WHY I READ IT
I have loved every book in the Cold Fury series and will read them as long as Sawyer Bennett is willing to write them.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
As one of the league’s toughest enforcers, Van Turner is ruthless on the ice. He plays hard because it’s the only way to channel the rage boiling inside, and a reputation as an A-hole is better than everyone knowing the truth. Van has spent his entire life running from a secret that’s kept him from getting involved in relationships—or accepting lucrative deals with East Coast teams. Then the Carolina Cold Fury makes him an offer he can’t refuse . . . and Van meets a woman he can’t resist.
Simone Fournier is the stubborn one in her family—and that’s saying something, considering her brothers are two of the Cold Fury’s biggest stars. Simone gets what she wants, and what she wants is Van. Still, there’s a part of him Simone can’t reach, no matter how hard she tries. In private, he’s all fire and passion. In public, he freezes her out. Van may want to push her away, but Simone won’t let him go that easily. Because this time, she’s playing for keeps.
How she manages to do it time and time again I might never understand but, I am damn glad she does. Van is the 9th book in this series, a series that never grows old, and keeps getting better.
I loved the tenacity of Simone. She grew up with three older brothers and because of it she’s one tough chick. She knows what she wants and she goes after it no matter the consequences. She wasn’t one to back down, play stupid games, or talk just to talk. She was mature, flirty, and fun with a deep love for her family and hockey.
Van’s story was unique and completely took me by surprise. I loved how it knocked me off kilter for a while and really made me stop and think. He was gruff, mostly silent, and a power house on the ice. But beneath all that was a old soul just looking for someone who could love him.
This book flowed beautiful, with equal amounts of highs and lows with tons of laugh out loud moments. I really appreciated the outsiders view of Stephanie and Lucas’s romance. Seeing it from this angle just sharpened that story for me. This was just another solid book from an amazing author.