Hawke (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series #5)

Hawke (Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series #5)

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by Sawyer Bennett

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The Carolina Cold Fury hockey series 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


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The Carolina Cold Fury hockey series 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.

Praise for Hawke
“Wow! Sawyer Bennett delivers perfect chemistry that won’t be denied. Hawke is sexy, emotional, and fantastic!”New York Times bestselling author Sandi Lynn

“Sexy, raw, and edgy, yet layered with emotion and utterly compelling . . . Sawyer Bennett does it again with Hawke!”—Award-winning author Katie Rose
“Utterly irresistible . . . a worthy addition to the Cold Fury hockey series . . . I loved Hawke’s nature, which had a classic alpha-natured edge to it.”The Romance Reviews
“One-click right now and let me know! #MustRead”—OMG Reads
“I love hockey romance and Sawyer Bennett does a nice job with this series.”—Smexy Books
“This book will melt your heart.”—Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews
Hawke was a nice second-chance romance. . . . Fans of sports romance will enjoy Hawke and Vale’s story.”—Total Book Geek
“All Cold Fury fans will love this installment, both because this couple was great, and because the players who were the main characters in the prior books were still a part of the team.”—(un)Conventional Bookviews
“This is a must-add addition to your To-Be-Read shelf as this is the hottest book to hit the shelves in a while.”—Underneath the Covers

“Thank you Ms. Bennett for another wonderful read, one that kept me engaged and loving the story!”—Shh Moms Reading

