I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Off Sides in exchange for my honest review, so here goes... I loved it! And no, it is not just because I got the book for free. I am blessed to receive most of my books this way, and there is a great many that I do not like for this reason or that one. But Sawyer Bennett is a master of the new adult genre! The way that she weaves the tale of Ryan falling for Danny is brilliant!
Ryan, the all-American, son of a Congressman, hockey player learns to follow his heart in love, rather than keep up appearances after meeting Danny. She literally makes him want to be a better man and he becomes protective over her in a way he never imagined himself being. Of course, Danny is no delicate flower. She is tough, self-assured, and a real gem! So can she lower her walls of defense and let Ryan be her man?
“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...