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Roman

Roman (A Cold Fury Novel) by Sawyer Bennett

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Overview by Publisher:

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.

I adore this series by Sawyer Bennett.  Well, to be honest, I adore ALL books by her!  This book was another hit for the Cold Fury Series!

Roman is one of the bad boys of sport.  He plays hard, he parties hard and he pushes the limits.  His boss is trying to reign him in and threatens him with a trade if he doesn’t change his bad boys ways.

What is different about this book is that the Brannon family is featured heavily.  We meet Lexi as she is telling Brian Brannon, the owner of Cold Fury, that she is his long lost daughter.  We get the perspectives of Lexi, Roman and Brian in this book.

Lexi is searching for family.  While Brian accepts her right away, her new half sister Grey, is a harder sell.  The family dynamics are fascinating and I really enjoyed seeing Brian find love for a second time.  For those who loved Ryker and Grey’s story, there is a lot of time spent with them in this book.

Lexi is a free spirit.  She works at a coffee shop, plays the ukulele, and dresses how she likes.  She isn’t after the Brannon money, she just wants family.  Lexi meets Roman at the start of the book and the sparks fly.  She likes her men on the bad side and Roman fits that bill.

The relationship between Lexi and Roman is a good fit.  Roman is a loner.  He needs someone like Lexi to give him a chance at a real relationship.  The romance is going all well until Lexi’s new family interferes, which creates some great dramatic moments and pushes the relationship along.  The two of them have incredible sex – not surprising since Roman is as intense in the bedroom as he is on the ice and Lexi’s free spirit extends to her sex life.  This is one of Sawyer Bennett’s great strengths.  She writes loves scenes that are titillating but also emotional.  Each time the characters slide between the sheets, it furthers the plot and the evolution of the relationship.

If you like hockey and contemporary romance novels – you HAVE to check out this series!  The next character Luc was briefly introduced and I was so relieved there would be another book in this series!

Top Ten Tuesday – Series I LOVE

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week features a different topic that can be applied to whatever genre of books you like to read.  This week the theme is “ten books I really love but feel like I haven’t talked about enough/in a while”.

This is so easy…and yet so hard!  There are SO many books that I love that I can gush about them all day, however, it makes it hard to just pick 10!  So I’m going to cover series that I love so that there is more than just one book for you to enjoy!

I have been really in love with Sawyer Bennett lately.  I have read her Wicked Horse erotica series, ALL of the Cold Fury novels (read my review of Hawke and Ryker), Sugar Daddy and ALL of the Last Call series.  I haven’t posted reviews on the Last Call books, as I just blasted through hawkethem this weekend, but man, they were great!  I think what I like the most about her books is that she writes amazing male characters.  They are strong and sexy, but flawed.  This author writes about the kind of sex that I wish I was having.  I highly recommend the Cold Fury novels and the Last Call series!

 

 

 

 

Outlander is about to come back to our televisions – thank god!  There is a new series out hot for the scotby Janice Maynard about three young ladies that travel to Scotland to spend the summer.  They are inspired by the Outlander series and all secretly hope to find their own Jamie.  The first book in the series is Hot for the Scot and it was so charming and lovely!  I loved the characters and it was the kind of adventure I would love to experience.  I found this book a great way to spend the time waiting for Jamie and Claire to come back.  The second book in the series, Scot of my Dreams, is about to publish, so there is more Hot Scots to go!

 

 

 

I started this blog because I was deeply, deeply in love with Monica McCarty’s Highland the ghostGuard series and I was desperate to get my hands on an ARC copy of the Arrow.  This is the best series I have ever read – heck, all of her books are!  To say I am a super fan would be accurate.  I can’t recommend these books enough.  Fantastic history, amazing characters and spell binding bedroom scenes.  You can’t go wrong with this series.  When I find a new series, I actually like it when I am late to the party.  You know?  It kind of sucks to have to wait months for the next book to come out.  Well, fear not with this series!  The final full length novel, The Ghost comes out in May and a novella in June.  So you have TONS of books to read.  If you are a fan of Outlander, Navy SEALs  and hot men, then these are books you need to check out!

 

 

Another series that I am totally gaga for is the Inevitable Series by Janet Nissenson.  I find splendorher work to be similar to Samantha Young.  Her stories feature amazing and captivating characters with plotlines that you just can’t imagine.  Not in a crazy way, but just realistic and engaging.  Janet creates sizzling chemistry between her leads and the emotions of the stories just pull you in as the reader.  I have read all the books in the series and I can honestly say they have made my top ten list.  She capably does what ever author hopes to accomplish – write love stories that make you desperate to keep reading.  I have become devoted to her work and keep offering my services as a beta reader because I am so excited for what comes next!  Serendipity, Splendor, Shattered and Sensational.

 

 

Georgia Cates came to my attention through the Sin Series, a great series featuring the beauty bundleScottish mafia.  I took a further look at what she has written and came across the Beauty Trilogy.  This series was even better than the Sin Series.  I loved the characters, the drama, the turmoil, the sex and the happily ever after!  It’s hard to describe what sucked me into a story with a playboy millionaire having a no-strings attached affair with a young college student, but while it may sound like Fifty Shades or Crossfire, this series is actually even better than them.  I loved how the books made me feel.  I think that is when you know that you are reading a great book.  I felt so involved and engaged in what was happening to the characters.  I felt every emotion, I longed for their kisses and their troubles became mine.  Even if you don’t read a lot of contemporary romance, this is one series you should check out!

