Book Review – Lucas by Sawyer Bennett

Goodreads Summary

lucasLucas 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!

Happy reading.

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September Wrap Up

How is it October? I feel these months keep going faster and faster….


Favorite book this month: Sweet Southern Trouble

Least favorite books this month: Tripped Out


Didn’t watch a ton this month, but I did watch the Laci Peterson documentary on A&E. I have to say that for years, I thought for sure Scott Peterson was guilty, but after watching this documentary, I don’t believe he did it. He’s a lousy person who cheated on his wife, but he didn’t kill her. Anyone who knows me knows that once I set my mind on something, I don’t change it, so for me to say he didn’t do it is a big deal. Do yourself a favor and watch this documentary.

Happy fall ya’ll!

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Book Review | Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels


say you'll stayOne word.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .


3 1/2 out of 5 stars


I love a good second chance romance, usually, but in this case, I just liked it.

Presley has suffered the ultimate betrayal by her husband, which I won’t spoil, but I sure wasn’t expecting it.  She has two young sons, and is now penniless.  She has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and head back home to Bell Buckle, Tennessee, where her parents live.

Her children have a hard time adjusting to their new reality, but the help of Presley’s brother, Cooper, and the ranch foreman, Wyatt Hennington, they make progress.

There is another reason Presley doesn’t want to return to Bell Buckle (BB), and that reason is Zach Hennington, former love of her life, who left her 17 years earlier.  Turns out Zach is also back in BB running his father’s farm.  Zach and Presley have a lot of things to discuss about the past, but both are too stubborn to do so.

For two people in their 30’s, both Zach and Presley acted pretty immaturely.  I was annoyed with both of them at different points of the book.  I will say that Presley always put her kids first, which I respect.  But when it came to her unresolved past with Zach, she was pretty annoying.

I loved the other characters in this book; Angie, Presley’s sister-in-law; Wyatt is great; he’s really sweet and funny, and the next book is about him.  I really liked Cooper, Presley’s brother.  A good guy.  Not a ton of drama in the town, which I was thankful for.  But this book had a whole lot of secret keeping.

This was a good read, but not great.  I’m hoping the second book is better, and I look forward to reading Wyatt’s story.

Happy reading.


Man Crush Monday


I’m going to shelf Man Crush Monday for a while.  I’ve been doing this meme for a over a year now and it just hasn’t taken off like I hoped it would.  Maybe shelving it and bringing it back will help attract some followers.

Thanks to all of you who have commented and liked the posts over the past year.  It’s gone for now, but it will be back!

Happy Monday!


Kindle Lending Program

Thanks to my fellow blogger over at Falling Down the Book Hole, I’ve been inspired to share some of the books I have on my Kindle that I can loan.  If you aren’t aware of this program, you can loan books that you have purchased (either for free or $.99 or more) to fellow readers for two weeks.  To determine if you can loan a book, go into Amazon, click on Manage Your Content and Devices and click on the ellipses next to a book.  If you are able to loan a book, you will see “Loan this title”.  You just enter the borrowers email and viola, you’ve loaned a book.  I don’t have a ton of books to loan since I have Kindle Unlimited, but I have a few and I’m happy to loan them to anyone.  My list is below.

Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn

Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe (if anyone has the other books in the series they can loan, I’m dying to get my hands on them:)

Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Craving by Helen Hardt

After we Fall by Melanie Harlow

Until Ashlyn by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Until Jax by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

MacKenzie Fire by Elle Casey

Mechanic by Alexa Riley

Beautiful Life by Brynne Asher

Lev by Belle Aurora

The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry

Slider by Stacy Borel

The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey

Ignite by Tessa Teevan

The Sweetest Seduction by Crista McHugh

Affliction by River Savage

Happy weekend all!


Thank you!!!

I discovered today that I have reached 150 followers, and from the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you to everyone who has read, commented, followed or liked my blog.  I never in a million years though anyone would read my blog, but I’m thrilled you have and thankful to all of you.

Have a fantastic weekend and thanks again!