Stone (Pittsburgh Titans) – book review

by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date:  March 1, 2022
Publisher:  Big Dog Books, LLC
Book #2 in the Pittsburgh Titans series
Number of pages:  270
Kindle Edition
Source: Amazon Pre-Order
Contemporary Romance/Sports
Ages 17 and up
CW: verbal abuse, plane crash
Minor league player Stone Dumelin lost his younger brother when the Titans’ team plane went down. He never expected the phone call that followed.

After a shoulder injury put my NHL career on ice, I resigned myself to the fact I’d never see my way out of the minor league again. As my career faded, my estranged brother’s star shot into orbit as the first line left winger for the Pittsburgh Titans. But when the team’s plane crashed returning home one night, his light was snuffed out, and I was given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Now I’m in Pittsburgh, playing for the Titans, and face-to-face with my dead brother’s ghost at every turn. His locker, his legacy, his persistent and annoyingly gorgeous attorney who won’t stop contacting me about his estate, even though I’ve demanded she leave me alone.

Harlow Alston would be extremely appealing if she wasn’t so aggravating. Only…that’s a complete lie. She pushes all the right buttons for me, and as much as I want her to quit pestering me about Brooks’s estate, I find myself intrigued by the fiery redhead who can’t take no for an answer. And the more I learn about Harlow, the more I find she might be the key to understanding who Brooks really was, and who I want to be.

I’ve got a second shot at a career I thought I’d lost and the opportunity to build something real with Harlow, but can I find strength to move forward or will my past dictate my future?

I’ll admit, Sawyer Bennett threw me for a loop with Stone’s back story. His father and the family dynamic he and his brother Brooks grew up in was volatile. Harlow knows about their upbringing, but Stone doesn’t know Harlow at all, so their first meeting doesn’t go well, to say the least.

Lucky for Stone, Harlow gives people more than one chance. Plus, Stone is eventually able to open his eyes to his bad behavior and not want to follow in his father’s footsteps. He’s not to proud to apologize and do what needs to be done to fix things.

Harlow and Stone call each other on their BS when it needs to be done, and easily forgive each other once they take in what was said. On top of that, they have great chemistry and Stone, when all is said and done, is a huge sweetheart.

This story has heart, healing, sadness, regret, and joy. But I’d say healing is number one. Harlow helps Stone deal with his regret and journey toward healing and it’s a beautiful thing.

From the first book in this series, I’ve been wanting to read Drake’s story. Unfortunately, there is still a way to go until we get to him. But in this story, I really couldn’t help but fall in love with Gage. He is everyone’s big brother and has such a caring heart. If I can’t have Drake’s story next, I’m glad it’s Gage’s that I’ll get.

4.5 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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