No one plays like Reed Olson, whether it’s hockey season or not. After back-to-back NHL championships, he’s craving a little R&R. Reed leans to a specific type—blond, busty, and interested—and fortunately he has a little black book full of options. So why is it he can’t stop dreaming about the new girl who just moved in next door? A certified brainiac, she seems to want nothing to do with the hard-bodied athlete.
Josie Ives desperately needs something her celebrity neighbor obviously doesn’t: solitude. Reed is everything she imagined—a little too good-looking, with a body that puts Greek gods to shame. But she didn’t expect he would also be funny and charming. Josie knows she’s the opposite of his type, and that’s fine with her. Still, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Their newfound friendship certainly has its benefits, but she’s starting to wonder if opposites really do attract.
Reed, book 10 in Sawyer Bennett’s Carolina Cold Fury series, is a friends to lovers story that features Bennett’s fast paced, engaging style, but one that left me empty. While I liked Josie, Reed wasn’t hero material and in a book with little substance, I think that, deep down, the author knew it.
I really like Sawyer Bennett. I gobble up her books. The last book I read in this series, Lucas, is one of my favorites of hers. But Reed, the book and the character, fall short. When I read a romance, conflict is key. It’s the journey that makes the story and the journey in Reed is short, the road well paved. Josie and Reed share a cute friendship that becomes more and it’s nice. They hang out and Reed figures out he doesn’t need to be a manwhore. It’s nice. Josie likes that Reed’s a celebrity and that he takes care of her. It’s nice. They have a lot in common… it’s nice. Even the return of Josie’s ex is nice as he sees she’s happy and backs off.
And, Reed is just not a romance hero. He’s really kind of a beta douche that gets lucky when he meets Josie. He starts the book by allowing Josie to make fun of the woman he’d just had sex with and it wasn’t nice. A guy who can have so little respect for a woman he’s intimate with doesn’t respect himself. He never really feels bad for that behavior… and yuck.
The best part of the book is the set up for Marek, the next book in the series. I was much more excited about that and can’t wait for a chance to read it. 2 Stars for Reed. Heat Level: 3.5
Reed can be read as a standalone.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for honest feedback.
Reed was published in February 2018 by Loveswept.
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