Van by Sawyer Bennett

Van

Score one for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team as a stone-cold badass melts for a woman who makes his blood run hot.As one of the league’s toughest enforcers, Van Turner is ruthless on the ice. He plays hard because it’s the only way to channel the rage boiling inside, and a reputation as an A-hole is better than everyone knowing the truth. Van has spent his entire life...

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  • Christy

    is the 9th book in Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury series and it’s by far my favorite so far! Honestly, I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. It follows the same time-line as

    and I was worried it would be a little repetitive at times, but I was wrong. This story was fantastic and Van and Simone were epic characters!

    Simone Fournier is the youngest of the Fournier clan. As her life has tur

    is the 9th book in Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury series and it’s by far my favorite so far! Honestly, I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. It follows the same time-line as

    and I was worried it would be a little repetitive at times, but I was wrong. This story was fantastic and Van and Simone were epic characters!

    Simone Fournier is the youngest of the Fournier clan. As her life has turned a little crazy, she's come to stay with her brothers. When she stays with Lucas, she also stays with Van, as he’s his roommate. Simone has it bad for Van. She is instantly attracted to him and relentless with her pursuit. I’m serious here- this girl had me laughing so loud with her attempts to get with Van… I couldn't stop cracking up!

    
Van has a past that he’s ashamed of, even though its no fault of his own. Due to that past, he doesn't let anyone get too close. Van’s a broken man and Simone is the only one who can seem to get in there and break down his barriers. I adored this couple so much! They were so great together!

    is one of those books that has it all! It’s steamy, funny, and emotional. I couldn't get enough of Van Turner and Simone Fournier. ‘Shiny’ was the best thing ever! I loved this book so much and I can’t wait for more in this series!

  • Dali

    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!!

    As with the previous EIGHT books in this series, I was very excited to dig into

    , especially after reading the snippet at the end of Lucas, book #8 in the series. Sawyer Bennett does not disappoint. Her writing style and storytelling captures my attention every time. With Van I found myself engrossed in a stories I could hardly put down. Plus, it was great to catch up wit

    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!!

    As with the previous EIGHT books in this series, I was very excited to dig into

    , especially after reading the snippet at the end of Lucas, book #8 in the series. Sawyer Bennett does not disappoint. Her writing style and storytelling captures my attention every time. With Van I found myself engrossed in a stories I could hardly put down. Plus, it was great to catch up with all the gang from the Cold Fury hockey team and in this particular story relive Lucas’ road to happiness from a different perspective as Van and Simone’s relationship unfolds almost in tandem.

    Simone is the youngest of the Fourier siblings and the most determined. Unhappy with her career choice, she decides to drop out of college and crash in with Lucas, one of her hockey star brothers. She’s unsure of what to do with her life, but upon meeting Van she’s certain she wants him. And what she wants, she gets.

    She recognizes Van has huge walls around him, that he’s probably unable to give more than a good time in bed, and that he’s her brothers’ teammate. She pushes and comes on strong to make sure to melt a layer of his glacier like disposition every time. And with the passion between them, she’s sure she’ll get through. But can she reach his soul?

    Van Turner is a tough on and off the ice. He uses hockey as an outlet for his anger and frustration and is a douche canoe to keep everyone at a distance fearing what would happen if anyone found out about his past. Until Simone saunters into his life. Try as he might, it’s impossible for him to resist the infuriatingly sexy, sassy and full playful naughtiness woman. What started as a one night tryst, soon evolves into so much more. But how would she react if she knew his dark secret?

    I’m of the opinion that good character development requires character growth. Both Van and Simone are definitely flawed and it took me a bit to warm up to them, particularly Simone as she made some questionable choices. But she learned about herself as she cracked Van’s layers. She’s caring and perfect for him. And Van… I just loved the big broody, closed off dolt. He had to do some deep soul searching before he could move forward but once he let his guard down, it’s impossible for him to not fall for Simone. And they’re absolutely explosive together!

    is book #9 of the

    series by

    . Their story is sexy and captivating and I really enjoyed it. It is a standalone contemporary hockey romance told from both points of view with a happy ending.

