Marek: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

Marek: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

by Sawyer Bennett

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Marek: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel by Sawyer Bennett

USA TODAY BESTSELLER When the Carolina Cold Fury’s hottest young star gets blindsided by an ex with a scandalous secret, it’s game on.
 
“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne
 
Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey.
 
Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .

Praise for Marek

“Another five-star read from Sawyer Bennett! A second-chance roller coaster of emotions. I was cheering for Marek from page one. Loved it.”USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston

Marek is a steamy, emotional, second-chance romance that had me rooting for both deeply scarred characters. Sawyer Bennett neverdisappoints.”—Gillian Archer, author of Rough Ride

“Just when I think the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey series couldn’t possibly get any better, Sawyer Bennett gives us Marek!”—Steph and Chris’s Book Review (five stars)

The Carolina Cold Fury series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett can be read together or separately:
ALEX
GARRETT
ZACK
RYKER
HAWKE
MAX
ROMAN
LUCAS
VAN
REED
MAREK

The Love Hurts series features sexy standalone novels:
SEX IN THE STICKS
JILTED

And the Sugar Bowl series is one treat you’ll want to read in order:
SUGAR DADDY
SUGAR RUSH
SUGAR FREE

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399178412
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Series: Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series , #11
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 2,326
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Sawyer Bennett has written more than thirty books and been featured on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Bennett 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. Bennett likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Bennett 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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I take a swig from my bottle and then lean back against the fridge. I fight to temper the anger at Gracen with my need to get to know my daughter.

“I want her to know I’m her father,” I finally say to her.

“And will you be a father to her?” Gracen asks primly.

It’s a fair question, but it pisses me off. “I would have been three years ago when she was born if you’d have told me about her,” I retort.

Gracen sighs as she stands from the stool. “I can’t do this with you, Marek. You’re the one who left me behind. You’re the one who said you didn’t want the responsibility while you went on to your high-profile career.”

“For God’s sake, Gracen,” I growl as I storm across the floor to the island and set my bottle down so hard on the counter foam shoots out of it. “I wanted a little bit of freedom. I was young and had stars in my eyes. But I never would have turned my back on you if you were pregnant.”

“Oh really?” she snarls as she slams her hands down on the counter, just two feet across from me. “And how was I supposed to know that? How was I supposed to fathom that when I was scared to death over being pregnant and alone? When the man I loved and trusted dumped me because his career was more important?”

“It doesn’t matter what I did to you,” I say softly, the anger vibrating in my chest. “I had a right to know I had a child. You deprived me of three years with my daughter, and nothing I did to you would ever justify that. Nothing you could say could ever make up for that.

Gracen deflates right before my eyes. She seems to shrink inward on herself and her eyes go flat. Whatever I thought I knew about her selfishness in hiding Lilly from me, I suddenly realize that no matter how furious I am with her, it pales in comparison to the guilt she’s feeling.

She raises a shaky hand and pushes back a lock of hair behind her ear. Her eyes focus on my beer bottle and her voice quavers with strain. “Um . . . I’m a . . . kind of tired. Haven’t been sleeping well. I’m just going to hit the bed and we can talk about it in the morning.”

Guilt and concern gnaw at me but I push it back. “You’re not leaving, Gracen. Whatever it is you’re thinking, don’t be thinking that. I want time with Lilly, and that means she stays here.”

Her blue eyes are flat and unemotional as she looks up to me. She finally gives the barest of nods in acknowledgment and turns away. I watch her walk up the back staircase to the second floor, shoulders hunched, legs moving like they’re filled with lead.

When she’s out of sight, I pick up my beer and dump the rest of it down the drain. I’m exhausted and suddenly can’t wait to close my eyes and block out the world for at least a little bit.

For tomorrow, I become a dad.

