again has earned her spot on my Top 5 favorite author's list!

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AUTHOR INFO:
USA Today and New York Times 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 home with their daughter  and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report that 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 released her third book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, June 2015. 

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Save Your Money for Books was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always, any opinions expressed here are my own.

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