Title: Off Limits
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release date: April 16, 2013
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it."
Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.
Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It's certainly the easiest way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.
When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart.
Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?
This book is the follow up novel to Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett. It can be read as a stand-alone.
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Sawyer Bennett is the pen name for a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
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I have no idea what it would be like to go to war and come home with that burden, now add a brain injury on top of it and what does it give you but a very broken soul. With Nix immediatley you want to help him overcome his demons so he can see the light in his world of dark.
It's not till Emily who comes from a world of privilege but is trying to break free from those constraints when she finally gets a glimpse of hope, freedom and true love from her soon to be sister in law Danny.
But together on paper Emily and Nix should be so wrong for one another but in their reality they are what each other needs to continue their journey into the light.
"Guilt is a poison. It will slowly choke out everything you have worked so hard to overcome. And when it's destroyed all of that...it will keep on killing everything that's good in your life."<img style="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o-zwRZNRe0s/UZGG75uERQI/AAAAAAAAC_Y/27eTp3DSLEE/s320/xXDnx.gif" border="0" width="320" height="133">
"I need to make sure we are on the same page. I'm worried that you'll get hurt and even though I'm an ass to you most of the time, I really don't want to harm you."
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This book and series are quick reads with powerful relationships, at times the story excels to fast but in the end its the content and the love of each couple that moves me.
4 thumbs up!
Want to know more about book 1?
Off Sides (Off Series #1)
Blurb“I'm not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed someone...something...to derail me from my current path. Otherwise, I would become lost...a hollowed out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved...”
Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.
Forced her to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.
With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days...
For Ryan to be part of a family that doesn't see you but status quo is a hard pill to swallow. With this the amount of expectations are huge especially when no one cares about his happiness.
Meet Danny who has lost pretty much everything but still can find the kindness and beauty of a very dark world.
As soon as Ryan meets Danny he starts to realize that there is more to life than what is expected of him. His world is finally opened up to so many new possibilities even though others were not so happy about this new revolution.
His mom was such a bitch I wanted to cold cock her the whole way through the story.
Even though Ryan's and Danny's feelings and their relationship came faster than the speed of light the bond between them is great. And in Ryan's case love does conquer all, well especially family commitments or other people's agendas
"You are more important to me than anything else in this world. As long as I have you I don't need anything else. It's you Danny. It will only ever be you. "This was a very quick, sweet story about love, hope, second chances and true happiness.
4 Thumbs up!