Series: Cold Fury Hockey #6
Published by Loveswept on 12/13/2016
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.
Cinderella is Julianne, also known as Jules, who works two jobs and suddenly finds herself in the role of mom to her sister’s three kids. The prince is Max Fournier, hockey superstar and goalie extraordinaire for the Carolina Cold Fury, who happens to run into the beautiful Jules working at his local gas station.
Sawyer has done an excellent job with this series, and in my opinion, this book is one of the best. The characters are deep and well written, and I appreciated the fact that she created a quality story without creating a ton of unnecessary drama. She didn’t try to overcomplicate it, and never at any point did she turn Max into an overbearing jerk. He’s an all-around great guy and I loved that he never wavers.
I did find it a bit hard to believe that a millionaire star athlete would find himself so attracted to a gas station clerk that he would actively pursue her – however, that’s the beauty of fiction! And that’s me being a judgmental asshole. And that’s the epitome of a Cinderella story. So once I smacked myself out of it, I got on board and I loved the story.
It moved a bit fast for me, especially considering her very specific set of circumstances, but overall I very much enjoyed this book and continuation of the series. I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again, an appreciation for hockey is in no way needed for these books, they are first and foremost romances, and I recommend them to all. Don’t skip out on Sawyer Bennett.