Roman (A Cold Fury Novel) by Sawyer Bennett
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!