Author: Sawyer Bennett
Book 8 in series Cold Fury hockey
Main characters" Lucas Fournier and Stephanie Frazier
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.
I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) Cold Fury hockey is one of the series I truly adore, but after absolutely loving the first few books... with time, I liked some of the stories less and less... and this newest installment... it pains me to say, but I am very disappointed right now... all in all I gave this book 2,75 stars because I had some major problems with our main couple... my review will definitely be on the shorter side, because I don't like to dwell on things I didn't enjoy, but I highly recommend you guys to check other reviews of this book as well :)
Ok, so what can I tell you about our main couple... *sighs heavily* I didn't like either of them... Lucas was ok-ish throughout the most of the story, although some of his child-ish and petulant reactions definitely got on my nerves... Stephanie on the other hand... oh, I had some issues with her... I mean, I understand that she had a terrible childhhod and it deeply affected her, but... what pissed me off the most is that she kept saying / thinking, how broken she is, how damaged and straight f***ed up and yet she didn't do anything to truly changed that... she just kept repeating that she adapted and that's just how it is... and I was so annoyed by it... *sighs* I mean, either you have accepted everything about yourself, in which case stop with the complaints, or do something about it... the next part of this paragraph contains stuff that might be considered spoiler-ish... I figured it out after reading the synopsis, but if you haven't and don't want to know anything beforehand, just skip the rest of this paragraph :) as I predicted we have an unexpected baby plot in this book... it's not as bad as a secret baby plot, when a woman gets pregnant and then doeasn't say anything until a few years later or so... oh, I hate those books with a fiery passion in most cases... so I was actually pleasantly surprised that in this case, after she figured it out, she immediately tells him, and even though he's shocked, his reaction is pretty good as well... :) at least about the co-parenting and supporting each other... because the decision to become friends with benefits due to the chemistry there is between them...? yeah... what can go wrong with that?!? like I mentioned before, I had a lot of problems with them and their decisions :) ok, now that I ranted a little bit, let me tell you more about my overall thoughts about the book...
It truly pains me to give this story such a low rating... but I really tried to like it more... it just wasn't for me... #SorryNotSorry... the writing style is still really good, and I definitely loved the appearances of the previous couples in here, but the current one...? nope... and unfortunately I think I'm gonna skip the next installment as well... because there are glimpses throughout the story... and a very straightforward explanation in the epilogue that shows who will be the main couple in the next book and... I have no desire to read about them... I'm not sure about the one after that, hopefully it will catch my attention again, because I don't want to abandon this series... but for now I'm taking a break :) but definitely don't get me wrong, just because I didn't like it, doesn't mean you will have problems with it as well :) I absolutely encourage you to check out some other reviews and then make a decision for yourselves... if it sounds like something you will enjoy, then give it a try ;)
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.