Wow! I cannot believe we are already 9 books in the series. Since I am super-duper late with my review, it will probably be 10 soon. It has been almost 2 months since my last review and this review ‘‘should have’’ followed the last one after one week but I have been struggling lately. So, let’s get back to Steele… When I was reading Kane, I was curious about what happened to Steele and what was the reason behind his marriage problems. After seeing his daughter’s attitude towards him, I wasn’t sure who the culprit was, Steele or Ella, I was waiting for a more drama-filled read and my heart wasn’t ready for how amazingly sweet this couple was.
James Steele, aka Jim or Steele, was traded from Quebec Royals to Arizona Vengeance. He is married to his high school sweetheart Ella and has a 13-year-old daughter Lucy McKenna Steele. He had no idea that there were problems in his marriage until his wife asked him to leave the house. At first, he was shocked, and even though he was in love with his wife, he didn’t do anything to win her back. Months after he left home, he runs into Ella and his date during lunch and that lit a fire in him and he decided, he is going to fight for his family. I loved Ella. She followed the love of her life and did everything to support him. When an unplanned pregnancy happened, she didn’t complain and became a stay home mom. But don’t let this make you think that she gave up everything. She finished college and also find a job that allows her to work from home. She is ambitious, smart, and full of love. She did everything for Jim and Lucy, but it came to a point that she felt invisible and always the second-best after hockey to her husband that is why even though she was still in love with Jim, she decided breaking up was the only option. After months of minimal contact with Jim, she decided it was time to give a chance to dating once again. She wasn’t expecting to catch Jim and Kane stalk her date and Jim declares he will fight to win her back. OMG! Steele was in it, to win it. I was swooned by the things he did. He was tentative, sweet, and super romantic. I already gave too much away so what he did to get his second chance is for you to find out but get ready to swoon. I cannot pass without saying, I really really really didn’t like Lucy from what I saw from previous books. Her outburst and attitude towards Jim was annoying. However, this book made me understand what lies behind all that and towards the end I adored her. Lucy is super lucky to have parents like Jim and Ella.
It was also great to see a bit of the leading characters in the previous books. I am always looking forward to seeing how they are doing so it was a delight. We are also introduced to newer members that we don’t know much about and I cannot wait to read their stories. The next book of the series is Jett Olsson and the new VP of Digital Marketing and Analytics, Emory Holland. I am looking forward to that story, but I am dying to know more about what will happen to Baden? and what is Riggs Nadeau’s deal? Steele was definitely the sweetest, drama-free second chance romance I ever read. If you enjoy second chance romances and looking for a sweet, drama-free, fast read, this book might be just for you.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes
- Would I re-read this book: Already did 🙂
- Would I read future books by this author: Yes
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e-ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About Sawyer Bennet:
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.