Review | Rafe by Sawyer Bennett

Review | Rafe by Sawyer BennettRafe by Sawyer Bennett
Series | Arizona Vengeance #6.5, 1001 Dark Nights #122
Release Date | April 28th,2020
Genres | Contemporary Romance
Tropes | Sports Romance, Second Chance
Format | eARC
Buy | Indie Bookstore
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett comes a new story in her Arizona Vengeance series…

I was living my dream until one phone call changed everything.

As the second line center for the Arizona Vengeance, my mind has been on one thing—helping my team bring home a championship. But that all changed when I found out my dad had cancer and only months to live. In that moment, nothing mattered more than getting home to North Carolina to be by his side. That meant asking for the unthinkable—a trade to the Carolina Cold Fury.

Now I’m home and when I’m not on the ice with my new team, I’m helping care for my dad. And in the midst of my grief, I find comfort from the one person I never expected.

Calliope Ramirez stole my heart at a very young age. The beautiful, smart, headstrong girl next door, she was my first… everything. She has never forgiven me for leaving her, believing that I chose hockey over a future together. What she doesn’t understand is that every decision I made was for her, and I’ve never given up hope that one day we’d be together again.

Watching my dad slip away is a harsh reminder of how short life can be, and having Callie by my side makes me realize I was a damn fool before. That changes starting right now. Calliope Ramirez is mine and I’m not going to waste the second chance that I’ve been given.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**


I love this series and author soooooo much! If you read Dominik, then you’ve probably been waiting to get your hands on Rafe’s story. I never wanted a story more because I was totally sad for him and what he was about to face

In Rafe, we have a second chance love story, which one of my top favorite tropes to read about. I will say this time and time again, it’s tough to pull off a full story in a novella length book. But (of course), Sawyer did it!

Rafe and Calliope were childhood sweethearts and then Rafe made the decision to leave and essentially cut ties with her almost immediately. Now that he’s back, Calliope is in a tough spot of trying to be civil with Rafe, but to also be there for him during his limited days with his father.

Sawyer did a solid job of telling the story between Rafe and Calliope AND Rafe’s story with his father’s last days. Such an emotional, yet satisfying read especially from a novella.

I know these novellas are said to be standalones, while I can agree with that about this specific one, I still recommend reading the entire series in order. It’s totally worth it! Rafe is a second chance AND sports romance that soooo many will enjoy.

major thank you to the pr for the complimentary copy in consideration for a review. this does not affect my opinion of the book or review.

About Sawyer Bennett

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.