Reed: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

Reed: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

by Sawyer Bennett

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ISBN-13: 9780399178405
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series , #10
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 3,360
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.

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I watch through the blinds as Josie parallel parks her little economy car in front of her house, which puts it right behind my gas-guzzling Tahoe. I’d been out on an early morning run yesterday and saw her leaving for work at 6 a.m. We chatted for a few minutes and she mentioned she was working twelve-hour shifts for the next three days.
I noted that night that she didn’t get home until 8:30, and I assume that’s because ER doctors can’t exactly clock out right on the dot if they’re in the middle of something. It’s a quarter to nine now and the pizza was delivered just ten minutes ago, so it’s still warm.

As she jogs up her front steps, which is impressive, as I figure she’s got to be exhausted, I pull up my phone and type out a quick text to her.

Come over here. I have something for you.

I turn away from the window and head into my kitchen. Before I can pull out two plates from the cabinet, she responds. Who is this?

Reed
, I quickly type.

She’s just as fast in her response. I just got home and I’m exhausted. I need a shower.

Forget the shower
, I text. Just come over right now. I just need a few minutes of your time.

She doesn’t respond, but within a minute she’s knocking on my door. I grin and call out, “Come on in.”

Josie opens the door and peeks her head inside first. Her eyes lock with mine across the expanse of living room that separates her from the kitchen, where I’m standing. “Hey.”

“Hey,” she says back hesitantly, then slides in, shutting the door softly behind her.

Her scrubs are the typical mint green you mostly see and hang on her tiny frame loosely. I’m not sure why, but they look sexy on her. Her long curly hair is tied back and she has no makeup on, although she doesn’t need it. None of these particular thoughts surprises me, but having thoughts about her does. I’ve been thinking about her a lot since our encounter at the pool just three days ago.

“I’ve got dinner ready,” I tell her nonchalantly as I put the plates on the counter next to the pizza box.

Josie doesn’t step away from the door, but just blinks at me.

“Well come on,” I say with a wave of my hand. “I don’t bite and I bet you’re hungry.”

“You want me to eat pizza with you?” she asks dumbly.

“Yes,” I drawl slowly. “I bought pizza. Come eat.”

“I don’t understand,” she says, and I force myself to swallow the laugh that’s bubbling up.

“Josie,” I say firmly. “I bought a pizza. It’s too much for me. You just got home and I bet you’re hungry. Just come eat, okay?”

I turn back to the cabinet behind me to grab two glasses, and when I turn back around, she’s standing on the other side of my kitchen counter that separates the kitchen from the open living area.

“What do you want to drink?” I ask her as I hold the glasses up.

“Um . . . water,” she says, as if she’s still confused as hell.

“Coming right up,” I say, and turn back to the fridge for the pitcher of filtered water I keep in there. Facing her again, I see with satisfaction she has a piece of pizza on a plate.

I slide the glass of water across the counter to her and put three slices on my plate. Nodding toward the balcony off my living room, I tell her, “Let’s eat outside. It’s a nice night.”

“It’s ninety degrees with a thousand percent humidity,” she says with a wrinkle of her nose.

“Crybaby,” I goad her as I start toward the balcony.

She doesn’t say anything, but I can hear her walking after me, her tennis shoes squeaking on my hardwood.
I have a round patio table with two chairs on the small balcony that overlooks the set of town homes across the street from me. Behind them, there’s a slight glow of light from a large shopping complex.

We are silent a few moments as we eat. She takes small bites of her pizza and chews daintily. I’ve got two of my slices polished off before she finishes the first.

“Lots more pizza in there,” I tell her with a nod toward the double French doors. “Want me to get you another?”

She shakes her head and leans back in her chair. “I’m good. I actually had a protein bar about an hour ago.”
“Wow,” I say with a smart-ass smirk. “You must be stuffed.”

Josie rolls her eyes at me and I laugh. I pick up my last piece of pizza, but before I take a bite, I tell her, “You know, I’ve been thinking about it and I’m offended you’ve stereotyped me.”

One elegant brow arches high and she purses her lips briefly before she says, “You stereotype yourself, buddy.”
“You don’t know me,” I return confidently. “You’ve only seen a small part of Reed Olson.”

Josie gives a tinkling laugh. “You mean you’re not a playboy professional hockey player who’s been burning his way through all the hot women in Raleigh.”

Not all of them, I think to myself as I surreptitiously take in her large dark eyes that sparkle with intelligence and humor. While her scrubs are baggy, I got a good enough look at her curves at the pool the other day to know she’s packing a whole lot of sex appeal.

