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.
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“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne
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
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About the Author
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, she 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 daughter, as well as a full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others and that a bad day can be cured with a great workout, cake, or even better, both.
Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.
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I had been called up to the Titan minor league team and this was what I had been waiting for. My foot was back in the door and it was a moment of huge celebration. I was leaving, and if I was lucky enough to get solidified within the Titan organization, I probably wasn’t ever coming back here. In just a year, I had gained massive improvements in my conditioning, my skills, and my confidence. I was ready for the big leagues and they wanted me, so it was a night to party, celebrate, and say goodbye. I was going to be sad to leave this community where I’ve lived for the past four years, so I wanted to make it count.
Of course, I would be crushed to leave Vale, but in my mind, that was just temporary. I had to work on getting her to come with me. Despite her libertine ways, she was at heart a small-town girl deeply meshed within her community and even closer to her dad. So, we’d be separated for a while until I could get her to make that leap with me, but still . . . I’d be seeing her. Surely she’d come to visit me and we’d make our long-distance relationship work. But these guys . . . my bros that I’d played junior hockey with for so many years? This was my last night with them. Surely she understood why I didn’t want to leave.
Surely she wasn’t pissed at me for that?
Oliver made a quick call to Avery, his twin sister and Vale’s best friend. The call was short, and even though Oliver tried to find out where they went last night, the most he got out of her was that Vale wasn’t feeling well and was staying at her dad’s house. I’m sort of thinking that her “not feeling well” translates into her being pissed at me.
And as I look at the little gray house, which holds two bedrooms along the front and a small hallway that leads to a cozy living room and even cozier kitchen, my heads feels like it’s about to split open. I know that’s not from the hangover anymore, but has everything to do with the fact that something is seriously wrong for Vale to have stayed the night here without any word to me about it. I must have done something awful last night, and I’m practically choking on the dread rising within me.
My plane to Pittsburgh leaves in a little less than seven hours, but I have a four-and-a-half-hour drive to Halifax. I’m packed up and ready to go—made sure of that yesterday before the party—but I have to make things right with Vale, and that doesn’t leave me much time. My bags are in the car and Oliver is prepared to take me to Halifax, but I’m hoping a very sincere apology to my girl will put things right again and she’ll be the one seeing me off. Putting on my best hangdog look, I slowly walk up the immaculate sidewalk that Vale faithfully plants with flowers every summer for her dad. Apparently it was something her mom used to do before she died, and it was a tradition she took seriously.
Dave’s not home, and I know this because her father is the athletic trainer for the Oilers. At this time of day, he’s at the arena working on players before conditioning training, which I’m sure is filled with dudes that are as hungover as me. I noticed none of the people lying on Oliver’s floor this morning were my former teammates.
I knock on the door, hear the padding of footsteps, and when it opens, I’m staring at Avery. She’s Oliver’s fraternal twin sister and they look a lot alike, with auburn hair and dark brown eyes. You would think that with me being Oliver’s friend and her being Vale’s friend we in turn would be friends.
Not the case.
Avery and I don’t like each other very much and I’m not sure why. We know each other well because when I first came to live in Sydney, Oliver and Avery’s parents fostered me until I turned eighteen. We lived together for two years and never warmed up to each other. I find her abrasive and too princesslike for my tastes. She’s told me on more than one occasion, usually when she’s drunk and uninhibited, that I’m an egotistical brat.
Still, we try to maintain a polite existence when we are in the presence of Oliver and Vale. Neither appears to be around right now, so I cut right to the chase as I take a step toward the entryway. “Where is she?”
Avery sidesteps, puts herself in my path, and sneers at me with malice. “As if you even care.”
“Spare me the dramatics,” I mutter, trying to act as if I have nothing to be ashamed of, when in fact I’m not quite sure I know what happened last night. “Why did she stay here rather than at our apartment?”
I expect Avery to light into me, call me a creep, an a-hole, or some other equally “princesslike” curse she can come up with. Instead, she takes a deep breath while something wars within her eyes. She gives me what I might almost believe is a look of sympathy, but I quickly shake that off. Avery can’t stand me and wouldn’t feel sorry for me in the slightest over anything that could come between me and Vale.
Instead, she sort of lowers her head in resignation and backs away from the door so I can come in.
Vale’s bedroom—the one she grew up in, that is—is directly to my right, and I see the door is closed. Dave’s bedroom is just across the hall, so when Vale and I started dating when we were sixteen, I couldn’t have ever dreamed of sneaking into her room at night.
