Max (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series #6)

Max (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series #6)

by Sawyer Bennett

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The Carolina Cold Fury’s hot new star shows his bad-boy teammates that even nice guys can score big in this steamy hockey romance from the bestselling author of Ryker and Hawke (“Sexy, emotional, and fantastic!” —Sandi Lynn).

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.

The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:

And don’t miss her Arizona Vengeance series:

The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:

And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

“I really loved Max and Jules’s story. . . . Max Fournier—sigh—may just be the sweetest man alive, (you know what I mean!) he literally has a personality to melt the coldest of hearts.”—Jezabell Girl and Friends

“It was everything that I wanted from a Sawyer Bennett novel.”—Once Upon a Book Blog

“I absolutely loved it and could not put it down!”—Kelly’s Book Blog

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101968116
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/13/2016
Series: Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series , #6
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 24,620
File size: 2 MB

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 contemporary romance, she 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 a 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 workout, 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.

Read an Excerpt

I stick the nozzle in my gas tank, depress the handle and flip the catch down to hold it in place. Letting the petrol flow on its own, I head across the nearly empty parking lot to the gas station that is lit up like a bright beacon out here on Possum Track Road. I’m starved and I know my fridge is empty at home, so I’m going to break down and buy some junk food for my dinner. I just won’t tell Vale about it as I don’t feel like listening to her rag at me.

Vale Campbell . . . pretty as hell and nice to look at but I dread having to hang out with her. That’s because she’s one of the assistant athletic trainers for the Cold Fury and, most importantly, working with me on my strength and conditioning. She would most certainly say Snickers, Cheez-Its, and Mountain Dew are not on my approved list and then she’d have me doing burpees, mountain climbers, and box jumps until I puked.

So I won’t tell her about this little cheat and I’ll gladly take whatever she hands out to me during training camp. I’m committed to starting this season as strong as I have ever been, and I’m going to get the coveted starting goalie position, which became available when Ryker Evans announced his retirement this summer. The Cold Fury has been a championship team and I smell another winning season in the making. Not about to let two major injuries in as many years get me down.

No, I’m coming back with a vengeance and a need to prove myself to my team and fans.

Watch out hockey world . . . Max Fournier is back.

Pulling the door to the convenience store open, I immediately see two guys at the cooler checking out the stock of beer. Both wearing wifebeaters stained with grease and faded ball caps. I, myself, pull my own hat down farther to hide my face to avoid getting recognized tonight. It’s late, I want to get my junk food and get gone. We’ve an early morning practice tomorrow and I just want to get home.

I turn right down the first aisle, which merchandises the chips and other snacks, slightly aware the other two customers are heading to the counter to check out. I keep my back to them just to be safe and peruse the options.

Potato chips.
Corn nuts.
Reaching for a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips, I hear one of the guys drawl in a typical North Carolina redneck accent, “Hey sweet thang. How ’bout a pack of Marlboro Reds and how ’bout handing me that there box of condoms. The extra large size.”

The redneck’s companion snickers, and then snorts. I turn slightly to see them both shoot conspiratorial grins at each other, and one guy nudges the other to egg him on. While the clerk turns to get the condoms, the redneck leans across the counter and stares blatantly at her butt. The other guy says loud enough that I hear, “Mmmmm . . . that is fine.”

Turning my body full so I face the counter, I see the woman’s back stiffen and she turns her head to the left to look at a closed doorway beside the cigarette rack. I’m wondering if perhaps a manager or another employee is in there and she’s hoping for some help.

But she doesn’t wait and turns to face the two assholes, squaring her shoulders.

And goddamn . . . she’s breathtaking. Looking past the polyester red and gold vest she wears with a name tag—clearly a uniform—her face is flawless. Creamy skin that glows, high cheekbones, a straight nose that tilts slightly at the end, and a sexy as hell mouth that I bet would be full and lush were her lips not flattened in a grimace. Her hair is not blond, but not brown. I’d describe it as caramel with honey streaks, and it’s pulled back from her face in a ponytail with long bangs falling from left to right across her forehead.

While she faces the two men resolutely, I can see wariness in her eyes as she sets the cigarettes and condoms on the counter in front of them. “Will that be all?”

