Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NEW RELEASE -- Sawyer Bennett's ROMAN

Title: Roman (Cold Fury, Book #7)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary romance, sports romance


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.

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Amazon/Goodreads Rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination Rating: 10/10

This is the seventh book in the Cold Fury series and the first book in the series I have read.  Each of the prior books deals with the team members of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team that is owned by Brian Brannon.  Roman Sykora is the team's defenseman and he is considered the bad boy.  He always seems to have negative publicity surrounding him, but that could be partly because he is willing to do what it takes to defend his teammates even if it lands him in the penalty box, on suspension and/or incurring fines.  He also is known in the tabloids for his scandalous behavior, which is why he is warned by Gray about changing his actions or a trade may just be in play.  Lexi Robertson may just be the solution.
Never knowing about her father, Lexi was shocked to learn from her dying mother who her father actually is.  After her mom's passing, she moves to Raleigh, North Carolina to meet Brian and her half sister, Gray.  Lexi is more of a free spirit compared to Brian and Gray and goes for the bad boys.  Could a chance meeting with Roman end up destroying her chances to know her family?    Lexi wants her new found family and her hunky bad boy relationships to work out.  Can that be possible with Gray and Roman conflicts with each other?  Will the conflicts be able to be resolved or will Lexi lose both Roman and Gray?
Lexi moves to North Carolina to be closer to her new family.  Arriving in North Carolina, Lexi built a strong friendship with Georgia who is her boss and landlord but also like a second mother to her.
With this being the seventh book, I was nervous reading this one with not having read the prior books in the series, which has not been for lack of interest but lack of time. but after reading this book I will be going back and moving the others up on my TBR list.  I was not lost in the series at all and sure maybe knowing Gray a little more at times may have been nice, but the way the book was written it wasn’t necessary.  I’m just curious now and am looking forward to getting to know the other players.  
I really enjoyed how the story was told in three points of view and it wasn’t just between Roman and Lexi but Brian and Georgia.  Seeing the budding relationship between Brian Georgia was awesome and not something that occurs often in books.  The two different relationships didn’t make the story feel overwhelming or confusing at all.  I’m looking forward to reading the entire series along with the upcoming book.

About the Author:

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. 

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. 

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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