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.
4 out of 5 stars
Book 7 in the Cold Fury Hockey series focuses on Roman, defensemen with a bad reputation. Roman is butting heads with management (namely Gray Brannon) due to his bad behavior on and off the ice. It’s also the story to Lexi Robertson, a young, querky barista who finds out right before her mother’s death that Brian Brannon, CEO and owner of the Cold Fury is her father.
Firstly, let me tell you that we got to hear from Brian directly in this story, which I freaking loved. We didn’t know much about him before, but got a glimpse into what a great guy he really is in this book.
Lexi was really great, probably one of the best female MC’s I’ve read in a long time. She was sweet, yet tough. She didn’t want anything from Brian other than getting to know him. Gray, of course, was a little more skeptical. Then there is Lexi’s boss/mother figure, Georgia, whom I just adored. She was really funny, and attracted to Brian…..
My only complaint about this book was there wasn’t a lot of “hockey”. There was one or two scenes that dealt with an actual game situation. I love me some hockey, so more of that would have been appreciated. Roman is really swoon-worthy as well, but had a little baggage he had to overcome.
Another solid addition to this series. I look forward to many more.