Synopsis from Goodreads
The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.
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.
Lucas is none other than Prince Charming, Max‘s younger brother. Therefore, I did have some preconceived notions as to how I expected Lucas to act.
Whereas Max has the whole romance and happily ever after locked down, Lucas is content to play the field wherever and whenever he can. Although this did take me by surprise at first, it is quickly noticeable that while he is sowing his wild oats, Lucas ultimately has the same core values as Max. So when a smoking hot hook-up ends up pregnant, Lucas steps up to the plate, taking full responsibility for his actions but more than that acknowledging his emotional connection to the baby mamma, Stephanie.
I adored Stephanie, there are so many layers to her personality, from the confident, sensual woman she portrays on the outside to the vulnerable, emotionally neglected young lady she is on the inside. The facets of her identity constantly at war in Stephanie’s attempts to forge a happy fulfilling life for herself. My heart broke for the way in which Stephanie was raised, proving money does not happiness buy.
Stephanie’s emotional barriers are vast and extremely difficult to conquer, especially because they were so necessary to her survival. You can’t help but want to show her unconditional love. Luckily, Lucas has a fantastic family to act as role models to Stephanie and their unborn child; I absolutely adored the Fournier family.
Lucas and Stephanie have an uphill battle where the emotional side of their relationship is concerned, with mistakes being made on both sides and some very damaging words being spoken. Although I have to give Lucas credit when he accepts his feelings for Stephanie, he goes all in, aiming to get Stephanie comfortable with her emotions and able to open up to other people,
I loved the way in which Lucas and Stephanie’s story plays out, especially the introduction of a solid support system for Stephanie. Something she has never had in her life.
Sawyer does an amazing job of setting up the next story in the Cold Fury Hockey series with snippets of events happening around Van. I am seriously intrigued as to his background!!!!