Title: Ryker: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel
Series: Carolina Cold Fury Hockey – Book 4
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Genre: Sports Romance
Pages: 249 pages
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Ryker: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel by Sawyer Bennett is an adult contemporary sport romance that is book four in the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey series. If you have not read any of the previous books, this series centers on the super-hot players on the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team.
Ryker Evans is the current goalie for Carolina Cold Fury. Gray Brannon is the new GM for the Cold Fury and the first woman named to the GM position in the league. Gray is trying to prove herself as capable in the position despite being a woman. Ryker is trying to prove he should remain the starting goalie after a missed goal in the playoffs the previous year that knocked the Cold Fury out of the playoffs. Ryker and Gray give in to their attraction even though they have to see each other in secret for a number of reasons. The book is about their growing affection and the challenges they face in their budding relationship.
My only real critique is that while I found Gray to be a great female role model, I had a difficult time connecting with her on an emotional level. I think that this may be purposeful on the part of Sawyer Bennett due to the nature of Gray’s personality (you will likely be able to see this, too, when you read the book), but even with that in mind, I liked the theme of the Gray character, but not necessarily the character herself.
For those of you who have read all or some of the previous Carolina Cold Fury novels, you will find this one to be a bit different. The hockey player finds a woman, falls in love and they have to deal with drama along the way—that is all the same. The difference is the main characters—Ryker and Gray—they are both in their early thirties, more mature, settled. This is a change from the other Cold Fury novels and I think this is a good thing. If you are expecting an alpha male chasing after the weaker female, you will be disappointed. That is not what this one is about. There is romance, sex (although not nearly as descriptive as the previous books), falling in love, interference and even danger. We also get to catch up with our favorite characters from the previous books.
This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. The book is written in alternating POVs. There is a HEA.
Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations, alcohol/drug use and violence