Kane

An Arizona Vengeance Novel
Narrated by: Jeremy York, Lessa Lamb
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Are you ready for Kane Bellan’s story?  

I have a problem. Potential problem? I’m not really sure. Here’s the deal. There’s this girl - isn’t that how it always starts? - and her name is Mollie. I like her. I mean really like her. I hope that doesn’t make me seem less manly than my professional hockey player persona implies. But here’s the issue - she’s my best friend. The one person I can count on for everything, who’s been there with me for all the moments, big and small.  

When Mollie shows up at my door, travel-weary and scared following an incident with an ex, my instinct to protect her goes into overdrive. It’s then that I know she’s more than just my best friend, and the skates are swept out from under me when I find out she feels the same way.  

Our transition from friends to lovers to potentially something more is seamless, the Arizona Vengeance is back on the ice looking for a repeat championship, and my life has never been better. Just when I think I’ve got it all figured out, the realities of us both having careers that keep us on the road put our blossoming relationship on ice.  

It feels like the game just went into overtime and I’m on the verge of either the biggest win or most disappointing loss of my life. And losing is never an option.

©2020 Sawyer Bennett (P)2020 Sawyer Bennett

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Friends to lovers with a twist

I have loved listening to this series and could not wait to get my ears on Kane. The guys and gals of the Arizona Vengeance Series have all been great characters and I love how each new book keeps us posted on the previous characters we love so much. This is Kane and Mollie's story for love but it's so much more. They have been best friends for years. In college they tried for more but wasn't willing to risk their friendship so that has been they way it has been for the last ten years, that is until she shows up and he realizes he wants so much more.

This book is a fast track to love that took a long time to get there. It has some danger that they wind up getting help from Jameson Force Security to resolve so we get a cross over of another great series. We get a glimpse into two new characters that I hope have books coming up and lots of love. This book is well written and keeps your attention and keeps you guessing at times as well.

Jeremy York and Lessa Lamb did a great job as Kane and Mollie. I enjoyed listening to them from start to finish.

I loved this book and highly recommend it. It is part of a series but it is a stand alone as well. You do not have to have read or listened to the previous books but they are all good too so I hope you do.

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Phenomenal BFF to Lovers Story!!!

Let me start off by saying I freaking LOVED Kane. The story is an awesome, phenomenal best friends to lovers story. I can NEVER wait for any book in this series to hit my Kindle. This series is just that great. Who am I kidding? ALL Sawyer Bennett’s books are phenomenal, and Kane is definitely NOT the exception. This story has all the feels, all the emotions, funny, serious, romantic, and DEFINITELY HOT!!! There is even one part that pissed me the heck off. I refuse to give any spoilers, but I wanted to punch one of the characters sooooo much!!! I was gifted with an early copy of this wonderful book. Since I received my copy, I have read it three times, and as of today, listened to it once, trying to get my head around this scene, and write my review without giving anything away. If you want to know what scene I am writing about, you will NEEEED to read this stupendous book for yourself.
• Yes, I have listened to the Audible version of this book as well. And I love this book and characters even more after listening to it! Yes, even the character I still sort of want to punch!! Kane is narrated by Jeremy York , Lessa Lamb. Mr. York and Ms. Lamb have become some of my favorite narrators over the years. They both just have that extra oomph that brings the books that they are performing more to life for me.

Thank you, Ms. Bennett for sharing your phenomenal writing talents with your readers. I know without a shadow of a doubt that when I pick up one of your books that I will definitely be lead into the world of what ever book I am reading, letting me escape from my sometimes, this year, ALWAYS, hectic life. For this, I am eternally grateful.
Thank you for reading my review. Do not wait, hit that purchase button!! You will not be disappointed.

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Fun, heartfelt, sexy, friends to lovers romance!

I loved this latest fun, heartfelt, sexy, friends to lovers romance in Bennett's Arizona Vengeance series. It felt like a fresh start as she moves to the second line of these sexy hockey players. This is Kane, and his best friend since college, Mollie's story. Mollie has an adventurous spirit as she explores the country with her dog writing about her travels, and experiences, on her travel blog. When she is attacked by a stalker, she goes to the only place she feels safe. Kane has enjoyed his life as a successful sexy single athlete, but when his best friend needs him, he instantly changes into protection mode. They reconnect and soon realize their feelings have grown into more. They decide to take a chance, and their chemistry is explosive! They are so cute and sweet together and Kane is so swoony as he stands up to the light ribbing he gets from his teammates and brothers. They accept her immediately along with the women who have grown close from previous stories. I love the camaraderie, and family feel of all these past and new characters. But when as Kane makes permanent plans, can Mollie put down roots when she has a free and adventurous spirit? This story also sets up other stories about Kane's friends and teammates. I am especially excited to find out more about Jim!
I loved the performances by narrators Jeremy York, and Lessa Lamb. They portray each character with a perfect balance between fun & flirty, heartbreaking emotion, and sizzling passion flawlessly. They work so well together, conveying so much emotion in their performances, that they make this fun, sexy, and passionate story even more captivating. This series doesn't get old to me, I can't get enough of these sexy hockey players, and the women who challenge and love them!

