Ryker by Sawyer Bennett Release Date: September 8, 2015 Publisher: Loveswept Book #4 in the Cold Fury Hockey series Number of pages: 250 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F Rating: XXX Read 9/27/2017
How can you not love the man who was thrust into the single parent role after his wife leaves him and the kids for another man? It’s such a sympathetic character. When Ryker and his adorable daughters were introduced in the book Zack I knew I would love his story.
A lot of times when characters like Gray are introduced they are tough and unbending. I liked that Gray is a business minded woman who knows her own mind and what her goals are, yet she doesn’t feel the need to come across as unattainable. She’s approachable but firm in her resolve. I really admire her. (Although I had a challenging time with her full name, Gray Brannon. It just didn’t roll off the tongue for me.)
So many times in the single parent trope I feel the kids are introduced to the girlfriend/boyfriend way too fast. I like that Gray was aware of this as well as Ryker so she got to know the girls as “a friend” to make sure they got along first. I also like the way Ryker dealt with his ex-wife when it came to the kids and Gray.
There are things that played out in an unrealistic way, but it was definitely to drive the story. I have a problem with that when there’s not a purpose or it seems the author didn’t do their homework. In this case I felt the author did a few things in regard to Gray’s job in order to give the characters a true HEA and I was okay with that.