by Sawyer Bennett
on February 21st 2017
Published by Loveswept, Penguin Random House Genres: Hockey, Romance, Sports
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #7
Also in this series: Alex, Garrett, Zack, Ryker
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.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion of the book.
Roman Sykora is a bad boy, a man whore, and a fighter. He is unapologetic about his ways and sees no reason to change. Either you like him for who he is, or you don’t. He doesn’t care. He isn’t going to change for anyone, not even for the Cold Fury Hockey management,
Leaving his home country as a teenager to play hockey, he’s never had much of a family. Roman’s always had to look after himself. When the ukelele playing barista rocks his world, he decides that letting someone in may not be so bad after all.
Enter Brian Branon’s daughter, Lexi Robertson. She just found her father and her sister, Gray, the GM for the Cold Fury Hockey team. As she navigates these new found relationships, she also has to find a way to have a relationship with the team bad boy. Her sister, Gray, does not like Roman’s performance on or off the ice and holds nothing back in warning Lexi away from Roman. But when the bad boy won’t change, and your sister stubbornly resists accepting him, you’re left in the middle.
This had all the makings of a great book, a bad boy, family angst, long lost daddy, and yet, it fell flat for me. The plot was flat. I don’t have to have angst in every book, but I need some tension, some push and pull, something that moves the story along, a climax.
Also, I never felt like I got to know the characters. I missed the connection with them that I usually get in a Sawyer Bennett book.
Even though this didn’t hit the mark for me, this is the 7th book in this series, and I really enjoyed the others. If you haven’t started this series, I would highly recommend it.