Tacker (Arizona Vengeance)

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by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date:  November 5, 2019
Publisher:  Big Dog Books, LLC
Book #5 in the Arizona Vengeance series
Number of pages:  348
Kindle Edition
Source: Amazon Pre-Order
Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F
Rating: XXX
Read 11/6/19 to 11/8/19

 

I am not okay.

Fifteen months ago, my life was turned upside down when the plane I was piloting went down. Injured and trapped in the wreckage, I had to watch my fiancée die a painfully slow death, which is something that can really mess with your head.

Since that day, I’ve had little desire to do much of anything. Except play hockey, that is. Because that is the one place where the bad memories are banished and I can escape my pain.

But off the ice, I’m spiraling out of control. Losing the grip on my life and putting myself and my career in danger. Now, thanks to a string of bad decisions, I’ve been ordered to complete therapy in order to stay on the team.

The problem? Nora Wayne, my beautiful and somewhat unconventional therapist. I can’t buy into the brand of happy clappy crap this woman is feeding me. What could she possibly understand about the type of loss that I’ve suffered? How does she know anything about finding happiness after losing the most important person in your life?

Turns out, I’ve got a lot to learn, and she’s just the person I need to break through those walls I’ve erected.

I am not okay.
But for the first time in a long time, I know that I will be.

As I’m sure is the case for all Arizona Vengeance fans, I’ve been looking forward to reading Tacker’s story.  And a beautiful story it is.  While I felt I knew all the reasons Tacker was closed off, the level of his guilt was different that I had actually expected.  It’s not just about him piloting the aircraft that led to his fiancée’s death.

Of course, Nora ends up being the perfect person to get him to open up and join the world around him.  She’s had her own tragedies and can understand his situation in a way not many can.  It also helps Tacker to see that there are worse things that can happen than what happened to him.  As Tacker continues to open up, he remembers how much he likes to help others.  And as he helps out on Nora’s ranch and they spend time together outside of his therapy sessions, their feelings start to deepen and grow.  Which can be problematic for a therapist.

The connection Nora and Tacker have is beautiful and actually quite sweet.  Their chemistry is great and Nora fits in well with the other hockey girlfriends/wives.  Yet, I felt this story wasn’t quite as deep as the others.  I can’t lay my finger on any particular reason.  There is so much to love about this book.  It’s just not quite up to the same level as the previous books in this series.  Wonderful, hot, sexy, sweet, fun, and more.  So still an extremely good book worth the read.  My standards are just super high with this author as she has written many of my favorite books.

3.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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