Van (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series #9)

Van (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series #9)

by Sawyer Bennett

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • 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.

Praise for Van

“Easily read as a standalone. Trust me, you want to read this extremely hot hockey book!”—Red Cheeks Reads

“​I swear that from the second I cracked open [Van] I was immediately in love with this book. . . . Sawyer Bennett knocked it out of the park with the newest story in the Cold Fury series. I couldn’t get enough!”—About That Story (five stars)

Van by Sawyer Bennett will make you fall in love with the Cold Fury Hockey series all over again!”Hypable

“A hot, fast-paced contemporary romance . . . with characters you want to get to know better, as well as a storyline to keep you invested.”—(un)Conventional Bookviews 

Van is a bold and lively addition to the author’s Cold Fury Hockey series.”—The Reading Cafe

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:

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399178429
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Series: Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series , #9
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 257
Sales rank: 18,951
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Sawyer Bennett has written more than thirty books and been featured on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Bennett 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. Bennett likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Bennett is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great workout, cake, or a combination of the two.

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I know I should get up and hit the gym, but I’m feeling too lazy today. We’re in the home stretch of the regular season with the first round of the play-offs starting next week. Our practices have been light since we’ve clinched the top spot and the coaches want us as fresh as possible. I decide to apply that same reasoning to myself—staying fresh as possible. I’m a procrastinator by nature and I hate working out. It’s a necessary evil, but if I can get by missing one without feeling too terribly guilty, I’ll do it.

Lucas comes out of his bedroom and heads into the kitchen. I can tell by the subtle waft of cologne that follows him as he walks by the couch where I’m lying that he’s going out tonight. I assume he’s seeing that woman he met from the museum. He seems pretty taken with her, which works fine by me. He spends a lot of nights at her apartment, so I have this little house to myself much of time. This is good, because I don’t like to be around people that much.

Since Lucas and I both came to the team at the same time, the Cold Fury management asked us if we wanted to room together until we had time to settle into the area. This seemed like a good idea to me—Lucas as well—so we rented this little house for six months. It’s been good so far and we keep out of each other’s way. But I’d been straight up with him a few days ago when he was telling me about this woman he’s seeing—I think Stephanie’s her name. I’d told him I didn’t make a good friend, which is the truth, and since then he’s not shared anything personal with me.

It’s been all, “I’m ordering a pizza, want in on it?”

Or, “Dude, it’s your turn to take the garbage out. It’s starting to smell.”

Like I said . . . I’m a procrastinator.

I can hear Lucas rustling around in the refrigerator as I keep my eyes on the news. It’s one of the things I’m a little obsessive about, and if I’m around a television at 6 p.m., I’ve got the news on; first to catch the local, then to catch the national. It’s been a habit of mine since I was a little kid, and yes, I was a weird little kid, no thanks to my parents. It’s why I got my ass kicked so much in grade school.

There’s a knock at the door and I don’t even flinch. I’m being lazy, so I can only muster the strength to roll my eyes to look at Lucas. Yeah, he’s definitely got a date tonight. I can tell by the way he’s dressed and his hair is styled. He stares back at me, holding a water bottle in his hand.

“Are you going to get the door?” he asks before taking a sip of the water.

“Why me?” I drawl.

“Um . . . because you’re closer to it,” he suggests, and that’s true.

With a heavy sigh, I roll off the couch and take three strides to reach the front door. Like I said, this house is tiny, tiny, tiny.

I swing the door open, not knowing if it’s a neighbor, a Jehovah’s Witness, or perhaps even a crazed fan. Don’t give a crap either . . . whichever it is, they’re not getting my time.

My entire body seems to lock for a moment, though, when I take in the beautiful woman standing on the doorstep. She’s got several pieces of luggage on the porch at her feet, and I have to admit, this is the craziest stalker incident I’ve ever heard of.

Too bad she’s crazy, because she’s hot as hell. Long brown hair with lighter streaks of caramel, and hazel eyes that sparkle with intense curiosity as she watches me. I’m wondering if her fan crush is on me or Lucas.
But then it hits me . . . brown hair, hazel eyes.

Fuck, this is Lucas’s sister. I’ve seen the picture of his family on the entertainment unit that houses our living room TV and I recognize her.

Sweeping a hand from Lucas’s direction toward the woman on the front porch, I step back a bit so Lucas can see her and ask him, “Something you’re not telling me?”

“That’s my sister,” he says as he walks toward us.

Yeah, figured that one out on my own. Just not sure why she’s here at our house.

