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New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett steams up the ice all over again as the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team’s hottest bad boy gets his first taste of something good.

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.

316 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 21, 2017

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Sawyer Bennett

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Sawyer Bennett uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs.

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February 7, 2017
4 stars!!!

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Roman is the seventh book in Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury series. If you’ve read the first six, you know that the Brannon’s play a large role with the Cold Fury team. Brain Brannon and his daughter Gray (from Ryker’s book) run the show. They both have a big part in this story. In fact, this book is different from the others because it’s not just from Roman and Lexi’s POV. It’s from Roman, Lexi and Brian’s POV.

Lexi Robertson has recently moved to North Carolina. After losing her mother less than a year ago, she’s looking for the family she’s never known. That family being the Brannon’s. Brian Brannon never knew he had another daughter, but he is ready to get to know her. Gray on the other hand, is a little more hesitant. I actually really loved Brian’s chapters in the book. I thought it brought a lot to the family aspect of the story. Now to Roman and Lexi…

Roman is the bad boy of the Cold Fury. He gets negative publicity, he’s getting in trouble on the regular and constantly in the penalty box. He is not Gray’s favorite person. When Roman and Lexi meet, sparks fly. Although Roman isn't the type to really date or have girlfriends, Lexi is different. I loved the connection these two have. Lexi is probably the coolest girl in the Cold Fury series. Even though Roman wasn’t my favorite, I did like him a lot. The heroine stealing the show isn’t always a bad thing. It’s nice to get a kick ass lady every now and then ;) 

Lexi’s different. So damn different in all the right ways, and I just didn’t realize women like her existed.

As I said before, I adored Lexi’s character and her relationship with Brian, plus his little side story. Roman’s growth made me love him much more. Gray was frustrating, but I could understand where she was coming from. Overall, this was a nice addition to the Cold Fury series. I can’t wait for the next one (Lucas) who is Max’s brother!

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April 21, 2018
4.5 Multi-Layered and All of Them Good Stars
* * * *1/2 Spoiler Free >t's Live!!!

Disclaimer: My intoxication with this cover caused me to breakdown and learn how to insert a graphic for my review. I am not ashamed to say.... Damn...Whoever this fella is...He was the perfect Roman for me. Period.

We are so lucky in our lives because we are exposed to so many cultures every day. We meet those who have been raised differently from us and with this interaction... it opens our eyes and hearts to new understanding of others. Sawyer Bennett gave us this life lesson in her latest Cold Fury Hockey entry, Roman.

In this book we dive deep into a man who has been living his life the only way he knows how... on his terms and full out. He is Czech and from the moment he showed any possibility of talent on the ice, he focused on being the best he could be. This meant him separating from his parents at a very young age... with only a few times seeing them every year. This was the way for him to learn hockey... this was the sacrifice parents made for their children to succeed.

This system of training and nurturing talent caused Roman to be the best... yet it also caused him to not have the same feelings about family as many of his team members. It caused him to feel disconnected to his parents and uncomfortable in group settings, like having friends over...He had learned through his Hockey career to be friendly but keep a distance because he could be traded at anytime.

Now Roman was not all cold...Oh, no... He knew how to enjoy himself whether on the ice as a defenseman... translation Enforcer if necessary...or as the ladies man who couldn't seem to stay clear of hook-ups dead set on getting all the publicity they could while using unseemly methods...

To Lexi Robertson, family means Everything. Growing up, she only had her mother. The two of them had a very solid bond which allowed Lexi to live a life of discovery and freedom with loving support. She traveled all over the world and her mom was happy for her girl to be strong enough to follow her heart. When Lexi's mom finally told her she had cancer, Lexi rushed back and spent the last weeks with her....hearing all the loving memories they had shared and also secrets her mother hadn't.

Lexi learned just before her mother's passing who her father was...It took her by surprise and she needed time to take it all in. She took months to learn about her father, the owner of the Cold Fury Hockey Team. She learned she had a half sister too. All Lexi ever wanted was more family... and now if these people will be willing to accept her...she may have it.

These two meet under interesting circumstances. Roman is being called on the carpet for another "scandal" by the team's manager Gray. Gray is annoyed with Roman's behavior. She acquired him because he was the best at what he does on the ice...he will defend and throw down, protect his teammates and the puck with every ounce of his being...But he also racks up penalties while doing his job, is always late to practice and now with latest scandal, she feels enough is enough.

Roman walks into the lobby of the Fury's headquarters late and has to wait to go back. It is there he sees this young woman who piques his interest. Lexi is sitting on another couch working her phone. He is struck by her unique sense of style... colorful tights under denim shorts with Doc Martens...finished off by a black leather jacket over a simple white t-shirt. Her face is hidden by silky dark hair and all of this interests Roman.

When both are addressed by the receptionist; the message is clear- Roman is in the doghouse for being late as usual for his appointment.... while Lexi is told her appointment will happen soon... but the receptionist apologizes for the inconvenience. This causes Lexi to look up and show her face to Roman... and his breath is taken away.

This also causes Lexi to say an off side remark about double standards...which opens the door to the both of them having a conversation before either appointment. Roman is thinking this woman is something different...a rule breaker just like him...and Lexi doesn't let Roman know she is aware of how famous he is...and acting like all the other "Puck Bunnies " he is use to. Both go off to their individual meetings... both will not forget the experience.

Lexi proceeds to have her life changing meeting with her dad. She explains all of the backstory; she only is looking to have a personal relationship with this newly discovered family.

This leads to the additional layers of the story...what does Lexi really want, how does the only daughter, Gray, react to hearing she may have a half sister...and what complications does the interest sparked between Roman and Lexi have with all of this.

This story worked for me on so many levels. Every single character had their own personal growth arc. What was unique was how Lexi and her dad were the most mature and even keeled throughout this. We were shown how uncomfortable Roman was with Gray's asserting her managerial power over him. How both refused to acknowledge the good each did for the team. We also saw how Roman was willing to try so very hard for Lexi... and was feeling the changes in him about what he thought was important when it came to her.

