Cold Fury Hockey Series – Book 7
By Sawyer Bennett
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.
One would think the Cold Fury Hockey series has reached it’s potential but like the team, Sawyer Bennett is switching up the plays, changing the roster, and scoring new goals that keep these books at the top of the game. Every time I read a new Cold Fury Hockey novel it becomes my favorite. I fall in love with each player. Sawyer Bennett has turned me into a Cold Fury Puck Bunny. I can’t wait “to do” the next player.
Out of all of the Cold Fury Hockey novels, I can honestly say that this one could very well be the Stanley Cup winner in the series. It’s not because Roman Sykora is the sexiest player on the team or because he’s the baddest of the bad boys on the team. It’s not because Lexi Robertson has the special magic to land bad boy Roman Sykora. It’s something even more magical than the swoon worthy romance, it’s the timing of this novel in the series. It takes the Cold Fury Hockey world in a new direction. It also gives the reader a very different perspective of some of the characters in previous books. This book focuses on family dynamics and how each individual contributes to the dynamics in positive and negative actions. It shows some very real character flaws that each individual possesses. This made this series seem much more than a romance series. It became real.
It all starts with Gray Bannon laying down the law with defenseman Roman Sykora. She has ordered him to clean up his act on and off the ice. She’s indicated it could cost him his position on the team. As far as she is concerned his behavior is detrimental to the team.
As far as Roman is concerned he’s doing his job, doing exactly what he is being paid to do. This is hockey not a friendly match. He’s paid to fight and protect his team. It doesn’t matter who starts it, it matters who ends it. He’s doing his job and his personal life should not matter on the ice. Nobody tells Roman Sykora what he can do with his free time. That’s his choice. He’s always been in charge of how he lives and the rules he lives by for most of his life. For the sake of his career, he’s willing to bend a little but not a lot. He doesn’t have a bad attitude, it’s just the way he is and he owns it.
Lexi Robertson has come to North Carolina to meet her father after finally finding out who he is on her mother’s deathbed. She’s not there to cause trouble, she just wants to meet the man who gave her life, who happens to be the owner of the Cold Fury Hockey team, Brian Bannon. She wants to make some kind of connection.
What she encounters upon her first meeting is a little overwhelming. First she meets the sexy defenseman, Roman Sykora, while waiting for her meeting with Brian. There’s an instant connection. She quickly realizes they are cut from the same mold and march to their own beat.
Then Brian reacts quite differently than she expected. Rather than being turned away, she is embraced whole heartedly. In fact she has to slow him down and make him take the necessary time in their new father / daughter relationship. He’s a good man with a good heart.
Lexi and Roman are starting something that goes beyond a one night stand. For the first time Roman wants the lady to stick around in the morning. He wants to spend time getting to know Lexi Robertson. He’ll have to compete with Brian Bannon for her time, Even though Roman is not the family kind of guy, he’s understanding of Lexi’s desire for a relationship with her father and sister. He’s willing to patiently wait for Lexi’s time because he knows how important it is to Lexi. He’s learning to compromise.
Brian Bannon is thrilled by the revelation of a new daughter. He wants to get to know Lexi and become a part of her life. Becoming a part of her life includes getting along with her quirky boss / adopted mom, Georgia Mack. For the first time in years Brian is attracted to woman and doesn’t know what to do about it. His life has been hockey and his daughter.
Gray Bannon is on a completely different page than Brian. She has a hard time believing that Lexi Robertson is her father’s secret lovechild. She’s going on the defense and refusing to budge at all where Lexi is concerned. To make matters worse, Lexi is dating Roman Sykora, the player she detests. Readers are going to see a very different side of Gray Bannon.
In the end this odd little family are all going to learn what the word compromise really means. Lexi and Roman are going to find what a real relationship really is. Brian Bannon is not only gaining a daughter, he is also finding out that he is man with real desires he thought he lost long ago with his wife. Georgia Mack is working her quirky magic on his heart. Gray Bannon is also learning some new lessons in life. For the first time she is having to share her daddy.
This book adds new colorful dimensions to the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey series. Sawyer wrote this from Lexi’s, Roman’s, and Brian’s POV. She showed that even the strongest people have insecurities but it doesn’t make them unlovable. It makes them even more worthy of love. That is the reason that this book is my favorite in the series.
USA Today Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.