Monday, September 7, 2015

Blog Tour - Ryker by Sawyer Bennett - #Review & #Giveaway!




Ryker by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #4
Random House - Loveswept
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
Date Read:  September 4, 2015

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 is on Gray to step up and save a tender new love before it’s too late.
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I can officially say that I am in love with this series!   These books are like candy and I cannot seem to get enough of them.  This book fits into the series perfectly.  I was thrilled when I found out that Ryker was going to be the Hero in this book.  I just loved everything about him in his appearances in the previous installment, Zach.  Each of these books can be easily read as a stand alone novel but readers of the series will find some familiar characters from earlier books.  

The story is told from alternating points of view.  I am a fan of this style of storytelling when it is done well as it is in this story.  I have read tons of romance novels that are told only from the female point of view and  I really enjoy a book that lets me spend some time in the man's head.  I really think that both points of view in this story has a distinctive voice and felt authentic and likable.

As the story begins, Gray has just been named as General Manager of the Cold Fury Hockey team.  She is the first woman to be named to this position in the NHL and not everyone is thrilled with the idea.  Ryker is adjusting to life with his two daughters as a single father.  He is one of the veterans on the team and is open to the idea of a woman holding Gray's position.  

The pair start spending time together outside of normal work but keep everything hidden so that they will not jeopardize either of their careers.  With the spotlight on Gray's position and on the hockey team that is playing with largely due to their veteran goalie, Ryker, keeping their relationship a secret becomes very difficult.

I liked Ryker and Gray as a couple.  How can anyone not like Ryker?  He is sexy and he knows what he wants.  He puts the needs of other people before his own and he is an awesome father.  Not to mention, he is a very good hockey player.  Gray was easy for me to like.  She knew that it was not going to be easy stepping into the GM position but she handled everything perfectly.  She was smart and able to figure out what really mattered.   I loved the chemistry that they had together and thought that the sexy scenes between the pair were very well done.

I would highly recommend this series to fans of contemporary romance.  This book is a relatively quick read but it really packs a lot into the pages.  There is a lot of excitement, emotions, sexy times, as well as some hockey.  I plan to continue to read Sawyer Bennett's work including future books in this series. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.


Cold Fury Hockey Series
Book #1 - Alex - Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunesKobo
Book #2 - Garrett - Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | My Review 
Book #3 - Zack - Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | My Review
Book #4 - Ryker -  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo 

About the Author

USA Today and New York Times Best-Selling 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 third book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, June 2015.

Author Links:  Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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4 comments:

  1. Great review! A good father sounds quite swoony. I have Alex on my Kindle and have been wanting to start the series for a while. I get to meet the author soon at Sassy in Savannah. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I thought Ryker was fantastic and very swoon worthy. I actually still need to go back and read Alex myself. I have it sitting on my kindle and hope to read it very soon. I hope you enjoy meeting this author. It sounds like a fun event!

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    1. Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour!

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