Saturday, July 20

Off the Record

Off the Record by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: ★ 4 Sexy Stars ★

Off the Record (Off Series, #3)

Sawyer Bennett has had me at Offsides and I haven't been able to let go…


Ever Montgomery has closed herself off from men.
After coming home early one day and catching her fiancé in bed with her classmate, she vows never to let a man betray her again.

Hot goalie for the New York Rangers, Lincoln Caldwell is a rising star at the age of twenty- four. He works hard and he plays even harder. Ladies fall at his feet.
Then Ever walks into his life.

~"Aside from her stunning looks, I find her to be charming, hilarious and interesting. I can't remember the last time a woman intrigued me past the point of wondering what her bra size was, although I peg her at a nice B cup, which is my preference."~

Ever jumps at the chance to further her journalism career when her friend, Emily, gets her an interview with Linc, at his annual BBQ for his Team mates.

With a little banter and flirting, Linc opens up freely with Ever, even speaking off the Record. He leaves feeling like the interview went well, with the dark haired beauty on his mind.
With a few miss understandings and wrong place wrong time, Ever gets the wrong idea, and publishes her interview, painting Linc to be nothing but a womanising jerk, plus giving the information given Off the Record.

Linc is furious and instead of getting Ever fired he comes up with the idea that Ever come and stay with him, to see the real him, so she can write an honest retraction and public apology.
He refuses to allow her to paint him that way to his fans. What he doesn't understand is how he could possible be so wrong about her.

~"But I did fuck the woman you saw me with in my bedroom, and I fucked her hard and more than once. That's after I got her off with my hand. You remember that part, don't you? Now that's the truth.
And you can look at me all you want with contempt, but I don't apologise for who I am. You have no right to judge me or my sex life.~

As Ever starts to get to know the real Linc, she starts to realise her 1st impression was totally wrong.

~ Less than a week ago, I was beyond infuriated with this man, believing him to be the lowest form of scum on this earth.


I see someone different.

I not only misjudged his character, but I've learned very quickly that it runs deeper than I would have imagined. ~

As she spends more time with Linc, her attraction grows. Trying to push it aside, some things he says just makes it harder and harder to deny their attraction.

~“Your smile would bring a lesser man to his knees. But if you wore your glasses and smiled at me like that, it would topple me.”~

Linc starts to see a different side to the infuriating woman. His feelings toward her have been all over the place from instant attraction to anger to vengeance then amusement and fascination back to fighting his attraction.
But Ever holds something over him. He fights the attraction due to fear she is setting him up for more bad Press.

It's a slow sexual build up, The kiss on the couch.. The whole build up was totally hot. You could just feel the sexual tension coming at you.

The Hotel scene! OMG...
Bennett has this amazing talent with the buildup. It's believable and keeps you hanging on for more.

~The massage started out as I'd expected. He diligently worked my sore muscles until I was feeling loose and relaxed.
But the closer Linc got to my Ass, the more I kept imagining him taking his fingers a bit further. What would it be like if he just dragged one finger down the middle of my ass cheeks? Or as he worked his way up my legs, what if he cupped me with his hand? Would he feel how hot I was for him? ~

With Linc in doubt over her sincerity and Ever's distrust in men they slowly move past their issues and take their attraction further.

~His actions were intense and raw. I was stripped naked, but he made me feel more exposed and vulnerable…. stripped to my core.. with the way he moved inside of me.~

The sex was HOT. Of course, Sawyer does not disappoint.

~ His eyes bore into mine and he growled, I'm close… you better come with me, Ever. You better fucking come with me."~

As they grow closer and cross the line to something more, Linc sees the anger that Ever holds inside herself. Not allowing herself to let go.
He wants to pull her out and help her heal.

~"You're not broken. You just need some time to come to grips with what happened."~

But Ever holds back, not allowing the chance to give her self true happiness.

~"Linc… I don't deserve your goodness. And you don't deserve my badness..I am damaged goods. And I tried.. I really did. I wanted to be able to let you in so bad. But I'm just not emotionally able to."~

Will she push him away for good? Can she move past the hurt and truly allow love into her life. Give herself completely over to someone else?

~"Love has a lot to do with the power of forgiveness.”~

I really enjoyed this one. It had everything I wanted, plus more.
I must admit I'm still 100% Nix girl. ( I love me a grouchy bad boy) But Linc comes in a close second.
If you haven't started this series, Get on it. Off the Record is the 3rd in series but all 3 can be read as standalone.

★ 4 Sexy Stars ★

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