With luggage.

I turn to look back at his sister as Lucas approaches, and I’m momentarily startled by the way she’s checking me out. Eyes actually dragging down my body, and back up again with pure female appreciation. If I didn’t have such a hard shell in place, I’d actually be a little weirded out that one of my teammate’s family members would be so obvious, but truth be told, I just don’t give a crap.

“What are you doing here?” Lucas snaps at his sister as he comes to the door. I know he told me her name before, but heck if I can remember it.

She doesn’t even jolt at her brother’s harsh tone but lazily slides her eyes to him. She gives him a bright smile and then pushes right past me to enter the house. “I’m staying.”

As she moves by me, she pats me on the arm and says in a silky, purring voice, “Can you bring those in for me?”
Her touch is light, her scent is sweet, and I have no reaction one way or the other. Because I don’t let myself react to women like that.


“You’re not staying, Simone,” Lucas says with frustration. “You said you were going back to school.”

So her name’s Simone?

I suppose the name fits her. Goes well with her pretty French Canadian accent.

I turn to watch the siblings square off, still holding the door open in case Lucas throws her out.

“Changed my mind,” she says firmly, crossing her arms over her chest, staking her position. “And I can’t stay long term at Max’s because I’m taking up one of the boys’ rooms and he needs it back. I like this area, I love my brothers, so I’m staying.”

Lucas straightens, squares his shoulders, and says back just as firmly, “Not here you’re not.”

Rather than engage in a pissing contest with her brother, Simone turns to me and actually bats her eyelashes. I can’t help but notice how long and dark they are, framing those eyes that seem heated when she looks at me.

“You don’t mind, do you, big guy?” she asks me, her accent getting heavier, maybe a little silkier as she tries to flirt with me.

It does nothing for me, frankly, but I’m not getting in the middle of this.

I shrug. “I don’t give a crap, but you’re not getting my room.”

“You’re not getting mine either,” Lucas says quickly.

“It’s settled then,” Simone says with a bright smile as she walks with swaying hips to the couch. She drops down on it, and there go my hopes of watching the news. “I totally don’t mind sleeping here.”

I make a mental note to pull my bedroom TV out of storage. I hadn’t bothered with it, but looks like I won’t be enjoying the TV out here.

Lucas merely gives a frustrated sigh of acceptance, his head lowering in defeat. I feel a little sorry for the dude, so I do him a solid and bring the luggage in off the porch.

“Be a sweetie,” Simone actually purrs at me with another flutter of her eyelashes and a pursing of her lips, “and put those in Lucas’s room so they won’t be in the way.”

I don’t even spare her a glance, but merely drop her bags just inside the door, kicking it shut behind me. With a resigned sigh of my own, I figure I should just head to the gym for a workout. I push past Lucas to the small hallway that leads to the two bedrooms.

“I’m Simone, by the way,” his sister calls out to me. “Lucas’s little sister.”

I don’t respond, and I know it’s rude, but again . . . don’t care. I step into my bedroom and shut the door behind me. If there was a lock on the door, I’d turn it. Not because I don’t feel safe or secure, but because I can tell Simone’s a pushy sort of girl, and I wouldn’t put it past her to barge in and demand conversation.

The house is small, and even with my door closed, I can hear Lucas say, “What the heck are you doing, Simone? This is crazy even by your standards.”

I can’t help but smile at that. Apparently my original estimation that the woman on the porch was crazy holds true.

“He’s kind of rude, don’t you think?” she responds, talking about me.

This actually makes me snicker. It’s not the first time I’ve been called rude.

I’ve also been described as closed off.




As I rifle through my drawers for a pair of workout shorts, I listen without shame to their conversation, just a little curious why his sister is here.

