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Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Review: Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett

Off Sides (Off Series, #1)Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett

Published February 21st 2013
Big Dog Publishing

Kindle Edition, 137 pages
(Goodreads synopsis) “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 her 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 Review~

Ryan is a rich, NCAA hockey player who is just plain gorgeous. Even though he is surrounded by stuck up, entitled rich people, he doesn't allow his own wealth and popularity to blind him. After his psycho ex attacks a waitress, he finds himself very intrigued. Danny has been handed a bad hand. She has had more than her fair share of tragedy and heartache by loosing her parents and her music. The last thing she wants is to get caught up in some rich hottie. Knowing the destruction that Ryan's family and friends can cause, they get together and quickly fall in love. No story can end without some drama which comes wrapped in evil women.
This was a short, fast read that was really enjoyable. Each character was developed quickly and strongly so you were able to get right into the story. I love how enraptured Ryan and Danny were with each other. Everyone around them couldn't doubt the love they had. I love that. It was a little shocking how fast they fell for each other but it was still sweet and went perfectly. I was so angry and wanted to knock out Angeline every single time and don't get me started on Ryan's mother.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone. I warn you though, be ready for your heart to swell and for it to break.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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