By Sawyer Bennett
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.
I’m going to start my review by saying that I love Sawyer Bennett, so it sucks to give her a low rating, but I just can’t rate LUCAS any higher than 3❤️. Apart from the scorching hot sex, I just didn’t feel the connection between Lucas and Stephanie, and I couldn’t get my head around the type of sexual non-relationship they were trying to have.
I really liked Lucas and he’s the reason I rated this as high as I did. There were a couple of times where he was a dick, but for the most part he was a level-headed guy with an amazing personality. He’s nice, friendly and caring, and he’s a monster in bed. Who can’t get down with that combination?
Stephanie, on the other hand, frustrated me to tears. No doubt she’s a survivor, but that’s the only thing about her I liked and respected. I was clearly not in the mood to listen to her constantly complain about how her shitty childhood affects her ability to connect with people to this day. But what really annoyed me was that Lucas, being the great guy he is, spent the entire book trying to boost her up and showing her that he cared about her…and she never believed him. But when a fairly new acquaintance tells her just once that she’s good enough, she suddenly believes it and is grateful that she finally has someone who believes in her. That was a serious WTF moment for me and really cemented my dislike of her.
LUCAS is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. The epilogue is told in Van’s POV and it sets us up for his book, which will be next. Like Lucas, he’s new to the team and while we didn’t see a lot of him in this story, what we did see was a guy who was very rude, keeps to himself and who doesn’t seem very likeable. That being said, he has me intrigued so I will be definitely be reading his book.
Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey # 8)
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