The Hard Truth About Sunshine

Big Dog Books, LLC
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***** 2017 Kindle Book Awards WINNER - Literary Fiction *****

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence.

Despite having narrowly escaped death's clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It's only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life.

What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again... can he learn to love again? 

He's about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can't decide whether she wants to live or die. 

Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all. 

The hard truth about sunshine...

Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.

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About the author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

 

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

 

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

 

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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Publisher
Big Dog Books, LLC
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Published on
Mar 28, 2017
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Pages
229
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ISBN
9781940883731
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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Book 7
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett steams up the ice all over again as the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team’s hottest bad boy gets his first taste of something good.

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.

The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
ALEX
GARRETT
ZACK
RYKER
HAWKE
MAX
ROMAN
LUCAS
VAN
 
The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
SEX IN THE STICKS
JILTED
 
And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
SUGAR DADDY
SUGAR RUSH
SUGAR FREE
 
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Praise for Roman

“Sweet, steamy, and oh-so-complex, Sawyer Bennett’s Roman is guaranteed to make you swoon.”—Jessica Lemmon, author of Forgotten Promises

“A quirky ukulele-playing barista bringing the bad boy hockey star to his knees? It’s like Sawyer Bennett handpicked these characters specifically for me. Roman makes being on ice hot!”—USA Today bestselling author Lili Valente

“The author did an amazing job. . . . Ms. Bennett pushed these characters; forced them to look within.”—Shh Moms Reading (five stars)

“I love the story line which kept me going the whole time. Overall, a fantastic read.”—AC Book Blog

“I read this book in one sitting and even now, a week later, these characters are still on my mind.”—FMR Book Grind

“Roman was exactly what I hoped for. Bravo, Sawyer Bennett!”—Happily Ever After Book Reviews

“This touching story pulled at my heartstrings.”—Cocktails & Books

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 4
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The rugged men of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are winning hearts once again in another scorching novel from Sawyer Bennett.

The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
ALEX
GARRETT
ZACK
RYKER
HAWKE
MAX
ROMAN
LUCAS
VAN
 
The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
SEX IN THE STICKS
JILTED
 
And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
SUGAR DADDY
SUGAR RUSH
SUGAR FREE
 
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Praise for Ryker

“A hot hockey player with a heart of gold . . . a smart, ballsy heroine . . . and enough heat between them to melt any hockey rink. Sawyer Bennett scores another solid hit with Ryker!”—Katie Rose, award-winning author of The Heat of the Moment

“Ryker is some of Ms. Bennett’s best work yet.”—Shh Moms Reading

Praise for Sawyer Bennett and the Carolina Cold Fury series

“Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore.”—New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke

“Wow. Just wow. Sawyer Bennett is my new favorite author.”—Jami Davenport, USA Today bestselling author of Skating on Thin Ice

“Garrett is a sizzling and emotional read with laughter and secrets thrown in for good measure. Sawyer Bennett had me at hello.”—New York Times bestselling author Lexi Ryan

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 2
In the steamy and suspenseful sequel to Sugar Daddy (“A totally gripping take on romance and revenge!”—Lauren Blakely), a heartbreaking rift threatens to unravel a dangerous alliance . . . and a fragile new love.

After posing as an escort for the Sugar Bowl online dating service, Sela Halstead is looking for one thing: payback. She’s closing in on the site’s heartless founder, Jonathon Townsend, and she needs Beckett North, Townsend’s business partner and her lover, by her side. She’d thought that their intimate nights together had forged an unbreakable bond, but after a shocking betrayal, Sela begins to doubt the brilliant bad boy. When push comes to shove, can she trust Beck to do the right thing?

Now that he understands the truth, Beck will stop at nothing to secure the reckoning Sela deserves. But between his desire for her and his disgust for JT, Beck doesn’t exactly have a lot of control over his emotional state. Left with no other choice, he must summon all his discipline to maintain JT’s trust and pretend that they’re still friends. But how far will Beck go to prove his loyalty to Sela? He nearly lost her once. To keep her, Beck might have to kill for her.

The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
ALEX
GARRETT
ZACK
RYKER
HAWKE
MAX
ROMAN
LUCAS
VAN
 
The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
SEX IN THE STICKS
JILTED
 
And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
SUGAR DADDY
SUGAR RUSH
SUGAR FREE
 
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Praise for Sugar Rush

“Brilliant and heart-wrenching, with more twists and turns than a hedge maze,Sugar Rush will keep you up until the wee hours of the night.”—New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland

“Sugar Daddy hooked me. Sugar Rush left me hungry for more. And Sugar Free can’t get into my hands soon enough! Raw, real, and deliciously sexy, the Sugar Bowl series is a must-read!”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series

“Just when I thought Bennett couldn’t suck me into Sela and Beck’s story, she does! The love between the two is emotional, sweet, and off the charts hot, but nothing holds a couple together better than revenge. I can’t wait for the finale!”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker

“Sawyer Bennett did it again. I devoured Sugar Rush in one sitting and it was totally worth the binge!”—New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine

“I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion of Sela and Beck’s story and I cannot wait!”—My Book Muse

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Book 3
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Sela and Beck’s deliciously sinful tale of sex, lies, and vengeance reaches its explosive conclusion in the final chapter of Sawyer Bennett’s Sugar Bowl trilogy

For years Sela Halstead dreamed of revenge, but the quest for payback has been anything but sweet. Now, once again, she finds herself at the mercy of Jonathon Townsend, his hands crushing the very breath from her body. And even though she escapes with her life, Sela fears she may never recover. In desperate need of shelter and comfort, she runs to the one man she can trust. Beckett North has stood by Sela since the beginning. But can he handle the brutal truth?

Beck will do anything to protect what is his—and make no mistake, Sela belongs to him, heart and soul. The passion between them runs hot, even as their world begins to unravel. With the legacy of his ruthless business partner hanging in the balance, Beck stands to lose everything: his fortune, his family, his freedom. But each touch of Sela’s mouth on his skin, her nails down his back, makes it harder to let her go—and it might not even be his choice to make.

The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
ALEX
GARRETT
ZACK
RYKER
HAWKE
MAX
ROMAN
LUCAS
VAN
 
The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
SEX IN THE STICKS
JILTED
 
And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
SUGAR DADDY
SUGAR RUSH
SUGAR FREE
 
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Praise for Sugar Free

“Now that all three books are out, you really should pick them up, pour yourself your favorite beverage (either in a glass or in a cup) and settle in and enjoy this wild ride!”—Unconventional Book Views

“A really good high-intensity read with this couple from start to finish. A lot of twists and turns in the relationship and with Sela’s past thrown in along with off-the-charts hot bedroom antics. . . . A fast-paced and action-packed ride from start to finish. . . I enjoyed the entire series.”—Carrie’s Book Reviews

“My rating: Five of five stars. Devoured this in two hours. What an intense read. Anticipation is everything. I live for the suspense of this book!”—Quirky Debutante’s Bookshelf

“Sawyer Bennett knocked this series out of the park by combining fun and sexy moments between Sela and Beck mixed with an intriguing revenge plot.”—Rant & Rave About Books

“This was the best finale to this crazy book series. The characters were developed so carefully and intricately that I believed they could do no wrong. ”—FMR Book Grind

“I highly recommend the Sugar Bowl series if you are looking for something different and a story to keep you on the edge of your seat.”—Slow Reader’s Blog

“Sugar Free is five stars because it was an excellent way to finish the Sugar Bowl series, the books that have made me fall in love with Sawyer Bennett’s writing.”—Alba and Her Secrets

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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