Review: Van by Sawyer Bennett

Van (Cold Fury, Book #9)
by Sawyer Bennett 

Release Date: November 28, 2017

descriptionScore 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.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Van was the read I needed after American King! I enjoyed every minute of it! The close-off and introvert big guy has become my new favorite in the Cold Fury Hockey series!

Sawyer Bennett delivers a story and stays true to her plot all along. She has chosen to give us a broody hero and a sassy confident heroine. The part I loved the most is the fact she doesn’t rush anything. This might be a normal length book but I was wary of the fact it wouldn't feel real for a guy with absolutely no feeling to fall in love.

Simone is to date the best heroine the author has ever written about. She knows what effect she has on man. She isn't apologetic about it. You'll be surprise at how honest she is and how confident she acts. She doesn't take no for an answer and is never discouraged by Van's refusal. She has a mind of her own and the poor guy doesn't stand a chance.
She's also a woman who loves dearly and it shows in all of her actions, certainly more when she goes after Van.

While I've met Van & Simone in Lucas's book (who is Simone's brother), there's no need to read previous book(s) to be fully on board with what's happening here. Some of the actions happen alongside with Lucas' story so you might get curious about how it will goes for him if you don't know already.

I knew Van would be one of the tough guys and I wasn't let down in that department. He's without a doubt what I call a total asshole. He protects himself so much he has no real friends, no one he care about. He plan to stay alone all his life because trusting someone is really not an option. With Simone, he tries to resist but it's futile. What follow is one hot and steamy relation.

It could have been enough but this is where Sawyer's Bennett magic happens. There's an emotional twist with Van & Simone's story, one who gave this book depth and put this story as one of the best Cold Fury of the year.

~I voluntary read a copy of this book provided by the publisher~

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 erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer 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 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 work-out, 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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