Release Blitz: Cannon: Sawyer Bennett

by - Tuesday, February 28, 2023


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Release date February 28, 2023

Cannon West left his hockey playing days behind to care for his dying wife but has since found success on the other side of the bench. Now, as the youngest head coach in league history, he’s hoping to lead the Pittsburgh Titans to a winning season. The last thing he’s looking for is a relationship, but life sometimes takes us in another direction.

The Pittsburgh Titans are still working to move on from the tragic plane crash that forever changed the landscape of their organization. Having lost my wife, I know all about grief and the guilt of survival which makes me uniquely equipped to take this team to the next level. From the very first time I stepped inside the Titans’ arena, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.

New to town, I’m still establishing my routine, but I have the most important aspect under control—the coffee shop where I stop on my way to the arena every morning. A strong cup of java and the gorgeous manager who I can’t help but chat up is quickly becoming my favorite way to start the day. But no matter how much I enjoy the blush that stains Ava Cavanaugh’s cheeks with my admittedly awkward attempt at flirting, I know it will never be more than brazen banter with a new friend. My job consumes almost all my time, and I know firsthand what that level of commitment can do to a relationship.

That doesn’t mean I’m not open to some fun. My career comes first, but Ava understands my boundaries. The only problem is that once I give into her temptation, the rules I set for myself become blurred, and my mixed signals hurt Ava—the one thing I promised I wouldn’t do. I’ve put myself in what seems to be an untenable situation, but I’ve faced those before. Now I need to find the strength to move past my fears, or risk losing my second chance at love with the woman who has stolen my heart.

Cannon West is the new head coach of the Pittsburgh Titans. He is rich, smart, funny, kind, and down to Earth. He is a widower and is now basically married to his job. He is not looking for love or a relationship and has some hidden scars from his past. 

Ava Cavanaugh lost everything in one day thanks to a cheating ex. So she is now making ends meet by working at a coffee shop. She is sweet, witty, and intelligent, but has lost a bit of confidence and is struggling with her new circumstances. 

Cannon likes to flirt with her and one thing leads to another and Ava's life is set in flux again. But Cannon seems determined to keep spending time with her even when he is the one that has set up very clear boundaries and low expectations. Unfortunately, he keeps blurring the lines and confusing the situation. 

This is a steamy, fun, rich man-poor-girl, small age-gap romance. I loved Cannon, even when I wanted to shake him a bit. He could be so thoughtful and generous, but was also growly and alpha when he needed to be. And Ava is a wonderful heroine who had been betrayed by a man, but is tenacious, strong-willed, and independent. I loved seeing her start to find her confidence, a new place in the world, and new friends. And she was really accepting and understanding of Cannon. But in addition to his work obligations, he also had some other issues and was not always clear about what was really going on. So basically for both of them, this is about if the risk is worth the reward and if they are willing to take a chance on getting hurt again. 

I loved getting cameos of the team and their women. This timeline coincides with Drake so some things happen from alternative points of view. I am looking forward to Hendrix and now I am hoping maybe Camden or Bain will get books too. 
Cannon West is the new head coach of the Pittsburgh Titans. This is his second chance in hockey, as he left his career the first time around to care for his ailing wife. Now that he is back in the game, he wants to prove that he can move past his own grief to help rebuild the Titans.

Ava Cavanaugh is rebuilding her own life after an ex left her high and dry. Making ends meet means giving her all to her job and putting in as much effort as she can to prove her worth.

Cannon has boundaries he isn’t willing to cross because he isn’t ready for a relationship and Ava is fine with the boundaries he’s set. She isn’t really looking for anything serious either. But as they proceed, the lines start to blur and Cannon is the one breaking his own rules.

I thought this was a really smooth read and it moved in a direction that had me rooting for them. There were a few times I wanted to shake Cannon, but he has some pretty good people around him that were able to do it for me. Ava has a solid head on her shoulders, and though her plans are thrown out of whack a few times throughout the book by the men in her life, she finds a way to work through and make fall back plans on the fly. I loved her caring nature, as well as the backbone she showed when she needed to.

This was a fun return to the Pittsburgh Titans. As the team moves further from the tragedy that brought most of them to the team, they are settling and really gelling as a team. I loved Cannon’s coaching and to see the game from a different perspective was a nice change.

I was lucky enough to hear the audio of this, and the narrators did a great job bringing these characters to life.

spin-off of the Arizona Vengeance series

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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