Series: Cold Fury Hockey,
Published by Random House Publishing Group on September 8th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Sports, Contemporary Women, Erotica
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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.
Ryker, the latest entry in author Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series takes place after a minor time jump. Ryker Evans, goalie for the Cold Fury Hockey team has finally settled into his role of single father. That doesn’t mean his little girls can’t throw him for a loop every now and again, but these days Ryker has his daddy routine down pat. After the devastating loss in last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, Ryker is looking to reinstate his good image in the eyes of his teammates and the public. However, while Ryker may be looking to solidify his position with the team, the team ends up getting a shake-up in the form of a new General Manager, Gray Bannon.
I enjoyed the continuity of Ryker’s story with the previous books. Alex, Garrett, and Zack are all partnered up now, and didn’t take over Ryker’s story, so readers get a chance to really get to know this somewhat new character. If you read the third book, Zack, then you know Ryker’s backstory. This allowed readers the opportunity to root for him to find love and success with the Cold Fury.
Gray was a really great character, and I thought she made a good match for Ryker. They both are goal oriented, but while Ryker puts family above all else, Gray has been more focused on her career. Partnering them up allows Gray to become more well-rounded as a character, and really emphasizes Ryker’s endearing qualities.
I kind of felt as if the pacing was a bit too fast. There seemed to be some instances where mini time jumps occurred in the story. They stood out to me, because I never noticed anything of the sort in the previous 3 books. Not only were these jumps mid-story a bit jarring, but they shorted the story development of some scenes that later proved to be pivotal.
Do I Recommend?
Even though there were elements of the story that rubbed me the wrong way, I still found Ryker to be highly enjoyable. I won’t claim it to be my favorite book in the series to date, but it was just as addicting as the other three. I didn’t get a real feel for who Ryker was in Zack, but I’ve come to love his character. He seems like a stand-up guy, and has really great principles. Definitely a main character to root for. You can read Ryker without having read the other books in the series, however, I believe readers will enjoy the book more if they read the series from the beginning.