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Great friends to lovers romance story!

Kane is book 8 in the Arizona Vengeance series and it is a fantastic friends to lovers romance that had me engaged from
beginning to the end!
Kane and Mollie have been friends for years. They were both worried about crossing that line from friends to lovers, but once they did the sparks ignited into flames, but is that going to be enough? And when you combine their evolving relationship with the comradely and support from the players on the Vengance team and the edge of danger that threatens Mollie and it is a story I didn’t want to put down.
I also had the added benefit of not only enjoying the story but listening to the audio version which absolutely added to my experience.

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Kane

LOVED THIS ONE! When you fall for your best friend and don't realize it until they arrive on your doorstep after an assault. This brings out all the possessive and protective tendencies and when your teammate asks her out on a date that seals the deal. Kane and Mollie have been best friends since college and when Kane settled into the NHL and professional hockey as his life, Mollie outfitted a van and set out on the open road with her dog. After more than a decade of traveling and documenting the travels through her blog and Instagram and through several travel articles she was assaulted and then comes to Kane to regroup. What they don't expect was the feelings that arise. This was the typical friends to lovers story and it was full of so many feels it was surprising it could be contained in this story. Love where this one went and I am loving this team! Cannot wait for more of their team members and what they get up to.

Try this one in audio, you will not be disappointed. The narrators are fantastic! (This was my second time with this book after reading it first)

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These just keep getting better!

This is one of my favorite tropes! Best friends to lovers! We meet Kane who is a second string player for the Vengeance. He is loving his single life. Never thinking of pairing up. Until his best friend showed up at his doorstep needing a place to crash. Kane is great! He rocks the good boy vibes but when he is with Molly...he is really into her. Molly is neat and has an amazing job. Granted it could be dangerous but still..the things she has done and places she has been. These two are amazing together and really everything just seems to fall in place.

I loved getting to know more of the second string in here. Looks like some good stories for these boys! There are a few other surprised guests in here that I was happy to see.

Overall this is another wonderful story. This author keeps coming up with different stories and I love these female characters jobs! I did listen to this on audio. Leesa Lamb and Jeremy York did a great job!

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Kane and Mollie's Friends-to-Lovers Story

Actual Rating: 3.75/5 stars

We are officially in "Season 2" of the Arizona Vengeance series with Kane. The first seven books focused on the men in the first line of the team, and starting with Kane, we're hanging out with the group of men in the second line. But, never fear! The Arizona Vengeance are a close knit team, and ALL the men (and their wives and girlfriends) do get together so our favorites from "Season 1" still make appearances. I am really enjoying getting to know the second line group though. We get glimpses of their stories and I'm very intrigued! I can't wait for their books.

Anyway, Kane is a friends-to-lovers story. Kane Bellan and Mollie Callister met in college and quickly became the best of friends. Over the years, their career separated them as Kane is a professional hockey player based in Arizona and Mollie is a travel blogger, but they text each other every day and Mollie often goes to Kane's games whenever she's in the area. But, one morning Mollie shows up unexpectedly at Kane's door. An ex-boyfriend had attacked her and she needed her best friend. Kane, who would do anything for Mollie, insists she stay for as long as she needs. Kane and Mollie always insist they're just friends, but it's obvious to everyone that they're in denial. So, when one of Kane's teammates takes Mollie out on a date, Kane felt all kinds of emotions that he couldn't deny anymore that what he feels for Mollie is more than friendship... And the story takes off from there.

I really enjoyed Kane and Mollie's characters. They were both very likable, and since I listened to the audiobook, I thought that narrators did a good job bringing them to life. It was fun seeing Kane and Mollie navigate their relationship from friends to lovers. They were well-matched and their story was a great addition to the Arizona Vengeance series. I did give it 3.75 stars because while I found Kane entertaining, it was just that: a fun diversion. It didn't quite had the punch of Erik or Dax's books, which are my top favorites in the series.

If you're in the mood for a fun, quick friends-to-lovers hockey romance, Kane is your book. I highly recommend the audiobook edition as well. Like I said, the narrators Jeremy York and Lessa Lamb were excellent. I did listen to Jeremy York before and he's always delivered, but it was my first time listening to Lessa Lamb and I'd definitely listen to her again. For fans of the Arizona Vengeance series, Kane is not to be missed!

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Love is a Marathon

Friends to lovers is my catnip and I couldn't wait for Kane and Mollie's story. I really enjoyed this mix of sports romance and a bit of romantic suspense. It was great to see the crossover between this series and the Jameson Force series. I loved how well Kane and Mollie knew and understood one another. They have been best friends for 10 years and it was such a natural progression for them into something more. The story was a bit predictable, but the low drama and high heat was just what my heart needed. I'm definitely intrigued by the rest of the Vengeance's second line now, especially Riggs and Jett, and am looking forward to Jim Steele's second chance romance next!

