Series: Cold Fury Hockey #7
Published by Loveswept on February 21st 2017
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New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett steams up the ice all over again as the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team’s hottest bad boy gets his first taste of something good.
In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.
Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.
Don’t miss any of Sawyer Bennett’s electrifying Cold Fury novels:
ALEX | GARRETT | ZACK | RYKER | HAWKE | MAX | ROMAN
I’ve come to one conclusion: Sawyer Bennett is not human. It seems like she adds to her impressive arsenal of work every couple months with books ranging from romantic suspense and erotica to lighthearted contemporary romance. How is that even possible? How, I ask you?! I don’t know, but as long as she keeps cooking up these sweet sports romances with a hint of spice, I’ll keep gobbling them up like candy. Roman was a tasty treat for me.
Roman is the bad boy of the Cold Fury professional hockey team. His scandalous antics off the ice and his penchant for racking up suspensions due to losing his cool on the ice have put his position with the team in jeopardy. The General Manger, Gray, is not exactly his number one fan at the moment.
Roman meets Lexi and immediately takes a liking to the unconventional barista. Things get complicated when he discovers Lexi is possibly the long-lost daughter that the Fury’s owner, Brian, never knew existed. That would also make her Gray’s half sister. This puts Lexi between a rock and a hard place if she wants to pursue a relationship with her new family as well as Roman.
Lexi is lovely, talented, easy going, and totally quirky but completely comfortable in her own skin. It’s easy to see why everyone is drawn to her. Lexi’s personality and her relationship with her potential father is a major highlight of the story. Her flamboyant surrogate mom, Georgia, is also delightful, and I loved how she’s integrated into the story.
I was totally on board with most of the book, but I did feel like some things are too easy. There’s some great tension between Gray and Lexi, but for the most part, the conflicts are rather easy to resolve, especially with Lexi being so agreeable. Roman effortlessly changes his lifestyle almost overnight except for a couple hiccups, and towards the end of the book it seems like the author is trying to dredge up drama when there just isn’t much there.
The story is told from the perspective of three characters: Lexi, Roman, and Brian. It’s an unusual choice, and one that I really enjoyed. Roman is a nice addition to the series and a satisfying story that’s a winner for this sports romance junkie.
Recommended for fans of:
Long lost children
**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**