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 love a book with perfectly flawed characters and that’s exactly what Sawyer Bennett’s newest release, Lucas, gives readers. The 8th book in Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series, Lucas features the brother of goalie Max Fournier and Stephanie Frazier, the wild, red-haired woman he has a one-night stand with. These two characters come together in a blazing fit of chemistry with the notion that they’ll never see each other again. You know what they say about best laid plans…
Lucas is most definitely character-driven, the plot moving Lucas and Stephanie steadily towards their happily ever after. Throughout the story, we see two fairly immature people face the unexpected and do so with surprising strength, a lot of stubbornness and, sometimes, a bit of bad temper.
I honestly can’t say which I character I loved more. The title character, Lucas, starts the book as an immature but charming hockey player only concerned with getting the next woman into his bed. He’s new to the Cold Fury and wants desperately to win a Stanley Cup. He’s also a family man, who considers his older brother Max his best friend and talks to his mom before every hockey game. When Stephanie unexpectedly secures a permanent place in his life, he goes after what he wants with her with the same tenacity he does hockey. He’s sweet, he’s gentle, he commanding, and he gives her exactly what she needs. But, the immaturity doesn’t magically go away and that’s what I loved about him. He doesn’t become the perfect guy overnight and though I hated how he let his temper hurt Stephanie, I appreciated Lucas’s flaws.
Stephanie is one damaged woman. Deprived of love throughout her childhood and told over and over she’ll amount to nothing, she’s depended only on herself. She’s outgoing and fun to be around but She. Does. Not. Get. Involved. No friends, no romantic entanglements, no one that can hurt her. When she finds herself as an unexpected member of the Fournier family she has no idea what to do! For Stephanie it’s as if she’s entered an alternate universe that she wants to desperately live in, but has no idea how to allow herself to love this family or Lucas. Through the course of this book, Lucas breaks down her walls with help from his soon-to-be sister-in-law, Jules. I alternated between laughing and crying as Lucas and Stephanie fell in love. While it seemed as though Stephanie would never allow herself to let go, I could completely understand why she wouldn’t.
Together, Stephanie and Lucas are a great couple. They made me laugh so many times with their flirting! This is only my second Cold Fury novel, but I know that they’re going to be one of my favorite couples, even after I read the rest of the series. One of the things that really makes this book standout (and makes me want to read the rest) is the family of characters that Sawyer Bennett has created in it. Max and Jules play a prominent part of Lucas and Bennett uses them as strong, supportive characters and not just as fillers. Max is there with a shoulder for Lucas to lean on and Jules is a wonderful first friend for Stephanie. One of my favorite parts of the book is a phone call between Lucas and his mom. As an older reader, this call hit me right in the heart as I easily imagined this conversation with my own son.
I couldn’t recommend this book more! Even if you’ve never read a single book in this series I can tell you it’s easily a standalone. 4.5 stars for Lucas. Heat level: 3.5
I received a copy of Lucas from NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.
Lucas will be published on September 19, 2017 by Loveswept.