Praise for Sawyer Bennett and the Cold Fury series
“Sawyer Bennett has scored again with Alex, the perfect combination of sexy and emotional. I can’t wait for the next Cold Fury story!”—Bestselling author Julie Cross
“Sawyer Bennett has outdone herself with Garrett. If you like secrets, romance, hot sex, and an epically fantastic ending that leaves you totally satisfied, then this is your book.”New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely
“Emotional, intense, funny, and sexy, Zack has it all. I didn’t want this book to end.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Carolina Cold Fury Hockey , #5
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Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Sawyer Bennett has written more than thirty books and has been featured on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great workout, cake, or a combination of the two.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't want to give any of the plot away but it is poorly developed. The cause of the initial issue was ridiculous. I cannot stand Val due to her childish antic. There is a lot of sex scenes that seem to provide filler to the story. Around page 160 i lost interest and began skimming the rest to get through the book.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
This is number five in the Cold Fury Hockey series. Hawke’s rising star in hockey has just hit the high times when he joins Cold Fury. Hawke Therrien has been living the good life of the hockey celebrity including women and partying for the last seven years ever since he left his home town and girlfriend behind after she unexpectedly broke up with him. He is stunned after joining the team to find out she also has come to work for them. Neither one has ever really gotten over the other; however, there are so many hurt and bitter feelings between Hawke and Vale that seem too insurmountable. Hawke tries to ignore Vale at first but that does not last long. When he finds out why she is there, he can’t stay away, but Hawke also can’t seem to let go of the past. I liked both Hawke and Vale although this books seems one long pain fest as they struggle with their past relationship and continued hurt feelings in the present. Vale has been keeping a secret for a long time, and since neither one can seems to be able to sit down and have a rational conversation, the hurt continues. Some characters you just want to shake and say stop being an idiot and talk it out. This story has a lot of back forth between their past relationship and the present one. Readers who enjoy painful, angsty relationships will most likely enjoy this addition to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series continues to get better....absolutely loved their story!
khulseman More than 1 year ago
It's Cold Fury Hockey season again. Author Sawyer Bennett bring us new teammate, Hawke Therrien, defensive lineman to the team. However, the one thing Hawke never planned on seeing in the new lineup was Vale Campbell, athletic trainer. I'm a sucker for second chance love stories. The one that got away and now you have a chance to redeem the errors of your youth and do it right. However, there is a lot of inability to trust and anger in the way of our Hero that makes it difficult to get to his HEA. I really fell in love with the heroine, Vale. She's picked herself up, moved on, taken on a difficult task and yet, is open to the possibility to love deeply again. Hawke and Vale's story isn't without it's ups and downs. Each one wants to let go of the past, yet struggles a lot. I found it intriguing that our Hero had the most trouble of 'let it go.' Usually authors give that to the female lead character. However, watching a man struggle with hurts of the past made the story different and captivating. I am a huge fan of Sawyer Bennett's. Her writing is always flawless and storytelling is riveting. This new installment to the Cold Fury series does not disappoint. If you are a fan, this is definitely one to add to your bookshelf. If you have not had the opportunity to read any of her writings, she weaves the background to not let a new reader floundering. However, do yourself a favor and read the other books in the series- it's hockey hunk gold. 5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous 9 months ago
Disappointed. The protagonists were juvenile and the story was predictable.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with another reviewer-the plot device used to create the friction was contrived. Story line was light and sex used as filler (sex itself not the problem but when the story is lacki g....). Characters were very immature. Resolution seemed too quick. Maybe Max's story will be better?
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of this series, so Hawke has been in my pre-order file since it went up for pre-sale. While it wasn't my favorite, it was a bit underwhelming. It was an enjoyable, quick read. A predictable second-chance romance with a HEA...what's not to like? I can't wait for Max's story.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars The Cold Fury Hockey series is one of my favorites, so I've been anxiously awaiting diving back into this world! When I saw Hawke's story would be a second chance romance, I was even more excited because it's one of my favorite tropes! As always, Bennett's writing sucked me in from the beginning and before I knew it, I was already done. After a heartbreaking start to the book, we get to see Hawke reunite with Vale, his first love, after seven years apart. Things are definitely a bit awkward and tense, especially since Hawke is holding on to some serious anger and resentment over how everything went down between them. After having his heart shredded, he hasn't once looked back and did everything in his power to put Vale and their past behind him. However, now that she is working as an athletic trainer for his team, he has no choice but to face her and the feelings he thought were long gone. I liked Vale and Hawke together for the most part. They have an explosive, passionate past as two, wild, crazy kids in love and now have settled down a bit, with Hawke wanting to make a good impression on his team, and her taking care of her dad. They still have some seriously hot chemistry though. I wasn't crazy about how Hawke handled some things toward the end, however. I get that he was hurt, but so was she, and despite it all, she made the decision to move forward and forgive. Hawke wasn't able to do that and that definitely caused some extra issues. It bothered me that one bit of information was enough to make Hawke realize that his feelings were still as strong as ever, but without that information he didn't feel that he could have those feelings again. That was hard for me to buy into. Vale wasn't without her mistakes though. Her reasoning for not telling Hawke the truth when they were younger was kind of ridiculous and seriously immature. I really can't blame him for feeling the way he did initially towards her. How he treated her father though absolutely melted my heart and I loved that Bennett included that friendship in the story. I did like seeing the few interactions with Max, as the next book revolves around him. I am definitely interested in his character, especially since he's been described as a serious guy, who isn't big on the party scene. I do wish we had seen more of our previous couples, but I did enjoy seeing what we did of them during the epilogue, as it gave us an idea as to how a few of them were doing. Overall, I am looking forward to the next book, as I cannot get enough of Bennett's romances!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have to say was looking forward to this book but was so disappointed ! My least favorite in this series. Hoping that the next one will be better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young all consuming love, bad decisions, betrayal and heartbreak. Fast forward 7 years and the anger and feelings of betrayal are still there but so is a love that neither Hawke nor Vale could escape. A story of love lost, found by one and not recognized by the other until the whole story of what happens 7 years ago comes out. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series but it was my least favorite.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
