Series: Cold Fury Hockey #5
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: March 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team proves that love is a power play. As Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling series continues, the league’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.
Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.
Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.
Hawke Therrien hasn’t looked back since he cut his losses and headed for the big leagues seven years ago, but his past is about to blow up his present in a big way because his ex-girlfriend is the newest member of the athletic staff of his hockey team. This woman is very far from the fun-loving, pierced and wild free spirit he knew and loved and suddenly he’s struggling with all the hurt feelings from their break up that he thought he’d successfully overcome.
Vale Campbell loved Hawke to the exclusion of everything else and realized too late that she made a mistake when she broke up with him, but she never got the chance for a do-over and has since moved on with her life. This new job is a lifeline and she hopes that tentative friendship she and Hawke have struck up would lead to a second chance for them.
I loved Ryker, both book and character and I honestly don’t think any of the other books can top it, so I’ll admit to being biased when I started reading this book. HAWKE was a pleasant read but it’s definitely my least favorite of the series as are the characters. I expected fireworks and drama as Vale and Hawke tried to deal with their past, but all the drama got old after a bit and I just could not connect with them in any way. My hot button is lack of communication and the lack of it between Hawke and Vale was quite annoying.
I do have to say that Ms. Bennett has the ability to make a story-line come to life in a way that a reader can relate to. The upside was catching up with the characters from previous books. Surprisingly, in spite of my feelings for this book. I’m looking forward to the next one.
If you love angsty, emotional romances, then this is the perfect book for you.