Format: Available for eBook, paperback
Series: book 3 in the Off series
Rated: 16+ for language and sexual scenes
Genre: New Adult/Romance
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17852664-off-the-record?bf=2000&from_search=true
The book follows both Ever and Linc. Ever Montgomery is a up and coming news reporter looking to make a name for herself. She gets the idea to interview new hot shot New York Rangers goalie, Linc Caldwell, in efforts to make her mark. But after a misunderstanding and a reporting no-no, Ever finds herself in a situation where she has to follow around Linc for six weeks.
Linc has the reputation at being a ‘ladies man’ and Ever thinks that she witnesses this at a party that she goes to with her friend Emily. Little does she know that the girls that he supposedly hooked up with it were actually lying. Now, Ever has to spend time with him getting ot know the real Linc Caldwell.
Slowly she starts to see that he’s not like she thought he was but is actually a good man. She starts falling for him but she is tries to fight it off as she doesn’t want to get hurt like she did last time. Linc’s feelings for Ever slowly start to develop and grow but he has to overcome her past in order to have a future with her.
This book is not like some of the other romance novels out there. The male lead is usually depicted as this rough around the edges, tough guy who softens when he meets the woman in the story. It’s refreshing to read a story where the guy is not some ladies man. Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for a good romance novel where the bad boy changes but its nice to have a story where he’s aleady a ‘good’ guy.
Ever’s struggle with her feelings for Linc were genuine and understandable. Her fiancee had cheated on her with a friend so it make sense that she would be nervous about jumping into another serious relationship but she can’t deny what she feels for Linc. It’s strong and real and he makes her feel things she’s never felt before, even with her fiancee. We’ve all had those moments where we are afraid of living because of the unknown but life is just about taking the leap of faith that everything will work out ok. And all this stems from her father leaving when her mom had cancer.
I did have a problem with how Linc and Ever came to their arrangement. I thought it was just a little too convenient that she had to stay with Linc for 6 weeks while she followed him around. If Bennett had it where she still stayed at her own place. You could have still have the desire effect of them getting to know one another and learning new things about each other just by spending all day together.
This book can be read as a stand-alone even though it’s part of a series. This book did have repeat characters Emily and Nix (from book 2) but you don’t need to read book two to get what’s going on in this book. I personally like series like these because some stories can be better then others and you don’t need to read all of them to get what’s going on.
Overall, this is a good book to read if you are in the mood for a quick, romantic read. Linc and Ever are a beautiful couple and really complete one another. Linc helps Ever grow as a person and learn to forgive and move on while Ever shows Linc what falling in love is like and how powerful it can be.