Author: Sawyer Bennett
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Where I got it: Public Library
Hockey season may be over, but in New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett’s new novel, a Carolina Cold Fury heartbreaker is heating things up off the ice and eager to score with the girl next door.
No one skates like Reed Olson. In the off-season, no one plays like him either. After back-to-back championships, Reed craves a different kind of action. Good thing there’s no shortage of women ready for a summer fling with a sports star. Reed has a specific type—blond, busty, not too bright—and a little black book full of options. But when his bed starts rocking, it’s his unexpectedly sexy neighbor who comes knocking. And the brainy beauty is impossible to ignore.
Josie Ives desperately needs something her celebrity neighbor obviously doesn’t: sleep. His headboard banging against the wall is keeping her up at night—not to mention inspiring some very naughty dreams. Reed is everything she imagined: a little too good-looking, with a body that puts Greek gods to shame. But he’s also funny and charming—a tempting combination. Josie’s the opposite of his type, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Their friendship certainly has its benefits, and it’s heating up to be so much more.
This was the first non-ARC I’ve read in forever and I loved it!
I’ve read every book in this series except Van’s (didn’t like him at all; couldn’t get into it) and have liked them all, but I love Reed. The beginning of this book (and the blurb) had a “Wallbanger by Alice Clayton” feel to it, but it was just one scene and it would have been funnier had it played out a little longer.
Josie Ives is an ER doctor and Reed’s neighbor. She meets him when she bangs on his door after a 36-hour shift in the ER and Reed is “wallbanging” with a “Barbie”. Reed finds his neighbor intriguing and gets to know her, and they form a friendship.
Josie is a very interesting character. She is incredibly smart and funny. Her character development was a little lacking – we didn’t learn much about her back story at all. We didn’t learn much about Reed’s backstory either; that was a little disappointing.
I really liked Reed’s character a lot. He went out of his way to be sweet with Josie, and take her outside of her comfort zone. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow, as well as their friendship.
Josie didn’t seem to have much of a social life outside of the hospital and then Reed, which was a little odd. One thing I will commend her on was her treatment of nurses – she treated them with respect, which I loved (my niece is a nurse).
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it.