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Marek: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this was a good book but not as great as some others in the series. The problem that Gracen is trying to fix for her parents was a bit far fetched and the lack of communication in the family about it was also a stretch. an adult child living with her parents with a nursing job would be involved and included in this sort of thing in my opinion. Then the whole lack of communication and Petty fights between the two main characters drove me batty. I don't want to spoil the story but if he can't bring up her actions then she shouldn't be able to throw his lack of parenting experience at him. I got a review copy from Net Galley and willingly leave this review.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Make no mistake, folks, I can’t remember the last time the male leading role in a book made me so mad I wanted to cause him bodily harm. Though Marek left Gracen four years ago after being her first love/hot and heavy boyfriend for five years so he could live a life of fame and fortune free of any/all responsibility, he hatefully, hurtfully berates her countless times for not contacting him to let him know he was a baby daddy. Gee, I wonder why she didn’t think he wanted any part of that role, folks? It wasn’t until nearly 80% he finally starts to see her side of things and the hardships she endured while he was off chasing skirts and his professional hockey player dreams. For someone who touts he is so proud of his wonderful parents and how he was raised, he is clueless what a failure of a man he’s become. He is always pointing the finger and blame at Gracen for all that he has lost, when he is the one who pushed her to the curb and out of his life without a second thought. Him going on about not knowing how to relate to a three year old certainly wasn’t applicable, since he acted like one most of the time. I think he had toddler temper tantrums down pat. Gracen had some knucklehead moments herself. At times being strong then swinging into eyes shifting to the ground, doormat mode and giving into to kisses and touching when she should have been making him grovel comes to mind. Don’t get me started on the numerous “I’m sorry” apologies that were thrown back in her face. But I’ll just leave it at that for now, folks. If you love a heavy on angry relationship angst theme between two people who find it difficult to forgive, forget, and trust each other again, you may love this addition to the Cold Fury series. I unashamedly admit I wanted her to date a handsome doctor where she worked just to make Marek jealous. At least Marek was smart enough not to take Gracen to his usual stomping ground nightclub where he used to pick up women. The author did keep me reading to the end, despite my dislike of this hero throughout most of the book. His very brief groveling at the end didn’t seem nearly long enough. Here’s to hoping he actually meant it. Title: Marek, Series: Cold Fury (Book 11), Author: Sawyer Bennett, Pages: 226, stand-alone but part of a series, VERY smexy/steamy scenes with lusty language, hateful/hurtful hero who plays the martyr and slow to forgive, strong at times but mostly a doormat heroine, lots of relationship angst, baby daddy drama, not celibate during long separation, dumped her after years together to live his dream. (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
HeatherLM More than 1 year ago
Marek is an a**hole! He stayed one for most of the book. Gracen was young when she made the mistake of not telling Marek she was having his child. I understood her reasoning. Even if she was wrong, I got it. Marek was a jerk when he broke up with her and a jerk when he found out about Lilly. However, I also understand why he is so upset. About the baby being a secret. I don’t forgive his reasoning for breaking her heart. In my opinion he is lucky she is at his house willing to give him a chance with her and their daughter. I did enjoy the story. It’s very well written and definitely kept my interest. Marek just isn’t my favorite Cold Fury player.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
4 star Review Marek (Cold Fury Hockey # 11) by Sawyer Bennett   This is book 11 in one of my favourite series and this time it is all about Marek Fabritis and  Gracen Moore.  Marek is shocked and furious to find out that he has a daughter Lilly whose existence he knew nothing of and that Gracen is about to marry.  Returning home Marek is determined to get answers and creates chaos at Gracen’s wedding. He is also planning on getting his daughter as there is no way he will let another man raise her.  Gracen has always loved Marek. That’s why she never told him about Lilly, she knew he was destined for great things as a professional hockey player.  However when Marek storms her wedding she realises that she has made a terrible mistake. Not only that but the she is terrified to realise that the chemistry between them is still there.  I have to say Marek acted like a jerk, sure I understood his reactions but honestly I wasn’t a huge fan initially.  To me this was a more intense story line than the last few books. It was at times raw, gritty and rather emotional as Marek, Gracen and Lilly all had to learn to deal with the reality of the life which they found themselves facing. I did feel that there was perhaps too much focus on Gracen keeping Lilly from Marek and not enough of Marek being held accountable for his past behaviour. Both needed to confront the past and realise how their actions affected those around them. Relationships take a lot of hard work and it was good that the struggles were realistic that Ms. Bennett did not sugar coat it. I also love how Reed kept getting in Marek’s face over his treatment of Gracen. Not my favourite book of the series but it was well written and I loved catching up on the previous couples and seeing what is happening in their lives. 
JoannaDursi 12 months ago
Marek is book eleven in the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey series and Ms. Bennett has saved the best for last. This last installment picks up right after Marek moves Gracen and their daughter Lilly home with him to North Carolina. Marek and Gracen’s story had me from the first page. This was a devour in one sitting, stay up to 3am, I’m going to be a zombie at work tomorrow book. Marek struggles with his anger towards Gracen through out most of the book. Gracen struggles with her guilt and that gets worse as Lilly and Marek bond. They may “hate” each other but there’s no denying their attraction to each other and that too is something they both struggle with. I really enjoyed this series and am sad to see it end but have hope that we’ll see the guys somewhere down the road.
