Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ryker by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Ryker
Author: Sawyer Bennett
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #4
Main Characters: Ryker and Gray
Release Date: September 2015
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
Yay...this series is back. I wasn't the biggest fan of the last book so I was a bit worried going into this one. The series has redeemed itself. I loved this story!

Gray is making history. She's the first general manager of a hockey team. Yes, she got the position because her father gave it to her, but she's one of the most intelligent people in hockey (literally), has two Olympic medals from her own days of playing, and has a phenomenal track record for recruiting. She's up for the job. She just has to prove it to the guys that she can do this.

Her number one supporter is the back-up goalie for the Cold Fury, Ryker. She recruited him two years ago and he's always respected her for that. Now that the number one goalie having to sit out because of injuries, he's playing to prove both of them right. He's up for taking the first string position...and that will just strengthen Gray's place on the team since she negotiated for him. 

But suddenly Ryker is seeing Gray in a new light. She's attractive, and fun, and interesting. And he's interested in her. But...she's his boss. And there we have the conflict. (Do you like how I'm writing this review all in fragment sentences?)

The book worked for me. I loved how over-the-top intelligent Gray is...she had her master's degree at the age of 21. She's one of those women who's simply perfect at everything she does...she's smart, athletic, and gorgeous. But I think the best thing about her (besides her incredible chemistry with Ryker) was her amazing relationship with her father. Her mother died when she was four and she's incredibly close to her father. I loved that even though he's an incredibly successful man, he doesn't put the business first. Gray is first...always...and he truly respects her and her abilities. In so many books, the mc's have dysfunctional relationships with their parents. It was fun to read about a really, really good father/daughter relationship and I love how he helps her sort out her problems in the end. 

Then there's Ryker. Wow, what a great guy. He's raising his two daughters alone after his ex ran off a 19 yo teammate. He could be really bitter, but again in a super-healthy father/daughter dichotomy, he's focused on doing what's best for his girls. I loved that about him and the many scenes of him with them...melt my heart. 

The book is just really good. The story line was complex with a lot of layers. Gray is making history, but if her relationship with Ryker comes out, it could ruin both their careers. And you know...this is a novel...someplace something is going to go wrong. Because they both work for the Cold Fury, this book is really heavy on the sport of hockey. I really enjoyed that...both the analysis of the backroom decisions and what Ryker is dealing with on the rink 

It was just flat-out a good book. If you enjoy sports themed books, esp hockey, I pretty much guarantee you will like this one. I definitely recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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