Sawyer Bennett
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Release Date
February 2017
Book 7 of Cold Fury
Contemporary Romance

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.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Feb 17, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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4.5 "Family, Business, & Love" Stars!

This being the 7th book in the series, I can honestly say that the Cold Fury series has become one of my favorite sports romance series of all time! Every single book that I have read in this ice hockey based romance has been top-notch: both complex in its character and plot development and touching and heart-felt in its romance. Not to mention that each book is fresh and unique in its storyline (no cookie cutter series driven formula here!) ROMAN is no exception, and left me eagerly turning pages to see how the two embedded romances (that's right you get 2 romances for the price of 1 in this book!), not to mention the interesting family dynamics combined with a conflict-driven business overlay would be resolved.

Lexi Robertson has just had a bombshell revelation, and following her mother's death and left with no family, she decides to move to Raleigh, North Carolina to explore this long-held secret. Brian Brannon, the owner of the Cold Fury Ice Hockey professional team, is her father! But will she ever be able to convince Brian, a rich and powerful man who will no doubt be suspicious of any such allegations, and Gray Brannon, his only daughter who maintains a very close (and protective) relationship with him and who indeed is now the general manager of the Cold Fury team, that she is their long-lost daughter and sister?

Further complicating matters is that Lexi is nothing like Brian or Gray. She isn't college educated and can at best be described as a free-spirited, musician and ukuele player who works as a barrista for a living. While Brian and Gray run an ice hockey empire and Gray was even a hockey gold medalist herself! What can Lexie possibly have in common with Brian and Gray who are known for their hard-driven, Type A personalities?

As Lexi is beginning to be acquainted with her new family, she also meets Roman Sykora, the bad boy defenseman of the Cold Fury Team. Known for never backing down from a fight, nevermind his playboy ways, and a knack for attracting negative publicity, he is one of Gray's least favorite players, even if his results on the ice rink are undeniable. Roman and Lexi instantly hit it off, but that only further complicates the budding family relationship between the Brannons and Lexi, given Gray's heated exchanges with Roman about shaping up or being traded from the team. Additionally, the fact that Roman has never really had a family who took an interest in him makes his desire to interact with anyone else's family (even if it is the first girl ever who has made him want more than a one night stand) an extra barrier to the development of both Lexi's new family ties and love interest in Roman.

But that is not all! In an already full plot, Ms. Sawyer manages to squeeze in yet one more surprise. All I will say is that even widowers have a chance to find love again! In addition to the plot, I highly enjoyed Ms. Sawyer's engaging writing, which kept me glued to my Kindle from page 1 to the very end!
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