Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Van by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Van
Author: Sawyer Bennett
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Carolina Cold Fury #9
Main Characters: Van and Simone
Release Date: November 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Score one for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team as a stone-cold badass melts for a woman who makes his blood run hot.

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.

The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
My Review:
Another great installment to this series. This book ran in conjunction with Lucas, but it was different in that it didn't concentrate on what was happening on the hockey rink. In fact, despite the fact that the Cold Fury is making a serious run toward the Stanley Cup, there's very little hockey on the page in this story. No, this story is completely focused on the relationship (and it's HIGHLY sexual) between Van and Simone.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book. The two characters have an interesting dynamic just because they aren't your typical H/h. The heroine is very sexually aggressive. She wants Van and is really not put off by anything that he tries to turn her down with. On the other hand, Van is extremely unfriendly. He wants nothing to do with people of any sort. Like I said, anti-typical heroes.

But overall, I did like watching their dynamic evolve (although by the last 1/4 of the book I was skimming the sex scenes because I really wanted to focus on the relationship rather than the sexy times).

The one thing I did really enjoy was the really creative backstory to Van's life. There's an extremely good reason why Van doesn't like people or deal with anyone besides his aunt. 

This wasn't my favorite of the series, but I found it extremely readable and interesting. The fact is...this whole series is really exceptionally good. I love the Carolina Cold Fury.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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