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Van 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series. Since this is essentially a retelling from another perspective of the last one I have struggled to get through this one. Started & stopped muliple times. Not her best one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry. This girl is just too aggressive. If a man was acting that way toward his Cousin’s female roommate it would be harassment. I don’t think the double standard here is right. Also, these story lines have been going downhill since the first few. I’m done with this series. It was good at first, but now it is unreadable. This author needs an editor instead of a yes-man.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
5 star Review Van (Cold Fury Hockey # 9) by Sawyer Bennett This is book 9 in the series and another winner for Sawyer Bennett in my humble opinion. These books keep getting better and better. Each time I read a book I think there is no chance that he will become my favourite and yet Sawyer Bennett proves me wrong time and again. If you haven’t read the previous book in the series Lucas, I would suggest you read it first as this story line is concurrent with it. I may well be in the minority but I really loved Van from the beginning. Maybe because he screams bad boy with a heart of gold, I have no idea, all I know is I was drawn to him and the feisty and saucy Simone Fournier who captures his attention despite himself. From the outset it is obvious that Van is fighting his attraction for his room mate's sister Simone, also obvious that he has an extremely troubled past which is impacting him now. Simone is at a cross roads in her life after ditching her studies to become a doctor, she is uncertain what or where her future lies. It is obvious that the Fournier family love and support each other , no matter what and this shines through in Van as Simone struggles with her future and her choices. Simone is one fiercely determined, almost dominant woman, she knows what she wants and is determined to get her man; Van on the other hand is equally determined to stay away from her. . Van and Simone together absolutely sizzle, their chemistry smoulders to a point where you expect them to explode. But is phenomenal sex enough to keep these two together or will their passion burn out? Can these lost souls, fight the demons within and come together for a happily ever after? Will they both dare to take a chance? Will Van be able to confront his past and let Simone in or will he turn away from her ? You will have to read Van to find out. 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.
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Love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book, my favorite of the series so far. Awesome characters and storyline. Highly recommend both the series and especially this book.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
"Van" is a wild, emotional, sweet, intense, and sexy Hockey romance. This is a stand alone novel in Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury Hockey series. However, the Hero and Heroine were introduced in the previous installment, "Lucas". That previous book gives you a fun "third-party-point-of-view" of Van and Simone's chemistry and relationship. In "Van" you're 'on-the-inside' and the difference is more gentle. But rest assured you have a big, stoic, and very Alpha Hero in Van. Simone's impetuous, passionate, stubborn, obstinate, and confident. This intelligent French-Canadian minx brings down the teams surly enforcer wearing him down into submission. Make no mistake, Van isn't a submissive he's afraid of his rough sex ways. With good reason. That's the intriguing backstory that hooks you and makes Van such a compelling Hero. The highlights of the book lies purely in Simone's tactics in getting Van to notice her and succumb to her. "Van" is steamy, emotional, and funny. The Hero and Heroine are complete opposites and it works beautifully. Simone is a pip. She's strong, almost fearless, and goes after what she wants. Van. Simone is an incredibly refreshing Heroine. Van is the brooding, hulking Hero who's a teddy bear around the woman he adores. He isn't good making small-talk and when he and Simone are officially a couple he sticks close to her. Simone becomes his 'social skills'. It's freaking adorable. The scene when Lucas discovers Van and Simone together is hilarious for the props and setting alone. Sawyer Bennett hits every emotion right in the 'sweet spot' in "Van". Van's backstory is incredibly moving and compelling which makes the storyline riveting. The Cold Fury Hockey series is first rate and each book a great read. To read the entire review please visit: This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.
voraciousreaderKB More than 1 year ago
Engaging Characters!!! This is the ninth book in the Cold Fury Hockey series and I have enjoyed reading all them. Sawyer Bennett is a great storyteller and I love reading all her books, but I have to admit, my favorite are her stories about hot hockey players. This is a captivating, heartwarming and sexy story with engaging characters Van Turner is the enforcer for the Cold Fury hockey team. He is brooding, withdrawn and isn’t interested in making friends or being popular. He had a rough childhood and doesn’t have any interest in a relationship. He has dark secrets from his past he is not willing to share with anyone. He lives with Lucas, one of his teammates and when Lucas little sister, Simone comes to stay with them, Van and Simone share an attraction. Simone is trying to figure out her life after dropping out of college just shy of graduating. She is feisty and has set her sites on Van and is unrelenting, no matter how much Van tries to discourage her advances. Simone is light and fun and breezy and the total opposite of Van. She keeps coming on to Van and although he ignores her, it only seems to make Simone try harder. Can Van continue to fight Simone or will she finally wear him down. I liked both Van and Simone. They are total opposites but somehow they work. He is solitary and grumpy she is friendly and happy. I enjoyed all of Van’s dirty talking and their explosive chemistry. Van goes on an emotional journey and I wanted Simone to help lighten his tortured soul. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of her Cold Fury book series and I can say without a doubt she just seems to get better and better with every book. I'm going to keep this review short and sweet, because the books speak for themselves. I have been a fan since I picked up my first book Alex and now i'm like a junkie for each book I just jave to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't had a disappointing book yet in this series! Highly awaiting Reed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read!
