My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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.
*arc provided for an honest and unbiased review*
At first I wasn't too sure about Roman and his ability to settle down for one girl. Let alone someone who was at the total opposite end of the rainbow from him. But the way Sawyer laid out this story, you can't be anything but sure of him. You can't do anything but fall in love with how he loves Lexi. And good lord, did anyone else swoon at the hospital bed scene?
I'm not going to lie about this. But I found myself getting really irritated with Gray throughout a lot of the story. She was acting like a selfish brat with both Lexi and Roman, separately and together. I hear the excuse she's pregnant and hormonal, and I just don't care. It also bothered me that no one put her in her place until it was too late. Her dad or her husband needed to say a little something before it got to the point of exploding. Her dad even talked about being so disappointed in her, yet... can we get a little bit of the action where Miss Priss gets put in her place?
I can respect why Gray and Roman put their differences aside , Lexi is worth it after all. It was like a sigh of relief. finally. I mean Roman and Lexi had built such a strong foundation for their relationship, why was Gray taking it so personally. He was so good to her. From the very beginning you could just feel the chemistry between these two characters and how he just cherished her.
I think one I love most about this series is how Sawyer seems to weave the meaning of family in so many different ways. Roman with no family, leaning what family really is. Lexi losing her family , but also finding and creating a new one. Ryker, Gray and the Girls. Daddy-o and Georgia. family is all Bout who surrounds you and supports you. I love how Sawyer shows us so many different definitions of not only family, but ways to find love
I can't believe I'm about to say this. but I think Roman may have taken top spot for me
4.5 star review from me!
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