Series: Pittsburgh Titans #4
Published by Big Dog Books
Published: September 27, 2022
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Coen Highsmith was a league star, but he lost more than his team the day the Pittsburgh Titans’ plane crashed. Can he be saved from his downward spiral of guilt and regret to become the man he once was?
I had it all—a successful hockey career, the respect and adoration of the fans, a rotation of beautiful women warming my bed, and a feeling of self-worth and contentment with the direction of my life. But that all changed the day the team plane went down, taking my only chance of redemption with it. Now I’m left with the daily reminder of all my failures and my inability to correct them.
My new teammates are tired of my attitude and following my suspension, I hole up in a mountain cabin to get away from all of it. The isolation is exactly what I need to get out of my own head, and I’m beginning to think I could be content in this quiet forever.
Tillie Marshall isn’t the type of woman who would usually catch my attention, yet she manages to do so for all the wrong reasons. I’m here for the peace and seclusion but the quirky artist is hell-bent on destroying that by cutting down the trees that separate our properties so she can open a pottery studio. If it’s a fight she wants, it’s a fight she’ll get. I have the money and the time and no issues bringing her down through the court system. While I see flashes of steely determination within her, I’ve found that being a jerk comes naturally these days and she won’t be hard to intimidate.
Unfortunately, that gorgeous and somewhat odd neighbor who has been causing me grief is creating another type of feeling within me. And once that spark is lit, Tillie displays a faith in me that for the first time since the crash I desperately want to believe. Now it’s time for me to step up and become the man—no, a better man than I once was.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I think I say this every time I review a Sawyer Bennett book, but I seriously love her hockey books. I love how she lets her readers get to know all of the people that make up a team. From the players to the front office, we get to learn what makes each one tick and what drives them. So per usual, I was very excited for another part of the rebuild of the Pittsburgh Titans So far we have read 3 parts of their story and I knew eventually those 3 parts were going to lead to one of the most broken of the team, Coen Highsmith and that is exactly what book 4 of the series did. It gave us Coen’s story and explained why he was ready to give up everything. Was it my favorite of the series? Probably not, but it was a solid addition.
Coen is one of the remaining players that didn’t die on the plan crash that took the lives of almost everyone in the Pittsburgh Titans organization. But since that day he has not been the same. He was worked overtime to push people away and to not care about hockey. He has gotten into fights and got suspended. When he has finally had enough he takes Stone up on the offer to stay at his cabin and that is where he meets Tillie. Tillie and Coen DO NOT get along immediately. They are neighbors with opposite ideas of what they want from their properties. But as they get to know each other Coen starts to let go of some of the guilt he has been holding on to and might even realize that hockey is still what he wants in his life…but only with Tillie by his side.
I will admit that the beginning of Coen was a struggle. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. Coen was surly and kind of over the top about it and Tillie wasn’t the greatest either. But the more I read the more I felt for Coen and loved Tillie. He was just a broken boy that needed to move on from the past. It is simple as that. He was holding on to guilt that he didn’t need to be holding on to. He just needed someone to listen to him that had nothing to do with the hockey world and Tillie fit that mold. As the two of them got to know each other the more and more my enjoyment grew until I loved the both of them and thought they were perfect for one another.
In the end Coen was a good addition to the series. His book added some more background about the team and left things open for the future. I look forward to more in this series from Bennett.