New Release Review – Off The Record By Sawyer Bennett
The sparks of dislike burn hot, but the sparks of mutual attraction burn even hotter.
Ever Montgomery suffered the ultimate betrayal by the one man who she should have been able to count on for anything. It has left her hurt, jaded and incapable of forming relationships, but it also means that she can spot a liar a mile away. These traits are earning her a reputation as a reporter with a keen nose for a good story and a complete understanding of the extreme power of the written word.
Lincoln Caldwell is the hot goalie for the New York Rangers. At twenty-four and a rising star, he works hard and he plays even harder. He’s gorgeous and carefree—the ultimate charmer. Ladies fall at his feet and the single life has never been lived the way Linc Caldwell does it.
When Ever publishes an article about Linc containing information that she received off the record, she finds herself on the receiving end of the athlete’s fury. Rather than basking in the glory of exposing Linc as a shameless user of women, she finds herself at his mercy when he demands and receives retribution. Required by her editor to trail Linc for six weeks Ever is forced to look at the real Linc Caldwell.
And she just might find that she has misjudged him.
Let me start off by saying this is the first Sawyer Bennett book I have had the pleasure of reading, and I was not at all disappointed.
Off the Record tells the story of Ever Montgomery, a twenty-two year old reporter who meets the famous and incredibly gorgeous Linc Caldwell, a New York Rangers Hockey player and somewhat playboy. Ever is a broken hearted girl. Her fiancé just cheated on her, and she has major relationship issues from her past that result in her lack of trust in men. After her friend, Emily offers to introduce her to her future brother in-law for a feature opinion piece, Ever meets Linc in his home.
After meeting Ever, Linc he is instantly attracted to her and the pair share a few sparks during Ever’s interview. When Linc asks Ever out to dinner she declines due to an out of town assignment, even though she wants nothing more than to see him again. As the day unfolds Ever discovers several women discussing the sexual encounters they shared with Linc several hours before, then to top that off Ever walks in on Linc with his hand up a woman’s skirt in his room. She is livid; disappointed in herself for believing Linc could be different. So what does she do? She goes straight to her apartment and writes a very unflattering and harsh opinion piece on Linc and his playboy ways, which gets published in the Sunday newspaper.
Linc can’t stop thinking about sweet Ever…Until he reads the horrible piece she wrote on him. So he goes straight to Ever’s Editor demanding she be fired but once he sees her, he decides Ever will spend six weeks living with him to prove she doesn’t know the real Linc. During the six weeks Ever lives with Linc, they learn a lot about one another, and the sexual tension and chemistry between the two sparks apprehension in both of them for a while, but when all is said and done, is Linc really any different?
This was a fantastic light read, very captivating instantly from page one. What I really liked was the introduction to Ever’s ex-fiancé in the beginning. It was that look into the relationship that really reflects just how damaged and distrusting of men she has become over the years.
Linc *sighs*, he is an instantly likeable character and probably my new book boyfriend. He is simply gorgeous, sweet, compassionate and incredibly thoughtful in his approach to Ever. There were some minor plot elements might appear a tad far fetched throughout the book. For example how quickly a relatively new, young Journalist could write a very harsh opinion piece on a celebrity that completely disregards his career, and uses information acquired off the record with no real hard facts to back up her story AND have it published. This breaks a few Journalism rules, however this is just a story – and a highly entertaining one at that. The characters are well written, and the formation and development of Linc and Ever’s relationship is beautiful and endearing. I am so glad I decided to one-click this book.