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.
Well ladies…it’s finally time to meet Flynn Caldwell, schmexy fireman for the FDNY! Let me just say O M G Sawyer Bennett has done it again. This is the fifth (and hopefully not final) book in the Off Series and I enjoyed it just as much as the first four.
Flynn…is…AMAZING! He is one of the most caring, understanding, and patient male characters that I have ever read about. A tragedy strikes him when he is a young man and he shapes his adult life to be the best man he can be as he seeks absolution. Becoming a fireman was his way of saving lives, I think it makes him feel better about not having a part in saving someone from his past.
His career leads him to a fire (of course) where he rescues a young woman, our leading lady, Rowan Page. She is scared and is now hiding from her past, with the help of Flynn. At first I really didn’t trust her, when you read about her past and who she was involved with you will understand. Flynn seemed to feel that he had to continue to rescue her, even after she was safe from the fire.
“Yes…there is no doubt in my mind that Rowan is broken. And it’s equally as clear that I want to try to fix her.”
I kept hoping that she was not going to take advantage of his caring heart and screw him over. What started out as a relationship based on a savior complex slowly turns into more. They quickly become friends and have such flirty banter I laughed out loud more than once.
“There’s never anything funny about a beautiful, bra-less woman. That’s something I take very seriously,” I tell her with a slight grin.
Flynn has not only opened up his home to Rowan he is opening up his heart. When we read from Rowan’s point of view we can see that she is totally into him as well, but what is holding her back…she keeps him at such a distance. Rowan is trying to save herself from heartbreak, she doesn’t want to lose their friendship. Flynn continues to be respectful about Rowan’s hesitations, although that doesn’t stop him from trying.
“Fuck,” he hisses. “If you keep looking at me like that, I won’t be responsible for the way you walk tomorrow.”
Hehehe, he really does have a way with words ;) Rowan resists but she realizes just how great Flynn really is.
“Damn that Flynn Caldwell and his devious charm.”
I loved reading as their relationship developed. I was rooting for them all along. It was back and forth, just when things got hot and steamy and headed for more…Rowan ran away scared with her tail tucked between her legs and put her walls of steel back up. Just when Flynn thinks…
“She’s feeling right now…with her heart. She’s all in, completely with me.”
Rowan is really unsure and thinks…
“And the scariest thing of all..the thing I fret about all too much, is that if this doesn’t work out, and I lose him, then I won’t survive it.”
Flynn was persistent and respectful at the same time, he did as she asked and remained her friend. Would it be enough for him to wait for her, could he do it or would Rowan push him away again and again? I really hope that you will read this and come back and share your thoughts with me!
Bonus quote….just for fun! Anyone who has read the other 4 books will appreciate this one :)
“I watch as the group of gorgeous me head off to play boy games. Ryan, Nix, Linc, Cillian, and Flynn. Now dayum…that is some prime meat right there.”
Off Chance (Off Series #5)
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About the Author
USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is 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 weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
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