In Sickness and in Health
Dax is a sexy best friend's little sister/marriage of convenience romance. The story is book 4 in the series and runs along the same timeline as the previous book, Legend, but can be read as a stand alone. For maximum enjoyment though, I definitely recommend them since previous characters appear throughout the series.
Dax and Regan had amazing chemistry and I really loved the progression of their friendship to more. They have known each other their whole lives and I think that added a sweetness to their connection that I don't always feel. Yes, there is push and pull between them as the lines get blurred, but I liked that there wasn't any unnecessary drama between them (or if there was, it was resolved quickly). I think what made this a less engaging read for me, was that it felt like this book spent just as much time on Dax and Regan as it did setting up the next books in the series. Don't get me wrong - I can't wait to read Tacker (I just want to hug this man so much!!) and Dominik's (YUM with a capital Y!) stories, but I felt like it took away too much of the spotlight from Dax and Regan. I did love seeing all the previous couples (Erik and Blue!) and characters as well as getting to know Willow, Dax's sister and the likely love interest of team owner Dominik Carlson. An enjoyable read overall and I'm excited to continue on with the series!
Overall 4 stars
Performance 4 stars
Story 3.5 stars
I really enjoyed the narration by Aiden Snow and Virginia Rose. Rose gave an emotional performance as Regan and really captured her vulnerability and pain. Snow's deep voice was perfect for Dax, but I did find it was too gruff for the female characters (which is understandable). There wasn't a ton of variation in his other characters as well, so there were a few times I wasn't sure which character was speaking at first.
Sweet and Sexy!
By april R H
Dax and Regan are childhood friends who marry in order to get a life saving drug. All bets are off as they navigate their way thru a undeniable attraction. Sweet and sexy with a tug on your heartstrings, these incredible characters and their journey is one terrific story!
Dax is dreamy!
Very, very dreamy!
I wasn’t sure about him... you know, based on the previous books where we met him. But he redeems himself. Easily.
I love his relationship with Regan.
These two were wonderful characters!
Poor Regan though! First her parents die when she’s 14, then she gets a medical diagnosis at 20 (I’m guessing), then at 22 her brother dies and she feels all alone. Thank goodness for her close family friend (brother’s BFF), Dax.
I don’t want to ruin what happens so I’m going to stop here.
I highly recommend this series and this book in particular. It can be read on its own.
What would you do?
By Judy Hartley
The perfect blend of marriage of convenience and falling for the best friends sister. The twist, the best friend, sadly, isn’t around to interfere. This leaves the path wide open to fall for her and fall hard.
When your life is at stake you will do anything to survive. Even marry your deceased brother’s best friend. The catch, trying not to fall for him for real.
I loved the many elements of this book, I couldn’t put it down. It has everything you need for a great romance read.
Dax and Regan
Regan Miles has suffered great loss in her short life. At 14, she lost both parents in a tragic car accident, then her brother was recently killed in a random mugging. She was also diagnosed with PNH, a life threatening disease that affects the red blood cells in your body. The treatment Regan requires is extremely costly, even with insurance. Her brother, Lance, went into debt paying for her treatments and education. After his death, she no longer had insurance. She was desperate...
Dax Monahan lived and breathed hockey and the lifestyle it afforded him. His hockey team, The Arizona Vengeance, is on track to win the Stanley Cup. Even though all his friends have found their “true love”, it’s not for him. He enjoys being single too much. When he received word his best friend, Lance, had been killed he rushed to Regan’s side. The Regan he thought of like a sister, was no more. This Regan was GORGEOUS and in trouble. After several attempts to get her to open up, he finds out she has a life threatening disease. So he does what any Alpha man does. He demands she leave California, marry him and move to Arizona.
