Erik (Arizona Vengeance #2) by Sawyer Bennett
The Arizona Vengeance are developing a reputation on the ice as one of hockey’s top teams. But one player’s reputation off the ice might just keep him from scoring. . . .
I’m having the time of my life with my new brothers on the Arizona Vengeance. We may be an expansion team, but after notching some big wins, the entire league knows to watch out for Erik Dahlbeck. That’s me.
The only person who doesn’t seem to think I’m so great? Blue Gardner, the hot-as-f*** flight attendant on our team plane. I sure wouldn’t mind joining the mile-high club with her, but besides bringing me lukewarm coffee, she won’t give me the time of day. Whatever I did to rub Blue the wrong way, my teammates think it’s hilarious. After all, we’re used to women flocking to us. #puckbunnies
When I run into Blue back on land, I’m shocked to learn how she spends her time off: taking care of her handicapped brother. There are layers to this girl I never imagined, layers I can’t wait to peel away. And that’s a new feeling for me.
But first I’ve got to find a way to melt that ice-cold stare. Because as much as I try to pretend I don’t care what Blue thinks of me, how can you not care when you’re falling for someone?
Oh my….Erik Dahlbeck, you gorgeous man!
This man is everything ladies. Yeah, he’s a player. Before he met Blue. Honestly, after he met Blue too, but it’s not as bad as it sounds and….you know what? I’m just going to let you figure that out for yourself. Let’s just say that he’s got some making up to do and Blue does not make it easy on him.
But, he’s also one of the sweetest guys I’ve read in a while. He’s genuine. He isn’t trying to get to know Blue’s brother just to get on her good side. He’s just a good guy. I loved that he wasn’t a reformed asshole who suddenly met the woman to change his entire behavior. He was a decent guy prior to meeting Blue, she just made him want to be better.
Blue was a female character that I liked from the start. She does give Erik a hard time, but she has reason and I couldn’t really blame her for it. I loved how dedicated she was to her brother and I liked that she wasn’t the sweet, untouched, untried heroine. She had life experience, she had things that she regretted, and she did her best to atone for her mistakes. Thought I really didn’t think she needed to.
This book feels like it should have been drama filled, and there was drama. But, it wasn’t angsty and you didn’t spend half of your time disliking either of the characters. Their story was just one that sucked you in and kept you reading until the end, leaving you wanting more.