Lessa Lamb is a new to me narrator and I thought she was really wonderful as Mollie. Her male and female voices were great and she had good range/variety as she voiced the different characters. I've listened to a few other titles by Jeremy York and he always gives a solid performance. I'm not sure he truly fit Kane's carefree personality, but it was still an enjoyable listen.

Kane is book 8 in the Arizona Vengeance series, but can be enjoyed as a standalone. Characters from the previous books do appear throughout though and the series runs on a continuous/concurrent timeline.

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Kane and Mollie

A genuinely beautiful, endearing, and heartfelt friendship to lovers romance. Kane and Mollie are absolutely perfect for one another but with their careers can they make it work? I adored they way they communicated, their chemistry, and just their undeniable connection. Sawyer Bennett never ceases to amaze me. I enjoyed every single moment of this book.
Narration was great!

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I LOVED IT!

This is one of my all time favorite series! I recommend it to everyone. Kane is just as awesome as the rest of the series! These characters are great together! I love how Sawyer Bennet writes their romance and chemistry. It really pulls you in. But then there is a story there as well and depth. This book is a lot of fun and kept my ears glued to my headphones!

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  • K1burger
  • 09-19-20

Sweet!!

I'm not really a fan of sports romance but the Arizona Vengeance never disappoints. Yes it centers around hockey but it's more about the relationships with all the team mates and their woman than about the actual sport. The men have strong male bonds more like family than friendship. The women find comfort in the other women involved in the sport. The relationship between Kane and Molly was a sweet simmer from friendship into more. And then when it was more it was everything - sweet, loving, caring, protective, and accepting. I listened via audible and I loved the narration - it helped bring the characters to life.

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  • Bette
  • 09-17-20

Outstanding 🎧📚🎧 Loving the Vengeance Series!

Sawyer Bennett delivers another awesome novel to her “Arizona Vengeance” series. This is his is an excellent friends to lovers sports romance! Ms. Bennett is a master at hockey romances, we met the first line of the Arizona Vengeance Hockey team in the earlier books, it is time to meet the second line players, this book is Kane and Mollie’s story. Kane is fairly new member of the team he came the way of the Cold Fury. Mollie has been his best friend for years, sure there was on slip up where they had a drunken one night stand but they decided to put it behind them and not risk their wonderful friendship. When Mollie shows up at his apartment he picks up that something is not right, when she opens up and tells him what happened to her he was livid. He told her she could stay as long as she needed. Kane gets an awakening after seeing one of his teammates interested in her, his awakening is he wants to be more than just friends. I loved everything plays out in this book, the story is beautifully plotted and there is never a dull moment. There is plenty of drama, heartfelt and emotional moments and a wonderful romance. Great cameo from Kynan and his security to help capture Mathew, great to see some of the other members and their awesome ladies from the Vengeance too. Mollie fit right in with the ladies. Sawyer Bennett, thank you for another awesome, enjoyable and entertaining story, I love how much heart you put into your characters and books.

Lessa Lamb and Jeremy York are fabulous narrators and voice artists. They were perfectly casted to bring these characters to life. They did an awesome job portraying the characters, giving each their own voice and personality. Lessa Lamb’s take on Mollie was spot on, as was Jeremy York’s take on Kane, sounding just as I pictured them to sound. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured the characters emotions and projected them into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another fantastic listen🎧

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  • PATRICIA
  • 09-16-20

Kane & Mollie!

Hockey and romance, you know you have to love it! This series is one of the best sports romance series I have had the pleasure to listen to. Each book is amazing. This one features Kane and his best friend Mollie. As a travel blogger, she and Kane speak and text regularly. But now that she has a stalker, she needs to feel safe and for her that is with Kane. Kane, like the others has his share of good times on the road, but now that Mollie needs him, he is there for her. With a little jealousy to jump start things, these two realize their true feelings. But with their vastly different jobs and a stalker on the loose, will they find their happily ever after? I love these two. Kane is warm and loving, willing to do just about anything to keep Mollie happy. Mollie is a free spirit, hard to tie down, but her feelings run deep for Kane. I love how their history as friends has melded into a warm and loving relationship. The real draw for me with this series though, is the community. Bennett keeps all of her characters alive, weaving them into the story. From Dax to Tacker to even Jamison Security, we get to visit with our favorites. It makes the series feel like we truly know all the characters. This friends to lovers story is one you definitely do not want to miss!

Jeremy York and Lessa Lamb are fantastic as Kane and Mollie. York has such a warmth to his voice that it's easy to hear Kane's heart. Lamb is fast becoming a favorite, each voice she has is well cast to the personality of her character and she perfects Mollie! These two storytellers enhance the story and are pure entertainment.