Series: A Cold Fury Hockey novel #7
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release date: 21 February, 2017
Main characters: Roman Sýkora – cocky lone wolf who loves hockey, but hates authority. Lexi Robertson, free spirit who is looking to get to know her new family.
Blurb: 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.
Why you should read it: Calling all Sawyer Bennett and Cold Fury fans. This is book seven in the series – yes, seven and it’s still going strong. Each member of the team is unique and their romantic lives are all engaging and entertaining. Roman was a cocky character, happy to be on his own, while Lexi was a free spirit, low on drama and completely adorable. Considering that the drama levels were comparatively low, this doesn’t mean the story was lacking. On the contrary – it was an absorbing read, with plenty of punchy dialogue and laughs along the way. It was a breath of relief to read a story that wasn’t heavy on the drama and revelations – it was a read steeped in realism and it was absorbing and engaging.
What you may not like: As I mentioned above, if you’re a fan of angst-ridden heroes and heroines, this read may seem a little tame to you. Both Roman and Lexi know who they are, they’re not searching for the perfect life, they’re just prepared to take a chance and enjoy the idea of ‘more’.
Rating: 4/5 for a great read – one you can devour in no time at all. This is a great series and shows no sign off slowing down.