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The ice is a cold mistress. As the league’s most eligible goalie, Max Fournier has access to his fair share of willing puck bunnies, but right now he’s more interested in bringing home another championship than a one-night stand. A romantic at heart, Max believes in love; he’s just not great at relationships. So when he finally meets a nice girl who’s not blinded by his celebrity, he’s feeling the heat—and the pressure to save her from herself.
Between working two jobs and raising her sister’s kids, Julianne Bradley doesn’t have time for sports—or men. All she knows about Max is that he’s the sexiest customer to ever grace her gas-station counter. And he sees past her tired eyes and makes Jules yearn for things she can’t have: a glamorous fling, a passionate lover, and the time to enjoy both. Max makes her feel like Cinderella, even though Jules has enough baggage to crush a glass slipper. Luckily, he’s no prince—only a fierce competitor determined to win her heart.
Sawyer Bennett continues to create dynamic alpha heroes in her Cold Fury Hockey series in her newest release, Max, but this time around, she gives readers a male athlete who’s all about finding love, acknowledging feelings, and being the best man he can be, both on and off the ice.
Max Fournier is strikingly different from the previous five Cold Fury stars; he doesn’t need a woman to be “better” for…he doesn’t need to find his other half in order to not sleep with puck bunnies. He’s a sweet, generous, and reliable man who knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it. What you see is what you get with Max, which is a refreshing break from the manwhores turned one woman men that readers find in a lot of sports romances, and it’s that fact that made me instantly adore Max and want him to get his happily ever after.
Regardless of how attractive Max is and how much her body wants him, Julianne Bradley has too much responsibility hanging over her head to get involved with anyone, especially one as famous and charismatic as Max. Her life revolves around her two nephews and her niece who were left in Jules’ care after their mother died. Everything she does each day focuses on the needs of those three kids, which means that finding time for herself is extremely difficult. Jules can’t allow anyone into her messy life, particularly a man whose career puts him in the spotlight and whose fans have a whole litany of things to say about anyone woman that seems to be important to him.
But despite the fact that Max’s world scares the hell out of Jules, Max finds ways to embed himself in her life and the three kids who are a package deal and he does so with the intent to prove that he wants Jules and everything that comes along with her because Max knows she’s worth it and each time he gets Jules out of her shell and out from under everything that’s weighing her down, the real Jules comes out, solidifying just how much he wants to be with her and her kids.
I absolutely loved how Sawyer Bennett wrote Max’s character and how he remained steadfast to who he was throughout the entire story and the fact that this laidback, caring, and dedicated man is also a freak in the sheets doesn’t hurt either;) Some readers might have a bit of an issue with Jules and her insecurities and second guessing, but I thought her reactions fit how out of control she felt with her situation and how she honestly couldn’t understand how a man like Max could want a disaster like her and the baggage that came with her.
Max is a steamy and sweet story that teaches a great lesson about taking people as they are and seeing them for who they are despite the craziness that surrounds their life. It’s a great addition to the Cold Fury Hockey series and it has me eager to dive into Roman’s story next!
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