REVIEW :: 4 Not What I Expected Stars ⇢ GARRETT by Sawyer Bennett

Posted December 8, 2014 by FMA in 4 Stars - It quenched my addiction!

REVIEW :: 4 Not What I Expected Stars  ⇢ GARRETT by Sawyer BennettGarrett by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #2
Also in this series: Alex, Zack, Ryker, Hawk
Published by Loveswept, Penguin Random House
on February 17th 2015
Pages: 278
Genres: Contemporary, Hockey, Sports
Review Copy Provided By: Penguin Random House

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.

I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.



I was excited to read this next installment in the Cold Fury Hockey series by Sawyer Bennett because it was about GARRETT.  In Alex he was the “manhore” and was funny as heck!  I couldn’t wait to dive in.  But I should have known not to “judge a book by its cover”, not to base my opinion on “someone” solely on a person’s outward appearance, not to be shallow and take the “person” at face value.  Because what you see with Garrett Samuelson, is certainly not what you get.  There was so much more to him.  He was just waiting for the right girl to show it, to share it and Olivia was that girl.

Olivia Case had just been given devastating, life changing news and she didn’t know how much longer she had to live.  (This is not a spoiler, unless you don’t read blurbs, because that info is in there.)  She is well aware of Garrett’s playboy ways and while she is reluctant to be his next conquest, she wants to make this life my bitch and wring every bit of juicy goodness from it before it’s possibly taken away from me.

“Where did Garrett Samuelson, the player who wants to put notches in his bedpost, go?” – Olivia

“He’s still there,” I tell her sincerely.  “I’m just figuring out that maybe he wants something more than a notch with you.” – Garrett

Garrett was absolutely great with her.   He supported her and loved her and helped her through her tough times.  He was AWESOME!   He was exactly what Olivia needed.

“No…you don’t get it,”  he growls.  “I’m. Not. Going. Anywhere.  And I’m not just talking about right this minute.”

I have to mention her kick a$$ BFF, and boss, Stevie Magliano.  He was great.  Funny.  An amazing friend.  We all need a Stevie in our lives.

Also, the Acknowledgements in this book had me crying.  It was beautiful!!!

The author took this book in a direction I didn’t expect.  I expected to see more of Garrett’s playboy ways and humor.  Instead we see a tender, caring and loving man.  One who is protective and heartfelt.  The story was great, but  had I not known any history on Garrett, for me it would have worked better.  I did have problems believing his total transformation happening so soon and with such full force….instant love/lust.  I also, had some issues with Olivia’s OTT behavior once she found out Garrett’s concerns.  I don’t know if that drama was necessary to the book.  I think without it, the book would have been just fine.  So, it was these things that kept this from being a 5 star read for me.

The next book will be Zack, and after reading what happened in this book, I am on edge with excitement and trepidation to read that one!!!

Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review

This book had not yet to be published when this review was written, quotes may may not be final.


About Sawyer Bennett

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

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 erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer 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 toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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