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.
I’m a huge fan of the Cold Fury Hockey Series, every one of these books (and these men) have their own unique stories and I could not wait to read Ryker’s. I loved Ryker when he was introduced in the previous book, especially his friendship with Zack and Kate and I was looking forward to watching him with his two girls. And he did not disappoint..
Ryker was so different than I expected in this book. I thought of him as such a strong, tough character…and he is, but more than any other guy on this team…OMG he is just a giant teddy bear. He’s just a freaking good guy. It’s been forever since I was able to find a lead male character that was nice and normal and not emotionally damaged or stunted, but who was still hot and manly and strong. He’s amazing to his daughters, he’s good to his friends, he’s fair with his ex-wife and he is selfless with Gray….absolutely selfless in the best possible way.
Gray is a fabulous heroine…maybe my favorite of the series (yeah…definitely my favorite). She is wicked smart and determined, fearless, tough and a definite role model. More importantly she is smashing through the “glass ceiling” in professional hockey, as the league’s first and only general manager. But no matter how attracted she is to Ryker, in a league where almost everyone wants her to fail, even members’ of her own team, she knows how bad it would be if anyone found out she was dating one of her own players. Watching her struggle to figure out what’s right for her, what’s right for her man and what’s right for her team is tough. Watching her figure out what she wants is awesome, watching her finally go after it…spectacular.
This book was the most fun of the entire series for me and Ryker is my favorite Cold Fury man (and actually Gray is my favorite Cold Fury woman). But I’m not going to lie, Zack’s book is still my favorite over all of the series…probably because I really like angst and that book had it in spades. This, however, is certainly my second favorite and definitely the feel good book of the series.