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New Release Review! RAFE by Sawyer Bennett (A 1001 Dark Nights/Arizona Vengeance novella)

An Arizona Vengeance novella
New York Times bestselling author
Sawyer Bennett
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett comes a new story in her Arizona Vengeance series…

RAFE by Sawyer Bennett is available now!


I was living my dream until one phone call changed everything.

As the second line center for the Arizona Vengeance, my mind has been on one thing—helping my team bring home a championship. But that all changed when I found out my dad had cancer and only months to live. In that moment, nothing mattered more than getting home to North Carolina to be by his side. That meant asking for the unthinkable—a trade to the Carolina Cold Fury

Now I’m home and when I’m not on the ice with my new team, I’m helping care for my dad. And in the midst of my grief, I find comfort from the one person I never expected.

Calliope Ramirez stole my heart at a very young age. The beautiful, smart, headstrong girl next door, she was my first… everything. She has never forgiven me for leaving her, believing that I chose hockey over a future together. What she doesn’t understand is that every decision I made was for her, and I’ve never given up hope that one day we’d be together again.

Watching my dad slip away is a harsh reminder of how short life can be, and having Calliope by my side makes me realize I was a damn fool before. That changes starting right now. Calliope Ramirez is mine and I’m not going to waste the second chance that I’ve been given.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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Rafe is a second chance romance, Cold Fury Hockey/Arizona Vengeance crossover novella. You don’t have to have read any of the books in those series–with such a short format here, the focus really is on Rafe and his relationships with Calliope and his dad–there isn’t actually a whole lot of hockey on the page, either, but that’s OK, because you’ll honestly be craving the relationships here so much you’ll barely notice. Of course if you have read any of the other books, there will be little snippets of Oh! It’s Gray! and oooh! The baby! as you read, as a bonus 😉

Though the reason for their original breakup is one of my least favorites ever (the hero deciding he knows best for the heroine and makes that decision for them *and* then just crushing their relationship under his heel as he leaves, without even giving her the decency of a justification) Ms Bennett somehow made it work. It definitely helped that, eight years later, they’re actual adults now and able to act like it–him owning up to his faults, and her being able to see his side and work on forgiving him.

The storyline with Rafe and his dad is both heartwarming and heartwrenching–he comes home knowing his dad is dying, after all. Because of the short format, we don’t see all of the scenes between the two in real time, but even in flashbacks, they’re still moving. (And a little sad–but ultimately uplifting.)

It was fun reading a story that straddled the worlds of the two different hockey teams–spoiler alert, they’ll face each other in the finals! I’m not going to tell you who will win, though–you’ll have to read it yourself to find out 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the author:

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

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 Marys 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 daughter, as well as full-time servant to her 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 even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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