RELEASE WEEK REVIEW: Bishop (Arizona Vengeance, Book #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Bishop: An Arizona Vengeance Novel
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: August 14, 2018


Meet the Arizona Vengeance, hockey’s hottest new team. They’re burning up the ice—until a one-night-stand with the coach’s daughter freezes one player in his skates.

Bishop Scott, co-captain. Not too shabby, huh? It’s all part of my fresh start with the NHL’s latest expansion team, and that means new teammates, a new coach, a new city, and a big new contract. Basically, I cannot f***ing wait to show my old squad what they’re missing.

But first, I decide to check out the town before the grind begins. Turns out Arizona chicks are totally smokin’, and I’m fortunate enough to meet one who’s looking for the same thing I am: a night of anonymous, unforgettable, no-strings-attached sex.

Fast forward to the Vengeance arena. It’s the last place I expect to see her again—let alone in her own office. Then bells go off and I finally realize who this girl is: Brooke Perron. My new coach’s daughter. All of a sudden, we’re picking up right where we left off, which means our hands are all over each other. That’s when her dad—my boss—walks in. And before I can get a word out, Brooke’s introducing me as her fiancé.

Sure, she just saved my ass. So why do I get the feeling Brooke’s going to turn my world upside down? Maybe it’s because this fake relationship feels way too real. . . .

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My Review

How do two people who shared one-night of no strings sex end up in a fake relationship the day after they thought they’d never see one another again?

For Bishop Scott and Brooke Perron, all it takes is an unexpected encounter between them and a visit from Brooke’s father who also happens to be the head coach of the Vengeance, Bishop’s new NHL team, to walk in on them at an inopportune time for Brooke to blurt out something that complicates Bishop and Brooke’s lives in multiple ways.

The player and the coach’s daughter…it kind of sounds like a tabloid headline, but in Sawyer Bennett’s newest release, it’s the reality that Bishop and Brooke find themselves in, and while neither wanted anything more than a wild roll in the sack, they now find themselves fabricating a two month relationship and heading towards a fake engagement due to their desire not to rock the boat when it comes to Brooke’s dad’s reaction to their duplicity.

Even though Bishop and Brooke’s relationship was forced at the beginning, there’s nothing fake about their sexual chemistry or how explosive they are when they’re together. Their first encounter was beyond satisfying, so the fact that Bishop wants to get him some by agreeing to Brooke’s charade isn’t surprising; in fact, his honesty is refreshing and as their ‘fake’ love turns into the real thing, Bishop continues to be upfront with Brooke and he treats her with respect and thoughtfulness every time they’re together.

I do have to admit that the story’s antagonist didn’t sit well with me, especially since Brooke’s relationship with this person wasn’t a close one. What I struggled with the most was how Brooke seemed like a pushover in certain situations; I get that Brooke likes to see the good in everyone but when it’s this blatantly obvious that the person she’s helping doesn’t deserve it, she has to stand up for herself and I just didn’t see that very much in their exchanges.

I’m definitely intrigued by the group of Bishop’s teammates Sawyer Bennett introduces her readers to, and while my opinion may not be the most popular, out of all of the players we met, I’m most anxious to get Tacker’s story, even if I already now it will be an uphill battle for the woman who wants to heal him and claim his heart.

4 Poison Apples

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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