Friday, December 20, 2013

Review: If I Return by Sawyer Bennett

If I Return
by Sawyer Bennett
Published November 28, 2013

Would you wait?

College student, Hope Camden, is relentlessly serious, awkwardly shy and in complete need of taking a walk on the wilder side. At least, that’s what her sister tells her when she drags her off` for an impromptu Christmas getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Hope’s plans to keep her nose in a book the entire vacation are thwarted when she meets Jack Freeman, the gorgeous and enigmatic Army helicopter pilot staying at the same resort. What was supposed to be a quiet Christmas holiday turns into a life changing event for Hope and Jack. The only problem? Jack is headed off to war, and there is no guarantee he will come back.

If I Return is currently on sale for .99 cents
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“So, what exactly is your level of snow experience, Miss Camden?”

I look up at Jack as we are walking, his hand tightly gripping mine. The sun is brilliantly shining and his eyes are sparkling sapphires today. “Sadly, I’m a snow virgin. This is my first time.”

He stops walking and just looks at me with astonishment. “You’re kidding?”

“Nope. We don’t get snow in Florida, in case you haven’t heard that news flash.”

He rolls his eyes at me. “Well, there are certain things that a snow virgin has to try, and I list these in no particular order. Let’s see... there’s making snow angels, and we have to build a snowman, and of course, who can resist a good old-fashioned, snowball fight... and last, but certainly not least, you simply have to try this really cool trick of sticking your tongue to a flagpole.”

I start laughing and playfully punch him in the stomach. “I can’t believe you’d try to get me to fall for the ‘stick your tongue to a flagpole’ trick.”

He shrugs his shoulders and puts a mock look of shame on his face. “What? I thought a Florida girl wouldn’t know about that dirty trick.”

“We do have TVs in Florida, you know? I’ve seen A Christmas Story only about a million times.”

“Damn. Caught me. No matter. I have better uses for your tongue.” Jack steps in close to me and grabs hold of my hips. My breath comes out in a rush, pluming white in the cold air.

“You do?” I say, my voice shy and husky all at the same time. “Like what?”

“Well... I was holding out on you, but the actual very best thing to do in the snow is to kiss.” His head lowers toward mine but he just stares at me.

“You don’t say?”

I anticipate his lips touching mine but he doesn’t move. “It’s the truth. But before we do that, we have to make quick snow angels first.”

My Thoughts:  I am a huge fan of Sawyer Bennett's and true to form, she delivers a fantastic story in the Christmas novella, If I Return.  As with all her Off Series, she has created characters that you immediately connect with and love, and a super hot male lead in Jack Freeman to add to your list of book boyfriends to remember.  I liked Hope a lot also and enjoyed seeing her character come out of her shell as the story developed.  Not only is the romance really hot, the story itself is wonderfully touching.  I love stories that involve military guys, and this one provides you with a hot helicopter pilot that you will be rooting for the entire time.  Another thing that I really loved in this book is the setting of Asheville North Carolina.  I have family from this area so it felt like it enabled me to connect with the story on a deeper level.  Sawyer Bennett paints a beautiful picture of the area with her words also, so if you've never been, you'll feel like you have.  There are some really touching scenes and some super steamy ones, and there is also a really great epilogue also, which is something I really enjoy in a book.  If I Return is a short story that is full of substance and something that is well worth taking the time to read.  

You can buy this book or any of the 12 NA’s of Christmas titles on Amazon.

About the Author

USA Today Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

About the 12 NA’s of Christmas:
The 12 NA’s of Christmas authors are Marquita Valentine, Zoe Dawson, Chelsea M. Cameron, Tiffany King, Breena Wilde, Sawyer Bennett, Magan Vernon, Sarra Cannon, A. Meredith Walters, Shelly Crane, and Addison Moore.


  1. Glad this was a good read, I am loving all of these novellas so far!

  2. Just got me a copy. Have a merry Christmas!

  3. I loved this one! It's amazing how much of a story she packed into this short novella.

  4. This sounds like a good one and one I would likely enjoy!

  5. Loved this one. Yes, Sawyer is a MUST READ author for me. And I agree with you, I love a good epilogue, lol.

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  6. I'm pleased you enjoyed this Ellen, Sawyer Bennett is an author I really need to read.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  7. I loved this so much! I'm glad you did, too, Ellen. Great review, Ellen!

  8. This sounds pretty intense! And I really need to get my hands on it, as well. Thanks for sharing Ellen. Happy Holidays!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews


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