Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Release Blitz for Lucas by Sawyer Bennett (REVIEW)

Fans of sports-fueled romances have reason to rejoice today as the Cold Fury hockey gods return in this tale of a one-night stand that takes on deeper meaning between a woman who's closed herself off and a man who wears his heart on his sleeve.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Lucas by Sawyer Bennett, along with my impressions of this eighth installment in the Cold Fury series, then make sure to add this romance full of heart to your bookshelf!

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.
Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most...erdemanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.
Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.




The sexy men of the Cold Fury hockey team are back in this tale of a one-night stand that becomes so much more.  When a man who enjoys the fame and female fans found in the hockey world finds a connection with a woman who knows nothing about love, the sparks fly in a charming tale balanced with exhilarating moments on and off the ice. From the first page to the last readers will find themselves falling for Lucas as he struggles to convince the hard-hearted woman he's fallen for that one-night can lead to HEA.

Lucas Fournier is the new guy on the team and loves the perks that come with being a hockey player...fame and gorgeous women.  Though his brother, and fellow teammate Max, enjoys settling down he wants no part of it as he enjoys living life to the fullest and on his own terms.  The night he sees a sexy and confident redhead at a museum benefit changes his life irrevocably though and gives him a chance at a HEA he never knew he wanted.  The moment readers meet Lucas he's clearly enjoying being single, unrepentant in his views on embracing the single life and all the one-night stands available to him.  His one night with Stephanie Frazier was memorable and while it's something he'd love to repeat there's big changes ahead for both of them when next he sees her. Lucas is extremely charming with a kind heart and a strong sense of family as they all love and support each other unconditionally.  Starting off as friends-with-benefits soon has Lucas wanting more and I enjoyed how committed he became as the story progressed.  He may have started out footloose and fancy-free but once he decided he wanted Stephanie he was all-in and with each word and deed he showed his growing commitment.  He clearly wore his heart on his sleeve and with each turn of the page he endeared himself to me with his sweet and sexy nature.

Stephanie grew up in a family very different from the Fournier family.  Her parents were cold and indifferent and spent little time treating her as their daughter, she was treated as an inconvenience.  It taught her that she could only rely on herself and it's made her a strong-willed woman who lives life on her own terms.  She never wants to be beholden to anyone and enjoys her one-night stands as she can be the one to walk away in the morning.  All that changes though the minute she meets Lucas.  Their connection is crackling and intense and the more fate pushes them together the more caught up they become in one another.  Stephanie carries a lot of baggage due to her parent's indifference and it makes her a bit unlikable at times as she lashes out when feeling challenged.  She's extremely guarded and Lucas had to work hard to learn even the smallest morsel about her.  Whereas he was an open book she appeared standoffish. Her tendency to keep him at arm's length and keep their growing connection a secret was frustrating at times too and put a damper on all the sweetness Lucas cultivated throughout the story.  Despite my frustration with her I still found them an entertaining couple whose journey to HEA had me rooting for them every step of the way as their romance made each of them better people.

This was a quick read full of heart and soul.  Two people living only for themselves soon found themselves living for each other in a story that was sweet and sexy.  Lucas and Stephanie were a combustible couple whose erotically-charged encounters were plentiful as they grew closer together over rare moments of baring their souls, particularly with Stephanie's issues of disclosure. Lucas was the highlight of this story as he was charming and sexy and matured with each turn of the page into the quintessential book boyfriend. Alongside their satisfying romance were glimpses into the hockey world as the Cold Fury worked their way towards The Stanley Cup.  Readers also got to be reunited with Max and Jules, and their growing family, who were a good sounding board to both Lucas and Stephanie as they worked through their relationship.  On a whole this was a delightful romance full of scorching encounters with a near-perfect hero and an emotionally-flawed heroine that had me eagerly turning the pages.  With the intriguing epilogue featuring Lucas' teammate and roommate Van, and his clandestine encounter with Simone Fournier, I'm eagerly counting down the days until we hit the ice again.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from Netgalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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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