Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Blog Tour: Rafe by Sawyer Bennett

We are beyond excited to celebrate this release from Sawyer Bennett with you today by participating in the blog tour! RAFE is part of her Arizona Vengeance series and it is releasing as part of 1001 Dark Nights. Check out an excerpt and book trailer from the title below. Click here to grab your copy now.

Purchase your copy of RAFE today!

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About RAFE:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett comes a new story in her Arizona Vengeance series…

I was living my dream until one phone call changed everything.

As the second line center for the Arizona Vengeance, my mind has been on one thing—helping my team bring home a championship. But that all changed when I found out my dad had cancer and only months to live. In that moment, nothing mattered more than getting home to North Carolina to be by his side. That meant asking for the unthinkable—a trade to the Carolina Cold Fury.

Now I’m home and when I’m not on the ice with my new team, I’m helping care for my dad. And in the midst of my grief, I find comfort from the one person I never expected.

Calliope Ramirez stole my heart at a very young age. The beautiful, smart, headstrong girl next door, she was my first… everything. She has never forgiven me for leaving her, believing that I chose hockey over a future together. What she doesn’t understand is that every decision I made was for her, and I’ve never given up hope that one day we’d be together again.

Watching my dad slip away is a harsh reminder of how short life can be, and having Calliope by my side makes me realize I was a damn fool before. That changes starting right now. Calliope Ramirez is mine and I’m not going to waste the second chance that I’ve been given.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

Add RAFE to your Goodreads TBR here!

4 stars
Review by Trinette Dungee

Rafe Simmons was enjoying the high life, he’s moving up the rank with the Arizona Vengeance until he get the news that sends his life into a tailspin. His father is dying, and he needs to spend his father’s last days with him. Thanks to Dominik Carlson, owner of the Vengeance and Gray Brannon, owner of the Cold Fury, he’s on his way home to North Carolina as the newest member of the Cold Fury. Not only does the work of these two power house owners allow him he time with his father he needs, he puts him face to face with the only woman he’s ever loved.

Calliope “Poppy” Ramirez has no use for Rafe Simmons. At one point in her life, she loved him more than anything else in the world and was prepared to follow him across the country to live his dream, but when it came time for them to go, Rafe left her. He told her he’d changed his mind and left her behind. She feels for the pain he’s going through watching his father deteriorate but beyond that, Rafe can kick rocks.

I love a second chance romance, and this was the perfect story. This was a quick read that took off and never stopped until the final page. Rafe learns the decisions he made about his relationship with Calliope weren’t really his to make. While his intentions were good, the lack of communication left a hole in Calliope’s heart. As much as she hates it, Calliope is still hurting from Rafe’s dismissal of their relationship. It left her feeling as if she weren’t good enough which in some ways spilled over into other aspects of her life. Having no closure with the situation has left no room for forgiveness.

The minute he sees Calliope again Rafe has to admit what he’s always known, he still loves Calliope and he makes it clear to her that he wants to revisit what they had. Rafe figures if he paces himself they can at least start off by being friends again. Calliope’s agreed to help him through understanding what his father is going through during his final days, but that’s it. A friendship is non-existent in her eyes and the possibility of a relationship isn’t even worth considering. Unfortunately for Calliope, while she may have suppressed it, her love for Rafe is still very much there.  

This was more than just a second chance romance though, it was a second chance on relationships in general, specifically for Rafe. Rafe was definitely closer to his mom than his dad. While his dad was a great provider and he was proud of his son, the father-son connection was never quite there. During this hard and emotional time, Rafe and his dad learn more about each other and have the opportunity to say the unsaid and make amends.

For quite some time we've read about Tacker and knew his story would tug at our heart strings. Well, while Tacker tugged at my heart strings, Rafe just ripped them out. NOTHING prepared me for the one particular scene in this book that had me swallowing lump after lump in my throat. This might have been a short story but it packed a powerful punch. 

Purchase your copy of RAFE today!

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“Each time I read a new book in this series, I have a new favourite, they just keep getting better and better. This was an entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.” ~ Erin, MI Bookshelf
"Is it weird that I want to give this book a standing ovation?
It was perfectly done. So beautifully written and so emotionally fulfilling. It was absolutely everything I was hoping for and my heart is overflowing with feels." ~ Shelly, Bookgasms Book Blog
"This series is by far eclipsing any other I have read by this author. This is the story of Dax and Regan. Brother's best friend, friends to lovers, hockey romance, and just a great read about two people who deserve to be happy together. " ~ Suzi, Obsessive Reading Disorder
“The writing was observantly insightful and sneakily emotive. . . . The storylines were briskly paced, well plotted, written with my favorite dual POV, and kept me continually entertained with a pleasantly engaging romance while also tickling my curiosity as I waited for the looming threat to arise.”—Books and Bindings
“Add together an incredibly sexy story and a swoon-worthy hero with the intensity of a hockey player and you have an absolute winner. Sawyer Bennett has long been an instant one-click author for me, and Erik’s story is a fantastic addition to the Arizona Vengeance series.”—Stacey Lynn, author of Knocked Up
“Forbidden fruit always tastes better! With the kick off of a new hockey series, Sawyer Bennett introduces us to the Arizona Vengeance team and brings us Bishop’s story. The characters are quick to grab attention, and keep us entertained throughout.”—Thoughts of a Blonde


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.

Connect With Her:

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