I give Avery a long look before turning to Vale’s door. I square my shoulders, put on my most apologetic look, and enter.
Immediately, I realize what I had been feeling as dread truly wasn’t that. I know this because now I’m feeling it. A cold, heavy pit of foreboding sits low in my stomach as I see Vale in her bed under the covers. The blinds are closed, curtains drawn shut, so the room is dim despite the early morning hour. I have her back, her small body clearly outlined under the burgundy quilt pulled up to her chin.
She looks lost, pathetic, and utterly alone. A sharp stab of pain hits me square in my breastbone.
“Vale,” I say quietly, and her body gives a slight jerk, but she doesn’t respond in any way.
“Baby,” I say as I take a tentative step toward her. I’m envisioning that I did the worst thing ever to her last night, without a single recollection of it. And yet that doesn’t seem right because no matter how drunk I may have been, no matter how out of control, I know deep in my heart I could never, ever do anything to hurt Vale.
I sit down gingerly on the edge of her mattress and lay an unsteady hand on her shoulder. “Vale . . . are you okay?”
I want to grab her and pull her onto my lap. I want to wrap my arms around her in comfort, even though I don’t know why I’d be offering it. I want her to cling to me in need, and assure me that I haven’t done something to screw all of this up.
Still, she doesn’t answer me, so I push at her, despite what I’m now feeling as a very thick and icy wall of tension between us.
“Vale,” I say, my voice a bit stronger. “You’ve got to talk to me, honey. Are you too sick to take me to the airport today? Because if so, Oliver can do it. I’d want you to stay in bed and get better, but I’m leaving, babe. We have to talk. Need to know why you’re pissed off at—”
“Hawke,” she says quietly, cutting me off.
I freeze, peer at her through the gloom, and she turns that beautiful face my way. Vale is wildly stunning in a completely unconventional way. She’s always been a bit of a rule breaker when it comes to fashion and norms. In fact, I remember the first time seeing her at school after I’d moved here, I was stunned that one side of her head was shaved, while the other side held a long, thick fall of raven-black hair. Those crystal-green eyes sparkled, but they did have competition from her facial piercings—one ring through an eyebrow, a Medusa stud piercing just above her upper lip, and one ring through her right nostril. She also has one through her tongue, a solid barbell that has slid across my own tongue and even my dick on hundreds of occasions.
Her black hair is now worn in long, choppy layers, but she still sports all of her facial metal, including two high nostril piercings, and her body holds a variety of tattoos she’s had done over the past two years. While Dave is an easygoing and laid-back type of dad who had no problem with her piercings, he wouldn’t let her get a tattoo until she turned eighteen. That was too permanent in his mind to agree to for a minor.
So on her eighteenth birthday, I picked her up at Dave’s house and took her straight to a tattoo parlor. He just shook his head with a knowing smile, because he had no doubt that’s where his spitfire daughter would be on that day.
With me. At a tattoo parlor.
He sure wouldn’t have wanted to know that we ended the night with her in my bed, losing her virginity.
“Hawke,” she says again . . . quietly, and I’m displaced from my memories. Her hair is lank, her skin pale. Dark circles under her eyes tell me she didn’t get any sleep last night.
I reach a hand out to touch her face but she shrinks away from me, and the pit in my stomach grows tenfold.
“I don’t want to see you anymore,” she whispers as tears fill her eyes. “You’re leaving, I’m staying, so we just need to end things now.”
“Did I do something last night?” I blurt out in a panic, my hands coming to her shoulders. I need to hold on to her . . . desperately. “Please tell me, I don’t remember.”
She shakes her head and pushes up in the bed. Her hands come out from under the quilt to pull it up to her chest as she rests against the headboard.
“What, Vale? Why did you stay here last night?”
She looks at me with dead eyes and says, “It doesn’t matter.”
“It does matter. The only thing I remember is you wanting to leave the party and me not wanting to. I woke up on Oliver’s living room floor. Now what happened in between?”
If it’s possible, Vale’s eyes look even more fatigued and she takes in a shuddering breath. Just as I think she’s getting ready to enlighten me, her door opens and Oliver sticks his head in. “Dude, you have got to hit the road. As it is, you’re going to be lucky to make your flight.”
His eyes cut from me over to Vale, who turns her head away to stare at the wall.
I scrub my hands through my hair, which I’ve always worn long, between chin and shoulder, depending on my mood. “. . . give me just a minute, man.”
Oliver nods and eases out, shutting the door quietly.
