Finally, Coen, the fourth book of the Pittsburgh Titans is live. I have been waiting for this book since the beginning of the series. I was going to start with this book being my favorite of the series, but I start feeling that I am constantly repeating myself with each book. I am not taking any responsibility for this though, this is all Sawyer Bennett’s doing 🙂 As you can easily understand from my intro, I loved Coen and Tillie. Their story was fun, heartbreaking, and super sweet.
Coen Highsmith is one of the lucky three, who weren’t on board when the Pittsburgh Titans’ plane crashed. Understandably, Coen is struggling with the survivor’s guilt but there is more to his destructive attitude. Before the crash, he used to be the easygoing, happy guy who was adored by the fans, but that guy disappeared with the crash. Now there is a shell of a man who does his best to destruct everything he accomplishes his whole life. His new teammates are tired of his bad behavior and getting suspended for hitting a ref was the last draw. Now that he is suspended, he decides it is time to quit the league. From the start, there were 5 people, Gage, Stone, Baden, Callum, and Brienne, who did their best to support and help him so when he announces his decision to quit, they persuade him to take some time off and think. To do that Stone offers Coen, his brother’s cabin. His isolation from society goes perfectly fine until his next-door neighbor decides to cut down the trees that separate their properties. Tilden Marshall, Tillie to her friends, found the perfect place for her dreams. Her new home and land are perfect to build a studio she was dreaming of for a while. She still has some work to do like cutting down the trees to build a driveway for the studio but that will be easy or at least she thought so until she met with her brooding, grumpy, mean, and super-hot neighbor. I fell in love with Tillie. She is strong, sweet, loyal, and fierce. She doesn’t back down or gets intimidated easily. She also has an amazing group of friends, Ann Marie, Hayley, and Erica. When Coen rudely stops her and threatens her, she fights back instead of covering her shell. Her fierceness lights something within Coen, something he lost with his team. The light she radiates starts to brighten all the darkness Coen is drowning in. At first, it is with their fights, then with the crazy chemistry, they have, and then with her friendship and unyielding trust in him. I loved how their relationship evolved and how Tillie helped Coen to heal. It was also great to see a bit of Gage, Stone, and Baden and it was heartwarming to see how supportive they all were. Even though Coen was so adamant about blaming himself and giving himself the worst punishment, just like Tillie, they didn’t accept it, which in the end helped him to start forgiving himself.
Just like the previous books in the series, I am in love with Coen’s story. He was living in the hell of his creation but with the light Tillie brought, he slowly became his old self. This story was heartbreaking, sweet, inspiring, and hopeful. I cannot wait to read the next book of the series, Drake will be released on January 3rd, 2023.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes
- Would I re-read this book: x3 already 🙂
- 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.