Thursday, March 2, 2017

ARC Review: ROMAN by Sawyer Bennett

Roman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7)Roman 
by Sawyer Bennett
Cold Fury #7


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.


As the bad boy of the Cold Fury hockey team, I was prepared to dislike Roman Sýkora. Roman has attitude on the ice and like to have a good time off it. I was gearing myself up to endure Roman until he is rehabilitated by his new love. But you know what? It did not happen. It did not happen because, despite the bad boy status, Roman is really likeable. Here's a man with very little experience with a long term, devoted relationships, but is struck by a woman who lives her life by her own rules and is content and satisfied with her world. I like that he likes that.

Lexi rivals Sutton as my favorite Cold Fury heroine. I am partial to principled women who put themselves out there and stand by their convictions. She is a free-spirit who values deep relationships. The challenge comes when two important relationships clash. Even here, Lexi finds her own solutions.

Sawyer Bennett also gives us an unexpected, but much welcome side story with Brian and Georgia. This author needs to write more "mature" romances, but she nails this element. It's flirty, sexy and without subterfuge and I need more of this! Ms. Bennett could have written an entire book with these two characters.

Overall, Roman is one of the best Cold Fury stories.

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I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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