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.
Picture this: A big, bad hockey player, single father of two little girls (HE BRAIDS THEIR HAIR!) who is scared of spiders. Yes, spiders. The first scene of this book was hilarious and it made me fall in love with Ryker immediately. Don't get me wrong, I already liked him, but this made my ovaries go "boom" and I was a goner. (Oh and the author's muse for Ryker was THIS GUY, so yeah...)
Ryker was brought to the Cold Fury as the back up goalie in the series' previous book. When the goalie gets hurt at the end of the previous season he has to step up. Despite his spectacular play, the season ended on a disappointing note, but the new season is about to start and he is still their #1. Ryker knows that he has to prove that he still has what it takes to be the best or he will gone.
Enter Gray Bannon. Gray has just become the first female general manager is trying to prove a point. A lot of people not only disagree with her being a general manager, but also her methods. She tends to rely on complicated statistics to help make her decisions and that doesn't sit well with a lot of people. When Gray starts her new job, she brings in all the team members to have a one on one meeting. It's during the meeting that she discovers who her problem employees will be and also that she is extremely attracted to Ryker Evans. and lets just say the feeling is mutual for him. During their meeting you could cut their sexual tension with a knife. It was fantastic.
They try to keep their relationship purely professional (she is his boss), but eventually they give in to their attraction to each other. Gray wants to keep it a secret and while Ryker doesn't like it, he agrees. They find ways to see other while on road trips and it's all very clandestine and really, really HOT. Unfortunately, trouble in form of Ryker's ex wife and a disgruntled hockey player make things difficult and their relationship is put to the test.
I loved Gray and Ryker as a couple. Gray was an extremely intelligent, hard working, successful female executive and she didn't back down from anything. A lot of men would have felt threatened by her success, but not Ryker. He not only respected everything she had accomplished throughout her career, but he was also a little bit in awe of her at times. And let's be honest, if I didn't already love him that would have sealed the deal for me! I also loved how at first Gray was a bit wary of Ryker's children, but it turns out she was quite good with then and never really had anything to worry about.
I am such a fan of this series and I love the scenes with Ryker and the other guys. I am a fan of banter and these guys can do it with the best of them.
As I open the dishwasher, Zack is confident when he says, “You’re totally boning our boss.”
“Well, you were boning your nanny,” I mutter harshly as I slam the dish into the rack and shut the door.
Zack raises his hands up defensively. “Hey, best thing I ever did was bone the nanny. No censure from me here.”As always, I look forward to the future books in this series. Bring on the hot hockey players!!
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