USA TODAY BESTSELLER • 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:
And don’t miss her Arizona Vengeance series:
The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
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And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne
Praise for Lucas
“I love Sawyer Bennett’s writing—any genre. . . . Her stories always make me smile and feel gooey inside.”—AC Book Blog
“It is the perfect book if you need a reset to help you through book doldrums.”—Scandalicious
“It should be noted that this year, I have struggled to find great books and at times even struggled to open my kindle but when a Cold Fury book hits it, I open it immediately. I think that speaks volumes about my love of this series and the author’s writing!”—Shh Mom’s Reading
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*
Sweet and sexy
I enjoy everything Sawyer Bennett writes and she has become one of my favorite authors. This is the eighth book the Cold Fury Hockey series and each story centers on a different hockey player on the Cold Fury hockey team. I love these fun, sweet and sexy stories about hot hockey players.
Lucas Fournier meets Stephanie Frazier at a fundraiser and their one night stand becomes more when Stephanie discovers she is pregnant. Of course, they are both surprised about this unexpected turn of events and the story chronicles how they deal with the situation.
Lucas is one the newest members on the Cold Fury team. He comes from a close knit, wonderful family and he is a down to earth, nice guy. When he first learns he is to become a father he is scared and worried. He isn't ready to have a child but he knows he has no other choice and needs to make the best of a bad situation.
Even though Lucas is nice, thoughtful, caring and truly wants help her, Stephanie is afraid to let down her guard and trust him. She tries to resist him and keep her distance but finds it harder and harder. Stephanie does not have a close relationship with her parents. They have always been too busy to spend time with her and have never been caring or loving. Because of this, Stephanie has never learned how to open up to anyone and is uncomfortable accepting help. She has always been on her own and is closed off and doesn't trust easily. I have to admit, at times, Stephanie annoyed me. She is too cautious and afraid to give Lucas a chance. She would rather be safe and alone than put herself out there and get hurt.
Due to their upbringing, Lucas and Stephanie deal with everything from different perspectives. I enjoyed seeing Lucas and Stephanie’s relationship develop over the course of the book. Stephanie never expects anything from Lucas and he keeps surprising her with his thoughtfulness. I enjoyed the story and the characters.
I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were very complex & intriguing. I plan to check out some of the other books in this series. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end of this.