These two had off the charts chemistry. They based it in Truth. They were open with each other about fears and concerns... and that is sexy all on its own.

We also got a WONDERFUL BONUS.... a secondary grown-up love story within this tale...Yes people, older generations still wish to have love in their lives...and they deserve it too!

Sawyer Bennett has Cold Fury Hockey down to a science... yet at the same time... she has not become lazy with it... she keeps finding different ways to show us more... more about the sport and the men.

If you are curious about the Cold Fury Team, there are many entries to enjoy. I have been reading them from the beginning and with each one, I fall a little harder for this team.

Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1)
Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer Bennett Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2)
Zack (Cold Fury Hockey, #3) by Sawyer Bennett Zack (Cold Fury Hockey #3)
Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey, #4) by Sawyer Bennett Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey, #4)
Hawke (Cold Fury Hockey, #5) by Sawyer Bennett Hawke (Cold Fury Hockey, #5)
Max (Cold Fury Hockey, #6) by Sawyer Bennett Max (Cold Fury Hockey, #6)
Roman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7) by Sawyer Bennett Roman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7)
Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey, #8) by Sawyer Bennett Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey, #8)
Van (Cold Fury Hockey, #9) by Sawyer Bennett Van (Cold Fury Hockey, #9)
Reed (Cold Fury Hockey, #10) by Sawyer Bennett Reed (Cold Fury Hockey, #10)
Marek (Cold Fury Hockey, #11) by Sawyer Bennett Marek (Cold Fury Hockey, #11)

~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~
So we got the blurb...
And I am excited to have the chance to read it early...
But I would be lyin' like a dog if I didn't admit...

That cover...
Be still my Beating ❤️❤️❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ Heart...
After All... A gal can Still Dream ❤️❤️❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ ❤️❤️❤️

Cold Fury Hockey....
Sawyer Bennett...
And Our Focus is Roman???

Let me just say, I saw this cover
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And People....I don't care what this is about...
That Face, those Eyes looking at me....

Roman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7) February 21, 2017

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1,260 reviews9,926 followers
February 7, 2017
*****4.5 STARS*****
{Netgalley ARC}

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ROMAN is book seven in the Cold Fury series and I’d dare to say that it became one of my favorites! It has a sexy as hell, bad boy NHL player and an eccentric Heroine who you can’t help but root for to find her HEA. Not only do we get two new main characters, but we have a couple of secondary characters whose budding romance almost outshines the storyline of the Hero and Heroine!! I was delightfully surprised by just how much I enjoyed this story!! It reminded me that this is one of Sawyer Bennet’s best series and that I need to catch up on some of the books I have missed so far!

Roman Sykora is the Cold Fury’s bad ass hockey player who racks up almost as many penalties on the ice as he does women on his downtime. He’s been benched for misconduct more than any of his teammates and his drinking and bedding of a plethora of women has landed him on the pages of many gossip magazines. He’s in hot water with the general manager, Gray Brannon, who is married to his teammate, Ryker. While waiting to be called into Gray’s office he meets a beautiful young woman in the reception area. They strike up an easy conversation and even get a bit flirtatious with each other as well. Lexi Robertson is new in town and has a scheduled meeting with the CEO of the Cold Fury for a very personal matter.

Lexi’s mother passed away almost a year ago and before she died, she revealed to Lexi the identity of her father. Growing up, it was just Lexi and her mom, and they had a really close bond. Her mother had a brief relationship with Brian Brannon but they only lasted a few months as Brian’s wife had passed away not too long before they started dating and he didn’t feel at the time that he was ready to move on with someone new. Lexi’s mother found out a month after their break-up that she was pregnant and she never made Brian aware. Now it’s almost a year after Lexi’s mom has passed, and she is seeking out her father and half-sister, Gray, in hopes to form a relationship with them so that she is no longer alone in the world. When she meets with Brian, he is naturally shocked at first but something about Lexi calls to him. He feels deep inside that she is indeed his daughter and this man is just incredible. He never for a second thought Lexi was an opportunist, looking to get her hands into his bank account. He happens to be quite perceptive because Lexi is a very independent woman who prides herself on being able to support herself without any assistance. She works at a local coffee shop and a couple of nights a week she also sings there as well for extra cash. While Brian is more trusting, Gray turns out to be the skeptical one and is slow to warm up to Lexi.

While the family drama unfolds, Lexi and Roman do end up running into each other a couple of times and the attraction between them is undeniable. Roman is beyond intrigued by Lexi because she makes him work for her attention. This is something he’s not used to. He’s never been the least bit tempted to have a committed relationship with a woman until he starts spending time with Lexi and she has him longing for love and companionship. He barely has a relationship with his parents being that they were both workaholics and he was shipped off to Hockey camp at the tender age of thirteen. He’s never really formed close lasting relationships with anyone. These new feelings scare him but no matter how hard he tries he can’t seem to stay away from Lexi.

Lexi and Roman aren’t the only ones starting a hot new romance, Brian ends up meeting Lexi’s feisty and stunning boss, Georgia Mack. Georgia is a forty-seven-year-old single woman who knocks the sixty-one-year-old Brian on his ass. I found myself getting excited every time we got to their chapters in the book. Georgia is a spit fire and has absolutely no filter. Brian is described as a silver fox with a bit of a stuffy demeanor but once Georgia gets her hands on him, she easily melts his cool exterior!

There is definitely plenty of angst and a healthy dose of steam all around to keep a reader highly entertained with this one!! ROMAN releases on February 21st! Make sure you one-click!

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February 11, 2017


I enjoyed this one. Not as much as MAX, but it was still an enjoyable read for the most part. That said because of the two different romances taking place at the same time I was left feeling disconnected from both of them.