Her voice has a southern accent but it’s subtle. She looks back and forth between the two men, refusing to lower her gaze.

Redneck number one nods to the twelve-pack of beer he had previously placed there and says, “That was the last of the Coors. You got any in your storage room?”

“Nope, that’s it,” she says firmly, and I can tell it’s a lie.

“Are ya sure?” he asks, leaning his elbows on the counter and leering at her. “Maybe you could check . . . I could help you if you want, and we could make use of them condoms there.”

I’d roll my eyes over the absurdity of his attempt to woo a girl who is, obviously, way out of his league, but I’m too tense over the prospect that this could be more than just some harmless goofing by two drunk rednecks.

“What do you say, sweet thang?” he says in what he tries to pass as a suave voice but comes off as trailer trash.

“I say there’s no more beer back there,” she grits out, giving a look over her shoulder to the closed door, and then back to the men.

And that was a worried look.

A very worried look, so I decide that this isn’t going any further. Grabbing the closest bag of chips, I stalk up the aisle toward the counter as I pull my hat off with my empty hand. I tuck it in my back pocket, and when I’m just a few feet from the men, the woman’s eyes flick to me, relief evident in her gaze. I smile at her reassuringly and drop my eyes down to her name tag.

Pretty name for a really pretty girl.
The sound of my footsteps finally penetrate and both men straighten to their full heights, which is still a few inches below mine, and turn my way. My eyes move to the first man, then slowly to the other, leveling them both with an ice-cold glare. With the power of my gaze, I dare both of them to say something else to the beauty behind the counter.

Because I suspect the only sports these guys watch are bass fishing tournaments and NASCAR, I’m not surprised neither one recognizes me as a goalie with the Carolina Cold Fury. Clearly the lovely Julianne doesn’t either, but that’s also fine by me.

The sound of fingers tapping on the cash register catches everyone’s attention, and the two men turn back to her. “That will be nineteen dollars and eighty-six cents.”

One of the guys pulls a wallet out of the back pocket of his saggy jeans and nabs a twenty, handing it to her wordlessly. Now that they know there’s an audience, neither one seems to be intent on continuing the crass game they were playing. At least I think it was a game, but I’m just glad I was here in case their intent was more nefarious.

Julianne hands the guy his change and they gather their purchases and leave without a word.

As soon as the door closes, her shoulders drop and she lets out a sigh of relief. Giving me a weak smile, she looks at the bag in my hand and says, “Is that all?”

“Uh, no actually,” I say as I give her a sheepish grin. “Got distracted by those assholes. I need a few more things.”

“Yeah,” she agrees in a tired voice, brushing her long bangs back before turning away from me to an open cardboard box she has sitting on a stool to her left. She reaches in, pulls out a carton of cigarettes, which she efficiently opens and starts stocking the rack of cigarettes behind the counter. I’m effectively dismissed and there’s no doubt in my mind she doesn’t know who I am.

I head back down the chips aisle, take a bag of corn nuts and continue straight back to the sodas. I grab a Mountain Dew, never once considering the diet option because that would totally destroy the point of having a junk food night, and then head straight to the candy aisle. Two Snickers in my hand and I’m set.

When I get to the counter, she must hear my approach as she turns around with the same tired smile. Walking to the register, her eyes drop to the items that I set on the counter, robotically punching in the price of each one. I watch her delicate fingers work the keys, taking in her slumped shoulders as she rings in the last item and raises those eyes back to me.

They’re golden . . . well, a light brown actually but so light as to appear like a burnished gold.

A piercing shriek comes from behind the closed door, so sharp and high-pitched that it actually makes my teeth hurt. I also practically jump out of my skin, the noise was so unexpected.

The woman—Julianne, according to that name tag—does nothing more than close her eyes, lower her head, and let out a pained sigh. It’s such an agonized motion that for a brief moment I want to reach out and squeeze her shoulder in sympathy, but I have no clue what I’m empathizing with because I don’t know what that unholy sound was. I open my mouth to ask her if she’s okay when the closed door beside the cigarette rack flies open and a tiny blur comes flying out.

