Sawyer Bennett is an author I’ve recently gotten really interested in. I’ve been loving her romances and Dax is the newest book in the Arizona Vengeance series. This is the fourth book, but they can be read as standalones. I previously read Erik an really enjoyed the story.
A big thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review for the blog today!
Dax (Arizona Vengeance, Book #4)
Release Date: July 9, 2019
My name is Dax Monahan and hockey is my passion. And if you want to succeed in this sport you have to bust your ass 24/7. I’ve never had a hard time focusing on my career, but when my past comes knocking, no amount of training can prepare me for what lies on the other side of the door.
Regan Miles was always like a sister to me. When a shared tragedy brings us face to face after several years, I’m shocked to see just how much she’s changed. Gone is the shy, awkward little girl that always used to chase me and her brother around. Instead, I’m faced with a gorgeous woman who makes it damn hard to concentrate on anything but her.
Turns out, she’s in trouble, and the only way out is to get married.
I surprise myself when I tell her to marry me. Order her, actually. And most shocking of all, she doesn’t even hesitate before saying yes.
So it’s settled. We’re getting hitched and she’s moving to Arizona with me. All platonic, of course.
I never knew I’d fall so hard for my best friend’s little sister.
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After reading Erik, I was really interested in the hockey team we meet in this series. I am a big fan of the tropes fake marriages and the best friend’s sister. Dax seemed like the perfect combination of the two.
This story starts off on a not so happy note, Regan’s brother and Dax’s best friend died a few months before the books starts. A mugging gone wrong and everyone is still dealing with the aftermath. Regan is having an even harder time, because he was everything to her after their parents died when she was a teenager. Add a rare medical condition that has a very expensive treatment and that’s her life.
Regan is a character I really enjoyed. Even though she’s been through a lot and has a life threatening illness (which was really interesting to read about, because it’s not something I’ve ever heard of), Regan keeps on going. The dreams she had before getting sick are still there and she’s working hard to get where she needs to be. She’s a hardworking character who wants to do this on her own and feels she needs to.
“Of course, it doesn’t help I’m definitely not looking at Dax in a brotherly way these days. He’s just too… male. Like a damn romance novel hero, swooping in all buff, succesful, and alpha to save the day.”
Dax is a macho man with a big heart. He’s doing well on his hockey team and financially he’s not having any problems. Dax is also dealing with losing his best friend and needs to check on his sister. Let’s just say he’s shocked when he sees Regan isn’t the little girl he remembers. I love that he won’t take no for an answer to take care of his best friend’s sister. He’s so protective and really just wants her to be happy. Dax doesn’t do relationships, but is struggling to deal with the feelings that are gorwing the more he’s around Regan.
Fake marriages are always fun in romance books and I loved the scene where they got married, haha. The chemistry between Regan and Dax is there from the start and I love how they try and fight it. They’re good friends first and it’s fun watching them tease each other. The humor in this book is amazing and I had a smile on my face a lot while reading. Watching the emotions grow was really sweet. Regan couldn’t believe he could see her like that and Dax would do anything to see her smile. There are plenty of romantic moments and a lot of steamy ones (Sawyer Bennett knows how to give us those moments)!
On top of amazing romance, Dax has an amazing cast of characters. The teammates are so much fun and if you’ve read previous books you get some updates about them. Also, I loved Dax’s sister Willow. She was so feisty, but then again, you have to be as a photographer that goes to dangerous places. The only thing I wanted more of was her little romance. I would’ve like to see how that played out.
All in all, Dax was an amazing book and left me wanting more. It had everything I love in romances: humor, romance, sexy scenes, amazing characters and an interesting storyline. I haven’t read all of the previous books yet, but I will be doing so very soon!
About the Author:
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.
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I really loved Dax and this book left a big smile on my face. After reading this, I really want to read Legend’s story and Tacker’s story is on my list of anticipated releases now. He really needs a happily ever after! Have you read any of the books in the Arizona Vengeance series or other books by this author? What did you think?