Roman and Lexi were sweet together, but I didn't feel any overwhelming passion between them. Everything just seemed to be resolved easily or swept under the rug. Hell, the sex wasn't even that hot. Brian and Georgia although cute together, in my opinion, should have been a separate novella because their little romance took away from Roman and Lexi and made their story seem underdeveloped.


And do not even get me started on GRAY. WTF...how is this immature tw@t faced bitch a manager of a Stanley Cup winning hockey team? I haven't read her and Ryker's book and now I never plan to. I spent the entirety of this one wishing a truck would make her roadkill.

SIDE NOTE: I love that the author took an actual event that happened to Jaromír Jágr and turned it into romance book fodder.


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February 17, 2017
3.75 STARS

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3.75 is such an ambivalent rating and I usually only use the .75 ones when I'm really torn about it. I love Sawyer Bennett's flavor of low angst stories and I enjoyed Roman quite a bit.

Just before her mom passed away more than half a year ago she told Lexi the truth about her father. Equipped with the knowledge that she is Cold Fury's owner's daughter she moves to Raleigh. While nervously waiting on her appointment with him she runs into one of the team's defenseman, the super handsome badboy Roman Sykora. They click instantly.

Roman has an unfortunate reason to be called to see the management. His antics seem to escalate, the penalty box seems to be his second home and his suspensions do not please Gray, manager of the team, either. He has to shape up and get over himself or face being released from the Cold Furies. When he meets the sweet Lexi he is instantly enchanted.

Lexi is a pretty straight forward girl. She has spirit and sass, a backbone and a lot of other traits I look for in a heroine. She is comfortable with who she is and happy with the life she is leading. I loved that Lexi and Roman had a sweet and playful connection without too much drama. What made this story so sweet is that there was no doubt about where they were headed as soon as they made the decision to get serious.

Roman is the badboy out of the book. He is unapologetic about it and sometimes even a bit defiant, especially when it comes to Gray who he has a personal beef with. When Lexi comes into his life he gradually changes and I really loved to watch him transform from the player to the devoted boyfriend.

This story doesn't only have two POV between the hero and heroine, it also shows the emotional world of Lexi's and Gray's dad Brian and I think that was the problem here. While I loved Brian and his connection with his newly found daughter it distracted from Roman's and Lexi's story and disconnected me from them. I never felt the raging chemistry some of the other characters had - yet it was still a very sweet story and if you crave some low drama and quick read this is perfect. Next up is Max' little brother Luc!

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3,144 reviews1,898 followers
February 9, 2017
3.5 Stars

Roman is Cold Fury's badboy player that's usually making headlines with his gives-no-shit attitude and penchant for causing trouble. Even being threatened with suspensions and being dropped from the team hasn't changed him. When he meets free spirited Lexi Robertson, though, he realizes that he can't keep going on without caring about rules. He wants her in his life, but Lexi has brand new family drama taking over her world and there may not be room for Roman. Unless he can change her mind.

This book felt really different from the others in the series, and I liked the change. Roman and Lexi's characters were very likable and they didn't have any drama between them. I loved that once they accepted that they wanted each other there wasn't much that could keep them apart.

Lexi was a fun heroine to read about because she was just so comfortable in her life. She didn't need much to make her happy and it made me smile to see her so excited over small things. She was the perfect girl for Roman who needed to learn how to relax some, and I liked seeing the changes she brought out in him. Once they were together there was barely even a mention of his playboy ways which I really liked.

What kind of disappointed me about this book, though, was the fact that so much was going on. In the beginning I liked having the little side story of Lexi and her family, but near the end I was over it and wanted more of Roman. His character, at moments, got pushed into the background because of that second story and I would have rather he be more focused on.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this story and will recommend it for any fans of a hot badboy changing his ways. This book can be read as a standalone with no issue but I hope you'll read the other books in the series since they're all so good.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
January 23, 2022
Awesome characters!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 💙💚🖤💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗🤩

The heroine(s): Lexie Robertson - she works as a barista in a cool little coffee shop. Her mother died last year and while she was dying she told Lexie that her farther is Brian Brennen, the wealthy owner of the Caroline Cold Fury hockey team. Her half sister is Gray Brennen, Olympic silver medalist in Hockey and now the general manager of the Cold Fury.

The Hero(s): Roman Sýkora - He is a defenseman on the Stanley Cup winning Carolina Cold Fury and the team enforcer. He has gotten into some trouble both on and off the ice. Though suspensions are pretty standard for enforcers, his off the ice antics with puck bunnies may not be so good for the team.

The Story: Lexie meets Roman when she shows up at the Cold Fury business office to tell Brian that she thinks he is her father. She has been studying up on the Cold Fury since finding out about her parentage and knows exactly who Roman is and is happy to meet him.

This was the first book in this series I read and I really enjoyed both the story and the romance and the book had plenty of steam as well. I love the sports romance and this was a good one. I really enjoyed the narration as well. It was dual POV and dual narration done by Graham Halstead and Chris Dukehart. I really liked both of their voices. Though Graham didn’t have a Czech accent, it didn’t bother me at all.

I was a bit surprised that the character of Gray was so unlikable in this book since she was the heroine in book 4 Ryker. It isn’t often you see one of the main characters from a previous book be so witchy and mean. Of course, this didn’t bother me at all since I haven’t yet read Ryker. And I must say, I did like what it added to the story. I will certainly be listening to more of this series.

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2,304 reviews704 followers
February 21, 2017
3.5 - The next chapter in my life is starting... Stars!

We return to the Cold Fury Hockey team for the seventh book in Sawyer Bennett’s ever popular series.

"I admire honesty."

This is one of those books that I didn’t struggle to read, but at the end of it didn’t really have any overwhelming feelings for it either way. Gray Brannon was the only person who actually pulled any sort of reaction from me, and that was utter dislike, which if I am honest wasn’t a huge surprise as I disliked her intensely in Ryker. Roman and Lexi were pretty cute as a couple but nothing really stood out as new or unique about their story.

