The ice is a cold mistress. As the league’s most eligible goalie, Max Fournier has access to his fair share of willing puck bunnies, but right now he’s more interested in bringing home another championship than a one-night stand. A romantic at heart, Max believes in love; he’s just not great at relationships. So when he finally meets a nice girl who’s not blinded by his celebrity, he’s feeling the heat—and the pressure to save her from herself.
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.
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Max is the 6th installment of the Cold Fury Hockey Series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone. Told from dual points of view, Max follows the story of Max and Jules. Max’s focus has been on nothing but winning. Sure he’s got his pick of women, but at this point in his life, he’s not interested in one night. He’s a rare breed in the sports world; a romantic at heart. A chance encounter at the local convenience store will turn his entire world upside down…Jules has had the toughest bout of luck lately. When she lost her sister, she literally became a mother to three young kids overnight. Now, she is one of the hardest working people you could know, but it’s still not enough. The last thing she has time for is love or romance. When she meets Max, he reminds her of what it feels to be young and alive…
Max is a fantastic addition to the Cold Fury Hockey Series. When you are introduced to Max’s character it is impossible to not immediately fall in love with him. He’s smart. He’s sexy and he’s got a heart of gold. And Jules, I couldn’t help but admire her. She gave up so much to give her sister’s kids a normal life. Her hard work and dedication was so admirable. She was stubborn and fiercely independent. And she loved with everything that she had.
The road to HEA for Jules and Max wasn’t an easy one. They had a lot of obstacles to overcome. Jules got a crazy course on what it was like dating someone famous and with dating someone famous comes expectations and jealousy and moments of wondering where you fit into that persons life. But, what I really liked was how connected Jules and Max were. They worked through their issues and didn’t let drama take over their lives.
Overall, I found this to be a really enjoyable read. I easily devoured it in just a few hours. This book was well written and entertaining. It had just the right amount of drama and romance. It was everything that I wanted from a Sawyer Bennett novel.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*