No more than three feet high, followed by another blur of the same size.

Then another piercing shriek from within that room, this time louder because the door is now open, and for a terrible moment I think someone must have been murdered. I even take a step to the side, intent on rounding the counter.

Julianne moves lightning fast, reaching her hands out and snagging each tiny blur by their collars. When they’re brought to a full halt, I see it’s two little boys, both with light brown hair and equally light brown eyes. One holds a baby doll in his hands and the other holds what looks to be a truck made of LEGOs.

Looking at me with apology-filled eyes, she says, “I’m so sorry. This will only take a second.”

With firm but gentle hands she turns the little boys toward the room and pushes them inside, disappearing behind them. Immediately, I hear a horrible crash, another shriek, and the woman I know to be named Julianne curses loudly, “Son of a bitch.”

One more screech from what I’m thinking might be a psychotic pterodactyl and my feet are moving without thought. I round the edge of the counter, step behind it and head toward the door. When I step over the threshold, I take in a small room set up to be a combo office/break room. There’s a small desk covered with papers along one wall, another wall with a counter, sink, and minifridge under it, and a card table with rusty legs and four folding metal chairs to its side.

It also suddenly becomes clear what manner of creature was making the noise that rivaled nails on a chalkboard.

A little girl, smaller than the boys, is tied to one of the chairs with what looks like masking tape wrapped several times around her and the chair, coming across the middle of her stomach. Her legs are free, and the crash was apparently a stack of toys she had managed to knock off the top of the table.

“Rocco . . . Levy . . . you promised you’d behave,” Julianne says in a quavering voice as she kneels beside the little girl and starts pulling at the tape. The little boys stand there, heads hanging low as they watch their mom attempt to unwrap their sister.

I can’t help myself. The tone of the woman’s voice, the utter fatigue and frustration, and the mere fact that these little hellions taped their sister to a chair, has me moving. I drop to my knees beside the woman, my hands going to the tape to help her pull it off.

Her head snaps my way and she says, “Don’t.”

My eyes slide from the tape to her, and I’m almost bowled over by the sheen of thick tears, glistening but refusing to drop.

“Please . . . do you mind just waiting out there. If any customers come in . . . just tell them I’ll be out in a moment,” she pleads with me, a faint note of independence and need to handle this on her own shining through the defeat.

“Sure,” I say immediately as I stand up, not meaning to further upset this poor lady with the beautiful tear-soaked eyes. She clearly has enough on her plate without me adding to it.

She turns back to tearing at the masking tape, being extremely gentle, I notice, with the pieces on the little girl’s arms. I glance to the two little boys, and although I see their heads are bowed down in what looks like apology, they both have slight smirks on their face.

Little hellions for sure.

I back out of the break room and consider just leaving my snacks on the counter, but I dismiss it. I want to make sure everything is okay, because unless I’m mistaken, that beautiful lady is on the edge of a serious meltdown.

She doesn’t keep me waiting long, only a few minutes before she’s backing out of the door and pulling it shut behind her. She gives a final plea to the kids inside: “Will you please just behave for the rest of the night, and if you do, we’ll go shopping for a new toy for each of you this weekend, okay?”

Nice. Bribery usually works with kids.

I don’t hear any type of response from the inside, and with a mighty sigh, she pulls the door shut and turns to me. She jumps slightly, maybe so lost in her thoughts that she forgot I was there, but then her eyes dart down to the items on the counter.

“I am so sorry you had to witness that,” she says as she rushes to the register, then rings up the rest of my purchases, which she hadn’t gotten to before the hellions busted loose.

“Not a problem,” I say with a chuckle. “You handled it well.”

She blows out a gust of frustrated air upward from her mouth and her bangs lift slightly before falling down. “They can be trying at times.”

Finally, she looks me in the eye and says, “That will be seven dollars and fifty-nine cents.”

