Wylde (Arizona Vengeance)

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by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date:  May 12, 2020
Publisher:  Big Dog Books, LLC
Book #7 in the Arizona Vengeance series
Number of pages:  201
Kindle Edition
Source: Amazon Pre-Order
Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F
Rating: XXX
Read 5/27/20 to 5/28/20

 

I might be one of the newest players on the Arizona Vengeance team, but I’m no stranger to the celebrity that goes along with being a professional hockey player. Whether it’s a fan seeking an autograph or a puck bunny looking for more, I’ve grown used to the attention. I not only thrive on it; I use it to my advantage. Let’s just say my bed is rarely empty.

When a quirky redhead at the local bookstore stops me dead in my tracks, I decide to pop in and turn on the trusty Wylde magic. As smart and strong-willed as she is beautiful, Clarke Webber isn’t swayed by my witty banter or charming good looks. And when she realizes who I am and the fame that comes along with it, she likes me even less. Thankfully, I’m always up for a challenge. The more I get to know about her, the more I know my playboy days are behind me.

If I’m going to capture Clarke’s heart, it’s time to be a lot less Wylde, and a lot more Aaron.

The beginning of this one made me giggle. I loved how Clarke and Aaron handle each other. Clarke having preconceived ideas about Aaron even though she had no clue he was a professional athlete, ribbing him a bit here and there but in a fun way. Then Aaron swooping in to stun Clarke and leave her scratching her head and more than intrigued by him. It’s obvious from the start these two will be good for one another.

Clarke definitely has some hang-ups when it comes to anyone who is even a tiny bit famous. She can’t be blamed for being apprehensive after what she went through a few years earlier. Aaron is so patient with her, even before he knows her story. He can tell she’s as skittish as a cat and doesn’t want to scare her off. There’s just something about her that fascinates him and makes him want to know more about her. It’s very sweet.

I may have said it before, but sometimes I really think Sawyer Bennett is a Red Wings fan. Being born and bred literally a few miles from Detroit, I am a Wings fan through and through. Just a couple of weeks after they won the cup in 1997 (after a 42 year drought), tragedy struck the team. Now, that’s as close to a spoiler as I’m going to get. And the incident in the book has nothing, really, to do with Wylde’s story so it’s not really a spoiler. (Though I’m sure it will feature prominently in future stories in this series.) What happens to a teammate isn’t the same thing as what happened in 1997, but it still brought all those memories back to me and made me wonder who this author’s team happens to be. It’s obvious she’s a hockey fan, though.

Anyway, this story is a lot of fun. Along with the problems and snafus the couple hits along the way (that’s not the fun part, I promise), there are weddings galore. So it’s a great way for the loyal Vengeance fan to catch up with their favorite couples. On top of that, we get to know some of the rest of the team that has been in the background over the last season. Which, of course, means more stories about the men on this team. Just the little teasers we got sprinkled in this story have me chomping at the bit for more, more, more!

As for Clarke and Aaron, they get their HEA…of course. The story is engaging, funny, heartbreaking, sexy, and joyful. All the things I love in my romance stories.

4 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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