Sawyer Bennett blends real world occurrences with romance effortlessly. This story brought me to tears, made me laugh, had me cheering for Dax and Regan, learning about PNH...all while wondering, aching for Tacker. I LOVE that Regan was able to break through Tacker’s emotional wall and get him to smile. I enjoyed Regan and Willow’s party crashing as well. I liked the simplicity of all that Regan encompassed. She’s real and relatable. Dax’s reaction to her crisis was so gut wrenching, frantic. I wanted him to ask Dominick for a ride on his plane. That way, he’d owe him and maybe have to help him win over Willow! I also loved that Sawyer was able to bring the hot topic of medical treatment and insurance into play without being too political. I can’t wait to dive into Tacker’s story! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Dax by Sawyer Bennett is the fourth book in the Arizona Vengeance series. Even though it can be read as a stand-alone, I do recommend reading the other books as well. I swear each book continues to get better and better and this installment seriously knocks it out of the park! Dax was a fantastic read that was full of emotions. I did shed a tear or two and this story pulled on my heartstrings. But like with all of Ms. Bennett’s stories, it really was so much more than just another romance novel.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet-Dax is a professional hockey player for Arizona Vengeance and it is his entire life. When an unexpected tragedy strikes and he loses his best friend Lance, he is grieving hard. To top it off Lance had a younger sister Regan and she is drowning in sadness. Dax has never looked at her in any other way other than his best friends little sister. But when deeper feelings start to happen he has no idea what to do…
I loved this book so much! I adored the characters and LOVED the storyline. There were some rough topics addressed and Ms. Bennett handled them with class. Dax and Regan had explosive chemistry and the tension between the two was as thick as anything. I highly recommend reading this book!
I loved it!
This one surprised me, I wasn’t sure going in what to think. But I loved it! Such a cute couple, and I always love how all the individual stories tie together throughout the series. Get this one today!!
Unconventional marriage of convenience
This book was very personal for me. I do not have PNH, but I do have a chronic, life threatening disease, so I get how Regan feels. I get that she wants to have a normal life, or as normal as her disease allows. I get that people hover over her and drive her crazy. And I get when she feels like cr@p but doesn't want to worry anyone.
I get the fear Dax feels. My husband has the same fear. I get the need to check on Regan constantly and worrying about her when he's not around. My husband calls and texts me constantly when either one of us is traveling.
I love seeing Regan accept what God gave her and make the best of it. That is the philosophy I have. I can't change it, so I'm going to accept it and live my life to the fullest. But I also respect that there are days that aren't so good and you need to just take day to wallow. Whether it's about your disease, or something you want to do but can't, or you just don't feel good. We all have those days. I love seeing the strength she has and I hope to see more of her.
Now, on to the love story. Although not conventional, it is nevertheless real. It started out as a marriage of convenience, but somewhere along the way it changed. Regan and Dax work well together. His family completely accepts her as is and supports her no matter what. And I love her interactions with Willow. I hope we will have more Willow in the future.
Oh Dax, the alpha male with a heart of gold.
First of all let me say that I read this story and after I was done, I had to read it again. It touched my soul and I was touched by Dax's compassion. Dax and Regan know each other all their lives, but when tragedy strikes and certain things come to light, Dax becomes the man Regan needs to not only heal her heart and soul but also her body.
This story is heartfelt from beginning to end, you can truly feel how much Dax and Regan cared for each other as friends first and lovers later on. While Dax is an alpha through and through he's not overbearing towards Regan, he just wants what's best for her wellbeing and to me that was endearing. I adored the banter between Dax and his teammates, you can tell they're a close knit family and who watch over each other no matter the situation. Dax and Regan's sexual chemistry...whoa baby...H O T!!!!
Although the theme of falling in love with the best sister is pretty popular these days, Sawyer put a spin to this story that separated it from other ones carrying this same subject matter. I really appreciate it when an author gives their story that extra something that makes the reader fall in love with it and hold it close to their heart.
I highly recommend this new installment of this terrific series, and for your complete enjoyment, pick up the rest of the hockey hunks from the Arizona Vengeance.
Sweet, Sexy and Full of Heart!
I have so many words to use to describe this latest delve into the world of the Arizona Vengeance Hockey team. Once again Sawyer has brought us characters that we can easily fall in love with and who we rally behind. Dax and Regan’s story is Sexy, Steamy, Sweet, Emotional and chock full of Heart!! I loved it! And I adore them! Dax is a true hero! I know she is his best friend’s little sister, but what he does for Regan is such an incredible thing and all sorts of heroic in my book!! I love friends to lovers and marriage of convenience stories so I was so excited that this would be both. I enjoyed watching these two amazing characters fall for each other in a deep and all consuming love kind of way, but at the same time lifting each other up to the best version of themselves!!