#MBreview “Van” by Sawyer Bennett

Van (Cold Fury, Book #9)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: November 28, 2017


 My musings…

4.5 SHINY CROWNS

I’ve been a huge fan of the Cold Fury Hockey series by Sawyer Bennett for many reasons. First, I’m a sucker for a sports romance, particular hockey. Second, it is the series that introduced me to Sawyer Bennett. And third, this series is always filled with angst and steam, which is my preferred romance combination. Van, however, more than the last couple books in the series is more reminiscent of the original books for its brash heroe and angst filled plot.

Van is not a hero who we are intended to love immediately. He is closed off, abrasive, and often mean. His words are meant to hurt and cut people out of his life, and at the beginning, it is hard to see how readers would ever like this man. Sawyer Bennett, however, gives him a past that adequately explains his behavior and his motivation for being stolid and unapproachable. The other tool she uses to make readers like this seemingly gruff character is his relationship with Simone. With her, we see the care behind the harsh words, as he is absolutely a man who shows how he feels with his actions, and just as her heart becomes entangled with his, so does the readers.

Simone is another interesting heroine. She is often referred to as a brat throughout the book, and, to be honest, she is. She chases him relentlessly and has zero qualms about using anything in her physical arsenal to seduce him. She, however, is perfect for Van. She is able to take his abrasive personality and not allow it to affect her. She is able to tear down her walls and show him that he can be loved and love in return. Finally, her sexuality, specifically her openness and adventurous spirit to try anything, is refreshing and often unheard of in romances. Now, I’m sure there will be readers that are turned off by her, but I found that I liked her bold nature and her tenacity when it came to Van.

This plot of this story centers around the animosity, real and pretend, between the hero and heroine. While this works for developing their characterization and relationship, I do wish it would have gone a bit faster. I didn’t really like them as people during this time period; Sawyer Bennett, however, turns that all around when these two finally succumb to their desires. When this happens, readers get to see new sides to Van and Simone, and not only do we witness some of the hottest scenes I can recall from the Cold Fury Hockey Series but we also get to see these two become more than the two dimensional characters from the beginning of the book. This is where the story picks up, and this is what will make readers love the newest addition to the series.

While this Cold Fury Hockey Series is a set of standalones, I find it is hard to stay invested as more and more books are published, but this series keeps me intrigued. It is always sexy, sweet, romantic, and I always love seeing past characters resurface. Plus, Sawyer Bennett has found a way to make each book fresh and unique from the one before.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


Image result for van sawyer bennettSynopsis:

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.

Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling Carolina Cold Fury series can be read together or separately.

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About the Author:

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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