"Your secret is safe with me."

Bad boy, nah not-so-much. Yeah he slept around in the past, but what’s unusual about a young, attractive, famous hockey player tearing it up between the sheets… Nothing. And he was totally devoted to Lexi from the get-go. Brawler on the ice for sure, but I just found him an all-round nice guy. Lexi was the same, nice…

"I’m glad someone sees me for what I am."

And I think that’s my overall phrase for the book, because take out the whole Gray situation, everything else was just nice. You get three POV’s in this book, sixty-one year old Bryan Brannon being the third, I suppose it added a little to the story, but for me there wasn’t any real depth or emotion to any of it from any of them.

"You can drool on me anytime."

Luc Fournier (Max’s brother) is up next, due in September 17, and I am hoping are given a story that I can sink my teeth into. I have had a bit of a giggle over the cover for his book, as he is apparently the younger of the Fournier brothers, but he looks about a decade older than Max, if you go by his current cover. Although to be honest the covers from this series kind of lost their impact after Ryker, as has the series in general really…

ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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1,768 reviews444 followers
February 23, 2017
A sweet, sexy and endearing hockey romance.

NHL defenseman Roman Sýkora marches at the beat of his own drum on and off the ice. No matter how much bad publicity he gets from tabloids though, he’s committed to give his all to his team. But management doesn’t agree and is pressuring him to tone down on scandals and cut back on his penalty time. The good news is that a spirited ukulele playing barista has captured his full attention, eliminating problem one. The bad news is that she’s the owner’s newfound daughter garnering unwanted attention from the general manager and Lexi’s half-sister.

After her mother’s death, Lexi Robertson’s life would never be the same. On her deathbed, her mother revealed that her father was none other than the owner of Cold Fury, current NHL champions. Lexi moves to North Carolina to meet and build a relationship with her new family, she’s also excited to be going out with the team’s teddy bear disguised as the big bad wolf. But can she stay out of the complications between Roman and her new family?
“We were dating the minute I heard you on that stage playing your ukulele… Even if neither of us fully realized it then.”

You’d think that after reading six books in a hockey series, the storylines would start to feel the same but Sawyer Bennett always makes her novels unique. With Roman, we don’t just get one love story, we get a twofer plus, alongside Roman and Lexi’s romance, there’s more Ryker and Gray and Brian Brannon’s very own love story. That’s right, the Cold Fury’s owner gets his own HEA.

After his wife’s death Brian had tried to move on and briefly dated a lovely woman with whom he had Lexi even though he hadn’t known she existed until she shows up in his office. He welcomes her with open arms and in doing so he’s introduced to Georgia Mack, a woman who is his complete opposite, determined to shake, rattle and roll his too proper CEO britches.
“We’re going to lunch… I’m killing two birds with one stone. We need to talk about Lexi and I’m tired of waiting for you to ask me out. You move at the speed of molasses and I’m not getting any younger.”

On the other end of the age spectrum, we have Roman who is caustic, cocky and nonconformist. He’s also a sexy, caring and capable of being ovary exploding sweet. Because even though he likes his loner lifestyle, the pull to be with the funny, mischievous and carefree barista is natural and undeniable.
With a devilish gleam in his eyes, he said, “Come on… let’s cuddle.”
Roman Sýkora, hockey bad boy, shameless flirt, total panty dropper asking me to cuddle. Who was I to say no.

Lexi and Roman definitely chemistry but as they see each other for who they are, they fit together perfectly. Their relationship develops organically with heavy flirting, plenty of innuendo and sizzling hot sexy times. The problems in their relationship is that he doesn’t crave a family like Lexi does or that he’s afraid of commitment. Their main source of tension comes from Lexi’s half-sister Gray who doesn’t like Roman’s attitude and is a bit jealous and wary of Lexi.

Roman is book #7 in the Cold Fury series by Sawyer Bennett. It is a sweet and sexy, easy to read standalone sports romance. A must for Cold Fury fans. Told from various points of view (Lexi, Roman and Brian) and has a happy ending.

Amazon -> http://amzn.to/2ljAVln

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley and Tasty Book Tours. The excerpts taken are from that copy. *

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2,751 reviews1,471 followers
August 27, 2017
3 Warm Me Up Stars

Roman is a standalone and is part of the Cold Fury Hockey series. You can read the books out of order and still understand what goes on. I actually have read the books out of order and was perfectly fine.

Roman is kind of his own island. He isn’t cold, he just doesn’t have a need to surround himself with people, but all and all he is a good man. He just gets into a lot of trouble.

I didn’t have a huge connection with Roman, but I found him very likable. He has a bad reputation and it kind of follows him. Let’s just say there is a lot of judgement.

Before Lexi’s mom died she told her that her father is Brian Brannon who is also Gray’s father. She is in a previous book. I was interested in Lexi’s background and dynamic. I wanted her to have a connection with Brain and I enjoyed the long-lost daughter storyline.

I struggled with Gray and Lexi’s relationship. Gray is a huge daddy’s girl so she had a problem with Lexi. I found it really frustrating and kind of hard to read because Gray was really hard on Lexi and Gray is in Ryker’s story. I haven’t read Ryker’s story, but I am cautious now I got a glimpse of Gray’s personality.

What made this book a little different was Brian’s POV, it wasn’t in there much, but I really enjoyed those parts. Like I said, I really liked the whole father/ daughter relationship. It was just really cute.

Roman and Lexi are a sweet couple and more of the problems were placed between Lexi and Gray than anything. I enjoyed that Roman and Lexi’s relationship was low on tension. Overall, I still enjoyed the read and the series.