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A cold-as-ice hockey god meets his match! This story is a bit unorthodox in that a good portion of the beginning of the book is already familiar if you read the previous book in the series LUCAS. It shows some common scenes only from a different perspective and with added happenings. It wasn't my favorite way of going about it, but it worked and built on the information we already had gotten in the last book. I love the characters in this series and they are always good for a fun read with lots of angst and a ton of sexy tension! Carolina Cold Fury enforcer Van Turner isn't a warm and fuzzy kind of guy. He's hard and cold and doesn't have time for anybody's nonsense. Give him a puck and some ice and he's as happy as he's going to get. A brutal past that no one knows about has held him back from putting down too many roots or getting close to his teammates, but when a pesky brat of a woman sets her sights on him, he's going to rue the day he ever met her! Simone Fournier is used to being around hulking hockey studs. Two of her big brothers are Van's teammates and put her in close contact a little too much for his comfort. She set her sights on him the night they met, and if she wants him, she's going to have him!
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Loved this book !! Again I will say don't let Hockey scare you away... This is written by a real pro and the story will grip you and tear at your heart... Van is a wonderful book boyfriend and Simone is the perfect woman for him... Sawyer Bennett is just the right author to bring this story together... This book is the real deal and I finished it in one reading ~ I could not put it down...
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
Van is another fun read in the Cold Fury Hockey Series. Van, the hero of the book, is a young man very burdened by his past. His childhood was impressively crappy and not just kind of crappy, so the reader can understand why he has a hard time trusting people and himself. Simone, the heroine of the book, is a young woman trying to break out on her own for the first time. Her life was always pretty perfect up to the point we meet her. She has just abandoned the dream that her parents had for her and she is at loose ends. I liked Van and felt he was well written and had depth. He was tortured by his past to some extent but I did not find him annoying, whiney or overly brooding. He had accepted his childhood and just got kind of stuck after that. Simone was very likable as well. I also liked that she was primarily after a good time and not a fairytale romance, at least initially. (I've read enough 'saint sacrifices self to heal her broken man' book heroines to last a lifetime.) She had depth and I could empathize with her feelings of not having a set direction for once in her life. I also felt that they genuinely complemented each other and would have a happy life together. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! You can never go wrong with a Sawyer Bennett Story!
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
Let me say wow! I love the cover and the guy that is Van on the cover, whew! I think that’s my favorite cover of all time for the Cold Fury series! I know this story is my favorite! The Cold Fury Series are all standalone novels. Van runs concurrently with Lucas, but you don’t have to read Lucas for this book to make sense. I have read this entire series and I don’t know how it can get better, but for me it sure did! Van is closed off and such a grump. He is not a social guy at all and is even socially awkward at times, but that just endeared him to me all the more. When you finally hear about Van’s issues, it will break your heart. Then the firecracker that is Simone! I adored her. She is relentless in her pursuit of Van. She wanted him and made no secret about it. The problem is she moved in with her brother Lucas, who just so happens to share a two-bedroom house with Van. On top of that, they are teammates, so that is forbidden as far as Van is concerned. Plus, she is a pain in the ass. I laughed out loud many times when Simone was so blatant in her moves on Van, and when the refrigerator fell on her because she was climbing it to clean behind it, I laughed until I had tears. I should have been alarmed, but holy heck, what was she thinking! I don’t want to give anything away because this book is so good and needs to be taken without any preconceived ideas. If you want to read a book that has a heroine that has no fear, is outspoken, confident in her sexual prowess, and really insightful and a sexy, broody hockey player, then this is the sports romance for you. Their chemistry is off the charts and had me fanning my face a few times! Smoking hot! I highly recommend this terrific sports romance, give it a try, I promise you’ll enjoy it!
