Having read and loved the first book in the series I was really excited to read about the infamous Garrett Samuelson! This is the second book in the Cold Fury Hockey series focusing on Alex’s best friend and teammate Garrett! Yay!
New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett hits the ice with the story of a playboy athlete whose winning ways lead him to a beautiful woman with a lot to lose.
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.
I absolutely LOVE this series and Garrett certainly doesn’t disappoint! From the first book we learnt a little bit about Garrett – he’s Alex Crossman’s bestfriend, lives and breathes hockey and is definitely known as a lady’s man! Despite this you just know that when he gets his own book you’re going to fall in love with him – and trust me you will!
Olivia Case is our girl Sutton’s cousin, working in a fabulous florists with her very gay boss/bestie. Needing some fun in her life Sutton invites her to a hockey party which is where she meets the man himself Mr Garrett Samuelson. Their attraction is instant and Garrett is hooked, so you can imagine his dismay when Olivia says no to going out with him.
Little does he know Olivia has more on her plate than he realises…
Seen as its revealed right at the start of the book I think its ok for me to reveal that Olivia has just found out she has Follicular B-Cell Lymphoma – an incurable but very treatable form of cancer. After her appointment the day after first meeting Garrett she has mortality on her mind and decides that if she’s going to die she’s going to live her life to the max, starting with a bloody awesome one-night stand with Garrett.
But Garrett has other things in mind. Shortly after her rejection that first night Garrett realises that this girl is different and isn’t someone he wants as just another notch on his bed post – a feeling that’s only amplified after spending an incredible night with her.
When Olivia’s one-night stand becomes 2 nights, and then 3 she finds herself struggling with her treatment and the lies she’s telling Garrett.
When her cancer is finally revealed Garrett really steps up to the mark and becomes not only her lover but also her rock. Battling with her conscience Olivia struggles with her selfish need to keep Garrett around but her love for him wishes him a better life with a woman who isn’t on the verge of death. Knowing she would only break his heart if she were to die she pushes him away and continues her fight alone.
Both of them heart broken they turn to their best-friends for support and when it comes down to it Olivia must ask herself one thing…
Yes she may die…but what if she lives?
Wow. Just Wow. This book is already one of my top reads of 2015 and its only February. Garrett Samuelson deserves the Best-Boyfriend-Ever badge that is for sure – my heart ached for him and for Olivia and his devotion and support to her was truly moving. This book has the rare quality of making me cry uncontrollably one minute and laughing my butt off the next – definitely the mark of something very special indeed!
Not only do we get some brilliant new characters including Garrett and Olivia but it also brings back Alex and Sutton, and I have to say Alex in this book? Bloody Brilliant. Some of the things he says to Garrett and Olivia were just epic and I fell in love with him all over again.
Garrett tackles the very sensitive topic of cancer so beautifully I think any survivor or anyone affected by this devastating disease would be proud to recommend it to a friend. It shows both sides of the story – of both the one fighting it themselves and those fighting for you – both of which are depicted so well.
But its not all sad and emotional – the romance side of the story is so brilliant I’m pretty sure I fell in love with Garrett myself. I mean I dare you to read this book and not fall even just a little bit for him! It’s damn near impossible I tell you! And the sexy scenes? Well they definitely don’t disappoint either 😉
Sexy, Romantic and Heart-Breakingly good, Garrett is truly a beautiful read that no one should miss out on.