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Max (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series #6) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for writing them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this latest book. It is my favorite in the series.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
This is book 6 in the series and another winner for Sawyer Bennett in my humble opinion. These books keep getting better and better and I fear I may have found another book boyfriend; not only that but I do believe that Max is now my favourite Cold Fury hockey player. When Max Fournier swoops in to save Julianne (Jules) Bradley, be still my beating heart. Max is a romantic who believes in love but is no good at relationships, or so he thinks. Enter Julianne, a tired, hardworking woman; working two jobs so that she can raise her late sisters’ children, Jules has no time for a fling let alone a relationship. Max made me swoon on so many levels, I just adore him. His caring and determination to help Jules, at times brought me to tears. How could one man be this sweet? Jules is equally determined to make it on her own; without support from Max. These two together and separately worked; the chemistry obvious to all around them. Jules is feisty, independent and determined, a challenge for Max who is used to women falling all over him. I loved how Jules and Max were with the children, it was so heart-warming, I so wanted Max and Jules to reach their happily ever after and thoroughly enjoyed the tale that Sawyer Bennett wove. I will be honest and say that I didn’t want this story to end. I have enjoyed all of the previous books in the series but Max has stolen my heart. This series is to me a family and I loved catching up on the previous couples and seeing what is happening in their lives. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read can't wait for next cold fury
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I really didn't think it could get any better then along comes Max. We met Max Fournier back in Rykers story he was injured then but now Ryker has retired and Max is ready to take his place as starting goalie. I have a new Cold Fury boyfriend Max is everything you could ever want from a book boyfriend. Jules is a carer of her sisters 3 young children and is doing what ever is needed to make ends meet and when she meets Max in the convince store where she works in the evening she has no idea who he is and he loves it, he is so used to puck bunnies throwing themselves at him he finds Jules intriguing. Can he help the head strong Jules even if she doesn't want his help. ...... Max is hot and sweet all rolled into one and when he stepped up to help the children my heart just melted, he wants Jules but he also understands why Jules has to put the children first and he excepts that if Jules is in his life then so are the kids what a perfect man. This series just keeps getting better and better and I can't wait to see what Sawyer Bennett has in store for us with Roman's story because it's going to be hard to top Max Fournier. Fantastic read that had me hooked from the first chapter and I will never forget these four words " SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP" I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
avephoenix More than 1 year ago
Absolutely Amazing! Just Brilliant! After reading this book, MAX became my favorite of the amazing Cold Fury Hockey series. This book as all the others in this series can be read as standalone. Max is unlike any other sports hero I've ever read! He's romantic, he doesn't sleep around, he's cute and caring. A modern white knight at heart. Julianne is a beautiful, strong, hardworking, loving and caring character. She's working two jobs in order to take care of her niece and nephews and has time for nothing else. The story is beautifully well-written, with great characters, a swoon worthy hero, and a heroine that will steal your heart. This is one of those stories that truly grabbed my heart from beginning to end. This book is pretty low angst, and a little drama. It's however, completely drool-worthy, heartwarming, sexy, full of romance and hilarious antics. Max and Jules can't deny the explosive chemistry that keeps pulling them together. He's swoon worthy in his efforts to win Jules and that makes me not only fell in love with the story, but mostly with Max himself!! He's got my heart!! I devoured this book and literally found it impossible to put it down. I can't recommend it highly enough!!
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AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
Could Max have been more amazing? Jules was pretty fantastic too! This was just such an awesome read. I loved the story and these two wonderful characters finding their way. And that ending, my heart pretty much exploded. I adored this! I'm going to get all gushy because Max was just this incredibly sweet, sincere man, that was so open and caring and loving and totally accepting. He was just a genuinely good guy and he totally made me swoon. I loved Jules as well. She was so strong and determined and had such grit. I loved her devotion to her family and how hard she worked to care for them. Max and Jules had such an unconventional first meeting but I loved what Max saw in her and how he pursued her. This was such a great story and it flowed so well for me. There was a great development and build as we get to know the characters and they start