‘Cold Fury’ series by Sawyer Bennett was my first hockey romance series/books, which became my favorite sports romance type 🙂 Thank you Sawyer Bennett for turning me into a hockey fan 🙂 ‘Van’ is the 9th book of the series and it’s my favorite so far! If you read ‘Lucas’, the previous book of the series, you are familiar with our hero and heroine. If you didn’t read any of the books from the series no worries because ‘Van’ can also be read as a standalone 🙂
Van Turner is one of the toughest enforcers in NHL. He is hot, smart, brooding and a loner. He doesn’t get close to anyone or allow anyone to get close to him. There is only one person that is close to him, his aunt, who basically raised him. However, his life will turn upside down thanks to his teammates Max and Lucas’s little sister. Simone Fournier is the baby of the Fournier family. She is beautiful, smart, stubborn, sassy and little lost. When she realizes that the career path she was following is not really for her, she drops out of college and decides to crash at his brothers’ places until she starts making enough money to support herself. Van’s struggle starts when Simone claims his roommate Lucas’s couch 🙂 Simone is instantly attracted to Van and very persistent with her pursuit. Van does everything to avoid Simone. However, she relentlessly flirts with him every chance she gets, which mostly annoys the hell out of Van but at the end she somehow finds a way to get under his skin. Their secret one nightstand turns into no strings attached sex but with Simone starts to crack his walls and emotions getting involve, their no strings turns into a relationship. Van was really hard to like at the beginning but when you start figuring out his struggles and why he is the way he is, he grows on you 🙂 He is one complicated and broken fellow. Being with carefree and happy Simone will help him to show the man he hides underneath his hard exterior. I loved the banter between them and all the hilarious moments caused mostly by Simone 🙂 Van has a huge secret that he is ashamed of and it is the reason he doesn’t get close to people but once his secret is out, what will happen to his relationship with Simone or his career? Will he turn his back to everyone and everything?
The ‘Cold Fury’ series keeps getting better and better! I enjoyed reading all the books in the series but as I mentioned before, ‘Van’ is my favorite 🙂 ‘Van’ is captivating, funny, emotional and steamy read that you won’t be able to put it down until you are done with it. Stay tuned for the next book of the series ‘Reed’ that is expected to be published on February 6th, 2018.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes
- Would I re-read this book: Yes
- Would I read future books by this author: Yes
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e-ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.