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Sawyer Bennett does it again with Van and Simone's story by bringing the sexiness and a touching. As with the previous EIGHT books in this series, I was very excited to dig into Van, especially after reading the snippet at the end of Lucas, book #8 in the series. Sawyer Bennett does not disappoint. Her writing style and storytelling captures my attention every time. With Van I found myself engrossed in a stories I could hardly put down. Plus, it was great to catch up with all the gang from the Cold Fury hockey team and in this particular story relive Lucas’ road to happiness from a different perspective as Van and Simone’s relationship unfolds almost in tandem. Simone is the youngest of the Fourier siblings and the most determined. Unhappy with her career choice, she decides to drop out of college and crash in with Lucas, one of her hockey star brothers. She’s unsure of what to do with her life, but upon meeting Van she’s certain she wants him. And what she wants, she gets. She recognizes Van has huge walls around him, that he’s probably unable to give more than a good time in bed, and that he’s her brothers’ teammate. She pushes and comes on strong to make sure to melt a layer of his glacier like disposition every time. And with the passion between them, she’s sure she’ll get through. But can she reach his soul? Van Turner is a tough on and off the ice. He uses hockey as an outlet for his anger and frustration and is a douche canoe to keep everyone at a distance fearing what would happen if anyone found out about his past. Until Simone saunters into his life. Try as he might, it’s impossible for him to resist the infuriatingly sexy, sassy and full playful naughtiness woman. What started as a one night tryst, soon evolves into so much more. But how would she react if she knew his dark secret? I’m of the opinion that good character development requires character growth. Both Van and Simone are definitely flawed and it took me a bit to warm up to them, particularly Simone as she made some questionable choices. But she learned about herself as she cracked Van’s layers. She’s caring and perfect for him. And Van… I just loved the big broody, closed off dolt. He had to do some deep soul searching before he could move forward but once he let his guard down, it’s impossible for him to not fall for Simone. And they’re absolutely explosive together! Van is book #9 of the Cold Fury Hockey series by Sawyer Bennett. Their story is sexy and captivating and I really enjoyed it. It is a standalone contemporary hockey romance told from both points of view with a happy ending.
Books6565 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for a honest review. I love the Cold Fury series! That being said......I have my favs and not so favs. Van falls in between. The hero is definitely dark and tortured....for good reason! I don't want to give anything away, but his family life was horrific! The heroine, Simone came off as annoying in the beginning. She is the little sister in Lucas and even then I found her annoying and spoiled. Because of this, I was not looking forward to this book as I have with the other books in this series. Van runs concurrently with the Lucas storyline. The way she pursued Van was too much and her career choices were just plain wacky. BUT she does redeem herself as the story progresses in her loyalty and patience with Van......although she seemed to give up a bit easily in the last part of the book. Regardless, she was the perfect girl for Van, in that she really understood him and brought him out of his self-imposed exile. Also there was a lot of sex in this book......dare I say a bit too much? Now I am re-energized for the next installment!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was great! Honestly, I think that this may be the hottest book in the series so far. If you follow my reviews, you probably already know that I am a huge fan of the Cold Fury Hockey series. I jumped into the series with the second book and haven't looked back although I should probably check out the first book at some point. This is a series that works great as stand alone books but fans of the series will appreciate seeing well loved characters for just a bit. Van is a excellent addition to the series. I went into this book hoping that I would like it as much as the others but not sure that I would warm up to Van as a Hero. Let me assure you that was not a problem because I fell completely in love with him. He has such an interesting history that really explains some of his behaviors. He is really a great guy that has spent his life trying to remain distant from other people. Simone was something else. She is the baby sister of the two Fournier brothers that have been the Hero of their own books, Max and Lucas. Simone is at a crossroads in her life and is trying to figure out what direction she wants to go. One thing that she knows she wants is Van and I loved watching her go for what she wants. I loved how Simone isn't afraid to take risks and was so willing to put her heart on the line. This book actually takes place at the same time as the previous book in the series. You do not need to read the previous book to enjoy this one but I really enjoyed seeing certain events from a different perspective. The book opens with Simone moving into the house the her brother shares with Van. The chemistry between Simone and Van was wonderful and grew throughout the story. If you are looking for a steamy story, this one brings quite a bit of heat. I just loved this pair together. I would recommend this book to others. I had so much fun reading this sexy romance with great characters. I can't wait to read more from Sawyer Bennett very soon! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Cold Fury series and this is not my favorite. I really like the steamy side of a book but not vulgar. There was so much of vulgarnes from Simone. I expect it from the male end but not as much from the female end. Every word that came out of her mouth at first was sexual. I think you can leave a little to the imagination. The plot of this story was good and I felt for Van. I hope Reed is a little less graphic in reading that Van was.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the ninth book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series written by Sawyer Bennett. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read it you will defiantly want to go back and catch up with the other book in this series. 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 meets a woman he can’t resist. