ARC Review #2 – Roman (Cold Fury Hockey #7) by Sawyer Bennett

There’s a boatload of goodness in this story and it really lifted my spirits. This is one to check out. ~ Afrodyt, Guilty Pleasures

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.

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Lexi Robertson is a free-spirited, ukulele playing vagabond who landed in the Carolina’s searching for her family. She finds family and a whole lot more and is such a sweet and wonderful character that you can’t help but want the best for her. I love Lexi’s emotional maturity and positive yet pragmatic attitude even while finding herself between a rock and a hard place on more than one occasion.

Roman Sykora is a straight talking, rebellious and bossy alpha male. When he wants something he’s relentless in the pursuit and god help anyone in the way. He’s sexy and confident with a great sense of humor. Roman and Lexi both have very strong personalities and it’s cool to witness how they dance around each other and seeing their particular chemistry.

I love that there are three perspectives in this story. Following the unfolding relationship between Roman and Lexi, coupled with her father Brian’s POV gave this story depth and I enjoyed the bonus romance. Everything flowed freely between all the points of view and each character had a fulfilling story arc.

There was a lot of interaction with Ryker and Gray and if you have read this series from the beginning you know that each installment is like going home to visit family. It’s great to be there and see everyone again. There’s a boatload of goodness in this story and it really lifted my spirits. This is one to check out.

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