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Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer Bennett Zack (Cold Fury Hockey, #3) by Sawyer Bennett Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey, #4) by Sawyer Bennett Hawke (Cold Fury Hockey, #5) by Sawyer Bennett Max (Cold Fury Hockey, #6) by Sawyer Bennett Roman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7) by Sawyer Bennett


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February 15, 2017
With so many books in a series, there's always the risk of things become a little flat and repetitive. And whilst Roman is taken in a slightly different direction to others in the series and it worked, it still entered the realms of being on the flat side.

"Roman Sýkora is one of the team’s bad boys. Maybe the baddest."

I'm inclined to disagree with that statement, as other than rubbing the Cold Fury's General Manager up the wrong way and a couple of scuffles on the ice, he wasn't really channelling the bad boy and was actually rather quite sweet. He and Lexi have a nice enough chemistry and I liked them together, but they felt under developed, particularly Roman, and I never really became invested in them. And whereas I didn't mind Grey quite so much in hers and Ryker's story, here she irritated the hell out of me with her judgemental, supercilious attitude.

"Shape up or ship out."

Of the seven books in this series, four have been winners, three not so much and this falls in the latter. And, with a raft of sports based romances hitting the high notes at the moment, for me Sawyer Bennett needs to up her game because the Cold Fury books have fallen into the average category for me pretty much after the Zack's book. That said, it's still weighted towards the winners and I'm not ready for quitting yet as I've hope for Luc Fournier: I loved the brief glimpses we saw of him in his brother Max's book and hope he gets the story he deserves. But as for Roman, I've read it and I'll likely forget it.

Copy received courtesy of Loveswept via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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1,320 reviews85 followers
May 16, 2017
***4 "Family or Love???" stars***

It's a common secret that i love the "Cold Fury" series, but I have to admit that my biggest love is for the first four stories...
After those, I wasn't so fond to read about the rest of the players, maybe i was a little bit tired, but every time, at the end, i was changing my mind and I was happy that i continue reading for those hot players...
And, hell yes, Roman's story was also very good!!!!

Roman was a troublemaker inside and outside the ice... He didn't care for what they were saying about him and his lifestyle, even though that he was facing problems with the management of the team because of his crazy behaviour....

Lexi was about to make a big step in her life since she was about to claim a father and a sister after many years without any of them... So, she has to focus there, but love unexpectedly comes to her life...

Roman and Lexi felt an attraction since the first time they met and they wanted to know each other better, but there were some complications that were standing between them...
Will they manage to overcome all the obstacles that are standing in their way???
Will Roman change his ways in life, not only for Lexi, but for his team also???
Will Lexi choose love above family??? Or the opposite???

I really liked both Roman and Lexi...
They had a great connection between them and they did only good to each other...
Roman was different with Lexi... He was a little bit misunderstood character and i really liked what we discovered about him...
Lexi from the other hand was the joy of life... She just wanted a family, somewhere to belong and she was so damn happy for that.... I really loved her character.... She was so sweet and generous...

I also loved in this book, Brian....
God, he was such a discovery!!!! I knew from book four that he was a very good dad, but here he gave his all!!!!
And i loved the romance between him and this crazy woman, Georgia!!!

***ARC generously provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
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1,847 reviews120 followers
February 21, 2017
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed Roman by Sawyer Bennett.

Roman and Lexi were likable, passionate and endearing characters.
From the first meeting I found myself connecting with them. They entertained me with their flirting and the way they would tease each other. I was very happy watching their relationship unfolded and knew with all my heart that these two had found true love.

Going in I wasn't sure how I would feel about having a 3rd POV, but to my surprise I loved it!
It was fun and enjoyable hearing from Brian Brannon, Lexi and Gray's father and owner of the Cold Fury Hockey team.
I found Brian's voice added depth to the storyline and boy did he make me laugh & swoon watching him find his own HEA.

Overall, Roman was another page turning read by Sawyer Bennett and a wonderful addition to the Cold Fury Hockey series.

Roman is the 7th book in the Cold Fury Hockey series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them all!

*Yes please!*

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1,005 reviews800 followers
February 7, 2017
Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury series is one of my favorites. I love how each book features a different couple, but as the series has progressed so does their little family. When the series began all the players were single and seeing them paired off and building families just gives me the warm and fuzzies.

Roman is new to the story, but we quickly realize he is the team bad boy, the bruiser. In hockey it’s okay to be rough and fight, but his reputation off the ice is getting to be a little much in itself. Roman and Lexi meet in the Coldy Fury offices. He is there to see Gray, the CEO, regarding his behavior and Lexi, is there to meet with the owner.

Lexi’s mother recently died and on her deathbed finally told Lexi who her father was. Lexi seeking family and acceptance decides to confront her dad, Brian Brannon. Brian is the owner of the Cold Fury and his daughter Gray is the CEO. So naturally Gray’s first thought is someone is after her father’s money. I did, however, love how Brian as he never jumped to this conclusion.

See Lexi has been through so much and it’s easy to sympathize with her and I quickly grew to like her. I liked how she free spirited and fun, but not reckless. I loved how well she meshed with Roman, since they both don’t mind getting into trouble, but somehow seemed to ground each other.

Roman and Lexi’s relationship wasn’t easy, but it also felt like so much of the drama came from outside their relationship. I liked that they didn’t have any major issues, but I also got frustrated with other characters. So this one is not my favorite in the series, but I did love how in this story you get two for one because we actually get to see Brian meet someone and fall in love. It was so so sweet and really made things come full circle.

I think I have said this in all my reviews, but if you love sports romances, and/or a fun sexy read dive into this series. Every book can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend them all.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

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2,835 reviews624 followers
July 26, 2019
This book is different. It consists of 2 love stories between 4 characters. Bryan and Georgiana, Roman and Lexi. I think the author wants to contrast the love relationship between older couple and younger couple.

In Van, I do like it more because it has some dark aspect on it. But in Roman.... its flat. All of the characters are flat 1 dimensional. All of the chemistry is forced. Remembering that this book is intent to be a light cheesy read, I guess its OK read.