to come together. I loved the writing and I think the author has a really engaging way of storytelling that always pulls me in. It was sweet and fun with just the right amount of heat mixed in but there were also these fantastic emotional moments that had my heart in my throat. For the most part it's pretty light drama but there's enough tension and outside stressors mixed in to keep things moving along nicely. There are some heartbreaking moments as well but for the most part this was a sweet, entertaining read with sincere and loving characters and I loved them coming together and falling in love. I love all the different relationships happening with the Cold Fury members and spouses and how they are woven into the story in a smart way, not over done at all. I was also super excited to meet Max's brother Lucas. There are just so many elements, small attention to detail that make it a really full, in depth story. This was just another excellent story that completely filled me up. All the books in this series are like a drug I don't want to quit. I can't get enough. Absolutely fantastic read!
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
Could Max have been more amazing? Jules was pretty fantastic too! This was just such an awesome read. I loved the story and these two wonderful characters finding their way. And that ending, my heart pretty much exploded. I adored this! I'm going to get all gushy because Max was just this incredibly sweet, sincere man, that was so open and caring and loving and totally accepting. He was just a genuinely good guy and he totally made me swoon. I loved Jules as well. She was so strong and determined and had such grit. I loved her devotion to her family and how hard she worked to care for them. Max and Jules had such an unconventional first meeting but I loved what Max saw in her and how he pursued her. This was such a great story and it flowed so well for me. There was a great development and build as we get to know the characters and they start to come together. I loved the writing and I think the author has a really engaging way of storytelling that always pulls me in. It was sweet and fun with just the right amount of heat mixed in but there were also these fantastic emotional moments that had my heart in my throat. For the most part it's pretty light drama but there's enough tension and outside stressors mixed in to keep things moving along nicely. There are some heartbreaking moments as well but for the most part this was a sweet, entertaining read with sincere and loving characters and I loved them coming together and falling in love. I love all the different relationships happening with the Cold Fury members and spouses and how they are woven into the story in a smart way, not over done at all. I was also super excited to meet Max's brother Lucas. There are just so many elements, small attention to detail that make it a really full, in depth story. This was just another excellent story that completely filled me up. All the books in this series are like a drug I don't want to quit. I can't get enough. Absolutely fantastic read!
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
Writing style: Dual POVs •*¨*• Cover design: this is my favorite one yet because seriously this cover model’s face is striking and irresistibly handsome. Plus, the title font is magenta, winning! •*¨*• Lead Characters: Max Fournier – I loved that he was so into having a real relationship from jump even though he hadn’t been great at having one in the past. His parents ongoing healthy marriage and romance was a great example for him to follow. Julianne Bradley – Gosh, I was so impressed that she stepped up and had guardianship of her dead sister’s 3 kids at such a young age! She had a huge challenge on her hands with juggling the not-so-great paying job she loved as a nursing assistant, school, a part-time job and her love of painting. I loved how Max helped her balanced all of that more realistically, but I had to wear my patient cap as she resisted his help here and there before coming around to her senses. •*¨*• Favorite Supporting character: Stevie, her soul brother/bestie •*¨*• Least Favorite Supporting character: The father of her niece and two nephews. I’ve already forgotten his name, but what douche that guy was, ugh! •*¨*• Story review: This was a quick and engaging read. I started with this sixth novel in this series of interconnected standalone novels about the Cold Fury Hockey team players. I thought that was kind of fitting since this novel’s cover is my favorite so far in the series. There were minor spoilers about previous characters in Max, but overall I wasn’t too bothered by them or by starting this sports romance series so late into it. I actually dove right into the next novel, Roman (Cold Fury Hockey #7), but I prematurely returned it to my library while trying to return Max. #EpicFail But this unfortunate mistake means I can start at the beginning of the Cold Fury Hockey series while I wait for Roman to be available to check out again from the library.