Friday, February 16, 2018

Audiobook Review - Reed by Sawyer Bennett @BennettBooks

Reed by Sawyer Bennett
Narrated by Graham Halstead and Cris Dukehart
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #10
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Date Read: February 7, 2018
Length: 5 hours 41 minutes
Source: Library via Hoopla

No one plays like Reed Olson, whether it's hockey season or not. After back-to-back NHL championships, he's craving a little R&R. Reed leans to a specific type - blond, busty, and interested - and fortunately he has a little black book full of options. So why is it he can't stop dreaming about the new girl who just moved in next door? A certified brainiac, she seems to want nothing to do with the hard-bodied athlete.

Josie Ives desperately needs something her celebrity neighbor obviously doesn't: solitude. Reed is everything she imagined - a little too good-looking, with a body that puts Greek gods to shame. But she didn't expect he would also be funny and charming. Josie knows she's the opposite of his type, and that's fine with her.

Still, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Their newfound friendship certainly has its benefits, but she's starting to wonder if opposites really do attract.
My Review

I really enjoyed this book!  It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that follows my reviews that I love this series.  I jumped into the series with the second book and have looked forward to each new book.  I have yet to be disappointed.  I decided to listen to the audio this time around since I wasn't sure when I would have the chance to sit down and actually read the book.  This audiobook ended up being such a wonderful experience for me.

This book is all about Josie and Reed.  Their meeting at the start of the book was not at all what I would have expected and I really wasn't sure how it would play out.  Let me tell you that this book takes Josie and Reed from annoyed neighbors to friends to much more than friends with ease.  I loved their journey and thought that they really seemed to work well with each other.  They are playful with each other and really just enjoy each other's company.  I thought that the chemistry between them was very well done.

I loved the characters in this book.  Josie is an emergency room doctor so she is used to making tough decisions.  She really is a down to earth character that likes simpler things like beer and pizza more than anything else.  Reed is just a nice guy.  He is in his off season so he is a bit more relaxed and has plenty of free time.  At the start of the book, he is dating a string of Barbies but is quickly distracted by his neighbor.  I liked how Reed just seemed to know what to do with Josie and I loved how they trusted and respected each other.

I believe that this was my first experience in listening to both Graham Halstead and Cris Dukehart.  The book is told from both Reed and Josie's point of view in alternating chapters and I liked the fact that two narrators were used.  I thought that they both did a fantastic job with the narration and really made each of the characters come to life.  I think that they both did a great job handling all of the character voices and emotions of the story.  I definitely plan to look for more of their work in the future.

I highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This was the tenth book in the Cold Fury Hockey series but it could easily be read as a stand alone since it does tell its own story.  We do get a bit of a peek into what is going on in Marek's life in this book and I must say that I am really eager to get my hands on his book in just a few short months. 
 
Cold Fury Hockey Series
#1 -Alex
#2 - Garrett - My Review
#3 - Zack - My Review
#4 - Ryker - My Review
#5 - Hawke - My Review
#6 - Max- My Review
#7 - Roman - My Review
#8 - Lucas - My Review
#9 - Van - My Review
#10 - Reed
#11 - Marek - Coming May 28, 2018!
About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

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 Mary’s 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 toddler, as well as full-time servant to two 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 a combination of the two.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

20 comments:

  1. I am not sure about Marek's book. I do not like that premise

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    1. If it is done right, I think I could really enjoy it. There will be a lot of drama though!

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  2. I have the first book in French. I need to try it one day

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    1. I still need to go back and read the first book but I have loved all of the rest of them.

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  3. Is it a really bad thing that you had me at 'hockey novel'? Lol I like the fact it can be read as a stand-alone, but I'm gonna check the rest of the series as well because, yeah, I have to! ;P Glad you loved this instalment, cheers to another great one soon!

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    1. I tend to want to read all things hockey myself so I don't think it is a bad thing at all.

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  4. Dang, look at all those covers! Haven't tried anything from the author yet, but man! How can I resist?!

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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  5. I love a hockey player and I do like the sound of this one. This author has been working her way up my TBR list and I love the sound of neighbors who don't like each other to more.

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    1. I seem to love romance novels with hockey in them. This one was really well done.

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  6. I recently listened to an audio that had two narrators. At first it threw me a little but once I got used to it I really enjoyed the two voices. Glad this one worked for you!

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    1. I love audiobooks that use more than one narrator. I have listened to quite a few like that.

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  7. I'll keep this in mind if I'm in the mod for a contemporary.

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  8. I also did this one on audio, and was extremely happy with the narration. This one was a little different compared to the other Cold Fury books, because it was so low drama, and the friendship grew so beautifully between these two as well. I loved the set up for Marek's book too.

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    1. I liked that this one was set in the off season. It was a lot more relaxed and you are right there was less drama.

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  9. this sounds fantastic I love how down to earth the characters sound. I don't remember if I read anything by her, but I do know I own a few from this series

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    1. The books in this series are just a lot of fun. I have had a great time with them.

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  10. I've not tried this series, but really glad you enjoyed it. I love Cris Dukeheart. She is a favorite narrator of mine.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads & Books of My Heart

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    1. This was my first experience with Cris Dukeheart but I really enjoyed her work.

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