Book 8, Carolina Cold Fury Hockey - A Cold Fury Hockey Novel
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The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.
Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.
Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.
The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
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“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Get Ready to Fall for Another Fournier!
I love sports romances, specifically hockey, and Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury series never disappoints! Lucas is book 8 in the interconnected series and though it can be read as a stand alone, it would be best enjoyed if read in order since prior characters are mentioned or appear in the story.
I thought Lucas and Stephanie's relationship was both realistic and refreshing. Most stories have the hero as the closed off and commitment phobic character, but this time around it was the heroine. Stephanie definitely had some heavy baggage from her past, and my heart broke for her as the painful details emerged. Her hot and cold behavior sometimes gave me whiplash, but she was so fiercely independent and guarded that I both admired her grit and felt sad for her. It was such a stark contrast to the happy go lucky, wear my heart on my sleeve Lucas. He may have started the book off as a manwhore, but it quickly became apparent that there was much more to the new Cold Fury player. Sure he made some mistakes along the way, but so did Stephanie and that's what made their relationship so relatable. Their connection is undeniable though and I loved their playful banter and chemistry. Will it be enough though to navigate the unexpected turn of events and convince Stephanie to let down her walls and give them a real chance at love?
I'm excited that there's another Cold Fury book in the works, because mysterious Van has got me all kinds of curious! Add in my love for the Fournier family and the oldie but goodie best friend's little sister trope and I'm sold! Can't wait for more!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Great addition to the series!
I was generously given an ARC for a honest review. I loved Max's story so I was really looking forward to his brother, Luc's story. There is a slight twist in that the heroine plays the role of the "lone wolf" and the hero is the one who is willing to wear his heart on his sleeve. It was refreshing to read the book from this perspective. Although I was really getting annoyed with Stephanie with all her pushing Luc away. And after all that angst, she seemed to suddenly trust in their relationship at the end.....it didn't make sense. Lucas' character was lovable but there was a bit of immaturity in him. The unexpected surprise of the baby helps to propel both characters toward their goals.....Stephanie towards opening up and Lucas to growing up a bit. The push and pull was realistic but I felt the ending was a bit rushed......and Van and Simone's story seemed to take the forefront of the story. I am intrigued with Van's storyline but I hope I doing get annoyed with Simone. She definitely came off as a spoiled brat. Finally we get a a little peek at the lives of the other players. Max and Jules plays a big role in this book. I loved these characters in Max's book....but I definitely didn't like Jules giving Luc a hard time regarding his break up.....because it was both parties....and she should have been more understanding with her future brother-in-law.
I love the fact that I never know what I'm going to get from Sawyer Bennett. She switches things up with every story she produces. Book 6 is Lucas' brother Max and Jules story. It was very low angst and romantic. Then Lucas and Stephanie's story is the complete opposite. It's not exactly romantic and it was high angst, yet I love both books equally.
Lucas and Stephanie are together because of a result of a one night stand. Neither want to settle down but are adults and can work together, as well as take advantage of the chemistry these two have for each other. It's very much a no strings relationship and Lucas soon realizes Stephanie doesn't know how to have more.
Stephanie had a very cold upbringing and really doesn't know what love is. Lucas has a very affectionate and loving upbringing. The way Lucas handled her insecurities and knew when to press and then when to back off made me really love his character. For being such a playboy before her and then making no fuss about being an adult about their situation won a lot points with me. He wasn't perfect and he did mess up but he came back strong.
It's actually kind of nice to see the man have to work for the relationship for once. Stephanie's insecurities can get a bit tiring but it also gave us that chance to see Lucas be an amazing Hero. I do wish we got to see them more as a couple once Stephanie risked her heart to Lucas, but I know we'll see them in future books since we got to see past couples in this one.
The epilogue was completely hot! It was a glimpse into the next book with Van and Simone. Wow! That small glimpse into Van...I have no words. ARC provided by NetGalley.