* Review * BADEN by Sawyer Bennett

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* Review * BADEN by Sawyer BennettBaden by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Pittsburgh Titans #1
Published by Big Dog Books, LLC on January 11, 2022
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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 Suffering from wounds that can’t be seen, Sophie Winters has withdrawn from the world in fear and guilt.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?


All eyes are on this team! With the highly anticipated kickoff to her new Pittsburgh Titans series, Sawyer Bennett brings us many familiar faces from her previous Arizona Vengeance team to help lay the groundwork for Baden’s new journey. I adored Baden and Sophie together and I really loved seeing all of the prior couples we loved rallying around, but my heart just simply wasn’t torn out and put back together again as harshly as I needed it to be for a gut-wrenching situation like this. Maybe it will come in future books, we shall see, but I needed to feel the angst more. Solid characters, a very intriguing plot and lots of emotion. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series for sure.

I recommend this book to anyone who loved Bennett’s Arizona Vengeance hockey series as much as I did and have been waiting to see Baden’s recovery pay off.


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