 

once a wallflower, at last his loveOne author that I follow on Facebook is Christi Caldwell.  I really enjoy her books!  What fascinates me about Christi is her writing process.  Christi writes every single day.  When not taking care of her toddler twins, her school aged boy, and a family home.  She is so devoted to the process and in turn has amassed a large book list.  Her characters ‘her muses’ speak to her and each one has a story that begs to be told.  She is so versatile that one book features a spinster, the next a bluestocking and a shy, young thing.  Christi crafts great historical romance stories that make it exciting to read!

 

Vonnie Davis has written one of the best series I have read, Highlander’s Beloved!  It bearing it allfeatures a clan in the modern day Highlands who happen to be shifter-bears.  While I am not big on science fiction romance, this series is one that just sucks you in!  I think it is because it’s what I imagine the Scottish Highlands to be like today.  Hot men who are strong, brawny, smart and sexy as hell.  It doesn’t hurt that the secondary characters are just fantastic and I have really enjoyed the love stories she has told!  This series is like a blend of historical and contemporary romance!

 

 

 

 

must love chainmailAnother series that I have really enjoyed is Must Love Chainmail and Must Love Breeches by Anglea Quarles.  I feel like I haven’t raved enough about these books lately!  I want everyone to check out these books because they are just SO great!  In Must Love Breeches, a young lady time travels to Regency England and it’s just so much fun to see it through her perspective!  I love time travel books!  In Must Love Chainmail the heroine ends up in Medieval times and it’s just so exciting it gave me heart palpitations!  Angela is hard at work on her next book, Must Love Kilts.  I’m sure you don’t need me to explain why I am chomping at the bit to get my hands on it!  You really can’t go wrong with these amazing time travel books!

 

 

 

One of my all time favourite series is the Sam Jellicoe books by Suzanne Enoch!  I knowbillionaires prefer blondes that people love them too, because they are a topic I have written about in the past that keeps getting looked at.  Sam Jellicoe is a reformed cat burgler and the original sassy heroine!  In fact, when I read about a snarky, cheeky heroine, I immediately compare her to Sam.  Sam has a rich boyfriend, Rick.  Together they are just all sorts of hot!  This series has fantastic sexual chemistry as well as moments of hilarity and plots that would make anyone laugh! It’s really hard to take life too seriously when reading about Sam.  I highly recommend this series.  If we all read the books, then maybe Suzanne’s publisher will contract her to write another one!

 

it happened one autumnThis should come as no surprise, but a great series that has the hearts of readers across the world is Lisa Kleypas’ The Wallflowers.  Each book takes place in a different season of the year.  My personal favourite is It Happened One Autumn.  I loved Lillian and Marcus!   I know that Sebastian’s deliverance is very popular, but there is just something so great about how Lillian tweaks Marcus’ nose.  Plus, who can possibly forget what happened in his library?!  This series is kind of a standard.  So if you are just getting into historical romance, this is a fantastic way to get going!

 

Ryker: A Cold Fury Novel

Ryker (A Cold Fury Novel) by Sawyer Bennett

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Overview by Amazon:
The stakes have never been higher for Carolina Cold Fury goalie Ryker Evans. With his contract running out, he’s got a year left to prove he’s still at the top of his game. And since his wife left him, Ryker has been balancing life as a pro-hockey star and a single parent to two daughters. Management is waiting for him to screw up. The fans are ready to pounce. Everybody’s taking dirty shots—except for the fiery redhead whose faith in Ryker gives him a fresh start.

As the league’s only female general manager, Gray Brannon has learned not to mix business with pleasure. And yet even this tough, talented career woman can’t help breaking her own rules as she gives Ryker everything she’s got. She hopes their hot streak will last forever, but with Ryker’s conniving ex plotting to reclaim her man, the pressure’s on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.

I really love the sports genre.  I read a review of the recent RWA conference and the themes that were emerging from the romance industry.  One of them was more sports books, particularly hockey.  I have read a couple by Charlene Groome and I was thrilled to find this book on Netgalley.  As a Canadian, hockey is in our blood and a slick hockey player is practically the national poster guy.

What I liked most about this book was the lead character Gray.  She is such a strong character.  She is a genius and has been named the first female general manager of a national hockey team.  She definitely has her work cut out for her and I loved seeing the inner running of the organization.  Her intelligence was such a turn on and I loved that she wasn’t the typical ‘puck bunny’.

Let’s not forget Ryker.  He’s pretty awesome too!  It’s rare that we see single parents in this type of book, but Ryker is raising his two little girls after a messy separation from his wife.  He’s an older player and the star goalie of the team and the league.

The conflict comes from the fact that Ryker is a player and Gray is the GM.  While Gray is conscious to remain out of the coaching decisions, it still creates a big problem.  She has to prove herself to the team, her father, the media, the fans and herself.  It’s that tension between giving up a dream for love.

The sneaking around that the two do is quite hot and steamy.  Ryker challenges the typical athlete image by telling Gray that he doesn’t do hook ups and that if she gets with him, it will definitely be more.  Usually it is the woman asking or demanding this and I kind of loved that it was Ryker.  He’s six plus feet of hot man and he can’t keep his hands off of Gray.  I adored how they had clandestine meetings in her office and snuck around the hotels on road trips.

Overall, Ryker is just a great guy.  There is really nothing to not like about him.  He’s a great father, strong hockey player and a fantastic lover.  The conflict isn’t between the two making it as a couple, but rather the firestorm going public with their relationship would cause.  I really liked how the author handled this conflict – it was surprising and sweet.  A great way to end a well developed and interesting story.

If you are a fan of the sports genre, then add this book to your list!

Check out the book here.