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.
So, would stating that Ryker had me doing the big happy sigh thing and practically hugging my ereader as I finished it be enough of a review to convince you if you are a true fan of romance that you MUST read this book?
Possibly, but I’m sure you’d appreciate more a little more than that, so here it goes.
Simply put Sawyer Bennett has another winner with Ryker! This book is everything I’ve come to love and enjoy from a Sawyer Bennett novel. It’s sweet, sexy, fun romantic read with just the right amount of drama with main characters that I adored from the first moment I met them and continued,without issue, throughout the entire book.
I liked Ryker from the moment he and Zack had their first beer in the bar in Zack’s book and had a niggling feeling that I’d end up loving him before everything was said and done and I’ll admit that fell, hard, from the first scene in the book with him. And as we got to know him better as a father, hockey player and a man I was simply a gonner. I am now 100 percent on Team Ryker (sorry Alex). I could say it’s because he’s a great father or that he’s the epitome of a team player because he’s been around the block a few times and is over the primadonna bs and it’s all true. But what it boils down to is that he’s just that good guy that you’d want in your corner because you know he’d have your back and even if he didn’t agree with you, he’d let you know but still have your back.
Gray was a true delight, which I’ll admit was a surprise. Why you ask? Well, when you have a woman who is not only the first woman to attain the position of GM of a major league sports team and be a certified genius, one tends to think that she has an overblown ego or that she’ll be difficult to relate to, but that isn’t the case with Grey. She’s shown to be a hard worker who, while being very goal oriented, is also quite personable. She’s got a great wit and a compassionate nature.
Separately Ryker and Gray are wonderful, but together they are better. The mutual attraction, admiration and respect that they start out with in the beginning never fades but grows as they get to know each other.Those moments were sweet and oh so sexy! (Did I already mention how much I love Ryker?) There isn’t any excessive angsty drama between the two of them. Yes, there are hurdles they need to deal with, Gray’s position as GM, Ryker’s ex and a couple of other things, but they handle them as adults and just prove each time how perfect they are for each other.
The Bottom Line: I simply adored this book and can’t wait for the next one!
~ARC received from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.