February 12, 2015

REVIEW: Garrett (Cold Fury #2) By, Sawyer Bennett

Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest. When he meets Olivia Case, he sees someone who’s exactly his type—confident, sexy, smart . . . his next fling. But the more he pursues her, the more Garrett shares a side of himself that other women don’t normally get to see.

Olivia has been keeping a secret. While Garrett lives for the next thrill, Olivia’s not sure she’ll live to see the next day. She’s undergoing treatment for some serious medical issues, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship with no guarantees—especially one with a hot-as-sin womanizer who won’t take no for an answer. But as she gets to know the real Garrett, Olivia can’t help falling for him . . . hard. To reveal the truth would mean risking everything—but you can’t score without taking the tough shots.


Garrett is the second book is the Cold Fury series. We first met him in Alex. If you haven’t read Alex don’t worry they are both stand-alone books. We are following the Cold Fury hockey team out of Raleigh. I was really happy when I read that Garrett would be next. I loved his character in Alex and now we get him in a full book.

“I love women and love fucking them. But they take a backseat to hockey…my one true love. Always have, always will.”

Garrett Samuelson is a known player on the Cold Fury team. He never goes out with the same women, his max has been three dates but once he beds them they are forgotten the next day. Now that the summer is over he gets to go back to his favorite thing ever, hockey. When Garrett enters the party before the first practice he meets Olivia. He has no idea who she is but she is beautiful and now she is his new challenge.

“I let the warmth of his words spread through me. I let them coat me from the inside to the outside in comfort and happiness that Garrett Samuelson is saying he wants me…despite the sickness and uncertainty of my future.”

Olivia Case has always played her life safe. She would rather spend a night at home with a book to a party but he life is about to change forever. Olivia has just found out that she has a serious medical condition. Her whole life is about to change and complicating that is not something she wants. When Olivia meets Garrett for the first time there is a spark that is undeniable. They both agree to a date, maybe two, a fling only because that is all either of them can handle. Until Garrett wants more and Olivia finds she does too, and she can’t keep her secret forever because her treatment is starting.

“I touch my forehead to hers and close my eyes, I hold on to this moment and cherish the closeness I feel to her. “Anything for you,” I murmur back.”

I really loved Garrett in this story. He was fun, sexy, and oh so caring. For a playboy he sure knew how to take care of his girlfriend. Unlike his actual girlfriend. Garrett really stepped up to the plate with Olivia. He didn’t take her hiding her illness against her. He understood and stayed even though everyone second guessed him. Olivia was another matter. I am on the fence with Olivia. There were just some things that made me really not like her. I mean what college graduate doesn’t know what an oncologist is? Anyway…when you are done reading this review there is a bit of a spoilery section underneath the giveaways and I will go into more detail why I didn’t like her. I did like her in the other half of this book as well. She was fun and her banter with Garrett was funny and sweet. She was always trying to stay positive and strong and that was endearing.

“Nothing…no woman… no piece of ass or fake book thrust in my face will ever turn my eye away from you. Nothing and no one will ever come close to making me feel the way I do just when I’m holding your hand, or listening to your breath at night. Nothing compares”……  “Do you understand me Olivia? Nothing compares to you.”

The story was well written and Sawyer Bennett really handled the subject matter well. It is a difficult subject but this book can give people hope. Alex was a great addition to this. He really stood up for Garrett and tried to get them to see where they were wrong and smack some sense into Olivia. I loved the book. The ending not so much. I can’t wait for another Cold Fury novel!

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So anyway if you haven’t already guessed Olivia has cancer. Garrett has spent the whole book loving and supporting her and trying to get her to realize she has someone to lean on with this stuff. Someone that will support her. She spends most of the book not taking it. She wants to be strong and not lean on Garrett because he isn’t a relationship guy.

Towards the end she decides that he deserves better than being left with the grief of her POSSIBLE death. And yes that is a legitatmite fear but the way she goes about it pisses me off. She just leaves. No word nothing until she is forced to actually talk to him and say the words. It was really immature and childish.

When she decides to get him back she is surprised when he is so pissed he can’t take her back. I mean it was an apology and an “I did it because I love you so much”. Which to me is a cope out. She got scared and pushed him away. Did she admit it to anyone but herself and Alex? No. And guess what Garrett still had to come back and apologies for the WAY HE ACTED!!! I mean really. I’ve had to get used to the easy way Sawyer Bennett’s character patch up their relationships. It’s nothing about her writing I just like the groveling to at least match the pain of the separation. (I think the groveling is romantic so I like the big romantic gestures.) Its fine if I’m the only one but this one really drove me nuts. Don’t get me wrong I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to everyone but it also drove me completely nuts in the end.

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