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.
This book is like an onion…so many layers. As the seventh book in this series, you’d think that it would be fairly formulaic, however, this book is more than just a romance. It’s about love, of course, but not just romantic love. It’s about family relationships and acceptance, it’s about understanding you’re never too old to find happiness, and it’s about the fact that no matter how different two people might be, they can definitely fall head over heels with each other.
Of course, I loved Roman. He was tough on and off the ice but deep down he had a heart of gold. Being in a relationship was new to him but I loved his willingness to make things work. His devotion to Lexi was clear and made my heart happy. I also adored Lexi…such a strong woman. Meeting her new family and unintentionally falling for the team bad boy would be difficult for anyone but she handled the stress and difficulties with sass and intelligence. Together these two had explosive chemistry. I loved everything about them. But, I also loved the subplots that this book had. Brian Brannon, the team owner, gets his own happily ever after here as well. When he meets Lexi’s boss, who’s almost like a mother to her, sparks fly. I really enjoyed how she threw his life off balance but made it so much better. Finally, the story also had some family dynamics for everyone to deal with. As Lexi becomes a part of this family she needs to handle relationships now just with her family but also between them and Roman.
There’s a lot going on in this book and the story lines kept me glued to the pages. I’ve enjoyed many of the stories in this series and I will say that this is up among my favorites. I enjoyed hearing this story from three points of view – Lexi, Roman, and Brian…and loved being in all of their heads and hearts. If you haven’t read this series, I think you definitely should. These books are fun, romantic, and sexy. And, whether or not you love hockey, they have a great team of guys to fall in love with!
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