Slick & Afrodyt’s Two-fer Review – Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey #8) by Sawyer Bennett

Complicated and contentious but also sweet and sexy, Lucas was a bit of a disappointment in what has been a stellar series. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

Blurb:
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.


I’m going to let you’ll in on a secret, I’m a huge believer in fate and in Lucas by Sawyer Bennett the hero and heroine get a big, heaping dose of it following an explosive one night stand. Two people from very different upbringings, but both committed to NOT being committed, find their lives turned upside down when their night of passion leaves them expecting the unexpected. Complicated and contentious but also sweet and sexy, Lucas was a bit of a disappointment in what has been a stellar series.

Life couldn’t be better for Lucas Fournier; traded to the Carolina Cold Fury gives him the opportunity to play on the same team as his brother, their team is headed towards the playoffs, he never lacks for female companionship, and being near his brother and his soon to be sister in law and their three kids has him feeling settled and happy. Meeting Stephanie Frazier at a museum fundraiser seems like the answer to get him out of the benefit and in to doing something a lot more fun.

Interim curator Stephanie Frazier is happy to help out with the museum fundraiser and equally happy to meet Cold Fury team member Lucas Fournier, but one night with him changes her life in more ways than one. Neglected since birth Stephanie is caught up in a wave of self doubt and scared out of her mind and the more time she spends with Luc, the harder she fights to retain her solitary life.

While both Luc and Stephanie were scared and shocked finding out they had a baby on the way, it didn’t take long for Luc to accept and become excited at the prospect of being a dad, and Stephanie was fully on board with having a baby and a bit shocked Luc planned to not only see her through the pregnancy but his plan to co-parent their child. Being that Luc is Max’s brother, it was no surprise that he soon began to see the possibility of more with Stephanie, but he also understood she was not ready to hear it. I’ll be honest Stephanie was a tough character for me to like, I felt angry for the way she was brought up and the absolute disregard of her parents, and while I could understand it was hard for her to trust, to let people in and to believe she could be loved, I was also screaming at her to find a good therapist and figure it out if not for her own sake for that of her unborn child because I’m telling you she frustrated me to no end multiple times in this book which is why I could also understand Luc’s frustration when he flew off the handle. At times I felt this book was on a loop and the same issues between them kept going around and around and it got old. I loved the character of Lucas and the secondary characters, but Stephanie’s self loathing and harshness just got old. She was built up as a strong character, yet she didn’t seek help with her issues and given everything going on in her life you would think she was smart enough to realize she needed to, she wouldn’t talk to people who were so willing to listen and help her, and she refused financial help from someone who could well afford it and who wanted to do his part to provide for his child. So much of this book was about their sexual connection which is all fine and good, but I wanted to see them TRULY connect on an emotional level and it just wasn’t there.

While there were parts of Lucas I really enjoyed many other parts just fell flat leaving me disappointed as I had high hopes for this book.

3.5 stars

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This series consistently delivers complicated heroines and the men who fall hard for them despite their challenges. This stays true to that formula. ~ Afrodyt, Guilty Pleasures 

A broken condom throws a wrench in Lucas Fournier’s simple life of hockey and orgasms. For Stephanie Frazier, having a baby with a one night stand was not on her list of life goals.

I was really enjoying this story early on and while I understood Stephanie’s issues they became burdensome to the flow of the story as it went on. Yes, she was strong, but it’s like she lost herself the closer she and Lucas became.

Lucas was pretty perfect. Definitely someone that could handle an “Ooops!” of this magnitude. He played his cards right, even when he gave in to his frustration. I so wish the sexy times where more descriptive, however.

This series consistently delivers complicated heroines and the men who fall hard for them despite their challenges. This stays true to that formula.

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