I turn to look back at Vale and she won’t give me the courtesy of a return glance. So I take her jaw, squeezing slightly, and force her to turn and look at me. When she does, I feel my heart shrivel up and die.
There’s nothing there.
It’s just . . . dead.
“Are we over?” I ask her quietly.
“Yes,” she says, with absolutely no hesitation, but there’s a warble to her voice and a quiver to her lip.
“Will you at least tell me why?”
“No,” she says just as resolutely, but tears fill her eyes. “I don’t want to discuss it with you.”
I have one more question as I feel my entire world start to darken. Depending on how she answers, this decides whether or not I miss my plane. Because if there’s even a chance that I think I can reach her, I’m going to sit on this bed and talk to her until I’m blue in the face.
“Do you still love me?” I ask, practically choking the words out.
I brace as if I’m about to get pounded by the biggest goon in the league. I know that her answer has the power to hurt me worse than I ever have been before on the ice.
She stares at me a moment . . . a single, silent tear slips down her cheek. Then she lowers her face and says, “No. I don’t love you, Hawke.”
In that one moment my entire world stops spinning. I go deaf, my vision dims, and I swear the breath just evaporates from my lungs. Time stands brutally still, holding me captive in a nightmare. I can do nothing but stare at the girl who in one instant has my heart, and in the next instant makes it disintegrate.
Absolute and utter quiet.
Me staring at her.
Vale staring at her lap.
This moment could go on for an eternity, but then I hear Oliver’s car engine start from out on the street, a subtle reminder I have places to be.
Everything starts moving again.
My heart begins a steady thumping. I can hear Avery emptying the dishwasher in the kitchen, and I can hear Vale’s ragged breathing as she refuses to look at me.
I stand from the bed and look down at her, willing her to look up and tell me she just lied to my face.
But she doesn’t.
So I turn around and walk out of her room, but not without letting her know that this isn’t over. “I’ll call you tonight after I land.”
She doesn’t respond, and somehow I just know. When I call tonight, Vale’s not going to answer the phone.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The series continues to get better....absolutely loved their story!
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.
Keeps pulling me in.
Disappointed. The protagonists were juvenile and the story was predictable.
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!
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.
Love this series but it was my least favorite.
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.
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
Wow. So in love with this series! This book by far got the emotions flowing. I could actually feel the pain Hawke & Vale both felt. So far book #5 is my fav
There's just something about a hockey romance that I cannot resist. I am not even sure why that is because while I like hockey, I am not a huge fan or anything but I love these books. I think that this book has just the right amount of sports worked into the plot to make everyone happy. Hockey fans will love all of the hockey references but the sport doesn't take over the story either. I found this book to really hard to put down and completely enjoyed everything about Hawke and Vale's story. The story opens 7 years in the past when Hawke was a young hockey player trying to make it big in hockey and Vale meant the world to him. Vale ended their relationship suddenly and never fully explained things to Hawke. They have both moved on with their life when their paths cross at Cold Fury hockey organization where Hawke is the new star player and Vale has just started as a trainer with the team. Neither one is fully prepared to revisit their feelings for each other. I liked the characters in this book a lot. Hawke was a big tough guy but he really seemed to know how to be there just when he was needed. He could be very alpha but he seemed to feel things very deeply and his feelings for Vale were very intense. Vale has changed a lot. She has really grown up in the years since she broke up with Hawke and now her focus is on caring for her father. She has a big heart but it takes some time for her to start to open up to Hawke again. I thought the chemistry between Hawke and Vale was amazing. From the moment they see each other again at the team meeting, it seemed like the sparks were flying. They just seemed to work together so well. The sexier times in the story well done. I liked how much emotion was shown through the characters actions. It was obvious to me that this pair had never quit loving each other early on in the story. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This is the fifth book in the Cold Fury series but it could easily be read as a stand alone. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing all of the characters that have been featured in previous books but knowledge of prior books isn't neeeded to enjoy this story. I am looking forward to reading more from this series soon. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
(3.75 STARS) I’m a fool for second chance romances and instantly fell for Hawke and Vale’s story. Hawke is blindsided when his ex becomes part of the Cold Fury staff. They haven’t spoken since she dumped him without a reason many moons ago. What I enjoyed most about their story was that it felt real and believable. Their reconnection occurred in baby steps. I had an inkling why Vale had dumped him but when Hawke finds out…his reaction….broke.my.heart. I can’t say it enough but if you’re a fan of hockey or sports romances in general then you’ll love the Cold Fury men
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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...
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!
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.
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.