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Publisher's Summary

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 Suffering from wounds that can’t be seen, Sophie Winters has withdrawn from the world in fear and guilt.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?

©2021 Sawyer Bennett (P)2021 Sawyer Bennett

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Love Hearing a Sports Series with a Twist

Most hockey romance series are essentially all the same in the end. Hockey player swears he’ll never settle down but then meets The.One and suddenly everything changes.

So for me, it’s what happens around this that makes me decide whether it’s a series I’ll follow or not. This one definitely has a twist I never expected, but quickly appreciated. Not to say I think everyone should have mass deaths. Only that authors that can take a story to such an unexpected direction, while handling it with dignity definitely wins my vote.

I love to read, but several years ago I had to admit to myself that to continue reading, (ADHD + Narcolepsy = a short attention span that falls asleep before finishing a page of entertainment reading) I would have to go audio exclusive. Weeding thru the horrible narrations out there from authors trying to go audio on the cheap can be such a headache!! Take it from me, going cheap on narration is basically throwing your money away.

I’ve been a fan of Sawyer Bennett for some time and list her among my go to authors if I’m needing a light hearted read (or listen in my case). I can always count on her to tell me a great story with excellent narrators. That’s exactly what she did here. Loved the story and the narration was very well done.

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Beautiful Story!

This is the first book in the Pittsburgh Titans series, a spin-off of the Arizona Vengeance series. This series is interconnected with the Jameson Force Security series. The story starts where the last book in the Arizona Vengeance series ended. This first installment is great! I loved Baden and Sophie's emotional story! Baden is such a great guy, caring, and protective. Sophie is beautiful, strong, and determined. They are perfect together. I liked the amazing characters, and the slow burn romance. The storyline is emotional, and captivating. Aiden Snow and Lessa Lamb did an excellent job with the narration. I enjoyed it! Now, I am looking forward to listening to Stone, the next book in the series.

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Man’s planing? Really?

This was a pretty good story and a nice start to a new series. I did grown when they used the phrase man’s planing. It is not a bad thing for someone to explain to another person how something works when that other person doesn’t know how it works. If the person explaining things just happens to be a man and the other happens to be a woman that makes no difference. It is not a bad thing if a man knows something that a woman doesn’t and he explains it to her just like it is not a bad thing if the reverse happens. So I really wish this kind of stuff would stop. I also felt like the ending was very sudden. It just seem to come out of nowhere and that was it like the author did not really know how to end this one. But again overall I think it’s a good start to the series and I’m looking forward to the next one.

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I knew this one was going to be good but I didn't know it was going to be this good. I finished the kindle book over the weekend and then the audio hit my email this morning and that started that one almost immediately and had it finished by evening. LOVED Baden and Sophie so much! Their story started months ago when Sophie was in Phoenix for work and was attacked by 3 men and Baden came to her rescue. She was able to get away while he was savaged injured, stabbed and beaten to within an inch of his life. He was left paralyzed and it is a miracle he can even walk. Now, after the Pittsburgh Titans lost their entire team including all their support staff to a plane crash he has been offered the goalie coach position. Sophie lives in Pittsburgh and when Baden decides to visit her to find out how she is doing she is surprised he is doing so well. They immediately develop a friendship and bond that only grows. Watching these two learn to live together and support each other was so beautiful. Also, watching this new team come together and going to be something. This author described them as the Bad News Bears and at times it seems that way. It is going to be fun to get to know them.

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Awesome start to a new series

The author does another amazing hockey story. She’s one of my favorite authors, when it comes to sports romance. Definitely recommend.

The narrators were the perfect choice.

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So much raw emotion...all handled so beautifully...

I have been waiting for this story for a long time. Waiting for these two to come together - and it was better than I ever thought.

There is so much that goes into this story, with Baden and Sophie's backstory, paired with the tragic accident that starts off the Titans series. Watching Baden and Sophie grow together, helping each other along the way, becoming closer and closer...waiting on that moment where it all comes together....gahhh! So much goodness.

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Great Read

Baden (Pittsburgh Titans #1) was a great read by Sawyer Bennett. Baden Oulett suffers a horrific injury that threatens to end his hockey career. He is a part of the defending cup champion, Arizona Vengeance, and is living out his dream. After one split decision destroyed everything, he is spending his days in rehab and physical therapy in order to walk again. He is presented with the opportunity to coach the Pittsburgh Titans. He suffered physical injuries when he rescued Sophie Winters, and hers are wounds that can’t be seen. It has lead her to become withdrawn from the world due to fear and guilt. He is determined to be Sophie’s friend and not let her face her demons alone.

