Cold Fury, Book #9
Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling Carolina Cold Fury series can be read together or separately.
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.
Cold Fury #9
✮ ✮ ✮ 4.5 STARS ✮ ✮ ✮
The Cold Fury series keeps getting better! I loved most of them, three of them were outstanding for me, those being Alex, Max and *drum roll*, now VAN! Yes. I would even argue that this new installment in the series is the best of yet.
I had crazy fun with the main characters of the book. We met Van and Simone in Lucas, which was Simone and Max Fournier’s brother. It was obvious that there was something going on between the vivacious Simone and the taciturn Van.
Simone was a hoot. She is sexually very forward, has no issue saying what she wants and is relentless in pursuing it. She has a thick skin and doesn’t take it personally when Van keeps saying no to her, no, it spurs her on. Simone isn’t a doormat or easy, when she draws a line she won’t cross it. As stubborn as she is in her pursuit of Van, she doesn’t let him walk all over her. And then we get the side of her with the big heart, the depth that shows the love for her family, the compassion she feels for Van’s past, her sorrow for having disappointed her family and her own confusion about her future.
Van?” I whisper. “Am I still shiny?”
He chuckles, pulls me in tighter, and squeezes the breath out of me.
“Yes, Simone. So fucking shiny you make everything else in the world seem a little dull by comparison.”
Van is one cranky dude. His walls are miles high and in the beginning Simone is nothing else but a pebble in his shoe. She annoys the hell out of him but the girl has a way of getting under his skin and soon he finds himself doing and thinking uncharacteristic things. Simone comes into his life with a wrecking ball and tears down his walls. Little by little he lets her in. Van isn’t easy to love in the beginning but gradually with each comical exchange between those two and his obvious confusion about Simone you can’t help but fall in love with him.
He gives a ragged moan that sounds fulfilled and defeated all at the same time.
There is a fine line when it comes to cranky alphaholes. It’s hard to not overdo the crankiness and a-holery and make the hero redeemable, even lovable. Sawyer Bennett’s Van is perfection. She really nailed him. Even when Simone has his love he is still himself. He isn’t a soft and sweet pussycat, at least not for everyone else but Simone in the end.
And can I say that they were really hot in bed? I know that this author writes some of the hottest sexy times but damn. DAMN!
Simone’s sass is a special kind, it’s the self-assured one we usually see in cocky heroes. She was hilarious!
Van’s lips press tight and anger flashes in his eyes. He enunciates his words clearly, leaning slightly toward me. “I’m. Not. Interested. In. You. Simone.”
I wrinkle my nose and shake my head. “Nah . . . you see, that wasn’t really convincing. But I do love the way my name sounds coming out of your mouth. Try it again, though, if you want.” For a brief moment, I’m afraid Van might stroke out.
I loved Van’s background story, it was unusual and captivating and a little bit heartbreaking. I also love that Sawyer Bennett never drags out the angst, the drama is never over the top and quickly resolved.
Well, you were my first everything, Simone. My first love. First devotion. My first heartbreak. My one and only relationship with a woman. You were my first confidant and companion. Simone . . . you were my first friend ever. My first . . . everything.”
Sawyer Bennett knocked Van out of the park and of all the Cold Fury books VAN has become my favorite in the series. Next up is REED and you bet your ass that I’ll be reading it.
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