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Author: Sawyer Bennett
Source: Received eARC from AToMR Book Blog Tours (Thanks, Andrea and Sawyer!)
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He is seeking absolution.
Flynn Caldwell has a hero complex and it’s one of the reasons he joined the New York City Fire Department. He has spent his entire professional career trying to atone for that one person he failed to save. Because, if he can do that, then perhaps he can be worthy of love again.
She is seeking escape.
Rowan Page’s life is nothing short of a disaster. Always immersed in trouble, she has only herself to depend on. She’s determined to pull herself out of this mess and make something of her life, despite the hard years she has lived on the streets of New York.
Together, they have the chance to become complete.
Flynn and Rowan’s worlds exist miles apart, but when a chance meeting brings them together, neither of them can deny the instant pull that connects them to each other. What starts as a tiny spark eventually flares into a fire so hot, it refuses to be extinguished.
For it to work, both of them will need to jump feet first into the flames to see where it takes them, despite the risk of being burned.
I am a big fan of the Off series (I keep reminding myself to review the other books but darn procrastination! One day...) and I am really sad to see it end. It was a great ending, by the way. You get a glimpse of what happens in the future and while it may not have been perfect, it was fitting to the story and to the rest of the characters. What I love about these books is that Sawyer Bennett always manages to give each character such distinct and unique qualities and personalities that really differentiates them from one another. No two characters are the same and it's so amazing that she is able to do that because it makes her books all the more interesting. And this one was no exception...
Off Chance was burning hot and no pun intended. It was smoking out so much steam I expected Sean Kingston to bust out and start singing "Fire Burning". Not kidding. It isn't even because Flynn is a fireman and a Caldwell (which is more than enough) or that they met because Rowen almost got burned alive, nope. And it's definitely not just because their chemistry is so intense even I need to cool myself off. No, it's because of the amount of emotion and vulnerability that this book has. Right from the very beginning, you already know that you have a set of characters that are imperfect and slightly broken but that didn't mean that they couldn't mend themselves because they did, with each other.
Flynn kind of has a hero complex, he always wants to help everyone out but after all of that, he's usually the one who needs saving. (Someone really needed to stage an intervention. Haha) But seriously speaking, Flynn is a great guy but I think that he gives people the benefit of the doubt too much and it ends up hurting him instead. He was the more vulnerable of the two because he was easy to accept his emotions compared to Rowen, who was still harboring some abandonment issues...
If there's one person who managed to keep a tough exterior throughout most of the book, it would be Rowen. There would be times when you would think that she was starting to lower her walls but they were still up there. Their story is kind of like Ever and Linc's it started off one-sided but managed to progress in the end. Rowen, like Ever, just didn't know how to trust people because she's always been let down by the people around her. And I totally understand where she was coming from but the key is to always take things into stride and not let it change you. I think Rowen did what she could in her circumstance that she was in.
Sawyer Bennett has created a couple that has become worthy to end the Off series and one that manages to shine as bright as the others. The Off books have never been one of those cheesy romances. Nope, they are classy and will melt all that cheese off because they are just so steamy... and sweet. I seriously need to get in on this... Are there anymore Caldwell relatives left?
About the author:
Sawyer Bennett is the pen name for a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weakness but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
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