Sports romance is something that I really enjoy, especially when it’s with hockey players. I’m not a big hockey fan, but for some reason I enjoy those books the most! The Arizona Vengeance is one of these series and I’ve already read a few of the books (Erik & Dax). The next book in the series, Tacker, is out today and I want to talk about it!
A big thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review.
Tacker (Arizona Vengeance, Book #5)
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Fifteen months ago, my life was turned upside down when the plane I was piloting went down. Injured and trapped in the wreckage, I had to watch my fiancée die a painfully slow death, which is something that can really mess with your head.
Since that day, I’ve had little desire to do much of anything. Except play hockey, that is. Because that is the one place where the bad memories are banished and I can escape my pain.
But off the ice, I’m spiraling out of control. Losing the grip on my life and putting myself and my career in danger. Now, thanks to a string of bad decisions, I’ve been ordered to complete therapy in order to stay on the team.
The problem? Nora Wayne, my beautiful and somewhat unconventional therapist. I can’t buy into the brand of happy clappy crap this woman is feeding me. What could she possibly understand about the type of loss that I’ve suffered? How does she know anything about finding happiness after losing the most important person in your life?
Turns out, I’ve got a lot to learn, and she’s just the person I need to break through those walls I’ve erected.
I am not okay.
But for the first time in a long time, I know that I will be.
Tacker caught my attention after the glimpse we got of him in the previous book. There’s a lot going on with him and I wanted to see how everything played out. I expected an emotional roller coaster ride and that’s exactly what I got! Sawyer Bennett hit me with all the feels while reading this book. I still haven’t had enough of these characters after finishing the book.
Seeing Tacker in Dax, made me realize that he suffered a great tragedy. Learning that his fiancé died in a plane crash when he was the pilot is so devestating! His guilt and sadness dripped off of the pages and it’s so understandable he was acting the way he did. Being on a hockey team, made his behavior unacceptable and he had to decide if he was going to try and get back on track or leave the team.
Nora isn’t your typical therapist, but she doesn’t have the most typical story either. She has a ranch and incorporates therapy with her horses. This has become her passion and even if it’s not the easiest life, she wouldn’t trade it for anything! Like Tacker, Nora knows what heartbreak and tragedy is and may just be what Tacker needs!
I connected with both of these characters and the way the author wrote their story, definitely made me feel for them. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a pilot of the plane that ends up crashing and your loved one not surviving. His guilt was something he couldn’t get around and that lead to so much anger. Tacker’s journey was so beautiful! I loved seeing him slowly heal and letting himself feel something. Tacker never expected to feel any happiness or love again, but breaking down his walls showed him it’s okay to feel again.
Nora is another amazing character. Losing your family in a war and in the brutal way she did is so awful! It’s hard to describe what someone must feel. I loved how she turned her pain into a place for others to come and heal. The ranch is her life and her therapy techniques were so interesting. I could so see myself sitting at that ranch and relaxing.
I know therapist-patient relationships are a big no-no, but their connection was just there from the start. Both experiencing awful tragedies connected them in a way not many would understand. This flowed very naturally and it just felt right. They were there for each other and it was nice that this wasn’t really angsty. After everything both characters went through, they needed something to go okay.
My favorite part of this book is the team though. They care so much for each other and are a family! They’re there for each other in the good times and bad. Seeing them all together made me laugh, cry and left me with a smile on my face. Family isn’t always blood related!
Sawyer Bennett really did it again with Tacker and I can’t wait to read the next book! Even though I don’t know if any character will be able to top this one!
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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Tacker was filled with so much emotion and I just couldn’t put it down!! I had a feeling I would love this book, but this went beyond my expectations. Are you a fan of sports romance? Let me know if you have any favorites in the comments!