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Off Sides Audiobook

Off Sides

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Publisher's Summary

"I'm not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed someone...something...to derail me from my current path. Otherwise I would become lost...a hollowed-out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved...."

Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a US congressman and captain of his university's hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family's public image.

Forced to abandon her music career after the heartbreaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time, and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.

With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way? A lot can happen in just 10 short days....

©2013 Sawyer Bennett (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"When Ryan Burnham, a wealthy college hockey player, meets struggling Danny Cross, who works as a waitress to pay for college, it's a meeting of polar opposites. Narrators Charlotte North and Matthew Holland deftly present the alternating chapters from each character’s perspective. Supporting characters, frequently changing action, and emotional highs and lows are realistically portrayed in this contemporary yet old-fashioned love story. Ryan's incredulous friends and his social-climbing mother are nasty and critical to Danny, hoping to break up the relationship. Hearing Danny's backstory is heartbreaking; when both of her parents died, she relinquished her scholarship to Julliard. Yet she remains optimistic and kind, even to her detractors. The standout creation is fiery Paula, Danny's older friend and roommate who loudly challenges anyone who's malicious to Danny. Listeners will enjoy hearing how Danny and Ryan work to overcome the countless obstacles between them and a happy handing." (AudioFile Magazine)

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    Lara 26/04/2017
    Lara 26/04/2017

    Australia

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    "Cliche and obvious"

    Every possible obvious dilemma that could happen pretty much does. Insta love.
    No where near as good as her other series.
    Glad it was short. Will be retuning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Cheri
    Waverly Hall, Ga.
    8/01/17
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    "Like The Characters, I Took A Chance!"


    This was my first Sawyer Bennett story, and while it didn't WOW me, it didn't disappoint either. I will definitely be listening to more from Bennett. It's a quick feel good romance, with mild sex scenes, and low on angst, and drama. While I wished the story was longer, Bennett did a great job with the plot and characters. I particularly liked there weren't too many characters to keep up with.

    May contain some spoilers;
    Off Sides takes place in the college environment with frat parties, drama, and mean girls, but the adult content and writing gives it more of an adult feel. Alternating between Ryan and Danny POV's, these two are from different social classes. Danny's a quick-witted waitress, who's strong, independent, with a heart of gold, but also has a heart-breaking past. Ryan's sexy, the captain of the college hockey team and comes from money. These two have an intense connection, but Ryan's afraid Danny will get hurt because she doesn't fit in with his social class, friends or family. Danny proves herself capable of standing up for herself; however, his family disapproves of their relationship, and conspire to break them up.

    I enjoyed both Charlotte North's and Matthew Holland's performance! It was a case of "the more I listened, the better it got!" I would definitely listen to more audios by either of these narrators. (I've listened to well over 600 audios from various platforms and have learned there is no perfect narration but have a tip I use that helps me to enjoy just about anyone's narration, others may find it useful. I adjust the speed. If I find the narration is too slow or monotone, I adjust the speed to 1.25x or 1.50x. It shortens the words and the pauses between the words and sentences, making the narration sound more lively. The new speed may sound weird at first, but after a few minutes and you adjust, you may find you like it. I listen to 95% of all my audios on 1.25x speed and love it! I will adjust as needed, but rarely listen to any audio at the "normal" 1x speed. There are only a few audios in my library I didn't finish or enjoy due to the narration.)

    This was a really good story, and great performance. I'm definitely looking forward to listening to more audios in the series. It was an awesome whispersync deal!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jonella A. Moore
    Indiana, USA
    22/02/17
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    "Sweet, sexy story!"

    This audiobook was just lovely listening! This story was about an orphaned girl from the low income side of life who meets a rich hockey playing College student who is a Senator's son at the diner where she works. It's instant attraction and he asks her out on a date. Much to his surprise, she takes him with her to serve dinner at a homeless shelter for their first date. Intrigued by this girl who is like no one he's ever known before, Ryan falls in love with her more each time they meet and she's head over heels right away. The world intrudes on their relationship in the form of his snobby friends and family who look on her social status. Can he stand up to everyone in the name of love? I enjoyed the ending very much. Great narration!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meraline
    5/01/17
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    "Argggg the Narrators"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better Narration.. I couldn't listen to more than five chapters. They were just bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sawyer Bennett again?

