Published by Loveswept on March 15th 2016
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 is Book #5 in the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey series, which I adore. This is a second chance romance. Hawke Therrien and Vale Campbell had a very intense relationship seven years prior to the beginning of the story when they were practically kids. Vale abruptly ended the relationship before Hawke was set to make his NHL debut and never told him why. The beginning of the story was pretty heartbreaking. The story picks up 7 years later with Hawke being the new member of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team and Vale the new athletic trainer. Obviously the attraction between them is still there and sparks fly. However, they have a hard time overcoming the mistakes they made in the past.
Most of the story revolves around why the relationship ended years before and it’s basically full of secrets and misunderstandings that drag on for most of the book. There were some parts of the book I loved and parts I just disliked or didn’t care for. There were some hot sexy times and some very sweet moments. As with the rest of the Cold Fury books, these hockey players are sexy and swoony. Hawke is no exception. I totally loved Hawke, he was sweet and sexy and very vulnerable. I especially loved his interaction with Vale’s dad. However, unlike the previous heroines in the Fury books, which I’ve loved, I had a really hard time understanding and liking Vale. She was very volatile and even in the present time, she was so immature. I understand building some suspense into the story, but these are adults, and adults sometimes should just…talk!
Although I love Sawyer and her books, this one didn’t work for me as much as the previous ones. The entire time I felt like something was missing. I feel like the Cold Fury books are just falling into the same formula where they all end in some form of a grand gesture and the guy always has to apologize even when the girl is in the wrong. I also missed all the funny interactions between the guys and the girlfriends which are always great. Overall, I liked the book but didn’t love it. Regardless, this is a fun, light read and I still recommend this author and this series!
*An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*