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Max is a romantic at heart and looking for someone to share his life with - no puck bunnies for him. When he meets Julianne for the first time he knows that there is something special about her and wants to get to know her better. Then when he finds out exactly what her life has become, he realizes just how strong she is. Jules is raising her niece and nephews after her sister's death. The insta-family and all that means is taking up all of her time & energy. Even meeting a sexy guy at work only tempts her a little. Luckily for her Max is tenacious and willing to put in a little effort to make sure that they can explore a potential relationship. I love that Max respects Jules and her needs. He tries to understand where she is coming from and support her, but he’s not willing to let her hide either. If she needs a little push, or a little help, he’s there for that too. There isn’t a lot of drama between them – when bad things happen they face them together and work through it. There is that one requisite freak-out that leads to the HEA moment but it’s handled in line with the rest of the story and doesn't last long. I think that Bennett does a fantastic job of balancing things, especially in the world of a professional athlete where she could have made it a big thing but doesn’t. It’s realistic and sweet and works with the characters she’s given us. I have been a fan of the Cold Fury hockey team since the very first book and I’m so pleased to see that Bennett continues to bring winners. With her smooth writing, interesting characters and strong story, she once again reminds me why she’s on my go-to author list! *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
This Book is a 10 .... Sawyer Bennett is an Outstanding author and this is one of the best books yet... Max is a professional hockey player and Julianne (Jules) works as a nurse in a nursing home and at night in a convenience store because she is raising her sisters three young children since her sister passed away with cancer and the father abandoned them before she died... Max stops in her store for a junk food fix and possibly saved her from an assault... Max is certainly MY hero and Jules finally gets the HEA she deserves... The kids are adorable and it is a well written, unique story with a lot of great characters from previous books in this series... Just a terrific read that will keep you up late....
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Cinderella meets Hockey... Jules is an overwhelmed with her life because her sister died of cancer and left her with her 3 kids for her to raise. She works 2 part time jobs while trying to meet the children's needs. While working at a convenience store, Jules meets Max a star of the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey program. Max is intrigued by her, and soon he starts to pursue Jules. They become friends and soon they relationship moves to the next level. Jules and Max work out their many problems and definitely earn their happily ever after! This is a classic fairy tale that stole my heart with Ms. Bennett's characters. I have loved each of the Cold Fury novels, but this one is probably my favorite because the characters were realistic and the story was so sweet. If you romance you will love this book! I was given a free copy for an honest review
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of this novel Jules is so determined to provide a good life for her niece and nephews. Her sister has recently died due to cancer and she now has three small kids to raise. She works two jobs, one not in a safe part of town. Jules also barters with friends to help provide childcare for the kids because she can't afford to pay for daycare. One night, while working at the convenience store, two drunk guys come in propositioning Jules. In walks Max, on a mission to buy junk food. He overhears the lewd remarks and comes to her rescue. After the men leave, he tries to engage Jules in small talk as he thinks she's intriguing and beautiful. Jules basically dismisses Max, just as two children burst out of the back room. Max follows Jules into the "office" to find a little girl who had been taped to the chair by her brothers. Even with knowing these kids are a little wild and are quite possibly Jules', Max finds himself drawn to her. He even goes back to the convenience store to find her. While doing a "promotion" for Cold Fury, Max spies Jules working at the nursing home. He follows her out to a bench and formally introduces himself. Jules doesn't realize who Max is, a professional hockey player, until googling him later. She can't imagine what he wants with a girl like herself. Max knows from the start that Jules is the one for him. Jules is a little slow on the uptake! Max continually gives his time, his money, and his heart. While Jules loves him, she allows self-doubt rule her world. She's struggling with two jobs, the kids, their deadbeat dad, and ruthless fans who thinks she's a gold digger. Max continually boosts her up, encouraging her to paint. Max sees the beauty in her art and knows she can make more money doing what she loves, while giving her more time with the kids. Max even takes the kids for outings so she can paint. Everything is going well, until Jules allows self-doubt to fester--almost ruining her relationship with Max. I absolutely loved this novel!!! This is the first Cold Fury novel I've read. I don't typically read a series out of order, but know that this one can be read as a stand alone novel. I recognized several of the players names as titles for the earlier novels and can't wait to go back to read them! I LOVE a good "rescue", prince riding in on his white horse to rescue his princess....I also enjoyed the detail depicting the life of a professional hockey player--the work outs, the healthy food intake, the fans, the road games, the required parties, and being away from your family for away games. Max loved Jules for who she was, regardless of what she brought along with her. I loved their witty banter and sexy scenes too! I highly recommend this novel, especially to all those sports enthusiasts out there. I read a gifted copy and all opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read in this hockey series. Just loved the way the story developed between Max and Jules from the first moment he met her working in the store, and his growing relationship with her kids. I also loved the way Hawke's story was intertwined with theirs. Can't wait to read Roman's story