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Great ending/more steam than substance til 77%... If you’ve read this author before, you know she doesn’t shy away from adding loads of graphic, steamy scenes to this particular series. In this case, it went above and beyond what I expected. In fact, it took up most of the storyline here long before there was any kind of emotional connection or any inkling there ever would be one. Simone, the heroine, jokingly referred to herself as a stalker, but some may feel it bordered sexual harassment. Some may feel she’s just empowered herself to be what we often see male leading men act out in this genre. It’ll be up to you to label it as you see fit. Just know Ms. Bennett also has a way of turning an overly steamy storyline into something that eventually tugs at my romantic heart strings. That’s what really keeps me coming back for more. In this case, the last 20% is what I enjoyed the most, as I prefer substance over steam. Right off the bat, Van was very clear on how he wasn’t interested in violating his teammate/roommate’s bro code by messing around with his baby sis, who invited herself to move into their apartment unannounced. But this girl would not let up to the point it was rather embarrassing for our sisterhood, folks. Yeah, she had no shame, self-respect, dignity, nor boundaries it would seem, including her decision to drop out of college as a pre-med student, and instead left her parents hanging for all that dough they rolled out paying for those three undergrad years. Instead she got a low paying job bartending at a seedy nightclub and briefly worked topless as a strip club waitress, all until she figures out what she wants to do with her life and earn a few bucks to keep her afloat. If you like an uninhibited, aggressive, unrelentless, chases after him until she wears him down out of frustration heroine, up for anything/anywhere/any time kind of kinkiness but makes him agree to be exclusive heroine, you’ll love Simone. It wasn’t surprisingly their first intimate time together felt more like she was a random backroom puck bunny than a love interest, folks. Surprisingly, I was impressed at the bitter end when everything went to heck in a handbasket, she said and did the right thing. This feisty gal took him at his own regrettable words and did what a self-respecting woman should do, which lead to my favorite kind of ending (a groveling hero). Book 10 will feature Reed, the nice guy who wanted to take Simone on a date. The heroine there is an ER doctor, a role I’m extremely partial to. Looks like we will briefly have to endure some random OW scenes as they first met as neighbors, and he’s rocking it so much in his bedroom she has to go over to his door and ask him to reign the noise in so she can sleep, go to work, and save lives. Also sounds like they become friends first and establish a real relationship before becoming intimate. So, yeah, there was more steam than substance for quite some time. My patience was rewarded though with a sweet, endearing HEA. Lowered rating due to steam over substance for so long. Title: Van, Series: Cold Fury Hockey (Book 9), Author: Sawyer Bennett, Pages: 224, stand-alone but part of a series, excessive graphic steamy scenes, slow to build emotional connection, lusty language, unrelentless in her smexy pursuit of the hero, typical backfire when bro finds out, sweet ending. I received a NetGalley ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.
HeatherLM More than 1 year ago
Van definitely piqued my interest when I read Lucas’s book. He was so gruff, I knew his story would be good. And I wasn’t wrong. Poor Van had a rough life growing up. The stuff he’s been through, he would like to keep quiet forever. He’s content with his life being the way it is. Playing hockey and living quietly with his teammate, Lucas. Simone, Lucas’s little sister, comes to stay with them for a bit while she figures out what her next move in life is. Simone is instantly attracted to Van, but he isn’t interested. However, she is relentless in pursuing him. Simone made me laugh so much, I’m not sure I’ve ever met a character quite like her. She eventually breaks through his walls and it was beautiful. I loved Van and Simone’s story. It had everything; humor, angst, suspense, love and sexy times. I think it’s safe to say that Van is my favorite of the Cold Fury Hockey series and I highly recommend this book!
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Van by Sawyer Bennett is a smoking hot and entertaining read, and I loved it! Sawyer Bennett has once again delivered with Van, the writing is strong, the storyline will capture your interest from the first chapter and keep you turning the pages late into the night! Van and Simone are passionate, likable characters that will touch you with their story. These two will bring out the feels, one min they will make you laugh with their sexual banter, then you'll want to smack them both with their stubbornness and refusal to see what was clear as day. They belonged together. Simone and Van have a special connection that doesn't come by very often, I loved watching their relationship unfold and the chemistry between them was smoking, seriously these two were hot *fans self* Van is an excellent addition to the Cold Fury Hockey series and I highly recommend it. For me, the Cold Fury Hockey series has been a joy to read, with great writing, strong, passionate characters that will entertain you with their love stories and leave you with a smile on your face =) Reed's book is next and I can't wait to get my hands on it!
BookObsession07 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story in the Cold Fury series! If you've been keeping up we get a taste of Van in Lucas and also meet Simone - the two stories overlap a bit. Van is hiding secrets from his past and really has not dealt with the painful and troubled times. He is really a tortured hero (love!) and Simone is just the girl to worm her way into his heart - despite what he thinks he wants, or maybe deserves. Yes, he is a bit of a jerk at the start but we begin to understand him and he begins to open himself up as well. Loved the ending!