Monday, July 8, 2013

Blog Tour & Review: Off the Record by Sawyer Bennett

The sparks of dislike burn hot, but the sparks of mutual attraction burn even hotter.

Ever Montgomery suffered the ultimate betrayal by the one man who she should have been able to count on for anything. It has left her hurt, jaded, and incapable of forming relationships, but it also means that she can spot a liar a mile away. These traits are earning her a reputation as a reporter with a keen nose for a good story and a complete understanding of the extreme power of the written word.

Lincoln Caldwell is the hot goalie for the New York Rangers. At twenty-four and a rising star, he works hard and he plays even harder. He’s gorgeous and carefree—the ultimate charmer. Ladies fall at his feet and the single life has never been lived the way Linc Caldwell does it.

When Ever publishes an article about Linc containing information that she received off the record, she finds herself on the receiving end of the athlete’s fury. Rather than basking in the glory of exposing Linc as a shameless user of women, she finds herself at his mercy when he demands and receives retribution. Required by her editor to trail Linc for six weeks, Ever is forced to look at the real Linc Caldwell.

And she just might find that she has misjudged him.



Off the Record is a fast-paced, funny, light, and steamy read! It's the first I've read by Sawyer Bennett and that makes me want to drop-kick myself. Seriously, I'm wondering where I've been since this is a series and I haven't read the other two...? I can't believe other readers out there didn't fill me in on what I was missing. You've been holding out on me! How dare you?! ;)

That said, you can definitely read this as a standalone. Some of the characters from the previous books are in the background, but it's not crucial that you read the other two first. Though, if they are anywhere near as good as Off the Record, I recommend it! I plan to read the other two in the very near future. The writing is smooth and catchy, so I was able to read through it in a few hours without ever getting distracted or bored. In fact, I completely lost track of time because I was so caught up in Ever and Linc's romance (such cool names). The whole story is told in alternating POV's between Ever and Linc, so you'll pretty much fall head over heels in love with both of them...or as Linc would say "head over ass"! Ok, on with the review...

In the first chapter, we are introduced to Ever, who has a really bad track record with men in her life thus far. She was abandoned by her dad and betrayed by her ex-fiance. That's a terrible combination for a girl that's already built walls made out of steel bars and barbed wire around her heart. She doesn't cry. EVER. She picks up the pieces and moves on whenever life tries to knock her down. Until she meets Linc, a player in the NHL...

Let's just say that Linc and Ever don't get off to a good start. Ever totally pulls out the bitch card and plays it on Linc. She's a journalist and writes a terrible article about Linc. It pissed me off! It pissed everybody off, including Linc, so he sets out to put her in her place. His I'm-gonna-show-her-and-ruin-her-career plan takes an interesting turn when he decides to have her shadow him for 6 weeks instead. He wants her to get to know the real him and write another article at the end of that 6 week period. She has to move in with him and follow him everywhere...
"I'm just saying that love has a lot to do with forgiveness. It's what gives us the ability to consider it."
And....that's all your getting from me! I don't want to spoil anything, but I'll leave you with this...Linc is top notch book boyfriend material. He was perfect. Also, Ever is a really strong character. She had her weaknesses when it came to games of the heart, but she was a solid character and very witty. She surprised me a couple times with her determination, and I quickly forgave her for the stunt she pulled at the beginning.

This book stole a little piece of my heart! I'll definitely be reading more from Sawyer Bennett!

4-4.5 stars!

I recieved an ARC from Sawyer Bennett in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by:
Sawyer Bennett
Sawyer Bennett is the pen name for a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weakness but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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