*I received a free copy of Roman from Loveswept via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #7
Published by Loveswept on 21 February 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Roman showed a different aspect of the hockey club as well as the difficulty to live in that world, especially when the characters wanted to keep some private moments… private.
I feel like I always say something about my big love for hockey players when I review a Cold Fury book, but it’s true! Roman made my toes curl in many ways. Of course the fact that he’s a bad boy didn’t make me blink even once. I’m not usually one for enforcers when it comes to hockey. They break up the game, and I think here in Europe, hockey is different from the way it’s played in the US. One thing I really enjoyed with Roman was that we got more than one glimpse into former main characters’ lives. We got Gray and Ryker front and center, with Brian Brannon way in front of them.
Roman and his bad-boy ways were on the agenda for the beginning of the story, as he was called in for a meeting with Gray. He met Lexi in the reception area near the offices and immediately decided he wanted to get to know her better. She was nervous because she had a meeting with Brian. And what she had to tell him could be a complete hit or miss. Letting a man know he had a long-lost daughter by a lover he had left was not an easy feat. The fact that Brian hadn’t even known Lexi’s mom was pregnant didn’t change his feelings of being left out, though.
Between the romance and Lexi getting to know her father and half-sister, Roman was a sweet story. It had a nice pace, and the emotions it evoked in me were strong and real. I would have been even happier if Brian had gotten his own full-length novel, though. As I think more mature lovers are just as great as the younger generation.
The intricate relationships, both between Lexi and Roman, and also between Lexie and Gray, or Brian and Lexi’s boss and good friend were well done. The characters are all fleshed out and realistic, and as always, I enjoyed my stay in North Carolina with the hottest of fictional hockey-players. Written in either first or third person point of view, from varying characters’ perspectives, I enjoyed spending time with them all. The past tense and quick-witted dialogues made the narrative very life-like, too, and I can only recommend you get your hands on this when it’s released tomorrow 😉
Gray has had me all to herself for most of her life. While I never exactly pined for another child, I can tell you it’s a wondrous thrill knowing I have another.
I get her to my SUV without incident or broken bones and manage to walk around the front without sliding too much and looking like an idiot. You’d think as a hockey star I’d be able to maneuver on ice with more sophistication, but truly it’s the skates that make all the difference.
It’s cold as hell outside, so I ask as I frown down at her, “Where’s your coat?” “Figured I didn’t need it,” she replies as she stares me. “I’d either jump out of my car and grab my bag from your front lawn, or I’d be warm inside your house.” “Hmmm,” I say in contemplation. “And yet here I am, freezing my ass off on your front porch,” she points out sweetly.
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