New Release – Van by Sawyer Bennett – {Review}

Posted November 29, 2017 in features, new release, reviews / 0 Comments

New Release  –  Van by Sawyer Bennett  –  {Review}Van (Cold Fury Hockey, #9) by Sawyer Bennett
Published by Loveswept on November 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports Romance
Pages: 224
Format: eBook, Paperback

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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book is unsuitable for people under 18 years of age.

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:

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

Synopsis:

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.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35018727-van

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Review

Van by Sawyer Bennett is book #9 in her Cold Fury Hockey series. In Lucas (Cold Fury #9) Van Turner was Lucas Fournier’s team mate and roommate and Simone Fournier (Max and Lucas’s sister) dropped out of school and crashed at their house. We got some hints of Van and Simone in Lucas and the first part Van we got the story from their perspective. From the get go Simone is hooked on Van and he is doing everything he can to keep her at arm’s length, which only pushes her pursuit of him that much harder. There are similar themes in both books, Van and Lucas, and because of their overlapping story lines they are in twined as stories, but can be read separately. Much as Stephanie, in Lucas, was damaged due to her upbringing as a child, which caused her to fear commitment to Lucas, Van has issues that he has kept secret, from everyone about his family history which cause him to fear romantic relationships. Once Simone breaks Van down they start out as friends with, a whole lot of very secret, benefits, but once Van has let her in she slowly but surely digs in deeper and without him noticing becomes more to him.

Van is a tormented character and one with flaws that have formed his view of the world and worries about himself. Simone is very much the opposite, the youngest child and only girl, she is uncertain of what she wants to do in life, but sure of herself. This is a serious case of opposites attracting and making each other whole. I very much liked how each character grew and developed, particularly as you get to know more about them outside of the previous book.

Overall I recommend Van by Sawyer Bennett for the characters more than anything. Ms. Bennett creates characters whose past has defined them up to the points where they meet their counterparts. While it is frightening for them to let other people in, to grow, and to change, they become better for it and this makes them more whole.

About Sawyer Bennett

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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