Synopsis from Goodreads
Hockey season may be over, but in New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett’s new novel, a Carolina Cold Fury heartbreaker is heating things up off the ice and eager to score with the girl next door.
No one skates like Reed Olson. In the off-season, no one plays like him either. After back-to-back championships, Reed craves a different kind of action. Good thing there’s no shortage of women ready for a summer fling with a sports star. Reed has a specific type—blond, busty, not too bright—and a little black book full of options. But when his bed starts rocking, it’s his unexpectedly sexy neighbor who comes knocking. And the brainy beauty is impossible to ignore.
Josie Ives desperately needs something her celebrity neighbor obviously doesn’t: sleep. His headboard banging against the wall is keeping her up at night—not to mention inspiring some very naughty dreams. Reed is everything she imagined: a little too good-looking, with a body that puts Greek gods to shame. But he’s also funny and charming—a tempting combination. Josie’s the opposite of his type, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Their friendship certainly has its benefits, and it’s heating up to be so much more.
Although Reed starts out with one of my pet hates (seeing the main character with other people) my displeasure was quickly overshadowed by the sweetness of the story.
Reed has maintained a casual relationship status due to the demands of his career and the amount of time he spends on the road. Keeping to a particular type ensures no additional attachments. However, his new neighbor sweeps the rug from under his feet.
Josie has her own issues following the break-up of her long-term relationship she has questioned her ability to maintain a relationship especially as she also has a demanding career as an ER doctor. Yet she is unable to deny the attraction sparking between herself and Reed.
Starting out as friends the pair progress into a friends with benefits relationship with a specific time frame when the hockey season starts again. Neither expects to catch feelings or find someone who fits into their lives so seamlessly.
Unfortunately, and something I wouldn’t have predicted, Reed’s insecurities regarding his worth create a barrier to pursuing a deeper relationship with Josie. Adding to the problems between the pair is the unexpected return of Josie’s Ex and Josie’s own insecurities when comparing herself to Reed’s usual penchant for Barbie look-a-likes.
Despite the problems Reed and Josie face, the narrative is surprisingly angst-free and the issues are easily navigated with open communication. When two people belong together there is a clear path for their HEA.
Sawyer adds to the plot by laying the foundation for Marek‘s story which is looking as if it is going to up the ante on the angst!!!!!