Say ‘Hello’ to the Arizona Vengeance’s new loner hottie Riggs Nadeau. If you follow the series, you know about him a bit. He is a total mystery even for his teammates because he acts like a robot or a well-oiled machine on the ice but the moment he steps out of ice, he is detached from everyone. I was annoyed with him at first when I was reading Steele but then I was intrigued by him and his story. And to say the least, he is totally the opposite of what everyone thinks.
Riggs is the new 2nd line defenseman for Arizona Vengeance. Right after he got traded, he had to get his sister’s custody, which made everything more complicated. Since he doesn’t share any personal information with his teammates, no one is aware of what he went through or going through. He left home when he was fifteen years old, and his sister Janelle was only four years old. Since they were both so young, it took them many years to establish some sort of bond. But Riggs made sure when Janelle was old enough, she always had a way to contact him and knew that in any circumstances she can always count on him. Being always on the road doesn’t help him to support Janelle to get settled in Phoenix. During one of the team events Riggs does something so out of character, it even surprises him. He starts telling Ella, Steele’s wife, all the struggles he and Janelle have. Thanks to Ella and her brilliant idea, Janelle starts working at his teammate Aaron’s girlfriend, Clark’s bookstore, Clarke’s Corner. Clark’s biggest help in the bookstore is her best friend Veronica Woodley but since she will be going back to school soon, she decides to give Janelle a chance to see if she can cover for Veronica. It was so sweet and inspiring to see the way Janelle opened up and grow. Of course, most of the credit goes to Veronica. She is an amazing woman. She is smart, kind, sweet, and strong. She went through a hellish marriage and now she is single once again, she decides to live her life to the fullest and complete/do everything she missed due to her marriage. The moment Veronica meets Janelle, she wants to protect her and be there for her, so they become fast friends. However, Riggs doesn’t really like this because being the judgmental prick he is, he automatically decides Veronica is a shallow gold-digger. With time and some events, he slowly sees what his sister saw from the beginning. Veronica even might be the only woman who can make him believe in love and commitment. Thanks to Janelle and his relationship with Veronica, he slowly connects with his teammates as well and I loved how Baden becomes his closest friend. Also, I was soooo happy to see Baden hanging out and traveling with the team again. Ohh and he is walking 🙂
I enjoyed this book. I think there were 2 things, I didn’t expect. The first one is, Dominik, being absent from the book, which was kind of disappointing. He is almost always there and meddling. Secondly, WHAT AN ENDING…. With Chronicles of the Stone Veil series, I got used to cliffhangers but with Arizona Vengeance, this is the second time she has done this. I am not even sure if this is considered a cliffhanger but she literally drops a huge bomb at the end of the book and now I am dying to read what will happen in the next book of the series. If you are not aware it is Baden’s book. I was already intrigued by his story but now I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
- 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.