As soon as I read the blurb for Hawke, I was intrigued and began looking forward to this book. Y'all know I love a good second chance romance, so it shouldn't be any surprise that I was interested in this one. Sawyer Bennett's writing and a reuniting of past love – all with a side of hockey? Hell yes. The first chapter hooked me. I was as clueless as Hawke when it came to Vale's actions. I mean, sure, he was a bit of a jerk... but to elicit that type of response? I knew there was more to the story... and I couldn't wait to find out what it was. We don't spend a lot of time in the past with these two, but it was enough to set the stage for their present day situation. Watching present day Hawke and Vale balance their past with their lives now was really interesting to me. Since the reader gets both of their POV, you know the feelings are still there. There's some guilt and hurt. There's obviously something else happening and it takes awhile for us – and Hawke – to get the full story. The whole time I just kept hoping they could find a way back to each other. When they were younger they were borderline toxic for each other. They've matured nicely since they were last in each other's lives and I felt like they could be good for each other now. They had great chemistry and shared very real feelings. As you would expect, the sexy times were pretty darn hot, too. If you're a fan of sports romance – or even just romance in general – and you're NOT reading Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury Hockey series, you're totally missing out. Each of the books in this series have brought a new couple to love and cheer for, while still giving the occasional glimpse at past favorites. I've loved all of them in their own way. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
This the 5th book in the Cold Fury hockey series and I have totally loved the first 4 but for some reason this book wasn't one of my favorites. I almost gave it a 3 star just because it was ok. Hawke and Vale have a past together when they were a couple for about 4 years before she abruptly left him. He is now signed with the Cold Fury and she has a new job as an Assistant Trainer. Now the reasons for the split slowly are revealed but not until the end. It started well but after that I didn't like his pushy attitude and his general you-can't-do-anything-without-my-permission.
missy55GA More than 1 year ago
Hawke -Book 5 in the Cold Fury Hockey series by Sawyer Bennett is a great standalone read if you have not read the other books in the series. If you have been reading Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury stories this is a must read. I was given this book for an honest review. Hawke Therrien is the newest player to join the Cold Fury. He has been playing on the ice and off for a few years now. Vale Campbell is a trainer who has been added to the organization because her father Dave needs to be close to Duke Medical for cancer treatments. Hawke is completely surprised that Vale is here and has the job with the Cold Fury. Hawke and Vale grew-up together and had been lovers. Vale had sent him away when he got called to the big league to play. That was it, no explanation, just no longer in love with Hawke. No closure or no more being there for each other, until Dave has a set back that has Hawke and Vale reaching out to each other. That starts their exploring the new aspects of the others life now. Vale realizes “I gladly and most willingly handover the control to him. It’s one of the things I loved most about him in the past…his self-awareness and confidence that he would always get the job done no matter what.” Hawke is a page turning read whether you have followed the series or this is the first you are trying. There are twist and concern for the characters in Hawke. If you have followed the series you get new moments in the lives of the characters you already know that are not to be missed--you are going to love the Epilogue. Hawke is another great story from Sawyer Bennett-- if you have not fallen for her storytelling give Hawke a try. Sawyer Bennett gave us more time with Max and his is to be the next Cold Fury story. I know I am looking forward to Max. Thanks Sawyer Bennett & Good Writing
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Love Sawyer Bennett's series (this is book 5).. Hawke and Vale broke up 7 years ago and suddenly end up with the same hockey team... She as a trainer and he as a player... Talk about lives that totally got messed up, WOW! But, the fire still burns and Ms Bennet turns up the heat on this one... Even if you don't like hockey you will love this book... Love the writing style and can't leave this book or this series unread...
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog I normally don’t skip ahead in a series and read out of order, but sadly I am not current on this one and… look at that hot cover! Couldn’t say no to him. And I’m so glad I didn’t! HAWKE is a pretty fast, sweet and just adorable read. I literally started this up one afternoon and by that night it was done and I was looking around like how did that happened? The pacing is great and keeps you engaged from the beginning and it’s also one of my favorite things. A second chance romance. In this case, Hawke and Vale dated and were “soulmates” when they were young. Until she broke things off with him right before he left to pursue his hockey career in college. He never got a reason why. Now he’s come to play for Cold Fury and Vale got a position working for the team. There’s a lot of resentment on both sides to get over, and plenty of misunderstandings that need to be cleared up. But I really enjoyed going on that journey with them. Hawke and Vale have both moved on with their lives but from the moment life puts throws them back together there’s an electric current in the air and you just know that they’ve always been IT for the other. I loved that about them. Great chemistry! But also I really liked that this book doesn’t have them jump back into a physical relationship right away. There’s more to them than just that and Hawke especially proves that wanting to be there for Vale with the issues she has going on. I adored him for it. I am both looking forward to reading what’s next for this series and also to hurry up and catch up reading the rest I’ve missed. Sexy men and all the hockey testosterone. You really can’t go wrong with that!
