Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Review ~ Off Limits by Sawyer Bennett

“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it." 

Two years ago, Emily Burnham had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.

Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It's certainly the best way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.

When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart. 

Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?

Ramblings . . .

          This book sat dormant on my Kindle for a long time before I finally stumbled upon it. Now I’m wondering what the hell took me so long to read it?! I quite literally kicked myself. For what a great book it is.

          A second in Sawyer Bennett’s Off series, although I read this as a stand-alone novel quite happily. In fact I greedily devoured every word.

          This is a story of opposites attract. A seemingly rich, bratty child who had finally flown the nest with the idea that she wants to change her ways and stand on her own two feet – Emily Burnham – who in actual fact I love! Collides with our hero Nix Caldwell – An ex Marine Corp who served his time in Afghanistan and now works and lives in the safety of his highly built walls that surround his life as a wielder/artist. Until Emily brings them crashing down.

“He smirks at me and it makes me want to slap his face. No, kiss his face. Wait...definately slap his face.” 

          Nix suffers pain and misplaced guilt over his time serving in the Marine Corps. He now lives a life of solitude with a hard exterior and no sign of change. A brooding, bristly, tall and dark hero. WOW. Ladies you will love him! As Emily chisels away his many layers you will even harder.

          Emily Burnham – the rich girl whose Mother’s expectations and drive for perfection in appearances is a heavy burden on our Em when she finally decides enough is enough and she wants to break free of her chains – this may seem cliché BUT you will love Emily. Despite her up-bringing she is a strong and independent, charming and witty chick. Her best friend Fil played a part in bringing her down from her pedestal but really the only side of Emily we see is the awesome one.

“Oh, we're compatible. Your working parts and mine were in perfect alignment just a few seconds ago.” 

          This is definitely not a story of love at first sight but the chemistry and desperate sexual tension they share is instant and palpable. This sexy, rich angst builds throughout the book and Nix tries his best to play it down – HA epic fail there Nix – what will be WILL be and damn I wanted it to be. Halfway into the book (in one sitting I might add) and they finally reach their breaking point – sparks are flying, hormones are flaring, nipples and grinding against shirts when they finally collide and BAM they are interrupted. Tension boils over and continues simmering under the surface. You will be like a hungry maniac waiting for the tension to break. This book certainly drove me round the horny bend ha! But the love scenes themselves are intimate, passionate and raw.

“And I realize...there is nothing simple about my love for Emily. It is twisted and complex. It is ingrained in every cell that swims in my blood.” 

          Nix constantly fools himself into believing their relationship is something other than what it is – you can see them falling madly in love and he fights it through his pain and regret of his past. Its great to read into Nix’s story – you have to stick with it – like Emily we have to wait for him to open up but it is so worth it. It is so real, heart-wrenching and quite beautiful really. They are so good for one another – bringing out the best and purest sides of each other. I LOVE the storyline. It’s not all sex and drama. It is so REAL. Sawyer even provides us with a perfect ending. It’s just my kind of happy ending – nothing rushed – just the open road of their future together. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

One word Fan-bloody-tastic!

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