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Cold Fury Hockey, Book 9
Series: Cold Fury Hockey, Book 9
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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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.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Sawyer Bennett (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Shelley Haase
  • 03-12-2017

Van and Simone made for a fantastic story

I am not sure how she does it, but even in her 9th book in this the incredible Cold Fury Hockey series, Sawyer Bennett manages to continue to score with Van. She is able to keep the story lines funny, fresh and feisty. I loved reading about Van and Simone. From start to finish I was consumed and I couldn't put it down.

This book can be read as a stand a lone, but to be honest, I love this entire series, so I would recommend it from the start so you understand how all of the side characters come together. The story line itself takes place simultaneously with Lucas (book 8), so there may be some spoilers if you don't read Lucas first.

Simone Fournier unexpectedly comes to her brother Lucas' house to regroup after dropping out of school. Though she pulls her own weight and is not looking for a free ride, she just needs to figure out what it is she wants to do next. The last thing she expects is to have an undeniable attraction to her brother's roommate, Van Turner. Yeah, Van is a brooding, loner who wants nothing to do with her, but that doesn't seem to detour Simone from going after what she wants. I love the chemistry between Simone and Van in this book. I love her sassy, determined way as well as his attempt to keep her at arms length.

Sawyer Bennett is amazing at creating a believable story line filled with memorable characters. She knows how to intricately weave multiple story lines across her series of books, while creating complete stand alone books. She combines quick wit, humor, raw emotions and combustible chemistry into a perfect blend of perfection. I sincerely cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next!

PS - The audio version of this book only enhances Sawyer's brilliance as an author. Graham Halstead and Cris Dukehart do a fantastic job of bringing the world Sawyer has created to life. I found myself completely drawn into this story and never wanted it to end.

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  • Nightmaredoll
  • 23-01-2020

Pulease...

Seriously?!?!? For a series that started out SO well, this truly sucks. Harsh? Nope. The first three books were great. All downhill from there. I tried, gosh knows I have tried but this book probably put the nail in this series coffin for me. Let’s start with the fact that the books have totally moved away from the hockey, this book killed the sports part of it. The story could have been so intriguing with Van’s background however the girl was annoying. Trashy, rude, overbearing, awkwardly aggressive sexually, if she were a dude, she would be slapped with a restraining order. Just no, no, no. Makes me sad because while I don’t think I am difficult to please when it comes to a decent story, this sealed the series DNF fate for me.

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  • Kelli
  • 13-09-2018

Least favorite

The performance almost made listening unbearable! Cris’s French accent was going in and out. I liked Van’s backstory but he was an ass! Simone is brat who only cares about what she wants no matter how it affects others. I did not like her at all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-03-2018

Fury is what you'll feel

Where to begin. Let me start by saying I love the Cold Fury series. Van's book, however, not so much. The heroin, Simone is an immature tramp. This character completely ruined this book for me.
Also, the French-Canadian accent was hard on the ears. Both narrators I think did the best the could with the accent, but both fell short. Normally I like to listen to Cris and Graham.
I am still listening to the book as I write this review. I try to listen all the way through before making a decision. This time I'm not so sure. I'll probably return it for another.

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  • Erika S.
  • 07-02-2018

Nope

I usually love the Cold Fury books but this one I just could not get into. The hero is a total douche and slightly abusive and the heroine sexually harasses the hero incessantly until he’s too worn out to say no anymore. Also, no professional hockey player is “going clubbing” or engaging in... extremely strenuous activity DURING THE PLAYOFFS. Literally, it does not happen. Sadly, I had to DNF.

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  • Kelly
  • 28-11-2017

Once again Sawyer Bennett nails it!

Being a true Cold Fury fan this book is another episode of a great hockey family. I can't wait until the next one is on Audio.

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  • A.Fernandez
  • 31-03-2020

Van & Simone

Another great story from Sawyer Bennett. Van was different from all the other Cold Fury men. He is broody, doesn’t like to be around people, and closed off. He has his reasons though. The Fournier brothers little sister, Simone, comes barreling into his life and he doesn’t know how to handle it. She’s his game changer. Simone goes after Van relentlessly. At the beginning I felt she was a bit overwhelming. He said no but she kept her sights on him and wouldn’t let go. Personally I would have given up before I embarrassed myself but not Simone she wouldn’t let him get away. Although Simone is feisty and a little bit too much on the pushy side, I have to admit Van and her are cute together. A little explosive but they have great chemistry not to mention a wonderful friendship. I enjoyed this book immensely and all the other Cold Fury books.
Cris Dukehart and Graham Halstead are amazing narrators, I have enjoyed listening to them. They truly bring these wonderful characters to life.

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  • Angelle Lopez
  • 28-02-2020

This was one of my favorites in series

I loved it! I am loving this series so much. on to the next book.

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  • Sara B
  • 11-02-2020

Love this series

I really liked the chemistry between Van and Simone. She did come across as immature at times and overly sexual aggressive . Van is very held back and comes a cross mean at times. But I after his back story is told it makes sense . I really like Cris and Graham .
Can’t wait for the next book

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  • Aly P
  • 03-02-2020

Not my favorite of the series

This wasn't my favorite book of the series. I don't like Simone that much, she's kind of a drama queen. Van doesn't show much emotion and it's hard to identify with him. I did like the romance and seeing the other characters from previous books. It was fun seeing the other side of Lucas's story, while he was upset and broken up with his girlfriend and what went on behind the scenes with Van and Simone. On to Reed's book!

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  • Mad Moo
  • 28-11-2017

This was Fantabulous!!!

Loved this book.... I thought book #8 - Lucas was good but this was ten times better!!!

It broke my heart, I cried and laughed out loud.... This book took me on a journey.... I Love the Cold Fury Boys and Girls!!!! Cam wait for more!!!!