Author: Sawyer Bennett
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #6
Main Characters: Jules and Max
Release Date: December 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
This was such a sweet story just because Jules simply doesn't have time to be impressed by Max, so she treats him as a completely normal guy...and puts him off when he tries to pursue her. (In her defense, she doesn't really know who Max is for a while into the story...and I love that so much.) Max is pretty intrigued by the phenomena too. He doesn't normally have to work to get women, and he likes that she's a challenge.
But there's such a good reason why Jules doesn't have time to give to Max. Her life is completely overwhelming. Four months ago her sister died after a very short illness, leaving Jules as the mother to a 4 yo, 5 yo, and 7 yo. Three kids that she barely even knew and it's a struggle just to keep up with the changes in her life. She's a young, single mother working 2-3 jobs (depending on the point in the book) and she only gets about 4 hours to sleep...the ONLY time she gets to herself (if it can count as that).
I liked this book so much. It truly was a Cinderella story, although I hate what happens to her because of her story when the media catches wind of her circumstances...but it did make for some great conflict in the book. But I also love how Max sees just how great Jules is...despite the chaos in her life...or maybe, because of it.
If you like the story of Cinderella and hockey, the odds are you're going to like this modern-day telling of it centered around the pro hockey world. Max is the goalie...one of the most famous players for the Cold Fury although his last two years have been more than a little rough). That's what makes his HEA even better...he's mature enough to handle this insta-family and I could fully embrace the idea of their future. I liked the two of them together and thoroughly enjoyed this story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.