Baden (Pittsburgh Titans, Book 1) Sawyer Bennett Release Date: January 11, 2022
Synopsis:After suffering a horrific injury that threatens to end his career, Baden Oulett is about to learn that sometimes a fresh start is just what the doctor ordered. I worked my whole life to achieve one goal—play professional hockey. As part of the defending Cup champion Arizona Vengeance, I was living my dream until one split second decision destroyed it all. Instead of lacing up my skates and hitting the ice, I’ve spent my days in rehab and physical therapy just so I could walk again. When a coaching opportunity with the Pittsburgh Titans is presented to me, I find myself with a career I had never considered but which allows me to continue being part of the sport that I love. While my injuries are physical, the same can’t be said for the woman I rescued. Suffering from wounds that can’t be seen, Sophie Winters has withdrawn from the world in fear and guilt. I didn’t know Sophie before that fateful night and have only met her once since, but I refuse to let her face her demons alone. Determined to be a friend, I support Sophie in the only way I know how… by simply being there. Through our shared trauma, Sophie and I begin to find peace within one another. As we grow closer, what started as friendship becomes more intimate until our broken pieces become one. But can a love born of anguish endure, or will the pain of our past prove too much to overcome?
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About the Author:New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs. If you’d like to receive a notification when Sawyer releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter (sawyerbennett.com/signup).
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend
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As a book, Baden has a lot going on!
This is the first book in a new series about the Pittsburg Titans, so there is world building and a whole cast of characters to introduce. But, as Baden is coming from another team where he was an active secondary character, this book has to straddle that world just a little too. We also see the closing of one “chapter” and the beginning of another. All of this to say that the potential was here for a giant hot mess - it speaks to Author Bennett’s skill that Baden is exactly the opposite! This is a well crafted story that balances all of the different pieces just right.
Baden is paired romantically with Sophie- initially I wasn’t sure about this choice, but the more time I spent with them the more I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else for either of them!
This is not a “traditional” book. There is no one big conflict scene that then has to be resolved, there are smaller challenges and struggles peppered through the story. Seeing how our characters react to and address these issues is one of the things that makes me like and root for them to find happy endings.
I enjoyed getting to meet a few of the other Titan players and I am incredibly curious to see how this team evolves and see how their stories play out.
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