Thursday, February 23, 2017

ARC Review: Roman by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Roman (Cold Fury, Book #7)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary romance, sports romance

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.

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What I thought about Roman

Roman’s dedication to his sport has left him with an emotional void and his sex scandals and other bad boy  activities have given him a reputation with the GM of the team. On the day he’s meeting with the GM to be told he needs to clean up his act, he runs into Lexi who is there to meet her father and half sister who have no idea she exists.  Talk about family drama! 

Lexi’s father is more accepting of Lexi’s claims, but her half-sister questions her motives. When there’s some mega-attraction between Roman and Lexi, her half sister  isn’t too thrilled about them dating because of his reputation.  So Lexi is faced with the dilemma of going for the guy she is attracted to, or risking her new relationship with her newly found half-sister.

This is definitely an opposites attract (and very sexy) sort of story. Lexi is very independent and makes Roman work for it, which was a nice touch. I liked how he handled these new feelings toward Lexi, even though they scare him.

The story is told in dual POV from Roman and Lexi and with a surprise POV from Lexi’s father which adds a nice treat to the book with a more seasoned romance between Brian and Lexi’s boss Georgia.  The scenes between these two were equally interesting.

Roman works very well as a standalone, as this was my first book read in this series and I didn’t have any trouble following along. If you are a fan of sports romance, you will want to check this out.  I really like Sawyer Bennett’s writing voice and it comes across very well in Roman. 

ARC provided for review.

About the Author
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. 

When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two. 


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