Series: Off #1
Published by Big Dog Books on April 21, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
“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 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...
My top thoughts:
I read this with Linda @ Unconventional Bookworms and I’m so glad that doing buddy reading had me pull this book off my shelves after far too long. We’re talking years.
I really enjoyed it and both Linda and I enjoyed it so much that we want to read the next one (we’ve talked about Buddy Reading – need to figure that out still!). I really enjoyed the characters and there was a very unexpected twist that worked great.
Who I think would like it:
If you like New Adult, this is pretty standard New Adult fare. It’s got the romance (sex) and college life you expect from New Adult Romance. I thought the characters were above average though. Sawyer Bennett did a great job creating characters that are fully developed, despite it being only a novella length story. She also introduced great tension and, as a I said, an unexpected twist. I’m looking forward to the next book, in part because of the characters she introduced in this book that it will focus on.
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