    4.5 stars

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  • Alex ♈

    It was very probably my last book in this series and very likely my last one by this author, well, unless this author would start to like and

    her heroines again…

    SB was my one-click author and I never gave up on her, even after some books I didn’t like, but after this one, I‘m out for good…

    It’s a shame and It makes me sad, because this author definitely has a writing talent;

    but I won’t spend my money on the books, which degrade my female gender.

    Next spoiler has some spoilers (so please

    It was very probably my last book in this series and very likely my last one by this author, well, unless this author would start to like and

    her heroines again…

    SB was my one-click author and I never gave up on her, even after some books I didn’t like, but after this one, I‘m out for good…

    It’s a shame and It makes me sad, because this author definitely has a writing talent;

    but I won’t spend my money on the books, which degrade my female gender.

    Next spoiler has some spoilers (so please be warned) and not very pretty, even harsh, thoughts about this book

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    opinion!

    If you want to read the book, please don’t click it.

    The book was safe. As I understood he wasn’t with any OW after he met the h and there were no scenes with OP.

    All above is my personal opinion.

    Take it or leave it…

  • Wendy'sThoughts
  • Wendy

    Everyone knows I am a big Hockey fan, and even tough I skipped some books in this series, (don't ask me why because I don't even know) I was very excited about reading this one ;)

    Sawyer gives us another very steamy (and a bit kinky) addition to this wonderful series. I wonder how many she'll add, since we are at book 9 already ! Not that I'm complaining...no siree !!

    Anyways...this time it's Van's turn. He played a part in the previous book, but no worries... all these books be read as stand alon

    Everyone knows I am a big Hockey fan, and even tough I skipped some books in this series, (don't ask me why because I don't even know) I was very excited about reading this one ;)

    Sawyer gives us another very steamy (and a bit kinky) addition to this wonderful series. I wonder how many she'll add, since we are at book 9 already ! Not that I'm complaining...no siree !!

    Anyways...this time it's Van's turn. He played a part in the previous book, but no worries... all these books be read as stand alone's ;)

    Simone is the sister of Lucas and Max ( books 6 & 8 ) and she is quite the feisty woman !! She is not afraid to go after what she wants and what she wants right now is Van !!

    Van isn't an easy catch though...

    When she does catch him, they agree to a

    relationship....or should I say

    -relationship :P

    We all know how that works out though... there are

    gonna be feelings involved !! !!! You would think they would all know by now !!

    I really enjoyed this one, just like all the others I have read in this series. Van was an awesome character and I really liked Simone ! Their chemistry was through the roof and the sexy times were

    !!

    All in all another awesome addition to the series and I myself can't wait to see what will be next !!

  • Michelle

    Yes, readers will get blinded because Sawyer Bennett has delivered a romance that was utterly beautiful, heartfelt, and sexy as hell. In this ninth installment of the

    Van Turner will steal your hearts as his story is so unique and different that you can’t help but fall for him.

    Simone Fournier is the baby sister of Max and Lucas, whom you have met in the previous books. Unlike her brothers, Sim

    Yes, readers will get blinded because Sawyer Bennett has delivered a romance that was utterly beautiful, heartfelt, and sexy as hell. In this ninth installment of the

    Van Turner will steal your hearts as his story is so unique and different that you can’t help but fall for him.

    Simone Fournier is the baby sister of Max and Lucas, whom you have met in the previous books. Unlike her brothers, Simone is a little lost as to what career path she wants. She recently dropped out of college and is living on the couch of Lucas and his roommate, Van. Currently, she is just working a waitressing job in order to pay back her parents since they made it known to her that she needs to do something with her life and pay them back for the tuition if she doesn’t go back to school.

    Since Simone is very much attracted to Van, she wants him. She flirts relentlessly with him. Van is very aware what Simone is trying to do and so he tries to avoid being in the same room as her since he knows Max and Lucas will not approve of him for their baby sister.

    Van is a man of very few words. He doesn’t get close to anyone except for his aunt, who helped raised him. He doesn’t do relationships at all. For him, it’s all about casual sex. No feelings that is until, Simone forces her way into his life.

