Max (A Cold Fury Novel) by Sawyer Bennett
Overview by Publisher:
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.
It should come as no surprise that I loved this book! I adore Sawyer Bennett and this hockey series is probably one of my very favourite hockey series out there! As a Canadian, it’s pretty much a given that you will love hockey.
Max is a sexy French Canadian goalie. Be still my heart! He has a soft spot for the lovely lady working at the gas station when he stops one night to binge on junk food. Jules has a tough life. She has suddenly become a single mom to three kids and has no real support system. I had such compassion for her situation and could understand why she was reluctant to let Max sweep her off her feet and save her.
That is what is so great about Sawyer Bennett. She creates really strong female characters. While Jules is overwhelmed with life and it would be easy to take advantage of all that Max is offering, I really respected that. As it’s clear in the book, there are many women who would do anything to be with a professional hockey player and enjoy the lifestyle it affords.
The author writes the best sex scenes! While it’s not gratuitous, the characters really come to life when they are finding each other in the biblical sense. What makes these scenes stand out is the emotional connection the characters share.
When someone is struggling in life, it’s important to help. What made me love this relationship is how Max gives Jules a hand up, not a hand out. He recognizes and encourages her artistic talent and with his guidance and support, she is able to find her way. It gave me feel good goosebumps when Max was helping Jules, rather than taking over her life.
Another great hit from Sawyer Bennett!