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Sawyer Bennett has written another quality addition to the Cold Fury Series. This book tells the story of Hawke Therrion and Vale Campbell. They were each other's first loves, but circumstances tore them apart and neither recovered. Life moves on, and Hawke is currently a star player in the NHL, who was recently traded to the North Carolina Cold Fury. All is well until Vale starts to work the for team. She is trying to take care of her father who is dealing with cancer. Vale and Hawke slowly rebuild a friendship, which leads to more... I am a sucker for a good steamy hockey romance that features strong characters, great dialogue, and a fast plot. The characters were realistically written, sometimes frustrating so. I will continue to read anything that Ms. Bennett writes because she is one of my favorites. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
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TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
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. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Aylewysis More than 1 year ago
A very good read. Vale and Hawke had met and had a spectacular relationship when in their teens, reminded me a bit of my niece and her now husband. Anyway, the relationship between Hawke and Vale ends abruptly. They reconnect 7 years later and do their best to work things out. This book is part of a series, but is totally stand alone. I've never read a Cold Fury novel before this one, and never felt lost once. A good book overall, some drama and laughs, like Dave trying to make dinner. And of course, there is love and sex too. But that's part of my appeal with this book.
KaraS More than 1 year ago
This is the first one of the Cold Fury series that I've read, but I am so glad that I have others in my TBR pile. I loved this book - it was an up and down romance that seemed to have real feelings. Not just "oh we're back together and in love" - real feelings!! Hawke Therrien and Vale Campbell were young lovers until Vale inexplicably ended things before Hawke went onto the NHL. Now seven years later – they meet again as player and assistance trainer on the Cold Fury hockey team. Hawke is understandably hurt and still angry over Vale cutting him out of her life so unexpectedly and Vale is reluctant to let Hawke back into her heart. Once they do decide to try again – it is not smooth sailing. They agree to move forward, but old hurts get in the way and Vale comes clean about what happened all those years ago which was heart wrenching. Vale knows Hawke is THE ONE, but Hawke is slower to accept things. Vale stands up for herself and moves on. Hawke, by his own admission, is “pretty much a douche” and “a moron”. Hawke has to decide if he can really let the past go. Vale definitely comes across as the “better person” in this scenario, but you won’t be disappointed in the story line. This was a GREAT book and Sawyer Bennett never seems to disappoint. Received ARC from the Publisher via Net Galley for an honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“He stares at me, those eyes reminiscent of the way sunlight dances on the blue sea. Such intensity…such need and desire. Such wariness I also see, but also a tiny bit of care. Such emotions that I can’t even begin to guess what he could be thinking.” Hawke is the fifth book in the Cold Fury Hockey series, but can totally be read a stand-alone. Once again, Sawyer Bennett has provided me with a wonder story about first love and a great second chance romance. Hawke is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Vale and Hawke. Vale and Hawke had a love that people only wish they could have. They were young, wild and free. They loved hard and partied even harder. Everything was going great for these two young lovers until one day. One day, Vale will make a decision that will change things between the two of them for forever. Vale and Hawke will go 7 years before they will be reunited again. Not a single day has gone by that Hawke hasn’t wondered about Vale. Sure, on the outside he appears to be living the life, but Vale still holds a very big piece of Hawke’s heart. So, seeing Vale again, after all those years, was like a wake up call. At first, Hawke is pissed and wants answers. But, as time goes on and these two are around each other more, Hawke realizes that maybe he’s not quite over Vale…..Vale thought she made the right decision all those years ago, but one look at Hawke, and she is questioning everything. Of course there’s a lot of pain and misunderstanding on both of their parts, but some parts of the past just won’t go away; especially those pesky feelings of love. Will Hawke and Vale be able to move on from the past and forgive & forget??? Only one way to find out….. Overall, I really enjoyed Hawke and Vale’s story. It was captivating and entertaining. I am a big sucker for second chance romances, so I knew I just had to check this one out. I did find myself a little frustrated with Vale. I didn’t really buy her reasoning for breaking up with Hawke. It just seemed so out of character for her; especially with the way that she loved Hawke. I don’t believe she would let go of him so easily. That being said, I did enjoy Hawke and Vale together. I thought they had excellent chemistry, and the two of them definitely burned up the pages together. Hawke is a great addition to the Cold Fury Hockey series. It was a quick, but fun read and was filled with lots of drama, frustration and sexy good times.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book # 5, in the Cold Fury Hockey series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. In the best interests of enjoying and understanding the series, however, I recommend reading this terrific series in order. Hawke and Vale have a past full of turmoil and secrets. They meet up again as they both come to work for the Cold Fury. The anger they both feel when they lock eyes at first... Vale has so much on her plate now. Hawke wants to be understanding and make amends without causing her more turmoil. He cannot seem to stop wanting her despite the divide that threatens to grow bigger between them. Sincerely a great love story! I hope this one makes it to the big screen. The characters are feeling deep and sincere. I enjoyed reading their story and found it an amazingly great addition to the series. ***This ARC was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Cold Fury Hockey does second chance romance--and scores! As appears to be the norm for Cold Fury Hockey heroes (Max is next, woot!), I really liked Hawke as a hero. He's definitely not perfect--pretty much to the end he's still drinking a bit more than I would be comfortable with--but I really liked how he tried to rebuild things with Vale once he had the chance, and even before that how he was there for both her and her dad when they needed him. Overall he's a standup guy, a great friend, and of course, a kick-butt hockey player. Le sigh :) When Vale finally reveals to him the reason behind her sudden dumpage of him ten years earlier (which was kind of understandable, but kind of weak at the same time) he responded in the best possible way...fortunately!...and then relationship cuteness, and sexytimes of course, commenced. Until the black moment, part 2 arrives... Let's just say I wasn't able to put the book down once the second breakup happened--I just had to keep going until they got back together. Fortunately it doesn't take as long as the first time ;) The epilogue has all kinds of cuteness going on, not just for Hawke and Vale but for other series characters as well. Hawke's the fifth in the series, but since both Hawke and Vale are new to the Cold Fury team, it works especially well as a standalone. A friendly warning, however: this series can be habit forming! (But hey, at least the backstory can keep you occupied until book six comes out...) Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.