I jolt slightly when Josie says, “Let me ask you something . . . what do you get out of casual sex?”

I’m the one who now cocks an eyebrow. “You do understand what comes at the end of sex, right?”

She waves a hand at me. “Of course, but you can do that all by yourself. So, what’s the appeal of random hookups?”

“Are you mocking me?” I tease her, amused mightily that she brought this up.

“Not at all,” she replies lightly with a wave of her hand. “I’m genuinely curious. It’s not something I’ve ever done before.”

“Never had sex?”

Another roll of those gorgeous eyes that twinkle slightly at me. She thinks I’m cute for sure.

She clarifies her question. “Casual sex.”

“Only ever had true-love sex?” I ask with a grin.

“Something like that,” she says almost wistfully, and my smile slides a little. Little Josie Ives has been in love before, and I don’t know what it is, but there’s a story there for sure.

Rather than poke at her secrets, I try to explain myself. “Well, sex is good, right?”

“It’s great,” she says.

“Yes, great,” I agree as I prepare to launch into the benefits of casual relationships.

She stops me, though. “You didn’t say ‘great’ right away. You said ‘good,’ which leads me to believe your Barbie dolls are just giving you good sex and not great sex.”

“Dial it back a notch, Freud,” I say dryly. “That’s not what I mean.”

