Off Sides (Off #1)-Sawyer Bennett

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…

STATS

Page Length: 167
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Romance, New Adult, College
Characters: Danny and Ryan

This was a freebie book which I found through BookBub, its actually still free on Amazon at the moment which you  can find here.

This was a relatively quick read for me, it’s a typical rich boy meets poor girl. I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Its told from both Danny and Ryan’s perspectives which I liked.

I enjoyed both the characters, I felt connected to what each of them was going through.

Things I particularly liked were:

  • Ryan’s loyalty to Danny, he stood up to his mum when she tried to break them up.
  • Danny’s back story was really good, all the sadness and loss that she has gone through gave her character a lot of emotional depth.
  • Danny’s roommate/mother figure Paula, she always had Danny’s back and it was nice that Danny had someone there for her other than Ryan.
  • Emily, who is Ryan’s little sister. She is only featured briefly but the next book in the series is about her and I’ll probably read that at some point.

Thins that weren’t so good:

  • Major insta-love! These guys were literally swapping I love you’s after a week!
  • The chapters where Danny loses her virginity are a little cringy. 😏
  • Ryan’s Mother, she is such a bitch! Also he’s not existent father which I found strange.

Overall even though this wasn’t the best book I did enjoy it. If you enjoy college romance, then I recommend this book. My Rating 2/5

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