Boone by Sawyer Bennett

A Heartwarming Journey of Love and Resilience in “Boone” by Sawyer Bennett

“Boone,” the eleventh installment in the Pittsburgh Titans Hockey Series by Sawyer Bennett, delivers a poignant and emotionally charged narrative that transcends the ice rink, offering readers a slow burn, close proximity romance that tugs at the heartstrings. The story revolves around Boone Rivers, a professional hockey player with a heart as large as his passion for the game, and Lilly Hoffman, whose life is burdened by the impending loss of her brother Aiden to cancer.

Boone’s character shines beyond the arena, using his fame and fortune for a purpose that goes beyond personal gain. Volunteering at a children’s hospital, he encounters Aiden, a brave 12-year-old fighting for his life. The initial connection over video games and hockey soon leads Boone to Lilly, Aiden’s older sister, and a deeper purpose unfolds.

The author skillfully navigates the complexities of the characters’ lives, particularly Lilly, who shoulders the weight of her brother’s illness, running the family business, and a struggling father. Boone’s simple act of friendship evolves into a powerful emotional journey as he becomes a pillar of support for Lilly, a woman whose spirit remains tender despite the bruises life has dealt her.

The slow burn nature of the romance allows the connection between Boone and Lilly to develop organically, making their love story all the more compelling. Bennett masterfully captures the essence of their growing bond, showcasing Boone’s admiration for Lilly’s fierceness, independence, and the resilience of her not-yet-broken spirit.

As the story unfolds, readers are taken on an emotional rollercoaster, especially during the last 30% of the book, where the depth of the characters and the challenges they face elicit genuine tears. The author brilliantly weaves a tale of love, strength, and comfort in the face of uncertainty, portraying the importance of giving and receiving love unconditionally even in the darkest of times.

“Boone” stands as a testament to the power of human connection, reaffirming the significance of love in the midst of life’s trials. Sawyer Bennett’s masterful storytelling and well-crafted characters make this installment a memorable addition to the Pittsburgh Titans Hockey Series, leaving readers with a heartwarming and emotional experience that lingers long after the final page.

I did try the audiobook and while I really enjoy Jeremy York, the female narrator Stella Hunter is just not for me. I struggle with her cadence and vocalization. But the ebook was fantastic.

Book Stats:
Rating: 5/5
Series: Pittsburgh Titans
Tropes: Close Proximity, Friends to lovers, Slow Burn, Sports Romance,
POP: 50%
CW: This book deals with cancer and end of life choices, alcoholism. The author has a full list of CW on her website.