    During their first encounter, Simone lets Van know that all she wants from him is just sex. Van makes it known to Simone that this thing between them is just no strings attached sex and no one can know about it. Well as it turns out, it can’t be just casual sex when feelings begins to develop. What happens when Simone discovers Van’s buried secret? Will Van push Simone away? Or will Simone be the one to heal and guide Van to the right direction? And what happens when Simone’s brothers discovers that she has been hiding her relationship with Van?

    As always, Sawyer Bennett did a fabulous job with

    I loved everything about this book from Van and Simone’s flawed personalities to the raw emotions and sexual chemistry that Van and Simone have for each other. Bennett showcased a love story that was more than about sports but the importance of what really matters…

    So if you are looking for a book that will make you feel for the characters then I highly recommend you to read this book. Trust me when I tell you, you will love unmasking the mystery of Van Turner as you get to see the real him when he is with Simone.

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    We met Van Turner and Simone Fournier in

    . I was excited to get to their story since I love romances with the

    . I knew that Van and Simone would generate a ton of heat between them since they seemed to rile each other up so easily. Their story ended up being q

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    We met Van Turner and Simone Fournier in

    . I was excited to get to their story since I love romances with the

    . I knew that Van and Simone would generate a ton of heat between them since they seemed to rile each other up so easily. Their story ended up being quite different from any of the previous books. This wasn’t my favorite in the series but I must admit it was without a doubt the steamiest!

    Simone is currently rooming with her older brother Lucas and his fellow Cold Fury teammate and best friend, Van Turner. She recently dropped out of college and seems just a bit lost. Lucas invites her to live temporarily in the house he shares with Van until she figures out in what direction she wants to take next in life. She is instantly smitten with Van from the moment she meets him and his cold and snarky attitude towards her only fuels her determination to seduce him.

    The two play a cat and mouse game for a while. Van tries to pretend that he is not in the least bit attracted to Simone, but he’s no match against her stubbornness. Soon enough they are heating up the sheets and getting down and dirty in just about every room in their house, when Lucas is not around of course, and even in some dark alleyways out in public. These two are insatiable and up for anything to get their rocks off. Their relationship for almost three-quarters of the book seems to be purely carnal and I must admit that I was hoping for a bit more romance which doesn’t really happen till almost nearly the end of the story.

    Van has a secret and it’s huge. Something from his distant past still haunts him to this day and it has affected his life deeply. His inability to form close relationships with women and awkwardness in social situations all stem from his painful past. He makes it very clear to Simone that all they can ever have is a sexual relationship and she is more than a willing participant. She made it all too easy for Van and some of her bad life choices made it hard for me to empathize with her.

    These two have so much stacked against them, it seems almost impossible that they will end up having a lasting relationship together.

    I have to give credit to Sawyer Bennett for coming up with a backstory for Van that I would have never have anticipated and I’m not really sure how I feel about the path she took in that respect. There was also one scene that was so cringeworthy that I wished was not even in the story at all. It made me dislike the heroine even more.

    This might not be my favorite in the series but I think most of you may find it very entertaining. It’s sure to get your temperatures rising.

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  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion

    After picking this solely on the “A-hole” reference in blurb coupled with hockey divided by liking the dude’s face on the cover, my expectations weren’t super high cuz my picker has been on the fritz lately.

    Boy, am I ever glad I was wrong! Right? Whatever. What I’m saying is this was

    I was getting pretty happy with the banter and the thrill of the chase then I got to the first sex scene and was all…

    Then I went to look and saw she was a NY

    After picking this solely on the “A-hole” reference in blurb coupled with hockey divided by liking the dude’s face on the cover, my expectations weren’t super high cuz my picker has been on the fritz lately.

    Boy, am I ever glad I was wrong! Right? Whatever. What I’m saying is this was

    I was getting pretty happy with the banter and the thrill of the chase then I got to the first sex scene and was all…

    Then I went to look and saw she was a NYT bestselling author! I’m

    the last to know. I tell you what those New Yorkers know WTF is up, you get me?

