Review - Erik by Sawyer Bennett @BennettBooks @readloveswept

Erik by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Arizona Vengeance #2
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: November 5, 2018
Date Read: October 28, 2018
Length: 212 pages
Source: NetGalley
The Arizona Vengeance are developing a reputation on the ice as one of hockey’s top teams. But one player’s reputation off the ice might just keep him from scoring. . . .

I’m having the time of my life with my new brothers on the Arizona Vengeance. We may be an expansion team, but after notching some big wins, the entire league knows to watch out for Erik Dahlbeck. That’s me.

The only person who doesn’t seem to think I’m so great? Blue Gardner, the hot-as-f*** flight attendant on our team plane. I sure wouldn’t mind joining the mile-high club with her, but besides bringing me lukewarm coffee, she won’t give me the time of day. Whatever I did to rub Blue the wrong way, my teammates think it’s hilarious. After all, we’re used to women flocking to us. #puckbunnies

When I run into Blue back on land, I’m shocked to learn how she spends her time off: taking care of her handicapped brother. There are layers to this girl I never imagined, layers I can’t wait to peel away. And that’s a new feeling for me.

But first I’ve got to find a way to melt that ice-cold stare. Because as much as I try to pretend I don’t care what Blue thinks of me, how can you not care when you’re falling for someone?
My Review

I had a great time with this book!  This is the second book in the Arizona Vengeance series but it could easily be read as a stand-alone.  Anyone that has had the chance to read the first book in the series, Bishop, will recognize quite a few of the characters but there should be no issue if a reader decided to jump in here.  This book really grabbed me right from the start and I ended up reading the whole thing in a single sitting.  It really was a joy to watch Blue and Erik figure things out.

Blue and Erik were both great characters.  Blue works as a flight attendant on the hockey teams plane and she is anything by impressed by Erik.  When she isn't working, she spends her time trying to be there for her disabled brother since she is all he has left after the death of their parents.  Erik can't figure out why he keeps striking out with Blue.  When he sees her out with her brother, he starts to think that there is a lot more to Blue than he originally thought.

Erik and Blue both show a lot of growth over the course of this book.  Blue has had to deal with a lot of things during recent years and she has a lot of guilt from some of her past actions.  The fact that she was able to give Erik a chance and forgive him was a big step and I liked the fact she wasn't afraid to apologize.  Erik didn't grow up with the best role model when it came to dealing with women.  He has changed from his younger days and is willing to go the extra mile when needed to win over Blue.  I loved seeing how he was with Blue's brother.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  I had a great time watching Blue and Erik fall in love.  This short book was able to blend some swoon-worthy moments, a touch of humor, steamy scenes, and more serious moments with ease.  I can't wait to read more of this wonderful series from Sawyer Bennett!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley. 
Arizona Vengeance Series
Book #1 - Bishop - My Review
Book #2 - Erik
Book #3 - Legend - Coming February 2019!
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


  1. Love a good romance where not everything is about sex and mile high clubs. Erik sounds really nice

  2. I have been so remiss. Ever since I got behind on her older hockey series, I always say I'm going to get caught up and don't. Glad they are still really enjoyable.

    1. They are all really quick reads so you can catch up in no time :)

  3. This sounds good. I like the story line premise.

  4. Some loves and some laughs, sounds fun to me.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I would say I am off romance right now but more accurately I am reading a pile of holiday romances for HoHoHoRAT. Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. I am working my way through a few holiday ones for the HoHoHoRAT as well. I do like to pick up romances when I am in the mood for a quick read.

  6. I am looking forward to this book. I enjoyed the book 1, and well, you know, hockey romances are my thing. Glad you enjoyed this one. I forgot all about Erik's interactions with Blue on the plane. I like the pairing.

    1. These two are great together, Sam. I think you are really going to enjoy this one.

  7. I like books like this -- the depth of these characters make the hotness ... hotter.

  8. I've been seeing this book everywhere lately and it sounds like such a good romance read! I really like the sound of Blue and her character. I'm glad her brother is included in the book too. Character growth is the best to see flourish along a book.

    1. I loved how important Blue's relationship to her brother was to the overall plot.


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