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Reed: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
5 star Review Reed (Cold Fury Hockey # 10) by Sawyer Bennett This is book 10 in one of my favourite series and this time it is Reed Olson and Josie Ives who heat up the sheets. Can it really be true that opposites attract? Reed is a player, both on and off the ice not looking for romance, just a good time with a hot blonde who is not too bright. Josie is the girl next door, a dark haired, lovely and obviously clever woman. Josie desperately in need of sleep, heads over to her neighbour Reed’s to request he be considerate. All she wants is a little less knocking of the headboard on the walls at night which is keeping her awake. Josie is surprised to find that not only is Reed as handsome and tempting as she thought he would be, but he is also extremely funny and charming. A friendship soon forms but can it develop into more when these two obviously have nothing in common? Josie is one of those feisty characters that I loved from the start, Reed not so much although I am pleased to say that he grew on me as the book progressed. Together the two of them absolutely sizzle, their chemistry smoulders to a point where you expect them to explode. The banter between Reed and Josie had me in stitches at times and there were quite a few funny moments. Sawyer Bennett’s characters are always strong, yet vulnerable and her writing is excellent. This series gets better and better and the Cold Fury team seems to me to be a family and I loved catching up on the previous couples and seeing what is happening in their lives.
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I really enjoyed this newest addition to the Cold Fury series! Though this is book 10 in the interconnected series, it can be read as a stand alone. I definitely recommend reading the earlier books though because previous characters in the series do appear and the books are wonderful! I think Josie might be my favorite Bennett heroine so far! She is independent, intelligent, and driven, as well as sexy and confident. She knows what she wants and speaks her mind. I loved that she challenged Reed and that they each brought out the best in the other (even if it scared them). Yes, their meet cute was anything but cute, but it did offer them the opportunity to truly be friends first and lovers second. I appreciated that even though they were strongly attracted to each other, their relationship progressed naturally. It's no secret the manwhore hero is my very least trope, so it was hard to get past Reed's colorful history initially. His revolving door of Barbies made me cringe, but I did like that once he truly noticed Josie, there was no one else in the picture. Throw in some incredibly swoony and romantic gestures and I was solidly on Team Reed. I do want to note that Reed was a little different than the previous Cold Fury books I've read because there actually isn't any hockey in the story (besides the mention of training camp and the appearance of the Stanley Cup). It takes place during the off season, so calling this a sports romance is a bit of a misnomer. There was a great lead in to the next book, Marek, and I'm excited for the next installment to the Cold Fury series ( secret child - check, high school sweetheart - check, a possible second chance at love? - SOLD! ) *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I really enjoyed this newest addition to the Cold Fury series! Though this is book 10 in the interconnected series, it can be read as a stand alone. I definitely recommend reading the earlier books though because previous characters in the series do appear and the books are wonderful! I think Josie might be my favorite Bennett heroine so far! She is independent, intelligent, and driven, as well as sexy and confident. She knows what she wants and speaks her mind. I loved that she challenged Reed and that they each brought out the best in the other (even if it scared them). Yes, their meet cute was anything but cute, but it did offer them the opportunity to truly be friends first and lovers second. I appreciated that even though they were strongly attracted to each other, their relationship progressed naturally. It's no secret the manwhore hero is my very least trope, so it was hard to get past Reed's colorful history initially. His revolving door of Barbies made me cringe, but I did like that once he truly noticed Josie, there was no one else in the picture. Throw in some incredibly swoony and romantic gestures and I was solidly on Team Reed. I do want to note that Reed was a little different than the previous Cold Fury books I've read because there actually isn't any hockey in the story (besides the mention of training camp and the appearance of the Stanley Cup). It takes place during the off season, so calling this a sports romance is a bit of a misnomer. There was a great lead in to the next book, Marek, and I'm excited for the next installment to the Cold Fury series ( secret child - check, high school sweetheart - check, a possible second chance at love? - SOLD! ) *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Teewee125 More than 1 year ago
Reed was your typical playboy/athlete. He team won the Stanley cup and life was good. He was going to enjoy his off season. To him that meant a different woman every night. He didn't do relationships. Didn't want to be tied down. Every night another notch was added to his headboard. That was until the night Josie knocked on his door. Josie was an emergency room doctor and was getting tired of Reed's nightly activity with his "Barbies" and the noise of the headboard banging on the wall she and Reed shared. When she finally had enough she knocked on his door. From this day on a friendship was born. She was unlike any woman he involved himself with. She was smart, intelligent, and beautiful. As time went on he not only wanted to share a bed with her but wanted to share himself. Wanted to spend time with her outside of the bedroom. He was falling for her and enjoying every minute. Until he meets her ex-boyfriend Aiden. It was when talking to Aiden that he realizes he doesn't really know Josie and thinks that maybe he isn't good enough for her. Cannot see that he has anything to offer her. I mean she is a brilliant doctor and he just plays hockey. Will she be satisfied with him? Is he enough? Will she get tired of him and move on to someone else? There is a saying opposites attract and these two definitely have sparks and chemistry. Maybe this saying can apply to them. Reed was a story without the usual jealousy bull. Josie and Reed were always honest with each other. The relationship went from neighbor to friend to lover. It was an enjoyable journey. It had it all: sex, laughter, romance. Another Cold Fury winner.
