Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.
Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.
Kindle Edition, 278 pages
Expected publication: February 17th 2015 by Loveswept
*** I received an ARC from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through NetGalley for an honest review. Expected publication date: 2/17/15 ***
I couldn’t help but adore Garrett in Alex’s book. Though he is labeled as a manwhore, something he never apologized for, he wasn’t an a$$hole. He’s charming, has a good heart and helped Alex out when he needed it most, so I was totally looking forward to digging a little deeper into who he is and find out what kind of woman who could get him to want to at least attempt step away from his manwhore ways and wasn’t disappointed, in fact I was pleasantly surprised.
Ms. Bennett could have taken the expected route and had this book filled with angst filled pages that were fueled by Garrett’s manwhore ways, but she didn’t and I feel as if I need to bow down to her for not doing that. This isn’t to say that it’s shoved under the carpet and forgotten, it’s just weaved into the story in a different way. Now some may be either disappointed that it isn’t a main issue in the story, or be in shocked disbelief that he could change his tune without any fallout, but I never felt either. *If you haven’t read Alex this could be a spoiler of sorts* The reason is that in the first book, Garrett decides that he isn’t going to allow Alex to maintain a wall between them and was never dissuaded by anything Alex, or anyone else did or said from his. He went with his gut then and that’s what he does with Olivia. It’s new and a little confusing but it felt good and right to him. Olivia is outspoken, determined and strong, especially considering what life has thrown at her and though I couldn’t fully connect with her, I admired how she tackled her illness, leaned on those closest to her for support and even felt for her when doubts surfaced and she had to decide between fight or flight. Garrett’s and Olivia’s relationship does move fast, something that they both remark upon throughout the book, if you want to label it under “insta-” you can but it works for them. While there is a good amount of them telling us what they are doing, there is also a good balance of seeing them in action, whether it be light and fun, hot and steamy ~ and Garrett is sexy ~ or in the midst of them trying to work out any issues between them, you see that they are a good fit.
I loved Stevie, I’d love to have a best friend and boss like him and of course loved catching up with Alex and Sutton and the roles they played in the story, especially Alex. I liked how Ms. Bennett handled Olivia’s illness. You could feel the emotions of not only Olivia as she worked through it but those around her while learning about it and the steps that are taken to fight it.
There is an epilogue and while I understand why it’s there, especially with where the last chapter ends, I’m not totally sure if it was necessary but it works for those that need closure.
Bottom line: Garrett is filled with sweet, heart tugging, sexy and humorous moments that will make it hard for you to put it down and having you wanting more when it ends
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