Ryker by 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.
4 stars. This book was sweet, sexy and intelligent, just like Ryker.
I have been waiting for Ryker’s story since we first met him in Zack, and I was not disappointed.
Ryker is the veteran back up goalie that came in during the playoffs and lost it all for his team. This season he is trying to lead them back to the cup and dealing with the heartbreak of last season. Couple this with catching his ex-wife with a team-mate and things are not all rosey for Ryker right now. His world revolves around hockey and his two little girls at this point in his life.
Greyson, Grey, Bannon has just made sports history. She has been promoted to General Manager of the Cold Fury, making her the first female GM in the history of the league. Grey was very intelligent, strong and not really caring about the naysayers or the “boys club” that thought she didn’t deserve the position. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Grey tells a reporter a story about kicking another reporter out for asking about her beauty regime. It was really telling about how she wanted to be known as a GM first and not a woman. It was much harder to get the players and some of the coaching staff on her side though. It was almost shocking (not really these days) the vehemence that some characters had for her just because she was a woman.
The thing that I loved the most about this book was the unconditional support that Ryker and Grey had for each other. Even before the relationship she scouted him and got him in the position for the team that he deserved and when she was promoted to GM he stood behind her 100%. It was refreshing to see this from a book, well actually just refreshing in general. This mutual respect and their chemistry made it difficult for the two of them to stay away.
This leads me to my least favorite part of any story, secret relationships… This book did handle it really well, and I understand why they felt it needed to be secret, but come on. If Grey would have talked to her father or anyone really I’m sure they would have come up with a solution earlier. It’s not like she was his coach or direct supervisor. Ryker was completely against keeping them a secret and again I agree. In the end after both of them were willing to give up their careers to make it work it all worked out
Overall I really liked this book. There were some little things that kept it from a 5 star, but it was a really sweet, fun and sexy read. This is my favorite of the series so far and a great addition to the Cold Fury series.
A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
“I have no clue what you are talking about. I call you Big Bang after the TV show The Big Bang Theory. … It’s a TV show about these really brilliant scientists. Geniuses like you. So absorbed in their work they don’t understand pop culture unless it’s about superheroes and comic books. The fact you don’t recognize it as pop culture just couldn’t make this any more hilarious.”
“You’re very unique to the professional hockey world, Miss Brannon, because you’re a woman in a traditionally male role, and because you’re using groundbreaking methods with which to manage this club. I’m curious… if you were to die tomorrow, what would you prefer to be known for?”
“You’re wrong about one thing. A fling wouldn’t be difficult, because it would be quick and secretive and over probably as soon as it started. You’d have little risk of ever being caught. But I don’t do flings. You would be way more than a fling to me.”
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her first book with Random House Loveswept, entitled Alex (A Cold Fury Hockey Novel) on 10/14/14.