Roman (Cold Fury Hockey #7) by Sawyer Bennett
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.
Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Roman Sýkora is a bad boy through and through. Enforcer for the Carolina Cold Fury, he takes his role more than seriously, which means he spends a lot of time in the penalty box. As a man about town, if he sees what he wants, he usually takes it, especially if it’s freely thrown at him. He’s been a loner since his teenage years and he lives life by his own rules, and is happy leading the transient life of a hockey player. Family doesn’t mean a great deal to him.
Lexi Robertson is a bright, free spirit. She lost her mother, her only close relative, ten months previously, and has come to Raleigh to meet the father she never knew, Brian Brannon, owner and CEO of the Cold Fury. She’s lonely and wants to be part of a family, again.
“There’s something between us…you know it. It’s different. It’s mysterious. But it’s real and we’re both ready.”
When they meet, there’s a definite spark between them, but their budding romance is hindered by Roman’s bad relationship with the team’s general manager, Gray Brannon – Lexi’s newfound half-sister. Lexi’s desperate to settle into her new family, but Roman might just be the man to give her lifelong happiness.
In the meantime, there’s romance in the air for Brian, too!
This was a great, heartwarming story. Roman and Lexi are quite similar in character, both alone, both living by their own rules. Lexi’s happy-go-lucky, free-spirited, fun personality charms Roman completely. She’s so different from anyone he’s ever met and he’s willing to see where things go. In turn, Roman’s alpha tendency and sexy accent really turn Lexi on, as well as his thoughtfulness. She’s knows that under that bad boy persona lurks a man with a big, soft heart. I must say that MY heart melted when he gave her the surprise birthday present!
The other thing I loved about his novel was Brian’s POV. He’s such a great guy! It was sweet how open and welcoming he was to Lexi, and his excitement at discovering he has another daughter. I adored the chemistry between him and Georgia, and how she shook up his life and brought excitement to it. These two really made me smile!
Another great read from this author!