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Katie Koziczkowski More than 1 year ago
4.5☆ I loved Max! First of all I absolutely love Max the guy, he is such a sweet, adorable, and caring guy that is super easy to fall in love with. He is perfect for Jules. She has a bit of a rough past and needs someone to care for and help her for a change; enter Max. He becomes her hero and shows her just how great of a human being she is and that she deserves so much more. I loved their story, especially the kids, they are completely adorable! I enjoyed the bits we got from the other Cold Fury men and their significant others, I just wish we got some Ryker in there. The epilogue was super cute and very fitting for Max and Jules. Sawyer Bennett's hockey books are some of my absolute favorites!
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Cold Fury books and this by far is my favorite. You can read this as a standalone, however, you would be missing out on a great series. I adore Max’s character. He is alpha and sexy, but he is so much more. He is romantic and has a tender side. He isn’t into one-night stands, he has relationships, even though he feels he isn’t good at them. When he is with a woman, even if it is for a month, he is into her and no one else. He gives them all his attention. He wants to share his life with someone that isn’t after him for his fame and fortune, but just for him. Julianne is a strong woman who has had a tough life. Her mom took off leaving her and her sister Melody with their dad, an over the road trucker that was hardly ever home. Her sister fell in love with a loser and moved away, until she was diagnosed with cancer. Julianne was with her sister until the end, as Melody’s loser husband took off. Melody had paper’s drawn up and gave Julianne custody of her three children, Rocco, Levy and Annabelle, as her husband signed away his rights. Julianne works two jobs, helps clean another woman’s apartment and cooks for them in exchange for babysitting while Julianne works. She loves her niece and nephews and is devoted to them. She wants them to have all the love she didn’t receive as a child. She’s so busy with her jobs and the kids that she doesn’t have time for a man and a relationship, until Max Fournier walks into the convenience store and changes her life. Max had to chase her. She didn’t make it easy on him. She couldn’t figure out why he even wanted her! This story has a Cinderella type of feel, but it’s so much more. Julianne is a proud woman and would never take advantage of Max’s fame and doesn’t want to be a part of it. Max wants her and tries to get her to loosen up and give up hold of her structured life and let him help her. There are so many things that go on in the story. At times my heart was in my throat. I felt so bad for Julianne and Max and their struggles. I felt hope and joy. I won’t tell you anymore, as you need to experience this beautiful love story for yourself. If you love sports romance and a touching love story, then this is the book for you. I highly recommend it.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars--MAX is the sixth installment in Sawyer Bennett’s contemporary, adult COLD FURY HOCKEY erotic, sports romance series focusing on the members of the Carolina Cold Fury professional hockey team. This is team goalie, twenty seven year old Max Fournier, and twenty five year old nursing assistant and artist Julianne Bradley’s story line. MAX can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Some of the events of MAX run parallel to the events of HAWKE (book 5). Told from dual first person points of view (Max and Julianne) MAX follows the building relationship between Montreal born, Carolina Cold Fury goalie Max Fournier, and Julianne Bradley-a young woman struggling to make ends meet when she becomes a single mom to her late-sister’s three young children. Constantly hassled by rude and drunk customers as she works late nights at a local gas and convenience store, as well as her full time job as a nursing assistant Julianne struggles with her new found position as mother to her rambunctious niece and two nephews. Enter Max Fournier, goalie for the Carolina Cold Fury, and Julianne’s hero and white knight when life begins to overwhelm and threaten our story line heroine. What ensues is the building love and relationship between Max and Julie, and Julie’s less than positive encounters with social media, paparazzi, and the team’s condescending and spiteful puck-bunnies. Max’s need to help Julie places our heroine in a negative light as the media and paparazzi are constantly on the look out for damaging and heartbreaking stories. The relationship between Max and Julianne begins as friends as our heroine endeavors to maintain order in her life. Two jobs, three kids and the ongoing grief from the loss of her sister find Julianne close to the edge of exhaustion and breakdown. Max is a man immediately drawn