ARC Two-Fer Review – Max (Cold Fury Hockey #6) by Sawyer Bennett

Max had a great balance of maturity and playfulness and with his natural confidence from being at the top of his game, he’s become the sexiest Alpha in this series. ~ Afrodyt, Guilty Pleasures 

The ice is a cold mistress. As the league’s most eligible goalie, Max Fournier has access to his fair share of willing puck bunnies, but right now he’s more interested in bringing home another championship than a one-night stand. A romantic at heart, Max believes in love; he’s just not great at relationships. So when he finally meets a nice girl who’s not blinded by his celebrity, he’s feeling the heat—and the pressure to save her from herself.

Between working two jobs and raising her sister’s kids, Julianne Bradley doesn’t have time for sports—or men. All she knows about Max is that he’s the sexiest customer to ever grace her gas-station counter. And he sees past her tired eyes and makes Jules yearn for things she can’t have: a glamorous fling, a passionate lover, and the time to enjoy both. Max makes her feel like Cinderella, even though Jules has enough baggage to crush a glass slipper. Luckily, he’s no prince—only a fierce competitor determined to win her heart.


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Max Fournier’s story takes place parallel to the last story in this series, Hawke. Max is coming backpurestdelightaward after a major injury to claim his spot as starting goalie for the Carolina Cold Fury.

Jules Bradley is a busting her ass raising three young children on her own and a relationship is nowhere near her radar, it’s not even in her Universe.

I love Max because he’s real. As the reader, I really connected to his emotions and commitment to Jules and the kids. It was very authentic writing. Max had a great balance of maturity and playfulness and with his natural confidence from being at the top of his game, he’s become the sexiest Alpha in this series.

Jules holds her own as a strong heroine. Her resistance to a relationship with Max came from a place of pragmatism rather than low self esteem and that left me respecting her a great deal.

The sexy times left me shivering with wet panties which is rare for a seasoned reviewer like myself. It was quite refreshing! There was an easy banter between Max and Jules and it was just an incredibly endearing story. I felt good the whole time I was reading it.


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Contemporary romance doesn’t get any better than this and you don’t want to miss this heartwarming, emotional, fun and sexy modern day fairytale! ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

With the exception of one book Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series has been a fast favoritepurestdelightaward of mine and Max is the Stanley Cup of the series. I have loved many of the other books, I’ve raved about them in my reviews and on social media but Max stands head and shoulders above all the others. I wish we had more than 5 stars because this book deserves more. From the way these two meet, to their 2nd chance meeting, through all the ups and downs, this book just felt right, everything about it was magical perfection. That’s not to say there weren’t some issues along the way, but it was the way they handled them, the way they communicated, the way they gave one another time, and the way they respected one another completely and fully that made this book so special. To be honest I’m worried that the books I pick next to read are going to pale in comparison.

When Max Fournier sees Julianne (Jules) Bradley working at a convenience store he is immediately drawn to her and the fact that she doesn’t recognize him and doesn’t even seem to give him the time of day is an added bonus. So begins this wonderful and strange fairytale like romance.

I loved so much about this story that I’m having trouble putting it into words. Jules life has been turned upside down following the death of her sister from cancer and her taking guardianship of her two nephews and niece, but she is determined to give them the best life she can even if it means working three jobs to do it. She is determined to make a home for them something she and her sister never really had and she will stop at nothing to make them feel safe and secure. I admired Jules greatly for both her work ethic and her dedication to the children and I also fully understood her reluctance to start any type of relationship with Max and her fears about being involved with someone in such a high profile career. Yes at times she was stubborn almost to a fault about doing everything on her own, but given her situation and Max’s wealth I also understood why she felt the way she did. I did feel sorry for her in the fact that she never really got to grieve her sister’s death, that after being with her when she took her last breath she was left to not only bury her, but she had to be strong for the kids and then move them across the country. Max was just a force to be reckoned with, but I loved that he quickly figured out that Jules simply would not “take” anything from him or others to help her in any way. He understood her pride and her need to provide for them all, but the fact he found a way to help her earn more money and that he helped her see that there was room in her life for him made me love him all the more. He never gave up even when she had doubts and even when it seemed she was set on pushing him out, he was respectful of her wishes but clung to the hope that she would miss what they had and accept that together they were better. When Jules calls Max her hero, she is absolutely describing his character, he is one of the good guys.

From their simple evenings in with the kids, to their dates, to the family outings with the kids, and the holidays spent with his family every scene, every bit of this story was special and full of a wide range of emotions. Every scene played out spectacularly in my mind and I was lost in the words and depth of this story.

This is one of those times where I’m just going to say it; run to your favorite bookseller and grab you own copy of Max by Sawyer Bennett. Contemporary romance doesn’t get any better than this and you don’t want to miss this heartwarming, emotional, fun and sexy modern day fairytale!


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