Gage: A Pittsburgh Titans Novel
Release Date: July 5, 2022
Veteran player Gage Heyward retired from the league following a successful career. Now the Titans need him, but does he have what it takes to get back on the ice and pull this team together?
After achieving the goals I set for myself, I walked away from my professional hockey career. It was a tough decision, but the right one at the time. When the Titans organization approached me about joining the team they were rebuilding following a devastating plane crash, I felt a passion for the game and a competitive spirit I hadn’t felt in years. The opportunity to make a huge difference to a lot of people spoke to me, and I accepted their offer and headed to Pittsburgh without a second thought.
Jenna Holland is also new to town, having moved from Phoenix to Pittsburgh to take a job with the Titans. Her past has left her with scars—both physical and emotional—and she’s slow to trust others. But the more I learn about Jenna, the more I want to know. The more I need to know. Because the beautiful blonde with honey gold eyes and a wall around her heart has me enamored.
My game on the ice is the best it’s ever been, but it’s my game off the ice I’m focused on these days. Because while Jenna may not be willing to take a chance, I know the potential is there for something big. Something life changing. Now I just need to convince her to take the shot.
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Such a sweet story!
Gage and Jenna’s romance is the sweetest one of the series yet (though their BFFs, Baden and Sophie would give them a run for their money!) because these two…gah! So sweet! Somewhat similar to Sophie, Jenna has had a traumatic event in her recent past that was affecting her self esteem and image in the present. Jenna wasn’t as much of a recluse as Sophie was, but she absolutely made all kinds of choices for her life–where she went and with whom, how she wore her hair, what kinds of tops/necklines she wore, and more–because of her scars. She even had all but decided to get rid of her sexy underwear when she moved, because she wasn’t planning on anyone but her ever seeing her in them. (She didn’t get rid of them, but it was close. Personally, I’m a fan of wearing them for yourself if they make you feel prettier, sexier, stronger–but only if they’re actually comfortable. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk ;))
Gage had his work cut out for him in this book–not only was he the NHL veteran trying to make his struggling team into a cohesive unit, but he was quickly falling for a woman who was 110% relationship shy for a lot of really intense reasons. I loved watching him convince her that she really is beautiful–not just to him, but objectively beautiful–and her slowly starting to open up, both to Gage and to letting new possibilities into her life.
The “black moment” isn’t particularly stark or even all that long lasting–after how hard they’d already worked on opening themselves up to the relationship in the first place, this actually felt OK. One quick phone call and an honest conversation later, we’re well on our way to an HEA. Just the way I like ’em 😉
Please, please, PLEASE tell me Brienne will have a book with a single dad hero! PLEASE??? 😀
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.
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