“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it."
Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.
Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It's certainly the easiest way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.
When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart.
Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?
This book is the follow up novel to Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett. It can be read as a stand-alone.
Off Limits by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thinking of this book makes my heart happy! I truly enjoyed reading every minute of it, and it's definitely one of the books I will reread. It's not a mushy romance, it's a REAL romance with REAL people. It slowly evolved and built up to this amazing relationship!
Nix is a prick in the beginning of the book and he knows it, in fact he shows no reservations about it. The thing about him, though, is that he's not being like that just to do it. You can tell that he has buried issues, making him intriguing. The story is told from both Nix and Emily's POV.
Emily is a reformed spoiled socialite. She is branching out and trying to be open to new people and situations. I really like her character, she is not timid and won't really take anyone's crap, but she also has a slight vulnerability to her too.
Cover love and writing
I think the cover is okay. It's sexy, but doesn't draw me, the blurb is what drew me in! I Sawyer's writing is great! It's funny and captures your attention from page one! I love how easy it was for me to get lost in it. I am a definite Sawyer Bennett fan now!
Swoonworthy points: 8.0
This book was seven layers of swoonworthy and a side of Holy Hell! Nix is a pure Alpha male without even trying (or caring that he is). There are some super smexy scenes, but the overall swoony part is how you fall in love with Nix.
I'm dumbfounded looking at him. I'm sure he probably thinks I swallowed my tongue in the accident but I have just been blindsided, by what I believe to be, the most physically splendid specimen of a man I have ever seen.
I didn't read the first book in this series, because I didn't care for the cover, nor thought I would like anything about hockey. But I am definitely going to get it now! Overall, this book was great, and a high recommend from me!
ARC provided by tour company in exchange for honest review.
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 weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
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