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Perfection

I am in love with the narration of this book and how it was brought to life The narrators placed the most perfect emotion into the characters and brought these characters so much justice.

The story itself is one I had been hoping would be written and Sawyer Bennett did not disappoint. From Baydens tragic accident when he saved Sophie and how their relationship evolved made my heart melt. Seeing Sophie fight through her fears and panic and then coming together with Bayden - oh swoon. He was a delightful character with so much strength, his care and concern and even touching on his insecurities. Their story is one for all the hearts and feels. .

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Great new series

Baden rescues a stranger from attackers who might rape and even murder her. Sophie has gone to visit Baden once when he was in the hospital. At that time, he was paralyzed from the waist down. Her guilt for what happened to him is overwhelming. She has PTSD from the attack and can't leave her house without having panic attacks. Baden pushes himself to recover and after he has surgery, he's recovered enough to have a fairly normal life, just not his career as a hockey goalie. He ends up getting the goalie coach position on the Philadelphia Flyers, whose team had most of its players killed in a plane accident. Baden meets Sophie and they forge a friendship. I really loved seeing how Sawyer Bennett brought the story together. As the team rebuilds, we'll see the effect the tragic accident has on the team. I'm looking forward to this whole series. Aiden Snow and Lessa Lamb were great narrators.

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A great start to a new Hockey series!

This is planned to be a more emotional series and book 1 did not disappoint. Baden was attacked while being a good Samaritan and saving Sophie from getting mugged and worse. He is recovering, but it is unlikely he will be able to continue as a hockey goalie. Turns out the Pittsburgh Titans has been hit by tragedy and offer for Baden to become their new goalie coach. Coincidentally Sophie lives in Pittsburgh so when he arrives for his new job he checks up on her. She is still struggling with her recovery and Baden takes on the role of her protector to help her get her life back. A very sweet story and well read in dual narration. For me it seemes like the female parts were read at a faster pace than the male portion which was a bit distracting, bit otherwise it was a great audio book.
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-14-22

not for me

I love Sawyer Bennett books especially the hockey series but unfortunately I couldn't continue to listen as the female narrator grated on my nerves sorry but very off putting For me

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  • 02-15-22

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This book was dull, and I felt no connection in the relationship, and the story failed to grab me by the heart at all. Shame as the premise had potential.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-22

I want More!!

The staring of a new series is always exciting.
But wow. I want more. I can’t wait for what happens next with the Titans

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  • 01-15-22

Great listen

I absolutely loved this story of Baden and Sophie. It is so true and heartwarming to see them both become whole again and fall in love at the same time. This is a great beginning of another great series by Sawyer Bennett. I could jot put this down. Now I can’t wait for like three or four other books I this series because they all seem to my next favorite. I highly recommend getting to know the new rebuilt titans.

Aiden snow and lessa lamb narrator to perfection.

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  • Carissa R.
  • 01-13-22

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Ohh I love but am sadden of the twist of Baden's and Sophie romance. This series does and will have the emotional punch that I wasn't expecting. The ending did end abruptly as when my audiobook was over I had to check my phone to make sure it nothing happened! Overall good.

Loved narrations by Aiden Snow and Lessa Lamb.

I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 01-12-22

What an amazing start to this series

I’ve been impatiently waiting for Baden’s story for a while. We learn about his Good Samaritan ‘downfall’ in the Arizona Vengeance series, whilst following his recuperation along the way. Now we get his story as he moves to Pittsburg to assist in the rebuilding of the Titans following the team’s fateful plane crash. For the first time we learn about the attack that crippled Baden, through the eyes of Sophie, as she comes to terms with her feelings and her many issues following her attack. What can I say? A truly emotional, wonderful, heartfelt story with two characters who are brought together following a horrendous attack. An attack that seemed to make Baden mentally stronger, but most definitely left Sophie with plentiful mental scars. I loved both Sophie and Baden, and having listened to the audio version with Aiden Snow and Lessa Lamb performing Baden and Sophie, I can without a doubt recommend the audio version of this story. The relationship between Baden and Sophie is brought to life as they support each other emotionally and physically. We see their friendship blossom naturally in what I see as a wonderful start to what I’m hoping is going to be another fantastic hockey series with this troubled group of misfits.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 01-19-22

Beautiful ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

So glad we got to listen to Baden and Sophie story . What they went through and how they survived the attack to how they are now. Aiden and Lessa do a brilliant job bringing this story to life . Fabulous ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