to Julianne, and the man who goes after the woman with whom he will fall in love. The $ex scenes are intimate and erotic. Several of the previous story line couples play secondary and supporting roles, as well as a closer look at Hawke Therrien as he struggles with his relationship demise in book five. The world building looks at personal lives of Cold Fury professional hockey players; the media and fan attention, as well as some of the behind the scenes promotions and struggles to keep their personal and public lives separate. MAX is a sweet and sexy story line about a professional hockey player with an affinity for junk food, and a woman whose life changed in the blink of an eye. The premise is emotional and intense; the romance is passionate and provocative; the characters are real and inspiring. Sawyer Bennett writes from the heart; her stories are genuine; her characters are dynamic and fresh.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Goodness! I think I have found myself a new book boyfriend! First it was Alex, then Garrett, then Zack and it continued on thru all the Cold Fury books, but this one, holy cow, is GOOD! Just generally a well-written story with a woman who works 2 jobs and raising her sister's kids. Great book!
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
I've read the entire Cold Fury series and Max is definitely one of the best of the series. I think I liked this book so much because Max is just a plain old nice guy. He was honest and up front with Julianne while being mindful that she had more on her plate than she could deal with. Simply put, Max did not want to add to Julianne's burdens, he wanted to lighten them. To me, loving someone means you want them best for them, even if it is not always in your own best interest. Max showed that he cared enough about Julianne that he could wait and sacrifice to be a part of her life. Both characters were strong on their own, but stronger together which is why the romance was both believable and satisfying to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sports romance, NA, general romance fans, and anyone who enjoys feel good reading. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! This book is my favorite book in the Cold Fury series that I have read by a lot. I was completely swept away by this wonderful little story and didn't want it to end. It was just such a fun read that left me with a smile on my face. I thought that it had a bit of a Cinderella feel to it which was a big plus for me. I felt so much for these characters and really wanted to see them get their happily ever after. Max was an excellent character. There wasn't anything about Max that I didn't like. He was really a perfect Hero in this book for me. He was a seriously good guy who was incredibly patient throughout the book. Everything he did to help Jules in this story made my heart melt just a little bit. Even the way he acted towards his fans really illustrated how much this guy cared about others. Jules was a great character as well. She has been dealt a tough hand. Her sister recently died and she now the guardian of her sister's 3 children. She does not take her responsiblities lightly. She works hard to make enough money to support her household and rarely gets a moment to herself. When Max enters her life, she refuses to take advantage of him and so she continues to provide for herself and her niece and nephews. I loved Max and Jules as a couple. This pair had a lot of chemistry and there were enough sexy times to keep things interesting. I love that Max and Jules have a mutual respect for each other from the very beginning. They both come with some difficulties and they work to adapt to each other. I really loved that this couple actually talked to each other and there wasn't a lack of communication. I would highly recommend this book to others. This is the sixth book in the Cold Fury series but it could easily be read as a stand alone. There is a bit of focus on the couple from the last book, Hawke and Vale, that will give readers of the series another glimpse of that relationship as it builds. I can't wait to read the next book in the wonderful series! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
little_red03 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book!! In this book we get to visit the Cold Fury hockey team again. This is about the smoking hot goalie Max. I really enjoy all of Sawyer's books but my favorite series is this one. I was unable to put this book down and read it in one sitting. I can't wait to read the next one.
cookie614 More than 1 year ago
Will goaltender Max be voted Cold Fury's Hottest Bachelor of the Year ?? Will he accept the title or will a convenance store clerk/nursing assistant steal his heart ?? Julianne thought she had every thing in line until a tragedy leaves her a single mother of three. Struggling to make ends meet Jules will do anything to make sure her niece and nephews have everything they need, whether she works 2 or 3 jobs you know that means she has no time for herself. She is ok with that until she meets Max .... Max doesn't care that she comes with baggage but Jules is strong willed and hard headed and doesn't see a good thing happening right in front of her eyes. Can Max change Jules mind and show her he is the right man for her and all !! Does it take Stevie to talk inside Jules head to knock some sense into her before it is to late ?? Another STRONG character from Sawyer !! LOVED IT !! Can't wait for Roman ....