Book 8 in the Cold Fury Hockey series
Author Sawyer Bennett
Narrated by Joe Arden, Cris Dukehart
Publication date Sep 19, 2017
Running time 8 hrs 4 min
Category: Contemporary Romance | Women’s Fiction
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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. https://tantor.com/lucas-sawyer-bennett.html
I love museums of all kinds but especially natural history, art, and history. I was attracted to Stephanie’s job as a curator but disappointed that she labels her degrees in Geology and another scientific field as easy. I was dismayed by this and that in the potential loss of her job she does not fight for it and refuses to believe she is qualified for it.
But, what a sad childhood this poor, little rich girl suffered with neglectful, disinterested parents. When placed in contrast to the loving, and very sensible, but mostly loving, family it is both hopeful and dismaying.
With the little surprise, mentioned above, that Lucas leaves behind after their one-night-stand, the contrast stands out even more and gives hope for both the “gift” and the relationship.
The relationship development, with a sexually aggressive female love-interest, is both traditional and edgy. The discussion of pregnancy choices is weighted against choice. This is common in contemporary romance and salient for today’s political climate.
The first person narration alternating between the two narractors is well-done. With a slight lack of immediacy the first person POV is tolerable, but this POV is my least favorite.
Bennett does a good job presenting the professional hockey stars as intelligent, educated men as well as well-conditioned athletes. The lack of value Stephanie gives her own education is depressing. But, Bennett gives a lot of weight to social work.
In the end, the story is a nice part of the series, even if a little lackluster and left me uninspired.