Also in this series: Alex , Garrett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #4
Published by Loveswept on September 8, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Hockey
Narrator: Cris Dukehart, Graham Halstead
Length: 7 Hours and 22 Mins
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 is the fourth book in this delightful series with the Cold Fury Hockey team. With each book that is written I am stunned by how much I love each book and I have to say that Ryker might be one of my favorite books of the series that this author has written so far.
We are introduced to Ryker in the previous book, who has recently become a single father to his two daughters when his ex wife wanted reduced contact. Its been a year since Ryker signed on with the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Team and is in his thirities and is one of the best goalies. He knows that he has only a few years left physically to handle the sport but right now with the starting goalie recovering from an injury, Ryker has taken over as the lead goalie and he is on fire and is at the top of the league. But there is a new change in the team that has really changed things around for the whole team. Their coach and owner has given over managed to his daughter “Gray Bannon” and there is much dissension in the ranks over it. Gray has been a recruiter for the team for quite a while and brought most of the players to the Carolina Cold Fury Team, but now she is living her dream with her father’s full support. She may be a woman but she knows the sport inside and out and even played it in the olympics. She is setting a new standard for women, that they are just capable of being leader in a male dominated sport. But there is one problem….her career may be at risk when her heart falls for the head goalie Ryker Evans.
Yes…be yourself. Don’t go in that room and for one minute try to mold yourself to their expectations. I didn’t offer you this position to do the same exact job I did. I gave it to you because I want you to be better at it than I was, and you’re going to be because of who you are, not who they want you to be
Ryker has always loved the sport of hockey, and right now he is living the dream being on fire and not missing a beat. His relationship with his daughters are stronger than ever and even though he knows that there is a risk, he is starting to fall for his boss….the manager of the team. He knows that if they want to make it one of them will have to sacrifice their career. Ryker is still hurt from the actions that his ex wife did but he has moved on and is looking for something more in his life and is wanting a relationship. Gray has been so focused on her career for so long that she just doesn’t know what to do with a guy that makes her feel emotions she has never really felt. She settles for one night stands because her career and education have been more important to her. She is more than fine with the course that she has set for herself. But she does know that when she meets Ryker she wants more, she doesn’t know what that means for her future but she does know what she feels with Ryker is more encompassing that she ever imagined. But she also knows one of them will have to sacrifice for love or give up what they have for their jobs that they love…
I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy a heroine so focused on a career and not interested in relationships or family, and I admit I was on the edge with Gray as the heroine but I ended up loving her character SO MUCH. She is a bit blinded about how relationships work since she has only done one stands and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to relate with the heroine but I really did. She is driven, passionate and does have a kind heart. I love how she goes out of her way to be a support to Ryker when he needs it and to connect with his daughters and being their “friend” even though she knows nothing about kids. I admired her strong relationship with her father and how much passion she has for her job and the sport. She is very smart but she understands what drives people and I really admired her character and the growth that we see her come into. She learns about love and commitment and that she can have a career and a man to love and children if she wants them. And that nothing can hold her back but herself.
Our hero, Ryker, has some admiring qualities and strengths and I fell in love with him in many ways. He isn’t too bitter in how his wife left him and their children for a younger man. He accepted it and moved on and devoted his life to his girls and to hockey. But when gets to know Gray he knows that there is something more between them and its nothing to give up on and he wants to fight for Gray and show her what they can become. I loved the courage he has, risking his career for Gray, giving her the peace of mind that she needs until she is ready to take him full on. I loved what a loving father he is, and how devoted he is to his daughters. He has a great bond with the team and there are so many moments that Ryker really makes this book shine and glow in fundamental ways that wraps around your heart. From his ways of unifying his team, his love for his girls, and his devotion to Gray…..guaranteed to make you fall in love right away with him. I really adored his attitude, he has such a positive outlook on life as well.
The romance that comes together in this book is so precious and gave me all the feels. I honestly wanted to do a dance when finished this book, it gave me so many joyful emotions and seeing how they find a way around their careers to be together was so fabulous. Because it happens in a way I didn’t expect, and the heroine made me love her even more with her actions and how she fights for a chance to be with her man especially in how we see how much Ryker fights for Gray throughout the story. I love seeing a couple fight for each other in different ways and it happens so delightfully in this story. Their story definitely will give you those moments of sexy heat and poignant emotion that will sneak up behind you and give you a few surprises along the way.
Overall I found Ryker to be a story of sacrifice, the value of true love and finding happiness in the unlikely moments of life…..WINS THE GOAL IN SPORTS ROMANCE!!