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Review: Ryker by Sawyer Bennett

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Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey #4)
   by: Sawyer Bennett

Publication Date: Sept. 8, 2015
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC received via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 269 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 5/5 stars

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.

You guys. I DEVOURED this book in the span of a few hours. I absolutely could NOT put it down. I just adore this series so much and Sawyer Bennett has written a new favorite hockey player for me: Ryker Evans. Ryker is one of those extreme good guys you can't help but fall for. He is on fire this year for the Carolina Cold Fury as their starting goalie and he is determined to help his team win the Stanley Cup this year. Not only is he a dedicated athlete, but he is an AMAZING father to his two girls. I loved seeing him in dad mode. Having received sole custody of his daughters, it was quite an adjustment for Ryker, but he has handled the transition beautifully. After his wife cheated on him with another hockey player on his former team, Ryker hasn't really had time to think about love or a relationship.
However, now that he is settling into his role as a father, he is definitely more open to the idea. He becomes even more so when he realizes that he and Gray Brannon have some serious attraction between them. The only problem? Gray is the new manager for the Cold Fury and it would be a serious conflict of interest for the two to get involved. I adored Gray's character. She is a balls to the wall kind of girl and I loved how confident she was. She isn't afraid to deal with these men and she certainly isn't intimidated by them either. She has been raised by her father and hasn't had a lot of experiences with love and relationships before. She's a bit of a nerd and I thought it was great how statistical her brain was. It took her a bit to warm up to the idea of her and Ryker as a couple, because Ryker makes it clear he doesn't do one-night stands or hook-ups. If he's in, he's ALL in and I adored that.
I really love how angst-free this book was. Gray and Ryker have their own obstacles to overcome, such as keeping their relationship a secret and dealing with Ryker's ex-wife, Hensley. My heart ached for the two because neither one really wanted to keep the other a secret. Their stolen moments are extremely sexy and hot though. I love the desperation and the recklessness there- it definitely made for some steamy reading. These two know what they want and aren't afraid to vocalize that, which was awesome. I love seeing couples being so open with communication. I was a little nervous about how Ryker would handle his situation with his ex-wife, but thankfully I had nothing to worry about. He is an upstanding guy and he remains loyal to Gray every step of the way.
We also get to see some of our favorite Cold Fury friends. Zack and Kate make several appearances in this book and it was sweet to see them again and how their relationship has progressed. We also get to see a hint of Alex, Garrett, Sutton, and Olivia too.
I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I honestly don't ever want these books to end. I am so invested in these characters and I don't know that I'll ever be ready to say goodbye!

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  1. So I think I'll love Ryker. He sounds amazing. I sooo need to start this series. I adore hockey. Great review.

  2. Haven't read this series yet, but it sounds interesting. I like the whole team manager / goalie relationship angle.

    Majanka @ I Heart Reading


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