kgagnon More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this charming, friends to lovers romance. Reed Olson and ER Dr. Josie Ives are new neighbors. Their first meeting was a little rough but they soon became fast friends. Reed is looking for a summer of no cares and lots of women. That is until he meets Josie, who is feisty, funny and so not his type. But he can't stop thinking about her and soon she turns his world upside down. Josie had her heart broken years ago, and with her busy hospital schedule, she isn't looking for a relationship. But Reed shows her how to live in the moment, and have fun as he learns that just sitting with Josie, drinking beer and working on a puzzle, are the best times of his life. I really loved the witty banter, Reed's sweet gestures, and their smoking hot chemistry. There are a few bumps in the road along the way to their HEA that kept me totally engaged in this fast paced, sexy romance. This is the first book in this series that I've read, and I definitely want to check out the first 9 books!
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
4.5☆ I loved Reed, both the book and the guy. Him and Josie are so adorable together. I love their relationship, especially how they meet and get to know each other. Reed is really sweet with Josie and he brings out the spontaneous side to her. Josie is a very smart, hardworking, and compassionate person. I like how simple she is and how she doesn't need much to make her happy. I would have liked to know a little bit more about their pasts, but I still felt like I knew their present selves pretty well. I enjoyed the storyline even though there really wasn't any hockey in it. We still had some updates from the other players, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a really good book that made me smile and laugh.
cookie614 More than 1 year ago
Reed is a big, strong Cold Fury Hockey player with a typical type in woman that he has always been with .. The Barbie type according to his new next door neighbor Josie .. who by the way is an ER Physician that works long and tiring 36hours shifts .. sometimes longer at the hospital. So when she gets home all she wants to do is relax and rest to get ready for her next shift and oh yeah do her puzzles .. When Reed is on the off season all he seems to want to do is hang around the house and wait for Josie to get home so they can have Pizza Beer and Puzzles .. he find her funny sarcastic interest and unflappable BUT what can he offer her only friendship. But when time goes by and the more time they spend together .. they get comfortable with each other but when an Ex boyfriend comes into town does Reed feel threatened and why ?? Aren’t they just friends ?? With everything going on with their insecurities throwing in Marek’s situation and all hell breaks loose .. hopefully Reed can reign Josie in and make her see she does need someone strong in her life .. it just her work .. Such fantastic chemistry between these two that they make you pull for them to get their feeling in sync !! Loved it !!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Loved! I've gotten a little behind in this series--I have no excuse! Must fix ASAP--but of the half-dozen I've read, Reed and Josie's story definitely ranks up there as one of my favorites. There isn't even any hockey, since it's between seasons (but there is some quality time with the Cup :)) and not a whole lot of drama--Ms. Bennett definitely had multiple opportunities to go the "big misunderstanding" route, but wisely kept it real. What we have instead is a lovely romance between an off-season hockey star and his ER doctor neighbor that made me laugh and then swoon and then laugh again. (And okay, several more swoons, I'll admit.) Watching them go from neighbors to friends to friends with benefits to something neither of them expected going in was just so much fun. Did I mention I loved their story? ;) Now the next book, Marek , looks to have all of the angsty drama that Reed's story doesn't have, and I can't wait! We get a healthy dose of what's going to be in store for him here, and since he's close friends with Reed, my fingers are crossed that we'll get to see more of Reed and Josie as well. (Anticipatory squeeee!) Rating: 4 1/2 stars/ A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
Wow! Just amazing! I think I say this after every Cold Fury book and I hope I get to say it for many more to come! I mean, players retire and new players are drafted on to a team so this should be a never ending series, right? How can all of these men be so lovable and incredible? Because Sawyer likes to make us swoon and smile with her well written, sexy stories. Book 10 is about the sexy Reed Olson. It is the off-season but Reed plays just as hard with his endless stream of “Barbies” in his bed as he does with his team on the ice. He lives in a town home so his bedroom actually abuts his neighbor’s bedroom. Josie Ives is Reed’s neighbor and she is so tired of the headboard banging and screaming next door especially when she gets off her ER shift and desperately needs sleep. After confronting Reed one day, they end up developing a nice friendship and start spending a lot of time together. I am a huge fan of friends to lovers especially when it is on a slow burn. Watching these two people realize that what they have is so much more than friendship is wonderful. This is a sweet, funny, sexy and steamy story that will leave you smiling right down to the last page.
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Great series.
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
My Review Title: I crazy loved it! •*¨*• Elements I enjoyed most about this sports romance novel: Hockey player hero / Doctor heroine / Easy-to-read / Low angst / Wonderful characters / Page-turner / Romantic / HEA •*¨*• Writing style: Dual POVs •*¨*• Cover gush: The cover model is certainly attractive. I like his contemplative pose and the neon light green/turquoise font color for the title letters. •*¨*• Story rating: ★★★★★ I loved this neighbors-turned-lovers sports romance. It hit all the right notes for me, and I definitely plan to collect it for my personal book collection in the future for a re-read. •*¨*• Coming up next: Marek (Cold Hockey Fury #11), available as of May 22, 2018.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad story. Just way too short. Could’ve used a little more depth.
smuttyromancelover More than 1 year ago