3 stars
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1,348 reviews1,252 followers
July 4, 2018
“Will you fuck me already?”

Roman is the seventh book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series. Roman Sýkora is Cold Fury's bad boy. A gifted player on the ice (and off), he never expected to fall in love with a free-spirited spunky girl next door. Lexi Robertson has come to Raleigh for one purpose. She wants to meet her father and half-sister. Lexi recognizes that their connection to the Cold Fury Hockey team may make them unwilling to accept her as part of their family (knowing that they are wealthy and she is not). However, she just wants to take a chance on finding her place in this world. When Lexi and Roman meet and fall in love, she faces adversity from everyone. As tension continues to rise, Lexi must find a way to be with the man she loves and be the loving daughter and sister that she is expected to be.
"Time has no meaning as our mouths explore and our hands tentatively grasp each other."
Told in dual POV, Roman is a perfect blend of opposites attract and learning to overcome adversity. The dynamics between Lexi and her half-sister Gray were extreme. Gray has always been one of my favorite characters from this series and it pained me greatly to see her so guarded. And yet, Lexi's determination to gain her sister's acceptance never waivered. As always, I adore Brian Brannon, their father, and it was an extra special treat to see him find love in the most unlikely places. Roman and Lexi shared a number of steamy scenes and I thoroughly enjoyed the way in which their relationship developed so naturally throughout the progression of the plot. Lexi is a strong heroine who is not afraid to be true to herself. I adored her character and her personality resonated joy in every single situation. To see her matched with Roman is truly priceless.


Overall, I highly recommend Roman to hockey romance fans. I am truly addicted to the Cold Fury Family and I will never get enough. Lexi is my favorite Cold Fury Heroine to date. When it comes to Sawyer Bennett and hockey, my kindle and I will always be ready and waiting!

***Cold Fury Hockey***
Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer BennettGarrett (Cold Fury Hockey, #2) by Sawyer BennettZack (Cold Fury Hockey, #3) by Sawyer BennettRyker (Cold Fury Hockey, #4) by Sawyer BennettHawke (Cold Fury Hockey, #5) by Sawyer BennettMax (Cold Fury Hockey, #6) by Sawyer BennettRoman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7) by Sawyer BennettLucas (Cold Fury Hockey, #8) by Sawyer BennettVan (Cold Fury Hockey, #9) by Sawyer BennettReed (Cold Fury Hockey, #10) by Sawyer BennettMarek (Cold Fury Hockey, #11) by Sawyer Bennett

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233 reviews124 followers
February 19, 2018
5 Stars!

I just realized that I never wrote a review for this book and it's been two months *face slap* of course, I don't remember much but what I do know is that this book was freaking amazing and if you haven't read this series yet, I suggest you pick it up asap! :)

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Lead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ and a half / 5 stars
Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ and a half / 5 stars
Plotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ and a half / 5 stars
Genre: romance, sports (hockey)
Will I recommend this book to others?: YES
Will I reread this book?: YES
Overall story summed up in one word: FANTABULOUS


im in love with this series! hope this one is just as amazing as the others :D
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932 reviews440 followers
February 21, 2017
I’ve come to one conclusion: Sawyer Bennett is not human. It seems like she adds to her impressive arsenal of work every couple months with books ranging from romantic suspense and erotica to lighthearted contemporary romance. How is that even possible? How, I ask you?! I don’t know, but as long as she keeps cooking up these sweet sports romances with a hint of spice, I’ll keep gobbling them up like candy. Roman was a tasty treat for me.

Roman is the bad boy of the Cold Fury professional hockey team. His scandalous antics off the ice and his penchant for racking up suspensions due to losing his cool on the ice have put his position with the team in jeopardy. The General Manger, Gray, is not exactly his number one fan at the moment.

Roman meets Lexi and immediately takes a liking to the unconventional barista. Things get complicated when he discovers Lexi is possibly the long-lost daughter that the Fury’s owner, Brian, never knew existed. That would also make her Gray’s half sister. This puts Lexi between a rock and a hard place if she wants to pursue a relationship with her new family as well as Roman.

Lexi is lovely, talented, easy going, and totally quirky but completely comfortable in her own skin. It’s easy to see why everyone is drawn to her. Lexi’s personality and her relationship with her potential father is a major highlight of the story. Her flamboyant surrogate mom, Georgia, is also delightful, and I loved how she’s integrated into the story.

I was totally on board with most of the book, but I did feel like some things are too easy. There’s some great tension between Gray and Lexi, but for the most part, the conflicts are rather easy to resolve, especially with Lexi being so agreeable. Roman effortlessly changes his lifestyle almost overnight except for a couple hiccups, and towards the end of the book it seems like the author is trying to dredge up drama when there just isn’t much there.

The story is told from the perspective of three characters: Lexi, Roman, and Brian. It’s an unusual choice, and one that I really enjoyed. Roman is a nice addition to the series and a satisfying story that’s a winner for this sports romance junkie.

Recommended for fans of:
Long lost children
Coffee bars

**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**

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1,232 reviews2,026 followers
March 10, 2017
DNF at around 40%.

I didn't feel invested enough in the romance to continue. I needed to feel something for the characters. Unfortunately, Roman and Lexi felt very generic and bland. I couldn't muster any empathy for them to invest in their romance.

**ARC provided via Netgalley
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2,416 reviews69 followers
February 22, 2017
ARC received for review

4.5 stars

Great addition to the Cold Fury family. Never met Roman before he was an in your face character. He's an enforcer on the ice, and doesn't apologize for all his fights. Lexi has come to town after finding out Brian Bannon is her father and Gray her sister. Lexi and Roman's relationship builds and isn't without some bumps in the road, but in the end love conquers all.

Loved the side romance with Brian and Lexi's second mom, Georgia. (thank you very much for omitting those sex scenes. that would have been like watching my parents. yuck)

Up next is Lucas, Max's little brother.
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385 reviews81 followers
March 6, 2017
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

“all I can do is smile at him and say, “I know. I felt it too.”

