Ryker, A Cold Fury Hockey Novel, Sawyer Bennett

Ryker, A Cold Fury Hockey Novel,  Sawyer Bennett
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:  Romance
I loved the first book in this series,  Sawyer Bennet is an author whose novels I really enjoy. Somehow though I missed the next two books, but as each are connected in that they are about members of the Cold Fury team. They are also complete reads in themselves so it wasn’t a problem keeping up.
Ryker – what a man. I loved him from the very first. A talented hockey player at the top of his game, he’s known as The Brick, and yet when he’s with his two little girls he’s tender and sweet. His wife left after an affair with another player, and he’s primary carer for the girls who are only 5 and 7. They are stars in their own right too – so cute.
Then we’ve new GM for the team, the owners daughter Gray. I’m not usually drawn to books with a kind of Alpha female vibe, those where the woman is the power – I’m all for equality, but too often this type of person is more a man in woman’s guise, and that just doesn’t work for me in fiction. Gray though is different. She’s an Olympic medallist, so knows the game inside out from player level to her past job as scout for the Cold Fury. She’s female and not afraid to show it. She’s one of the best female role models, someone who’d not afraid to show she’s a woman as she’s so confident in her ability, and wants her record to stand for itself. That’s exactly how I feel about jobs, they need to go to the best person regardless of sex, race, religion etc. Its not a popular move though, first time its been done and the team  are a little wary, and the media split and vocal.
Gray’s appointment has ruffled some feathers…but she’s responsible for many of the team being signed, having found them in her scouting days. She uses stats in her methodology, as part of her selection process, and its something that’s viewed with suspicion by many players and some of the management. Not by Ryker though, he understands when she talks about it to him at their meeting. One of her first tasks was meeting each player individually to explain what she wanted to do, and some were open minded but some very clearly not happy. That doesn’t leave and leads to some friction between players and ultimately some real problems for her.
The romance between her and Ryker was perfect. They both respect each other and from the first there’s a sizzle passing whenever the two meet. Slowly that turns to more, but they have to keep their affair hidden which doesn’t really suit either of them. Still, with Gray’s appointment being so controversial they need to keep circumspect. They really do work so well together and I enjoyed seeing this romance build and develop. The problems felt real, the dangers that came up later were again very relevant, and I could see just that scene play out. I do like books where the stories feel genuine, as if they really could happen and this had all that. It didn’t have the deep sadness that often comes with romances like this, where things are so stacked against the participants, and for me I missed it. I love to get really on the edge of tears, a lump in my throat, when I feel the couple may not overcome their issues, but this didn’t pan out that way. Still it was a great read and one for re reading later.
Stars: Four and a half, great addition to the series
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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