Book 9, Carolina Cold Fury Hockey - A Cold Fury Hockey Novel
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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • The offseason is heating up for one Carolina Cold Fury heartbreaker who’s eager to make nice with the girl next door.
No one plays like Reed Olson, whether it’s hockey season or not. After back-to-back NHL championships, he’s craving a little R&R. Reed leans to a specific type—blond, busty, and interested—and fortunately he has a little black book full of options. So why is it he can’t stop dreaming about the new girl who just moved in next door? A certified brainiac, she seems to want nothing to do with the hard-bodied athlete.
Josie Ives desperately needs something her celebrity neighbor obviously doesn’t: solitude. Reed is everything she imagined—a little too good-looking, with a body that puts Greek gods to shame. But she didn’t expect he would also be funny and charming. Josie knows she’s the opposite of his type, and that’s fine with her. Still, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Their newfound friendship certainly has its benefits, but she’s starting to wonder if opposites really do attract.
Praise for Reed
“Sawyer Bennett is my go-to author for all things sexy. And Reed certainly blew my skates right off!”—USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy
“Reed has quickly become one of my favorite books in the series. If you are a longtime lover of the Cold Fury boys like me, then you don’t want to miss this one. I guarantee that if you are grabbing this one as a standalone, it will make you want to jump in feet first to the entire series.”—Red Cheeks Reads
“So much fun . . . a lovely romance between an off-season hockey star and his ER doctor neighbor that made me laugh and then swoon and then laugh again.”—Becky on Books . . . and Quilts
“I loved this so much! It was fun and sweet and left me incredibly happy.”—About That Story (five stars)
The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
SEX IN THE STICKS
And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
💫 Meant To Be 💫
I really enjoyed this newest addition to the Cold Fury series! Though this is book 10 in the interconnected series, it can be read as a stand alone. I definitely recommend reading the earlier books though because previous characters in the series do appear and the books are wonderful!
I think Josie might be my favorite Bennett heroine so far! She is independent, intelligent, and driven, as well as sexy and confident. She knows what she wants and speaks her mind. I loved that she challenged Reed and that they each brought out the best in the other (even if it scared them). Yes, their meet cute was anything but cute, but it did offer them the opportunity to truly be friends first and lovers second. I appreciated that even though they were strongly attracted to each other, their relationship progressed naturally. It's no secret the manwhore hero is my very least trope, so it was hard to get past Reed's colorful history initially. His revolving door of Barbies made me cringe, but I did like that once he truly noticed Josie, there was no one else in the picture. Throw in some incredibly swoony and romantic gestures and I was solidly on Team Reed.
I do want to note that Reed was a little different than the previous Cold Fury books I've read because there actually isn't any hockey in the story (besides the mention of training camp and the appearance of the Stanley Cup). It takes place during the off season, so calling this a sports romance is a bit of a misnomer. There was a great lead in to the next book, Marek, and I'm excited for the next installment to the Cold Fury series (secret baby - check, high school sweetheart - check, a possible second chance at love? - SOLD!)
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Sexy, funny, Sweet
Reed is the tenth book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series. Like the others it is a standalone and can be read separately or out of order. I’ve been reading these stories in no particular order and don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.
Cold Fury hockey player Reed Olson enjoys his off season with a revolving door of summer fling Barbies until his sexy and smart neighbor Josie Ives comes knocking at the door. They start up a great friendship that begins to feel like more.
“A sudden wave of jubilation—a lightness of heart—sweeps through me. She’s so right. What could possibly be wrong about starting out as friends and going to lovers?”
I absolutely adored Reed! He was a thoughtful and caring hero to swoon over! This is a fun and flirty friends to lovers story but so much more. Lots of heat and emotion.
***5 ‘The Love I Was Supposed to Wait For’ Stars***
I swear this series is like crack for me because once I start reading it’s all over from there. I HAVE to finish the book and the only sure fire way for me to completely stop reading is if I’m driving or I fall asleep, and that was what happened with Reed. Once I started it I devoured as much of it as I could before my body decided that sleep was much more important (I don’t necessarily agree, but I do have to be semi aware at work). It was a fun, quick sweet and smexy read that had just the right amount of drama simmering beneath the surface to keep me turning the pages and wanting more when the words were no more.
For all that Reed is opposed to the big ‘C’ word and has a “Type” he’s a really good guy. Charming, observant and laid back. I found myself grinning (and at times swooning) at a lot of the things he did because they came from such a good place that even he didn’t know existed within him because it was just him. I loved Josie. She is sweet, snarky and goes with the flow, mostly because she has no choice when she’s working so it has trickled down into her private life.
Reed and Josie’s journey to their HEA was a lot of fun. The fact that their first meeting wasn’t necessarily under the best circumstances, the way they both handled it ~ with a little bit of humor, snark and a good dose of heat ~ definitely set the tone for how they went from neighbors to friends to more. This isn’t to say that there weren’t some shallow potholes for them to deal with along the way, because there were, but I enjoyed how they were dealt with and how everything worked out for them in the end.
Broken record time: I’m a fangirl, so it’s really no wonder I adored Reed, but it’s just so easy to get caught up in these characters and want to know more about them. I loved getting glimpses of the couples I’ve come to love and getting to know a few newbies. We got a glimpse of Tanner and Marek in this one and lemme tell you...before you are done with Reed you are going to be making grabby hands for their books and wishing you had ‘em yesterday, especially Marek’s which is thankfully up next!
~ Copy provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Feb 06, 2018
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 224 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 9, Carolina Cold Fury Hockey