Series: Cold Fury #4
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 9, 2014
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: Alex, Garrett, Shaken, Not Stirred, Zack, Friction
About Ryker:The rugged men of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are winning hearts once again in another scorching novel from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.
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.
So, I feel like we knew more about Ryker going into his book than we did for any of the other guys. Alex kind of focused more on Sutton’s friends, than Alex’s, so we didn’t know much about Garrett or Zack from that book. And in those two, you just find out bits and pieces for the most part.
But since Zack and Ryker had that pretty deep heart-to-heart in book #3, you know about Ryker before his book. And I think that really helped establish the connection. We were already invested in him from page 1. (And if I recall, he’s not even on page 1, if it opens with Gray’s POV like I think I remember.)
And then my feminist parts got super invested in Gray’s story right away. I needed her to both succeed as general manager and get the guy – and stay general manager after she did so. So I was extremely connected with these characters, making their relationship work, and making sure neither of them suffered too much along the way.
I loved, loved, loved how well these two understood each other. From inner monologues where they knew what the other was thinking, to pretty much everything Ryker said to Gray’s dad. You knew that they both really got each other’s aspirations, reactions, quirks. Even from the beginning, when their history was only brief work-related interactions.
It’s interesting that I think the reason I loved this book so much more than the other is because I knew one of the characters better, since I don’t think I remember Hawke – the subject of the next Cold Fury book. But maybe he’ll fall for a girl we already know? I’ll let you know. 😉
About Sawyer Bennett
USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.