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.
February 21st 2017
What can I say I adored Roman.
He was a troublemaker.
He played his heart out on the ice. For him it was either full-in or not at all. He liked the adrenaline and the rush during a hockey game or practice. He was an enforcer and fighting on the ice was part of his job description. And he had no problem with it. People either took him as he was, flaws and all, or they could f*** themselves.
On the other hand Roman was never in the thick of things. He loved to party now and then with his single teammates, but he never was close to anyone. His very busy parents never had time for him. He learned to depend on himself and just himself. That also meant he never really had a close-knit group of friends either. He wasn’t necessarily a loner, but he kept others at a distance. That also turned him into non-commitment kind of guy.
When he met Lexi, he was immediately intrigued by her demeanor and spunky clothing. He found her refreshing and unique. She didn’t swoon immediately and was a down to earth kind of woman. They connected in a authentic and genuine way. Honest attraction that turned into more over a course of meetings and dates. They kept it low-key. And let their relationship grew naturally.
There were a few roadblocks on their way to a HEA.
Roman struggled with his image on and off the ice. Which got him into hot water with the general manager, Gray Brannon. He also found out the hard way what it meant to be a famous hockey player with a girlfriend. And his animosity with Gray didn’t help the situation. Those two didn’t like each other at all. They were like water and oil.
Lexi on the other hand struggled with dividing the little free time she had with her new boyfriend and newfound family. Keeping those balanced was harder than it sounded.
But they made it work.
I loved how honest Roman and Lexi were with each other.
Honesty between main characters has always been one of my most admired traits. Many miscommunications could be prevented if just people would talk to each other. Fortunately Roman and Lexi thought the same.
I also thought it was a fantastic addition that not only Lexi and Roman had POV’s but also Brian Brannon. His POV added another layer of depth and substance to the book. He filled so many roles: he was the mature voice and guide, the responsible father figure and a vulnerable widower finding romance late in life.
I adored the side story about Brian and Georgia. Those two were just too adorable. Georgia was the hoot!! Such an interesting and vibrant character, very much the opposite of the suit wearing Brian. But they matched perfectly. I couldn’t have chosen better.
All in all Roman was exactly what I hoped for. Bravo Sawyer Bennett!!!
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.