This latest instalment into all that is the Cold Fury Hockey series was very different. Instead of focusing on one couple’s story, Roman had three very distinct, yet related stories all happening at the same time. Readers were treated to the story of how troublemaker Roman Sýkora had his "bad publicity" ways knocked out of him when he met Lexi Robertson. Both Roman and Lexi each had their own side stories, causing friction in what otherwise might have been a smooth sailing romance.

Lexi, after having lost her mother to cancer less than a year ago, was in town to meet and try to forge a relationship with her father, Brian Brannon and her sister, Gray. If you have read other books in this series, you may already know Gray, the general manager for the Cold Fury Hockey team.

I found myself quite anxious for Lexi upon her first meeting with her father. I have seen this kind of story get very nasty before and Lexi was in quite a vulnerable state. She was alone and really wanted to connect with someone that was family. Brian was amazing in how he dealt with the news and how he treated Lexi. Lexi’s initial interactions with Gray were very entertaining.

Despite Roman being a self-proclaimed bachelor and having admittedly little closeness with his own family, he changed his ways pretty easily once Lexi came into his life. I believe she was the missing piece for him.

“We were dating the minute I heard you on that stage playing your ukulele,” I tell her. “Even if neither of us fully realized it then.”

Aside from Roman feeling he wasn’t a “family” man, the main source of conflict between him and Lexi came in the form of Gray. She already had a negative personal opinion of Roman and didn’t approve of him for Lexi. I cringed any times throughout the book when, though I believe her heart was in the right place, she interfered and manipulated things between the couple.

There was also a pleasantly surprising little side story for Brian. Romance stories seem to often focus on the young so it was nice to see Brian get his own piece of a happy ending.

“We’re going to lunch,” she affirms. “I’m killing two birds with one stone. We need to talk about Lexi and I’m tired of waiting for you to ask me out. You move at the speed of molasses and I’m not getting any younger.”

This was a sweet and touching story.
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70 reviews
February 26, 2017

☾Aweee Lexi and Roman's story was so uncharacteristically adorable! With all this bad boy talk, I definitely didn't think it was going to be as cute and romantic as it was.

☾Roman is the bad boy of the team, always getting in fights, being fined every time he gets into it with another team over something stupid. After being given an ultimatum by Gray, his boss' daughter, he tries to clean up his act. That's before he meets Lexi - unbeknownst to him, is Gray's sister...yikes!

☾With Lexi trying to learn more about her new found family, and a boyfriend who just can't seem to get along with her new sister - things get intense to say the least. I loved this story and I also enjoyed all of the different POV's. I was iffy at first especially with Brian's POV, I didn't really see why his POV needed to be included. However it didn't hinder the story like it often does with some authors.

☾I highly suggest reading this if you are a fan of the series, I can't wait for the next one!
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1,217 reviews263 followers
February 12, 2017
4.5 "Family, Business, & Love" Stars!

This being the 7th book in the series, I can honestly say that the Cold Fury Series has become one of my favorite sports romance series of all time! Every single book that I have read in this ice hockey based romance has been top-notch: both complex in its character and plot development and touching and heart-felt in its romance. Not to mention that each book is fresh and unique in its storyline (no cookie cutter series driven formula here!) Roman is no exception, and left me eagerly turning pages to see how the two embedded romances (that's right you get 2 romances for the price of 1 in this book!), not to mention the interesting family dynamics combined with a conflict-driven business overlay would be resolved.

Lexi Robertson has just had a bombshell revelation, and following her mother's death and left with no family, she decides to move to Raleigh, North Carolina to explore this long-held secret. Brian Brannon, the owner of the Cold Fury Ice Hockey professional team, is her father! But will she ever be able to convince Brian, a rich and powerful man who will no doubt be suspicious of any such allegations, and Gray Brannon his only daughter who maintains a very close (and protective) relationship with him and who indeed is now the general manager of the Cold Fury team, that she is their long-lost daughter and sister?

Further complicating matters is that Lexi is nothing like Brian or Gray. She isn't college educated and can at best be described as a free-spirited, musician and ukuele player who works as a barrista for a living. While Brian and Gray run an ice hockey empire and Gray was even a hockey gold medalist herself! What can Lexie possibly have in common with Brian and Gray who are known for their hard-driven, Type A personalities?

As Lexi is beginning to be acquainted with her new family she also meets Roman Sykora, the bad boy defenseman of the Cold Fury Team. Known for never backing down from a fight, nevermind his playboy ways, and a knack for attracting negative publicity, he is one of Gray's least favorite players, even if his results on the ice rink are undeniable. Roman and Lexi instantly hit it off, but that only further complicates the budding family relationship between the Brannons and Lexi given Gray's heated exchanges with Roman about shaping up or being traded from the team. Additionally, the fact that Roman has never really had a family who took an interest in him makes his desire to interact with anyone else's family (even if it is the first girl ever who has made him want more than a one night stand) an extra barrier to the development of both Lexi's new family ties and love interest in Roman.

But that is not all! In an already full plot, Ms. Sawyer manages to squeeze in yet one more surprise. All I will say is that even widowers have a chance to find love again! In addition to the plot I highly enjoyed Ms. Sawyer's engaging writing which kept me glued to my Kindle from page 1 to the very end!

Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.
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1,568 reviews1,160 followers
December 18, 2018
Me lonely here #Team Gray from the beginning till the end.

She wasn’t the heroine in this book, but to me Gray’s character was more important than the h’s one.
She didn’t annoy or irritate me; I could understand and follow all her actions and decisions and was always on her side.

Freaking minority again :-(

I never pretended to be a good girl and I confess honestly: if some person came to my (rich) father and claimed to be his child I would go ballistic.

To me Grace was more mature and open minded than I could ever be.

