After suffering a horrific injury that threatens to end his career, Baden Oulett is about to learn that sometimes a fresh start is just what the doctor ordered.
I worked my whole life to achieve one goal—play professional hockey. As part of the defending Cup champion Arizona Vengeance, I was living my dream until one split second decision destroyed it all. Instead of lacing up my skates and hitting the ice, I’ve spent my days in rehab and physical therapy just so I could walk again. When a coaching opportunity with the Pittsburgh Titans is presented to me, I find myself with a career I had never considered but which allows me to continue being part of the sport that I love.
While my injuries are physical, the same can’t be said for the woman I rescued. Suffering from wounds that can’t be seen, Sophie Winters has withdrawn from the world in fear and guilt. I didn’t know Sophie before that fateful night and have only met her once since, but I refuse to let her face her demons alone. Determined to be a friend, I support Sophie in the only way I know how… by simply being there.
Through our shared trauma, Sophie and I begin to find peace within one another. As we grow closer, what started as friendship becomes more intimate until our broken pieces become one. But can a love born of anguish endure, or will the pain of our past prove too much to overcome?
Really good read with with just enough sexy and romantic times💕. I would like to read the rest of series but they are too expensive for me.
Great New Series!
If you are a follower of this author, and had read the Arizona Vengeance series, you will know a little about Baden already and probably like me have been waiting for his book to be released. If this is your first time hearing about Baden Oulett, you are in for a treat with this incredible man.
Baden was on the Arizona Vengeance hockey team as their goalie. One night out in Phoenix he sees three men attacking a woman and steps in to help her. They then turn their attention to Baden and beat him to near death and leave him there to die. He suffers multiple injuries and is left paralyzed from the waist down. He has spent many months following to regain his legs and needing to get back out on the ice. Before he is fully recovered, the Pittsburgh Titans hockey organization has a tremendous loss - the plane carrying all their players and support staff as well as a co-owner goes down with no survivors. Baden is approached by the remaining co-owner to help rebuild the team and for him to be the new goalie coach. It’s a huge decision for Baden as he not only wanted to get back on the ice himself but also means moving from Arizona to Pittsburgh and the only one he knows there is Sophie, the woman he rescued.
From here on out, everything moves at a fast pace. Baden visits Sophie when he arrives in town and even though they didn’t have much to say in Arizona, the connection they have is boundless. They both have been through a trauma, Baden’s more physical than Sophie’s mental anguish. What they do have is a shared experience that brings them closer together the more time they see each other.
You can’t help but love Baden, he is loyal, determined and incredibly dedicated to whatever he sets his mind to. Either being his recovery, new coaching job or helping Sophie overcome her own demons. He is one of those men that truly has a kind and genuine soul. Sophie is much the same, she would help anyone in need, especially those she loves. A violent act may have bought them together, and their wounds cemented their bond, and it seems their connect can’t be broken.
What I also loved about this book is how it sets up the characters that will follow. I’ve no idea who their heroines might be - hoping Sophie’s best friend Frankie finds her HEA - but the next three books are about certain players on the team and the grief of losing their previous team mates or others battling their own demons. Looks like this series will be just as fabulous as the Cold Fury and Arizona Vengeance.
Heartbreaking but also heartwarming!
Baden Oulett is a man who has come so far after his horrendous attack. He was a goalie with the Arizona Vengeance and his story is so flipping heartbreaking but also heartwarming to be quite honest. I have been anxiously waiting for his book and I have to say the author has done him justice. The myriad of emotions this book drew out of me whilst reading were alot. I felt, I shed a few tears and laughed too and didn’t want the book to end. Baden has a new job opportunity to help the Pittsburgh Titans rebuild their team from scratch. Moving states, he makes the decision to see how Sophie is doing, the girl he rescued. These two form a genuine friendship and he tries to get Sophie out of her comfort zone. I loved this book so much. The comraderie, support and family just made this a truly wonderful read! Really looking forward to the next stories in this new promising series from Ms Bennett!