Monday, November 5, 2018

Erik by Sawyer Bennett Release Blitz

The Arizona Vengeance are developing a reputation on the ice as one of hockey’s top teams. But one player’s reputation off the ice might just keep him from scoring...

I’m having the time of my life with my new brothers on the Arizona Vengeance. We may be an expansion team, but after notching some big wins, the entire league knows to watch out for Erik Dahlbeck. That’s me.

The only person who doesn’t seem to think I’m so great? Blue Gardner, the hot-as-f*** flight attendant on our team plane. I sure wouldn’t mind joining the mile-high club with her, but besides bringing me lukewarm coffee, she won’t give me the time of day. Whatever I did to rub Blue the wrong way, my teammates think it’s hilarious. After all, we’re used to women flocking to us. #puckbunnies

When I run into Blue back on land, I’m shocked to learn how she spends her time off: taking care of her handicapped brother. There are layers to this girl I never imagined, layers I can’t wait to peel away. And that’s a new feeling for me.

But first I’ve got to find a way to melt that ice-cold stare. Because as much as I try to pretend I don’t care what Blue thinks of me, how can you not care when you’re falling for someone?

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I love a good hockey romance, but this one is more about love than hockey and I'm okay with that.

Erik's attraction to Blue has been simmering for a while and he doesn't understand why she won't give him the time of day. Well, he's wondering what he did in a past life to make her not even want to speak to him. When he finds out, he's truly remorseful of how he treated her in the past.

What really spoke to me about Erik was his casual acceptance of Blue's brother, Billy. He knows that Blue is waiting for the inevitable questions such as "Why are you taking care of him? Why is it your responsibility?” etc., etc. Erik doesn't have those questions in the way that she's thinking. His thought is that everyone should have a sister like Blue, one that will take on the hard jobs and love you with all her might.

Blue's relationship with Erik is complicated based on their initial meeting so many years ago. Now that they are really starting something, she's waiting for the other shoe to drop. Blue is hopeful that this relationship with Erik will work out, she's not counting on it. She knows that if she had to choose between her happiness and taking care of her brother, Billy wins all the time.

I enjoyed this story, of the real life dilemmas that couples face every day and the strength it takes to work through the hard times and the worst times to be able to enjoy the everyday and the good times.

This is a sweet and fluffy hockey romance. Erik is an enforcer whose attempts to become a bit more serious about life are thwarted by a certain flight attendant who wants nothing to do with him. Blue remembers Erik as a player and she has too many responsibilities in her life to waste any time on him.

The story is cute. Erik and Blue have great chemistry and I enjoy the way Blue makes Eric reevaluate his priorities. I liked Blue and Erik’s banter and I liked Erik’s interactions with his team. However, part of me felt that this was a little bit formulaic.

The newly reformed Erik is saintly. He’s almost too nice to be likeable and while his fairytale prince persona is admirable – it’s not really fun or sexy. Blue is also a bit too perfect at times. Caring for her disabled brother makes Blue seem too good to be true and I kinda felt like the whole Billy storyline was added to force me to have empathy for Blue. Throughout the book, I feel like readers are told things about Blue and Erik that are supposed to make us like them, but we’re not necessarily shown anything that makes them come alive. To believe in characters, I need them to be a little bit flawed and at least somewhat relatable.

This is an easy read with lots of sweet moments and some great hockey action. It’s a fluffy Cinderella style story – great escapism that didn’t make me think too hard. It’s not a terribly original hockey romance but it’s a good beach or bath read.

I loved this book! I’m a big fan of second chance romances and really loved that Erik is the one doing the chasing in this one. Blue and Erik met once before and had a night of drunken passion that Erik doesn’t remember. Now, he’s a big-time hockey star and Blue has just started working as a flight attendant on the team’s private plane. Erik immediately tries to hit on Blue and is shut down hardcore and given the cold shoulder every time he sees her. Erik is determined to figure out why and when he discovers what a douche canoe he was, he sets his sights on not only making it up to Blue but winning her over.

Erik is an amazing character, he’s the sweetest when trying to make Blue’s life as easy as possible while also including her disabled brother in everything he can think of. Plus, we get tons of the other hockey players in this book and I’m beyond stoked for Tacker’s book, I’m very intrigued by his wacky neighbor. As much as I loved book one, I think I loved this one even more and can’t wait for more from Sawyer Bennett.

This is the second book in the series, and it is fun to see how Bishop and Brooke from the first book are progressing as well as getting Erik's story. I like the novelty afforded by joining an expansion team, and the links with Fury are fun for any faithful fan of Sawyer Bennett's writing.

Erik has, much as most hockey players, a bit of a reputation – and in the case of Blue, he also has history, not that he knows that. As soon as he does though, he does everything he can to prove that he has changed. I love the lengths to which he goes to make the point, and Blue is hard pressed to hold onto her anger in the face of his efforts.

Blue is making hard decisions as she has sole responsibility for her brother and isn't sure that she can make a life for herself again after her selfish past. But she has to admit that Erik's showing her how good it could be...

We get a really thoughtful, hot romance, along with some good hockey time and an interesting family situation which requires more than the possible solution of funding. Finding a balance is tricky, but really one cannot fault Erik for his consistency and love given how new this all is to him.

Another really good story in this series, and there are a whole load of team members who deserve their happily ever after – perhaps none more than Tacker though (hint hint).

Also Available in the Arizona Vengeance Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Bishop post.

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 contemporary romance, she 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 a 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 workout, 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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Erik (Arizona Vengeance #2) by Sawyer Bennett to read and review.

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