*Review copy provided by NetGalley and the Publisher for an honest review*
I've loved the entire Cold Fury series to this point, but Sawyer Bennett took it to another level with Max. This book is by far my favorite in the series so far.
Max Fournier is the new starting goalie for the Carolina Cold Fury. He's worked his way back from injury to earn the starting job and his focus is going to be solely on making sure he keeps that position. Well, you know what they say about best laid plans... Hockey was going to be his sole focus until one night he stops by a convenience store to pick up a snack his trainer won't be too happy about if she finds out about it and ends up finding what could be the biggest distraction of both his career and his life.
Julianne "Jules" Bradley is doing her very best to keep all the balls she's juggling in the air. She recently took sole custody of her young niece and two nephews following the passing of her sister. She's working two jobs, her day job at the nursing home and her second job at a convenience store just to make ends meet. She's doing a pretty good job, but she's losing herself in the process as every ounce of who she is is going into making sure the kids are cared for best they can be.
When Max happens upon Jules in a bit of a difficult situation with some customers at the store, he helps her out and realizes that she's intriguing to him - she's the kind of woman he didn't know he's been looking for. Intriguing to him in the way that yes, he wants to get her into bed, but he also wants to know her. When the extent of what Jules is dealing with is revealed, Max only wants to help her that much more.
As the sparks fly between the two of them, will Max's celebrity come between them or will it be Jules' need to be independent that spells trouble for the couple? And, will there be outside forces that end up causing more trouble than what each of them are dealing with independently?
What I loved about this book is how realistic is was. Everything that happened could easily happen in real life and for me it made me connect with the characters quickly and that much more. The insecurities that Jules has are those that I think anyone in her situation would face and I think Sawyer Bennett did a fantastic job of conveying those insecurities so you could really understand where she was coming from. And, Max. Oh my...all I can say about him is I wish I could find a guy as sweet, sexy and all around awesome as he was.
Kudos Sawyer Bennett - this one is a keeper for sure!