Friday, July 29

Audiobook Review: Off Duty by Sawyer Bennett

Author: Sawyer Bennett
Narrator: Charlotte North, Matthew Holland
Title: Off Duty
(Off #5.6)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Short Story, Novella
Format: Audiobook
Published: June 16th 2015
Where I got It: Audible

As a member of the New York Fire Department, single father Tim Davis is about as tough as they come. But underneath the muscles and tattoos, he still nurses a bruised heart handed to him courtesy of his first love. While on vacation with his son in New Orleans, Tim runs into the very woman that taught him about love before pulling it all away.

Holly Reynolds is rebuilding her life as an orthopedic doctor, far away from her home in New York City and her controlling father… the man responsible for tearing her and Tim apart. While she knows the hurt she caused Tim could never be forgiven, she can’t help the overwhelming feelings she still has for her first and deepest love.

Truths are revealed as lies are exposed.

Two people come back together again to explore the fragile emotional bonds that still keep them tethered, even as their passion ignites hotter than any fire Tim has ever had to put out before.

Stumbled upon this one while casually searching in Audible. I like firemen and second chances, so why not ;) 

Here we follow Holly and Tim. Holly is rebuilding her life far away from her home in New York and her father. Her father is responsible for tearing her away from her first love, Tim, years ago. She can't forgive her father and she can't forgive herself for the hurt she gave. Tim is now a single father and a member of the NY Fire Department. He has never really gotten over his first love, but time goes on, right? While on vacation in New Orleans with his kid, he runs into Holly. Truths are revealed and hurts are mended. 

This is technically book #5.6...but it could read as a standalone. I'm sure some of the characters mentioned are couples from previous books, but you don't need to know them. I feel like Tim was a side character that just got a story, which is fine with me. 

I liked Tim and I liked Holly. They deserved this second chance. Her dad was a racist a-hole back in the day. 

Now...I do wish this had been a full-length novel or even a few more pages would've been nice. There are such deep hurts between Tim and Holly. And hell, between Holly and her family. Everything was solved so easily and quickly. It didn't feel realistic to me. They talked for like one chapter and then BOOM back in each other's beds and lives. Too quick for all the deep pain. I can forgive Tim and Holly for moving on and forgiving each other so quickly especially after they talked over dinner. But the scene with Holly, Tim, and the dad? Nope. That dad has a lot of things to do to get that forgiveness. 

Tim was treated like crap and deserved to be wined and dined by Holly and the dad. 

This needed more pages and more time. 

The narrators did a good job. They did all the voices well. 

In the end, I did enjoy this, but it needed more. The solutions were too easy and too quick. Tim deserved more. 2 stars from me. 

- #34 for Audiobook challenge


Blodeuedd said...

Too bad :/ I would like a novella

Carole Rae said...

It wasn't too bad. Just too quick.