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Review: Stone by Sawyer Bennett

Pittsburg Titans is a new series from Sawyer Bennett and Stone is the second book of the series. Baden was the first book of the series and I have been waiting to read his story for a while. Since I had a bit of a background on Baden, I was expecting the emotions and intensity of the story. You can also say; ‘Come on didn’t you read the blurb? The guy lost his brother.’ and you are right I did read the blurb. I knew Stone lost his brother and got another shot at NHL, but I wasn’t ready to face all the emotions from the start. I received Stone almost a month ago and devoured it as soon as it hit my kindle. I was running away from writing this review. Why? Because it felt like whatever I’ll write, won’t be enough to convey my feelings and wouldn’t make justice to this story. But now I ran out of time so bear with me and I will do my best to write this review without ruining the story for you.

Stone Dumelin had great success in NHL until his shoulder injury and was sent to the minors after that. When his baby brother, Brooks, joined the league and start to rise to the top, Stone started to sink deeper and deeper. Two brothers who were best friends started to be strangers to each other. And their dad made everything worse. Man, I have no words for that guy. Actually, I do have a lot of words for that guy but unfortunately, they’re really not appropriate. After losing Brooks on the plane crash, Stone gets his second chance to be back in NHL with the invite he got from Pittsburg Titans, and he decides to take it.  Now he is in Pittsburg everything is getting more challenging for him. He is in a constant battle with his brother’s ghost and there is also the tenacious lawyer, Harlow Alston, who is constantly bugging him regarding Brooks’ will. In the end, she got what she wanted.  I loved how strong and loyal Harlow is. She became one of my favorite heroines. I adored her relationship with Brooks and how she did everything in her power to honor her friend’s last wishes. OMG! That last wish was the beginning of my heartbreak and tears. I am so sorry, but I will share a bit of the letter Brooks left for Harlow so if you think it will spoil the story for you, please skip pink lines below…

He is going to fight you every step of the way. Be stronger. I know you can.

Also, tell him I love him. Make him believe it…

Holly molly! Even now there is a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. My heart broke into million pieces for Brooks and everything he went through. I was sad for Stone because he never got a chance to know who his brother became or who he truly was.  I was extremely mad at their dad for ruining both of his sons’ lives, and I was disappointed with both brothers for not trying harder. I was happy for Stone and Harlow because they found each other.

I am sorry if I was all over the place but some of the things in the book got really close to home. I lost my best friend as well but for him, it wasn’t an accident. He decided to leave this world and left. While I was reading Harlow being Brooks’ wing women, their dinners and adventures, it took me back and I think that is one of the reasons I was too emotional with this review. He was just like Brooks, other than being a hottie hockey player 🙂

Overall, I definitely recommend you read Stone. For me, this was an emotional journey. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, and it was all so good.

  • 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. 

Purchase Links: Amazon | iBooksNook | Kobo | GooglePlay 

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.

Connect with Sawyer Bennet: Website | Amazon | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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