Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.
Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Book 8 in the Cold Fury Hockey series is about Lucas Fornier, brother to Max (book 6). Luc has recently been traded to the team and he’s excited to be playing with his brother, and to be closer to him and his fiancée and their adopted kids. After getting to town, Luc attends a charity gala and meets Stephanie Frazier, and they hook up.
Fast forward four weeks. Based on the blurb above, I’m sure you can figure out what the little surprise is. Stephanie had a really bad childhood. She grew up with wealthy parents who didn’t care about her. This really affected her, as it should. But…
Her self-loathing got really old really fast. “I’m broken”, “I can’t love”, blah, blah blah. I totally agree that your childhood can shape who you are, but you are ultimately in control of your happiness. It took Stephanie a LONG time to figure this out.
One thing about this series that I don’t love – the lack of hockey. This is a series about a hockey team, and there is very little time in these books focused on the ice. As a hockey fan, I would like to see more hockey in this books. A lot more hockey.
Sadly, because I couldn’t really connect with Stephanie, I didn’t love this book as much as others in the series. I also feel that given the heavy nature of Roman, the Bannon’s should have been featured even a little. And they weren’t.
I am looking forward to Van’s book. I liked the epilogue so it’s going to be good!