NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The Carolina Cold Fury’s hot new star shows his bad-boy teammates that even nice guys can score big in this steamy hockey romance from the bestselling author of Ryker and Hawke (“Sexy, emotional, and fantastic!” —Sandi Lynn).
The ice is a cold mistress. As the league’s most eligible goalie, Max Fournier has access to his fair share of willing puck bunnies, but right now he’s more interested in bringing home another championship than a one-night stand. A romantic at heart, Max believes in love; he’s just not great at relationships. So when he finally meets a nice girl who’s not blinded by his celebrity, he’s feeling the heat—and the pressure to save her from herself.
Between working two jobs and raising her sister’s kids, Julianne Bradley doesn’t have time for sports—or men. All she knows about Max is that he’s the sexiest customer to ever grace her gas-station counter. And he sees past her tired eyes and makes Jules yearn for things she can’t have: a glamorous fling, a passionate lover, and the time to enjoy both. Max makes her feel like Cinderella, even though Jules has enough baggage to crush a glass slipper. Luckily, he’s no prince—only a fierce competitor determined to win her heart.
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:
SEX IN THE STICKS
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
“I really loved Max and Jules’s story. . . . Max Fournier—sigh—may just be the sweetest man alive, (you know what I mean!) he literally has a personality to melt the coldest of hearts.”—Jezabell Girl and Friends
“It was everything that I wanted from a Sawyer Bennett novel.”—Once Upon a Book Blog
“I absolutely loved it and could not put it down!”—Kelly’s Book Blog
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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Favorite of the whole series
I loved this book. I thought the story line was really unique. There is the typical break-up and make-up portion present throughout the series, but the story line is still so unique that despite this repetition, it’s really enjoyable :)
So touching. Several ah moments.
At the beginning of this novel Jules is so determined to provide a good life for her niece and nephews. Her sister has recently died due to cancer and she now has three small kids to raise. She works two jobs, one not in a safe part of town. Jules also barters with friends to help provide childcare for the kids because she can't afford to pay for daycare. One night, while working at the convenience store, two drunk guys come in propositioning Jules. In walks Max, on a mission to buy junk food. He overhears the lewd remarks and comes to her rescue. After the men leave, he tries to engage Jules in small talk as he thinks she's intriguing and beautiful. Jules basically dismisses Max, just as two children burst out of the back room. Max follows Jules into the "office" to find a little girl who had been taped to the chair by her brothers.
Even with knowing these kids are a little wild and are quite possibly Jules', Max finds himself drawn to her. He even goes back to the convenience store to find her. While doing a "promotion" for Cold Fury, Max spies Jules working at the nursing home. He follows her out to a bench and formally introduces himself. Jules doesn't realize who Max is, a professional hockey player, until googling him later. She can't imagine what he wants with a girl like herself.
Max knows from the start that Jules is the one for him. Jules is a little slow on the uptake! Max continually gives his time, his money, and his heart. While Jules loves him, she allows self-doubt rule her world. She's struggling with two jobs, the kids, their deadbeat dad, and ruthless fans who thinks she's a gold digger. Max continually boosts her up, encouraging her to paint. Max sees the beauty in her art and knows she can make more money doing what she loves, while giving her more time with the kids. Max even takes the kids for outings so she can paint. Everything is going well, until Jules allows self-doubt to fester--almost ruining her relationship with Max.
I absolutely loved this novel!!! This is the first Cold Fury novel I've read. I don't typically read a series out of order, but know that this one can be read as a stand alone novel. I recognized several of the players names as titles for the earlier novels and can't wait to go back to read them! I LOVE a good "rescue", prince riding in on his white horse to rescue his princess....I also enjoyed the detail depicting the life of a professional hockey player--the work outs, the healthy food intake, the fans, the road games, the required parties, and being away from your family for away games. Max loved Jules for who she was, regardless of what she brought along with her. I loved their witty banter and sexy scenes too! I highly recommend this novel, especially to all those sports enthusiasts out there. I read a gifted copy and all opinions expressed are my own.