    Yes, I love this author and I'm disappointed that I wont be listening to this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    They were BLAND and LACKluster.. monotone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the book had lots of potential if given different narrators. Christian Fox and Kate Rudd, maybe?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DW
    Laguna Niguel, CA, United States
    9/03/17
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    "Sweet romance with a short time frame"
    Where does Off Sides rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Midway, it's a sweet romance for the younger listener. A bit implausible in parts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not too much drama, and takes place over a short span of time.


    What does Charlotte North and Matthew Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    their inflections, emotional intonations.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ryan's "rescue" of her emotionally after learning about his mother's efforts to torch the relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    I just finished book two, where these two characters are continuing to grow and thrive, and book 2 is better in a lot of ways!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • URSULA G
    2/02/17
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    "You Are My One And Only"

    This was a delightful romance about two young people from different social classes overcoming certain social stigmas to be together. This serves as a really good first book for a new series. I must confess up front that I absolutely love Sawyer Bennett and greedily devour anything she writes. With that disclosure being made -- I really like the love story between Danny and Ryan, even though they fell hard and fast in less than 2 weeks. But I guess love has no time line. I usually try to stay away from too much college drama and fortunately the college drama was kept to a minimum. I like how the different relationships develop throughout the story and the characters are introduced for future story lines. Can't wait to see how they develop.

    The narrators were perfect for this story -- they were able to portray the youth and maturing qualities of young adults. I look forward to hearing them narrate other books.

    Definitely worth the credit. I've already purchased most of the other books in the series, this will be an interesting week for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ndulgent Bloggrs
    Virginia, United States
    11/01/17
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    "Good Story BUT... Timing was OFF."

    Short audiobook of a sweet new adult love story. Characters were well developed, though a longer book would've made it better. A longer book would've allowed for more development of secondary characters too. Flirty conversations and tender interactions really made this love story special. What didn't work was the timeline. While I believe in love at first sight, too much happens for this couple in the first week. It could've simply been solved by just allowing a few days to pass here and there. And the story would've felt more believable.

    Liked it enough to move on to book two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Danni
    11/07/17
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    "Typical college/ YA story"

    Off Sides is a quick and cute listen. Danny is a poor college student who meets and falls Hockey captain Ryan. The main conflict in their story comes from Ryan being from a wealthy family with wealthy friends while Danny has a beer humble background. overall both characters were likeable and the story was believable. I only have 3 stars because it didn't really stand out for me. While Danny had an interesting backstory, the rest of the story was a but predictable. I also thought their relationship moved a bit too fast at times.

    No complaints about the narrators

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What are you reading?
    27/06/17
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    "Love Hockey Romances"
    What did you love best about Off Sides?

    I love how the girl from the wrong side is not portrayed as stupid or not intelligent


    What other book might you compare Off Sides to and why?

    I honestly don't like comparing books because sometimes it only brings to mind other hockey romances.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last hockey game


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could I absolutely would.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midwest Reader
    23/04/17
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    "Absolutely awful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who loves stereotypes, no plot and horrible writing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sawyer Bennett again?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am SO glad the Kindle book was free, but I am heartbroken that I spent over a penny on the audio version to go along with it. I HATE authors who stereotype rich people as shallow, stupid idiots who think they are better than the rest of the world. Right off the bat my hackles went up with this one. When whatshisname said his parents assumed he'd be with a girl who wears pearls and cashmere, I wondered what planet the author thought these people came from!! Seriously?! A college guy?Then whatshisname suddenly becomes starry eyed about a waitress who is gorgeous despite her facial piercing and tip-dyed hair. The handwriting was on the wall for a very predictable and formulaic story.DNF

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KR
    4/04/17
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    "Cute story but too rushed with insta-love."

    This could have been much better had the relationship and characters been more developed. The whole story felt rushed and like the cliff notes version missing 100 pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • LilleyLoohLah
    5/01/17
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    "Light easy story"

    A wonderfully written coming of age college drama that confronts first love full on. The story, told in dual POV follows the son of a US Congressman and captain of the hockey team Ryan Burnham, as he unexpectedly falls for struggling waitress Danny Cross. Divided by class and living in two different worlds they struggle to find their way when snobbery and contempt threatens their future. Thankfully neither of them take any bull, they both know the facts and they know what they are up against, that is until Ryan's cow of a mother decides to really twist the knife in a very open wound and play completely on Danny's emotions and love for Ryan. Quite emotional in places with some pretty strong characters, I've got to say I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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