on 13 December 2016
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.
Max is hands down the most swoony of the hockey players in Cold Fury Hockey, like a knight in shining armour, but with a wicked humor.
I think Max wins the book boyfriend of the year prize for 2016 (as I read this last year). He was so amazing, he met a woman he found intriguing, and wasn’t scared by the fact that she was raising three young children on her own – having two jobs to make ends meet. Julianne was definitely worth waiting for, though, and while it took him a while to woo her, it was all so very sweet! Bennett always writes her heroes both alpha males and sensitive and sensible. I think it’s that mix between alpha and sweet that really gets to me every time! Of course, hockey is also one of my favorite sports, and so reading about sexy hockey players who have a romantic streak is definitely something I enjoy.
The interactions between Max and the children were so well done, and also what made him even hotter than the other Cold Fury Hockey guys whom I’ve gotten to know and love in the past 😉 With more mature characters, who really want to form a family and be happy, the story was one I loved from start to finish.
Written in dual points of view, with chapters from either Max or Julianne’s perspective, and in first person present tense, the story unfolds while it’s happening, and it was great to spend time inside of both of the protagonists’ head, get to know them, and understand where they were coming from. If you enjoy romances that go a little deeper than the sexual attraction between two characters, this story is for you!
She never even gives me a second glance, and I’m not being egotistical when I say that I usually get a little more attention from the female persuasion than what I’m receiving right now. Mostly because I’m in the media lot with the Cold Fury, but also because I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I’m hot.
“Girl, I had no idea you had friends in such high places,” he said in awe. “Here I was today, doing inventory while Jody worked the register for the lunch rush, and Max Fucking Fournier walks into my store.” Max Fucking Fournier?Max is hands down the most swoony of the hockey players in Cold Fury Hockey Click To Tweet
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