Title: Off Limits (Off Series #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Sawyet Bennett
Publisher: Big Dog Books
Release Date: April 16, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: Although not as intense and romantic as its companion, it was still an interesting and fun read.
About the Book: Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.
Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It’s certainly the best way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.
When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart.
Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?
Off Limits is a pretty decent story about a girl trying to become independent and live her own life and a guy trying to overcome his own personal demons and learning to fall in love. I really enjoyed the companion novel to this, Off Sides, and I wanted to see how Sawyer would write Emily’s character and tell her story, since we don’t get much of her in the first book. I loved seeing Ryan and Danny again in Off Limits, because their story was so great, it was nice to know where their relationship progresses to. The intimate scenes were great, but I also enjoyed getting to know Nix and Emily and seeing how they made each other better.
Emily was a great character. I definitely didn’t like what little I saw of her in Off Sides, but I loved her in this one. She tried her best to break free from the mold her mother cast for her and wanted to follow her own dreams of majoring in journalism. I loved how Emily stood up for herself against her mom, even when threatened with taking away everything that she’s grown accustomed to. She also does her best not to let people think she’s some spoiled trust fund baby who can’t think or do anything for herself and I liked that she didn’t let anyone push her around.
I think Emily and Nix complimented each other very nicely. Nix is pretty aloof and does his best to keep people at bay, but its hard with Emily because the attraction is clearly there. Being a former Marine, he suffers from PTSD and also some other, more personal issues of his own. As Emily slowly breaks through his wall, it was great getting in his head and seeing what was really bothering him. I loved when he eventually shared the deepest and darkest part of himself with Emily and how they handled the situation.
Overall, I really enjoyed Emily and Nix’s story, even if it wasn’t as emotional and touching as Ryan and Danny’s. Bennett’s writing is fun, realistic, and sizzling. Her characters are distinct and lovable. I think any New Adult fan would highly enjoy this book.