Reed is now my favorite player for the Cold Fury and he didn't play a single game in this book. Josie was great as his friend with benefits as well. Mostly very realistic medical aspects helped me to enjoy this book as well. Can't wait for more of them as the series progresses as I'm sure Reed will have an active role in Marek's book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, Reed and Josie were great characters and it was a good story. Awesome addition to one of my favorite series.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(4.25-4.5 stars) Over the course of this series, ten books to date, I’ve enjoyed all the stories, but Reed has earned one of the top spots. I just loved him and Josie together right from the start. Her naming his “Barbie’s” had me rolling on the floor. I enjoyed watching their friendship grow into something more. I love Josie and think she’s a great addition to the Cold Fury’s ladies. The ONLY thing I could’ve wished for is an epilogue. I know we get the set up for Marek’s book over the last few chapters, but I really craved more Reed & Josie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a lot to like in Reed, and Josie is the perfect match for him. How they meet and react to each other is amusing and sexy...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Cold Fury series and was excited to read the newest addition, Reed. Unfortunately, it was not nearly as good as the previous books in the series. The storyline felt under developed, like the author was rushing to finish. The book is less than 200 pages and while the characters were good, it left me wanting a longer story. The other books have far more interaction with the old Cold Fury players and while 2 are in the book, they don't have much of a storyline, with the exception of like 1 chapter. There were several spelling errors in the editing as well which further made me think this book was rushed. Again, I think the book was good but not excellent. It left me wanting more, as in more content.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Love this Author, Love this Series and I Loved this Book!!! What more can I say except I can't wait for the next book to be published... Great romance, great story and wonderful characters... Ms. Bennett brings her characters to life and that is the secret to her stories...
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
What can I say about a hot hockey player and ER Doc finding love in this friends to lovers’ sports romance? I will tell you that it is a mighty fine read! There isn’t any hockey in this book as Reed is in the off season celebrating the Cold Fury’s Stanley Cup win and it didn’t bother me that it was the off season! The characters are terrific! I absolutely loved Josie! She is a terrific heroine that challenged Reed. He needed it as he was stuck in a rut dating only the same type of women. Josie witnessed his string of “Barbies” come and go from his townhouse. How they met was an absolute riot. Reed was having very noisy sexy times with his flavor of the day and their activities were so noisy that they kept Josie awake. Working long hours in the ER, Josie needs her rest. She marches over to Reed’s door and to give him a piece of her mind. Thus, the interest in Josie begins for Reed, this spunky little brunette. As their paths cross, he finds he is intrigued with her. He thought she was brilliant, witty and a lot of fun to be around. It had nothing to do with her petite curvy body. Nope. He was usually into tall, stacked blondes. Not short, curvy brunettes. My, my how things change. I loved the journey of their romance. The easiness of how they fell into friendship. Of course, there was that underlying electrical current. Once they made the turn into a relationship the sparks flew. Reed was a good balance for Josie. He was the spontaneous, fun guy that Josie needed. He brought excitement to her life. He was so sweet, he even bought a puzzle to put together at his house because Josie liked to do puzzles to help her unwind after work. I was so worried when Aiden came back and wanted to win Josie back. I was white knuckling my iPad there for a while. Even though this is the tenth book in this series, I was captivated by this sweet and sexy story and once I started, I couldn’t put it down. The Cold Fury series never disappoints me, and it never gets old. I love each and everyone of these guys and the terrific women that are their perfect fit. I can’t wait for more Cold Fury!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would be nice if there was a book description.
TBranch More than 1 year ago
I absolutely fell for Reed and Josie. They really built up their friendship and when they finally took it to the next level, lord almighty was it hot! I adored how this book really started from the bottom and gave a realistic, I mean, as realistic as can be for a book, foundation for a great relationship starting from neighbors to friends to lovers. Josie is someone to admire as she strove for her goals and her career rather than waiting on a man or following her ex around the world when he left. I think that was something you could tell Reed appreciated about her. Their conversations and rapport had me giggling quite often. I really enjoyed reading this story and I cannot wait for snippets of them in the upcoming books for the Cold Fury.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Reed Olson plays for the Cold Fury Hockey team. He is a typical single playboy type of player. He has one type....blonde, tall and busty. Now that the season is over, after having just won their 2nd Stanley Cup, Reed is taking advantage of some fun time. Josie Ives is an emergency room doctor and recently moved into her new place. Josie is looking for some nice, quiet down time when she isn't working. What she ends up getting instead is woken up by her new neighbor whose headboard keeps knocking against her bedroom wall. Having had enough, Josie knocks on Reed's door at 1:00 am to confront him. Instantly there is an attraction between the two of them which is surprising since Josie is short, petite and a brunette! Reed wants to get to know Josie and goes out of his way to do so. The more time they spend together as just "friends", the more both of them want more. It was such fun watching these two fall for each other and boy did they fall hard. I really loved Josie. She was strong, confident and such a great person. Reed was a typical cocky jock but for some reason he really wanted to be a better person around Josie. I'm glad they got their happy ending and I can't wait to hear more about them in the future books. I also enjoyed the little sneak peek into Reed's friend Marek. His story sounds like it is going to be really fun!
BookObsession07 More than 1 year ago
*4.5 stars* BIG fan of this series and this addition did not disappoint at all. Loved that this was a bit more of a light hearted romance with bits of seriousness thrown in. I think this was mainly due to Reed's character. He is a fun-loving guy and this sets the tone for the book. It also helps balance the scale when he meets Josie as she is a bit more serious (being a Doctor) but still has a fun side that Reed draws out of her. I quite enjoyed the progression from friends/neighbors to lovers and watching the change happen in their relationship. As always Ms. Bennett plays it just right for optimum reader enjoyment. Could have done without the initial scene with the 'Barbie' ladies that Reed is initially drawn to but I get that it was part of the story and sets the tone for the book. (Just beware if you are a 'safety' reader. It is right at the start but once they meet Reed starts to change his ways) Eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!!