    In addition to the sex being rough, slightly kinky (more of that could’ve made it on page) and scorching, the two MCs are well-developed and *gasp* likable.

    Van is kind of a lone wolf onaccounta his baggage. He’s taciturn and stoic because the baggage is significant and it’s created his persona in many ways. He’s SUPER bad at social niceties which I found pretty charming actually, but the bottom line is he really doesn’t know how to be any other way.

    Simone is his opposite. She’s sassy, extroverted and in need of a place to crash since she’s dropped out of Dartmouth so she ends up on her brother Lucas’ doorstep. She’s smart, funny, sex positive and a little bratty but insightful AF. I maybe identified with her being lost as to what to do with her life. Been there. Done that. Got a closet full of t-shirts. I also liked that there weren’t easy answers for her on that front.

    What is an easy decision for her is Van. She takes one eyefucking look at him and decides she wants him then proceeds to relentlessly pursue him. He pushes her away multiple times and is kinda mean about it occasionally, but she is having none of it.

    The story of how Van and Simone become a “they” is not a new one nor is it unique, but how honest they both are with themselves as well as each other was refreshing. There is of course one exception, but it needed to happen that way. Their transition from sex to love was a gradual one and that rang authentic. I love it when couples are good for each other and maybe Simone is winning in that department but I believe the scales will even out the longer they’re together. Once Simone uncovers his secret how much I respected her response to him cannot be put into words; the whole thing gave me #feelings. Their alternating POVs tell this slice of life romance and go a long way towards character development. There’s little drama or angst but there is a healthy heaping of tongue slap your brains out sex! I would throw down a quote right about now but all of ’em are long so I’ll leave you with this gif that approximates my reactions.

    They have chemistry galore and when Van takes the lid off his restraint they are explosive. It’s no holds barred and nothing is off limits. It was a thing of beauty, I tell ya. Blew my doors clean off, it did.

    I wish there had been more hockey but what was there for team dynamics were good. Their story seems to overlap with Lucas’ but this can be read as a standalone.

    This was my first Sawyer Bennett but will not be my last.

    Recommend to romance fans who like their romance without dramatics.

  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆

    ✮ ✮ ✮ 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

    ✮ ✮ ✮ 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 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.

    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!

    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.

    Swoon!

    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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  • Elizabeth

    ★4.5★

    is the ninth book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series however it can certainly be read as a stand-alone. This is my first read by Sawyer Bennett and I can say with complete certainty I am hooked! What can be better than hockey, romance, and smoking hot steam? NOTHING!

    Van Turner is an enforcer on the Cold Fury Team. He has prided himself on living a pri

    ★4.5★

    is the ninth book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series however it can certainly be read as a stand-alone. This is my first read by Sawyer Bennett and I can say with complete certainty I am hooked! What can be better than hockey, romance, and smoking hot steam? NOTHING!

    Van Turner is an enforcer on the Cold Fury Team. He has prided himself on living a private life. He is quite the ladies man and yet, he has never allowed himself to bond with anyone beyond a physical connection. When Simone Fournier crashes into Van's life, he is unwilling to give her the time of day. Simone is ruthless in her quest to win Van over. Simone's spunky attitude and persistence break through and eventually Van succumbs to his attraction to her. As Simone and Van connect both physically and emotionally, the truth of Van's past is revealed. As the demons from his past begin to threaten their future, Simone will do whatever it takes to give security and support like he has never experienced before.

    Told in dual POV,

    is a sexy read with strong characters and an intriguing plot. Simone is such a strong heroine and her pursuit of Van was hilariously entertaining. Van is a typical broody male and yet, his history was quite complex and as the plot unfolds, I fell more in love with him and only wanted him to find happiness. He and Simone are a perfect match. The supporting characters enhance the plot greatly as the team is in the playoffs! I am thrilled to have discovered a new series to explore!

    Overall, I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys an entertaining hockey romance full of passion and a lot of heart. This was my first Sawyer Bennett read and I can say with complete certainty it will not be my last. Lucky for me I have eight more books from this series to explore!


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