Riggs: An Arizona Vengeance Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Known as the team loner, Riggs Nadeau gives his all on the ice, but nothing extra off it. A beautiful stranger is about to cause chaos in his very structured world.
As a professional hockey player, people think I live a charmed life. On the surface, I do. But they don’t know the horrors of my childhood, or the real reason that I have custody of my 17-year-old sister, Janelle. And that’s exactly the way I like it. They may think I’m a prick because I don’t like to share, but that’s fine. They don’t know me, and they don’t need to.
In an effort to help Janelle get settled in Phoenix and stay out of trouble at school, I set her up with a job at Clarke’s Corner, the local bookstore owned by the girlfriend of a teammate. It’s there that she makes friends with Veronica Woodley, the extremely annoying, arrogant, money-hungry divorcee, who I don’t want anywhere near my sister. Janelle insists I’m completely wrong about Veronica, but I refuse to accept that. I have to keep reminding myself that that the gorgeous blond with legs for days is off limits.
Through a series of events, I start to see Veronica for what she really is - an amazing woman who has survived her own hell to come out even stronger. I have to admit, we’re more alike than not and the attraction between us burns hot.
Maybe I was all wrong about my ability to love and commit, but when the past comes back to haunt me, can I be the man that Veronica, and Janelle, deserve?
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 37 minutes|
|Narrator||Connor Crais, Savannah Peachwood|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 26, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #17,853 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Riggs and Veronica
An enemies to lovers story.
I have loved this series. This author is one of my favorites for her hockey romances. I was really looking forward to learning more about Riggs. And was happy that Veronica was finally going to find her happy ever after. Unfortunately I was disappointed in their story.
Minor spoilers ahead….. you have been warned.
Riggs. Fairly new to the Vengeance hockey team. New guardian to his 17 year old sister. Private, closed off, protective.
Veronica. Best friend to Clarke (Wylde). Rich, divorcée. Works part time in Clarke’s bookstore. Has serious trust issues where men are concerned.
Individually I really liked both of these characters.
Veronica is a strong woman who is not afraid to ask for what she wants. She’s sexy but also smart. She was so good with Janelle, Rigg’s sister. She didn’t put up with his attitude. But would hold her tongue to keep a situation from escalating.
Riggs is doing the best he can for his sister. He’s pulled her out of an unsafe home environment. While he has provided for her, he’s not done much to make her transition into his life easy for her. He’s clueless to how he could or should “enrich” her life.
Riggs and Veronica do not get along. Yes they are attracted to each other, but neither wants anything to do with a relationship. He takes one look at her and has already formed his opinions of the type of woman she is. Always jumping to conclusions rather than talking to her.
They decide to act on their attraction. A sex only arrangement. At this point no talk about exclusively. And it’s a good thing because Riggs hooks up on one of his road trips. And Veronica brings a “date” to a party.
The majority of the story is about Riggs and Janelle. Learning to live together, and making the best of their situation.
I was disappointed with the “romance” in this particular book. I never felt a connection beyond their occasional sex scenes. There were no dates, no conversations. We’re told they spend time watching tv and talking, but it’s all off page. I want the romance in a romance book.
My biggest disappointment was the ending.
Early on the author said she would not be adding epilogues to the end of each book. With the books taking place close together timeline wise, and sometimes overlapping she didn’t want to give too much away. She wanted the reader to experience the couples moving forward, and we would catch glimpses in later books of their relationships moving forward. Ok that worked for awhile. But with this being the last book I was looking for more. More of what was happening in the past couples lives. Yes we are told Erik and Blue have their baby. Kane and Molly are planning a wedding. Wylde and Clarke get engaged. Tacker’s wife is STILL expecting. But no real details, and a lot of things left unanswered. Even Riggs and Veronica don’t really have a happy ever after. More of a happy for now. Expressing their love for each other is not an HEA to me.
The last chapter does more to set up the next series than to further Riggs and Veronica story. And again, no epilogue. Just “I love you” and the end.
That being said, the book was well written. There is great character development. And it’s a good story, just not much romance. There is a bit of drama later in the story when Janelle’s parents show up, but it causes Riggs to finally open up to his team. And Janelle to step up and set some things straight. Protecting Riggs in the process.
