Ryker by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 8, 2015
Format: eARC, 269 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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 don’t know how Sawyer Bennett does it, but somehow each new book in her Cold Fury Hockey series finds a way to be better than the last. And, let’s face it, it was an incredible series from the very start! I don’t like to play favorites – ok, I kind of do – but Ryker (both the book and the character) are my favorites so far.
Ryker. Oh, Ryker. I don’t even know where to start with him. First, I loved that he was a little older and more mature than most of the heroes I read about it. I suspected this single father would melt my heart and he did. Oh, did he ever. He was an excellent hockey player, fantastic father and, most of all, a really good guy. I liked his no-nonsense approach to life and I absolutely loved reading about him with his kids. And, of course, with Gray. What a pairing!
Gray was amazing. She was an inspiring heroine and I’m (more than) a little envious of her life. As a female sports fan myself – though my sport of choice is football – I know how tough it can be for women out there. But, I won’t step onto that soap box right now otherwise I’ll never stop. Regardless, I loved that she was intelligent, knew her sport and her job and didn’t take crap from anyone. There need to be more heroines like this out there! I connected with her and I wanted the best for her. I also wanted her with Ryker, naturally.
The chemistry between Ryker and Gray might’ve been what caught my attention in the beginning, but my connection to them went far beyond the passion they (eventually) shared. Even with the potential conflict of interest, I loved the idea of two hockey-minded individuals together. I liked their banter, and their chemistry was insanely intense. (Holy hot sexy scenes.) But, even more, I liked the maturity they brought to their relationship. This book was low on the angst and drama (at least as far as the relationship was concerned) – while still pulling at my heartstrings. I can’t think of a thing I’d change about it.
I don’t want to get spoilery, but there was one scene that stood out to me so much. It really illustrated what a great guy – and amazing father – Ryker was. His devotion to his kids, and to Gray and her career, definitely choked me up a little. Ryker truly put the people he loved first and I thought it was a really special scene. You’ll know it when you read it. 🙂
So, yeah. I loved this book. I love this series. Sawyer Bennett’s books are amazing and I can’t wait to see what she gives us next. It pretty much goes without saying that I think every single romance fan out there should be reading this series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.