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Title: Bishop
Series: Arizona Vengeance #1
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: 14 Aug 2018
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Meet the Arizona Vengeance, hockey’s hottest new team. They’re burning up the ice—until a one-night-stand with the coach’s daughter freezes one player in his skates.

Bishop Scott, co-captain. Not too shabby, huh? It’s all part of my fresh start with the NHL’s latest expansion team, and that means new teammates, a new coach, a new city, and a big new contract. Basically, I cannot f***ing wait to show my old squad what they’re missing.

But first, I decide to check out the town before the grind begins. Turns out Arizona chicks are totally smokin’, and I’m fortunate enough to meet one who’s looking for the same thing I am: a night of anonymous, unforgettable, no-strings-attached sex.

Fast forward to the Vengeance arena. It’s the last place I expect to see her again—let alone in her own office. Then bells go off and I finally realize who this girl is: Brooke Perron. My new coach’s daughter. All of a sudden, we’re picking up right where we left off, which means our hands are all over each other. That’s when her dad—my boss—walks in. And before I can get a word out, Brooke’s introducing me as her fiancé.

Sure, she just saved my ass. So why do I get the feeling Brooke’s going to turn my world upside down? Maybe it’s because this fake relationship feels way too real. . . .

The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:


Sawyer has cleverly created a spin-off from her Cold Fury series to include some of the players that have made an appearance in the books but were not actually part of Cold Fury.

The first hockey player in the spotlight is Bishop, a high flyer in the hockey world which also means he has a high salary to go along with his status, making him vulnerable to trades. Which is how he finds himself on a new team that has been created to expand the league. A mixture of resentment at being traded and excitement over being in the team from the beginning are at war within Bishop, yet he always brings his A game. Even in other areas of his life 😉

Bishop and Brooke are at the same club the night before the pre-season training is due to begin, both letting lose before they have to buckle down to their respective new lives. One thing leads to another and things get hot, hot, hot. While they both make a lasting impression on each other, neither thought to pursue anything beyond the one night due to their relocations. However, fate has other plans in store for Bishop and Brooke when Brooke’s new job for team relations is for none other than the Arizona Vengeance who Bishop now plays for!!!!! Not only that but Brooke’s father happens to be Bishop’s new coach!!!!!

Caught in a compromising position by said coach/father, causes Brooke to invent a committed relationship with Bishop going so far as to claim an engagement. Going along with the deception and getting to spend more time with Brooke are a positive for Bishop. We all know that fake relationship leads to real feelings, however, Sawyer adds a humorous twist to her tale by adding Bishop’s inner monologues to the mic and his battle to understand his emotions, lol.

Team-mates are introduced along with snippets of their backstories paving the way for their individual stories in the series. There is also a clever sub-plot within Bishop that adds an extra dimension to the plot as a whole and forces Bishop and Brooke to accept their feelings for each other.