I will read the next series. It looks interesting.
We’ve anticipated Riggs and Veronica’s story since the Kane. The couple was teased as is the usual for this series. Towards the end of each book you’ll get a little teaser of the next couple’s story which is one of the things I love so much about interconnected series.
Veronica is a divorcee that works part time at Clarke’s bookstore. She is Clarke’s best friend and always seemed like a really nice person.
Riggs is broody, holds family secrets and pretty much shuts out everyone around him. 6 months ago an incident happened that caused Riggs to get full custody of his 17 year sister.
Riggs sister is down after coming to live in Arizona with him. It’s suggested by a teamate’s wife that Clarke needs part time work.
That’s how Veronica and Riggs meet.
I’m going to explain what parts of this book really bothered me as I honestly didn’t like this “romance” novel at all! This isn’t a spoiler so I won’t mark this but there was hardly any romance.
There was barely a connected. Some moments made me epically uncomfortable. I’m going to go into more detail about what I’m referring to.
The couple doesn’t meet until around 30% of the book. Once they meet and have their enemies to lover interaction where the hero, Riggs gets the “wrong impression” of the heroine, Veronica. The wrong impression is that he judges her by what she’s wearing which wasn’t done in a mean way.
Once that happens you are up to the almost 48% mark before they even meet for the second time. At that point I was annoyed and went onto Goodreads to check bad reviews because I wanted to know if this bothered anyone else. I’m not alone.
Riggs realizes he misjudged Veronica so he goes to her house to apologize. I’m exciting an actual apology because the guy was a jerk but he just kisses her aggressively, then he doesn’t have a condom because he slept with someone else on his away game just a few days ago. Weird.
I was like, ok? Weird for Sawyer to put that in but I’ll roll with it. Maybe she’s just trying to show us Riggs is that much of an unemotional guy who sleeps around.
Veronica was a huge issue for me too, mostly after this happens. There was one scene that had my mouth open that she just let him talk to her like that. Veronica’s inner monologue is so forgiving towards him and SO self-deprecating towards herself! Geez poor Veronica.
Riggs said something along the lines of: well, all I have to do get you to kiss me is be an a-hole to you and she says “yup” and sits down as if he didn’t just insult her. It was so awkward to read.
I feel as though I kept waiting for this romance that never happened. NEVER. The entire book was about his relationship with his younger sister Janelle and some stuff happened with his mom. Aside from a few scenes there was hardly any interaction between the couple. I was hoping for a resolution and some closer on the antagonistic feelings they had towards each other in the beginning.
They didn’t’ discuss the supposed hate they had for each other and I didn’t like that. I never got a love vibe from them at all.
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Another fabulous read by Sawyer. I so love this book. Loved reading Riggs story.
Loved the storyline and the characters and their connections with each other.
Love the Vengeance and so pleased that Riggs found his Soulmate in Veronica. Loved the connection between these two. They both needed a happy ever after and they were getting it along with his Sister Janelle who equally needed a happy ending for the traumas she had been through. Glad she also found a good friend in Veronica.
The ending was sad but looking forward now to Badens story.
We discover that Janelle is struggling to adjust to her new life living with Riggs, and Riggs too is struggling to adjust with moving to a new team in a new city all while trying to raise a teenager who is on the cusp of adulthood.
Janelle wants a part time job and Riggs is comfortable with her working at the bookstore owned by Wylde’s girlfriend, Clarke. Janelle really comes out of her shell working here and becomes close to Clarke’s best friend Veronica. However, Veronica and Riggs end up having an almost immediate dislike for each other. Part of the problem is that Veronica seems to have connected with Janelle better than he’s been able to, and the other part is that they’re attracted to each other even though they’re completed annoyed by each other.
While Janelle and Veronica grow closer, so do Riggs and Veronica.
These two both have baggage especially when it comes to relationships and they’re more alike than they’d care to admit.
Riggs seems to be building a closer relationship with his teammates, his sister and Veronica. A relationship and commitment never seemed like an option for him in the past but his experiences with Veronica and Janelle has him realising that he does have the ability to love and commit and be in the type of relationship he never thought possible.