Legend by Sawyer Bennett Release Date: February 5, 2019 Publisher: Loveswept Book #3 in the Arizona Vengeance series Number of pages: 227 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon Pre-Order Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F Rating: XXX Read 2/5/19
Everything is clicking for the Vengeance. We may be new, but we’re well on our way to winning the championship, and I’m having the time of my life headlining the sports media as the hottest goalie—hell, player—ever. I for one am going to live up to my name . . . because I am Legend Bay.
Dragging my ass home from the gym, I’m blinded by some gaudy, glowing holiday lights. As usual, my hot-as-hell neighbor Pepper Nantais has gone way over the top. But just as I’m about to tell her off, something else catches my eye . . . Seems like Santa left me a present, and not one I was expecting.
As life takes an unexpected turn, I realize that there’s much more to Pepper than meets the eye. Sure, she’s gorgeous. And exasperating. And her taste in decorating may be a bit . . . unique.
But beneath her carefree demeanor is a fierce determination and a heart of gold. And before I know it I’ve fallen for her. Hard . . .
Pepper is exactly the woman I never knew I needed.
First, I want to address the fact that Penguin Random House is closing its digital imprint, Loveswept. Loveswept has published many of this author’s work, including the books in this series so far. This story was the last in this series to go through Loveswept. Luckily, Sawyer Bennett will be able to self-publish the books that were already slated to release through Loveswept in this series. I’m very happy about that as I’m a HUGE fan of this author and this series.
I finished reading another book on Monday evening. When looking at my calendar of books (yes, I keep a calendar to keep things straight) to decide what I would read next, I realized it was the day before publication for Legend. What to do, what to do??? I wanted to be able to dive right into this one first thing in the morning but didn’t want to be hooked into another book. Luckily, I remembered I have an anthology book I’m slowly making my way through so I could read a few short stories instead. Good thing, since this story begged to be read right away.
Pepper is so much fun, I loved her personality and the obvious chemistry with Legend in Erik’s book. Of course, at that time they loved to hate each other. But there was definitely something there under the surface that the author let the reader get a peek of here and there. The depth of Pepper’s compassion and love, while not quite a surprise, was an added bonus of getting to know her better in this book.
What was a surprise is the depth of maturity and responsibility Legend has that we didn’t see before. Once he gets past the confusion of finding a baby on his porch, he steps up in a big way. He never looks at his baby, Charlie, as temporary. He’s all in and is even quite great at being a single dad. Of course, he has a lot of help from Pepper and a nanny. But when he’s not working he not only does it all, but also WANTS to do it all.
There are a few twists and turns that can end up being a surprise for some readers so I won’t/can’t say too much about the plot. But not only did certain things about Legend’s story keep me turning pages, Dax and Tacker did too. Oh, Tacker. The man breaks my heart. Sawyer Bennett is doing a wonderful job of weaving all of these stories together.
I’m going to be honest and say I was going to knock a half a star off my rating because of some of the editing. There were quite a few areas where there were words left out of sentences or mixed around. (Knowing what I do about Loveswept closing its doors, it annoyed me to think they are not giving 100% with the books they have left on their docket.) I decided I loved this story too much to hold that against the author, so I’m giving it a full 5 stars.