I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Riggs by Sawyer Bennett
on October 26, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Romance / Sports
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Known as the team loner, Riggs Nadeau gives his all on the ice, but nothing extra off it. A beautiful stranger is about to cause chaos in his very structured world.
As a professional hockey player, people think I live a charmed life. On the surface, I do. But they don’t know the horrors of my childhood, or the real reason that I have custody of my seventeen-year-old sister, Janelle. And that’s exactly the way I like it. They may think I’m a prick because I don’t like to share, but that’s fine. They don’t know me, and they don’t need to.
In an effort to help Janelle get settled in Phoenix and stay out of trouble at school, I set her up with a job at Clarke’s Corner, the local bookstore owned by the girlfriend of a teammate. It’s there that she makes friends with Veronica Woodley, the extremely annoying, arrogant, money-hungry divorcee who I don’t want anywhere near my sister. Janelle insists I’m completely wrong about Veronica, but I refuse to accept that. I have to keep reminding myself that that the gorgeous blond with legs for days is off limits.
Through a series of events, I start to see Veronica for what she really is—an amazing woman who has survived her own hell to come out even stronger. I have to admit, we’re more alike than not and the attraction between us burns hot.
Maybe I was all wrong about my ability to love and commit, but when the past comes back to haunt me, can I be the man that Veronica, and Janelle, deserve?
I loved reading Riggs’ story and getting to know what happened to shape the man he had become. It was well worth the read, but that ending! That’s all I’m going to say. ~ Leigh – Simply Love Book Reviews
We’ve seen glimpses of the reserved, stand-offish and newest member of the Arizona Vengeance, but haven’t gotten to know anything about him until now. Riggs has been in other stories, but we’ve learned very little about this broody guy. As the most recent player to join the team, Riggs has done little to fit in with the other players, sharing almost nothing of himself beyond the fact that he has recently gained custody of his teenage sister. He has come off as a bit of a jerk in the past, but as it turns out, the brusque loner is a sweetheart.
Trying to help his sister Janelle fit in to a new life in his care, Riggs arranges for a holiday job for her at Clarke’s bookstore. There she meets Clarke’s best friend Veronica, who becomes a mentor and surrogate big sister. But while Veronica and Janelle may have instantly meshed, Riggs and Veronica are like oil and water. Both have baggage from their past which they still carry with them, and coupled with bad first impressions, the pair are instantly at each other’s throats. But anger and frustration soon turns to lust. Which slowly turns into mutual respect, admiration, trust and love.
I loved reading Riggs’ story and getting to know what happened to shape the man he had become. And even more than that, I enjoyed watching him grow and open up. He went from someone who had completely closed himself off to any relationships to becoming a man that truly made an effort to be a part of the group and let himself be vulnerable, whether it was to a woman or his teammates. Veronica’s influence on his life was one that made him a better man.
While I did enjoy reading Riggs’ book, I felt like this one pulled double-duty. Not only was it telling Riggs’ story, but it also set up Baden’s book as well. Although he was brand new to the team when Baden suffered a career-ending injury while saving a woman from an assault, Riggs’ was by Baden in the hospital and throughout his recovery. Baden was an integral player in Riggs’ story as a sounding board and inspiration, and it seemed as if the point of Riggs’ story was two-fold. It was to help us understand this man who had a crappy childhood and still came out the other side a surprisingly caring person. But Riggs’ story also led us up to the doorstep of Baden’s book, and then pretty unceremoniously dumped us with an enormous bang.
This story was well worth the read, but that ending! That’s all I’m going to say. Sawyer Bennett really knows how to leave her readers wanting more and impatiently waiting for the next story to come.
(narrated by Connor Crais and Savannah Peachwood):