Series: Cold Fury Hockey, #5
Published by Random House Publishing Group on March 15th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Sports, Contemporary Women
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
The New York Times bestselling hockey series featuring the Carolina Cold Fury continues as the team’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.
If you’ve been following my reviews, you probably noticed that Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series is one of my favorite romance series. Hawke, the latest book in the series follows defenseman Hawke Therrien as he gets a second chance at love with his childhood sweetheart, Vale Campbell. These two have a wild past that had them spiraling out of control thanks to their booze, drugs, and wild partying ways. As a hockey star, Hawke was always the center of attention, and Vale was his main squeeze. Then out of the blue, Vale cut him loose. Seven years later, the two run into one another when they both get picked up by the Cold Fury. Hawke as a player, and Vale as the new sports trainer.
I really enjoy reading this series, and Hawke was no different, but I have to admit it is the weakest entry to this series. I found Hawke and Vale to be both likable, and I loved that they had prior history instead of the same old love-at-first-sight yarn. However, I found the story predictable. It followed the same pattern as all the other books in the series, and I figured out Vales reason for leaving Hawke back in the day immediately. There weren’t the usual twists and turns that I’ve come to expect. While I enjoyed reading it, I find myself a tad bit disappointed.
Having said the above, I would still recommend the novel to fans of the Cold Fury series, and of second chance love affairs. The sex scenes were mega hot, and Bennett’s writing kept me turning the pages from the very beginning. Even though I’m disappointed in Hawke, it hasn’t deterred me from continuing the series, and I look forward to the next novel in the series, Max. While these books are written as a series, they can be read as standalone novels, despite any crossovers between characters.