Wow. I absolutely fell in love with Off Limits! I thought that Off Sides was really good, but I liked Off Limits a bit more. To be frank, I was NOT an Emily fan from Off Sides. So when I first saw that Off Limits was about her, my first thought was 'oh, boy... here we go! Bring on the insane drama.' Of course, Sawyer Bennett is too good of an author to give me the book that I expected to read. No, no... she gives Emily a change of heart and personality along with a dose of maturity. I actually came to like the character that I previously was annoyed by, and all within the first few pages (Point to Sawyer Bennett).
Of course, what is the point of having a good-girl if there is no bad boy to bring her out of her shell? And Nix is just that and so much more! As a war veteran, he is beautifully broken in so many ways. And yet, beneath the damage and rough exterior is a heart looking for forgiveness and acceptance. Think Travis Maddox, then add the stress of being a war hero, and you have an idea of who Nix is. I dare you to not fall in love with Nix!
If you have already read Off Sides, then you will be happy to see the Ryan and Danny story continue in the background of Off Limits. However, even if you have not had a chance to pick it up, still read Off Limits! It does work as a stand-alone. Personally, I liked reading them in order so I could really appreciate just how much Emily had matured between the books. But in all seriousness, it doesn't matter which order you read the books in. Just pick them up and read them both. Like now!
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.
About the Author
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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