Ryker: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel
Once again, I have managed to unwittingly jump midway into a book series and began with Ryker, book four in Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury hockey romance series. I enjoyed it so much that I plan to read the other books in the series as well.
As the goalie for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team, Ryker Evans is under tremendous pressure to perform. Between living down the mistake that cost the Fury their shot at last year’s Stanley Cup, his contract running out, and adjusting to life as a newly-single dad, Ryker has plenty on his plate. Gray Brannon, the new general manager of the Fury, is a complication he doesn’t need. But he can’t deny his attraction to the shrewd businesswoman who scouted him and fought for him to join the team. Embarking on a relationship could only be considered unwise for both parties, yet remaining apart seems virtually impossible when the attraction is so strong.
Some books are worth reading for the hero, some for the heroine, and some for the storyline. Sometimes all three elements come together in a delightful fashion. This book had them all for me. Ryker isn’t a player. He’s unapologetically a relationship guy, a devoted father who puts his family first. Gray is a competent and resilient businesswoman without the hard edges that would turn her into a stereotype. Each of them faces a real professional dilemma in becoming involved with the other, yet they’re able to work it out to a satisfactory and believable HEA. I can’t wait to read more about Ryker’s teammates.
I read romance of any sub-genre, but particularly love contemporaries. Well-written stories of any variety interest me though and I'm always on the hunt for my next favorite book. I love smart-mouthed heroines and tortured heroes, unusual time periods and just about anything medieval. On a personal note, I'm a political junkie, Cushing's Disease survivor, mom to 11 rescued dogs and too many cats to actually count.