Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Roman by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Roman
Author: Sawyer Bennett
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance  
Series: Cold Fury #7
Main Characters:  Lexi and Roman
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher:  Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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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My Review:
From the very start, this has been one of my favorite sports series, but Roman is easily one of my favorites in the series now. I loved this book. The backstory and ties to the team that Lexi has added a great depth to it that made it fantastic...and I loved that Brian also had his own side story happening with his own POV chapters. Seriously, everything about this book rocked it for me.

I liked that neither Lexi nor Roman fit the typical molds. They're both their own individuals and they instantly had a connection because of that. Lexi is a ukelale playing, doc marten wearing barista who has indulged in a bit of wanderlust over the years. Roman is his own person. When he was 13 he was sent away from his parents to concentrate on hockey and his life has been fairly transient since. He doesn't make connections and doesn't think twice about stretching the rules for the good of his game. 

Neither one of them is a conformist, but that's what makes their relationship so awesome. Neither expects to EVER really connect with that One Person. They don't see their worlds working that way, so when it happens, they're both a little stunned. And all of this is happening in the midst of hockey season combined with Lexi's family drama. She's trying to fit into her new family. Brian's easy, but it's Gray who's the issue...for both Lexi and Roman. Roman and Gray conflict on his bad-boy style on and off the rink. Combine that with he's dating her new young sister...she's not happy. Gray is one of those people who takes a bit to warm up to someone...so things aren't smooth for her and Lexi either. 

There's a lot of family drama which flows over into the hockey team management drama. There's a side romance for Brian, which I also enjoyed. It was very low key so it never took away from the main story at all. 

Overall, I just loved this story. Roman isn't a guy you'd think who'd go all in like he does with Lexi. It surprises him as much as anything. I like it when a player like this falls...it's even sweeter. 

This is a definite recommend for me. The characters from all the books in the series show up in these stories, but you can easily read this as a stand alone and not feel lost or confused.

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

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