How can someone demand my trust if I know him/her for about 2 seconds and have every right to suspect a fraud? The heroine, Gray’s new found sister, was nice and friendly, but it wasn’t a reason enough to hurrah her.

To me Gray’s actions were more than reasonable and she wasn’t once cruel to her “new” sister or her bf/H.

And also the conflict between Gray and the hero. Firstly, I didn’t see any conflict.
She pointed out his faults and as his boss was entitled to demand the improvement of his childish behavior that not only harmed him but also the whole team.

And she did right when she warned her sister from the H: he did have well-earned bad reputation!

The only thing I say about the hero, who was more a whiny guy with a d*ck – sorry - with a stick than a grown man to me, that I didn’t like him much and couldn’t really connect to him.
Tardiness as a bad habit or as an act of defiance?

I personally accept unpunctuality only in form of delayed gratification and only in bedroom!

It was again a mystery to me why Brian, as h’s father, was totally ok with his daughter to date badboy aka playboy of the team? Hidden meaning I didn’t catch?

Why would a father be consent with his child sleeping with a man whose naked photo (with OW, who was previously involved with one of his teammates) was published only a short time ago? No STDs for hockey-players coz the ice is cold?!? *musing*

I really liked the love story of h’s father Brian, 61, and h’s friend aka boss Georgia, 47.
After reading many books where the side character or other people above 40 were shelved as buddies of Tutankhamun’s mummy *lol* I found it very refreshing to read about older people living and dating (and not only polishing casket for later).
Yes, there is sex and love after 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 etc. Yes! Yes! Yes!

Well, I should tell something about the heroine, shouldn’t I?
She was ok… I guess. I liked her, but I liked Gray more!

All above, as always, my personal opinion.

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1,680 reviews456 followers
February 18, 2017
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this book. I was surprised by how many things were happening during the story and how nicely everything worked together. Although this is the seventh book in the Cold Fury Hockey series, it could be read as a stand alone novel since each book in the series really does tell its own story. Readers of the series will enjoy seeing characters from previous books play an important role in this installment. This was a story that hooked me right away and I found myself having a hard time setting the book aside.

Lexi is an amazing character and really the focus of this story. This book wasn't only focused on romance although romance played an important role. Lexi has moved to town in order to meet her father, who happens to be Brian Brannon, the owner of the Cold Fury Hockey Team. Lexi's father doesn't know anything about her until they meet. During her first trip to the Cold Fury office, Lexi meets Roman and there is an instant attraction.

I liked Lexi and Roman together and thought that they made a great couple. They just seemed really good for each other and had a lot of chemistry. It was fun watching bad boy Roman try to figure out how to be in a relationship. I also really liked watching the relationship between Lexi and her father develop. They accepted each other almost immediately and it seemed so right. Lexi's relationship with Gray was a little more painful to see develop but it felt completely realistic.

I really liked the fact that this book was told from three different points of view. I didn't expect it but it really worked well. Getting a chance to really see what was happening from Lexi, Roman, and Brian's point of view really made the story work. Each character had a lot of emotions wrapped up in everything that was going on and getting a chance to be in their head for part of the book just made everything feel more real.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This book really tells a big story with a lot of emotion and it was really nice to watch everything develop. I can't wait to read the next book in this fun series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I loved Lexi. She was just a wonderful character. There was really a lot going on in this short book and I liked that it was told from three different perspectives.
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367 reviews35 followers
August 3, 2017
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Sawyer Bennett never disappoints! This was another amazing book in the Cold Fury series. The next one 'Lucas' is already waiting on my Kindle.

This was a fun and hot mixture of sports, romance and family drama.

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September 12, 2016
Isn't it amazing people rate a book that hasn't even come out yet? there is one person on GR who feels the need to give one star to books for some reason.
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1,072 reviews119 followers
February 21, 2017
Yay! Another super sweet and safe read! I loved Roman. Although we hear he's a bad boy and a bit of a player, I never really saw him like that. He was actually pretty tame. We are told he has a wild past but we never see him act or think anything remotely like that.

Ever since his meeting with Gray, Roman knows that he needs a change. Not so much on the ice, because he feels he is perfectly capable in his role as enforcer. Meeting Lexi is is a bit serendipitous. They meet and instantly click. Their friendship quickly blooms into a sweet and sexy love affair.

I loved that this was such an easy drama free read. There is no OM/OW drama and is largely just a comfy read about two different people finding an enduring love together. I wish I could have given this one a full five stars because I really did enjoy reading about Lexi and Roman, but because of the secondary love story between Lexi's dad Brian and her boss, Georgia, I didn't. Not that I didn't like reading about their HEA but I wanted more page time with Roman and Lexi and was a bit annoyed whenever I had to read about the other couple. Also Gray's constant drama over Lexi (which was too OTT for me) and her antagonism of Roman ended up getting on my nerves! She was just too selfish and mean about the whole thing. Lexi and Roman were way too forgiving in my opinion.

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3,126 reviews261 followers
February 13, 2017
Roman is known as a bad boy with a rep that is difficult to dissuade with all the negative press he’s been getting. That press has caused some waves with the management, Grey Brannon, of the Cold Fury Hockey Team.

Lexi has been working in a local bar, getting up the nerve to meet her biological father, Brian Brannon, which happens to be the owner of the Cold Fury Hockey Team. She doesn’t want anything from him, just wants to make that family connect. Brian didn’t know he had another daughter so it comes as quite a bit of a shock to both Brian and his daughter Gray (Lexi’s ½ sister).

Lexi and Roman hit it off right away but her relationship with Roman causes waves with her trying to build a relationship between herself and her sister.

Roman is a flat out fun, sweet and endearing, everything you want in a contemporary sports romance. From the start, I was hooked and Bennett kept me completely invested till then end.

I received this ARC copy of Roman from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest and voluntary review. This book is set for publication Feb. 21, 2017.

My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: Sawyer Bennett
Print Length: 242 pages
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Genre: Sports Romance

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