Series: Cold Fury Hockey #7
Published by Loveswept on February 21st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Cris Dukehart, Graham Halstead
Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge
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.
The more I read of Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series, the more I fall in love. Seriously this series just keeps getting better and better. Roman, the 7th book in the series, despite tough competition, is currently my favorite in this series. It’s truly a wonderful book and I couldn’t put it down.
Roman is about Roman Sýkora, a member on the Cold Fury hockey team. He gets into trouble on (and off) the ice a lot, but that’s just how he is. But management isn’t happy with him, so he’s feeling the pressure. Then he meets Lexi Robinson, a barista, who has a special connection to the owner of the team. Lexi is the daughter of the owner, Brian Bannon, a daughter he never knew about. She decides to reach out to him, and try to connect to Brian and her half-sister. While Roman and Lexi are very attracted to each other, Roman doesn’t get along with Lexi’s half-sister, and Lexi is stuck in the middle.
I pretty much loved everything about this book.
There is so much to love about Roman. I loved Roman, who is such a big guy who loves playing hockey, but is a little lost in the relationship department (whether it’s family relationships or romantic relationships). But when he meets Lexi, he is totally into her. I loved seeing him trying to figure out how to be good with Lexi, and also what having a family really means. He just sooo worked for me.
I also adored Lexi. Her mother passed away, and she’s lonely. So she decides to reach other to her father, not really knowing what his response is going to be. I loved their first meeting. When Lexi tells him she’s his daughter, he doesn’t question her. I loved that, and how it was Lexi’s idea to take a DNA test. At times I felt bad for her, because she’s often in between a rock and a hard place because of the animosity between her half-sister, Gray (with whom she desperately wants to connect), and Roman (who she cares so much for).
And the romance was just so good. I loved Roman and Lexi together so much. They were just right together. I loved that there wasn’t a lot of angst, and they both acted like mature people. I loved that the conflict was outside the relationship. I just really loved it. I even loved the secondary romance between Brian and Lexi’s good friend and employer, Georgia.
The narration was fantastic. It’s narrated by Cris Dukehart and Graham Halstead, and they were wonderful. The only odd thing was when Cris was narrating Lexi’s chapters, she gave Roman an accent (he’s Czech), but when Graham was narrating Roman didn’t have an accent. But that is a minor thing.
Basically, if you like sports romances, or just romances in general, get reading Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series because it is amazing!
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