LoveNromance 12 months ago
What a great addition to the Cold Fury library. Marek and Gracen's story continues to deliver a touching, sexy, and addictive page turner just like the others in this series.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Love Sawyer Bennett and I loved Marek... Great story and well written (as always) by one of the best story tellers there is... Love the Cold Fury Series and have read every one... Marek has a daughter he never knew about... The girl he left behind, so to speak, when he went after his hockey career... But, after some teary and some funny pages all works out as it is supposed to... Really enjoy Ms. Bennett's books and have read many... Don't ever be deterred by the hockey theme because there is a great story "off the ice"...
Felicia71 More than 1 year ago
Love the Cold Fury Hockey series by Sawyer Bennett! I have been looking forward to Marek since we got to know him in Reed's book. What I do have to say that is that while I like Marek I didnt fall in love with him like the other hockey men. That being said I did enjoy his and Gracen's story. Marek has just had his whole world turn upside down - the girl he dumped not only almost got married to another guy but she is a mother - to his daughter Lilly. Marek does the only thing he can and thats to force Gracen from New York back to North Carolina to get to know his daughter. Now if he can just get over his anger at Gracen then this horrible situation may get better, if they dont kill each other first. Gracen feels ashamed and guilt and anger all at the same time for different reasons. She knows that she screwed up by not telling Marek about Lilly but he made it clear he didnt want her anymore all those years ago. Now living in North Carolina with no job, no friends and her first love angry at her how can she turn this bad situation around. My biggest issue with Marek is Marek himself. I understand his anger and hurt towards Gracen but it takes a long time for him to get over it and in the meantime, he is not very nice. I wanted to see some redeeming qualities and they did come but slowly. Gracen had her own secrets that gave the story some mystery and twists that quite frankly I didn't see coming but overall both of their situations could have been cleared up much quicker. I did love them together once they go there. We also got to see Reed and Josie again and other members of Cold Fury (wow we have come a long way) which is always fantastic. All in all a solid book in the Cold Fury series.
voraciousreaderKB More than 1 year ago
SECOND CHANCE!!! Since I love reading stories about sexy hockey players, I was excited to read the eleventh book in The Cold Fury series. Sawyer Bennett is one of my favorite authors because she knows how to write an engaging story with characters that are easy to relate to. There is great character development in this emotional and satisfying second chance romance. I loved all the fun interactions between the characters and all the entertaining secondary characters. I was immediately drawn into Marek and Gracen’s world and I was able to sympathize with both of their points of view. Whenever they are together, they can’t keep their hands off each other but they are both dealing with hurt feelings and anger. They have to figure out if they can forget the past and have a future together. After all this time, they still care about each other, yet they are confused about all the mixed emotions the are feeling. They have hurt each other and need to somehow rectify their past mistakes. Marek and Gracen were young when they were first together. Now, four years later, they have both matured and changed and they have to decide what is important to them. They have to accept each other and forgive and forget. I liked Marek and Gracen and I was pulling for them to work things out and be together. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Lelim0612 More than 1 year ago
COLD FURY RULE!!!!! Sawyer Bennett has done it yet again!!! I became a total Sawyer Bennett fan when I was introduced to the Cold Fury series when I had the opportunity to read Zack the 3rd book in the series via NetGalley. I have read EACH AND EVERY that Ms. Bennett has written since. OH! MY! GOSH!!! MAREK!!! I freaking love him. My heart freaking broke for him when he found out about his daughter, she is a total sweetie in this book, and in my opinion sort of steals the heart as well. I fully understand why Gracen let Marek go. She wanted Marek to have his dream, but I still wanted to smack her. I loved watching Marek and Gracen fall back in love and start to remember why they loved each other in the first place. I loved reading about Marek learning how to be a “dad”. I just wanted to squeeze the stuffing out of all three of them. The first time Lilly…. Stop no spoilers. SIGH!!! Thank you, Sawyer Bennett for sharing your phenomenal gift of writing with your readers. You give us hours and hours of reading enjoyment every time you release a book. I was gifted with a copy of this phenomenal book for my reading enjoyment and I have to say, I could not put it down when I was reading it over Easter. I just forgot to write a review. Now, I am correcting that mistake. Kudos Ms. Bennett on a SPECTACULAR BOOK!!! Thank you for reading my review. COLD FURY RULE!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of her better books. It felt like something was missing.....
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Anger, turmoil and the pull of a once in a lifetime love is what keeps Marek going in the next book in the Cold Fury Hockey series! The beginning felt a little stunted because we didn't get to experience the drama that had happened first hand and were trying to play catch up in snippets of memories. The story line was quick to grab out attention though, and watching Marek try to connect with this his little look-alike daughter was adorably sweet. The author did a great job of portraying emotions on both sides of their betrayals. I really enjoyed the overall story! When professional hockey player Marek Fabritis finds out that his childhood sweetheart was pregnant with his baby when he left and never told him, he's beyond angry! He's missed more than three years of his daughter Lilly's life. He can never get that time back, so how can he ever forgive Gracie? Gracen Moore can't believe Marek made such a huge scene at what was supposed to be her wedding and used scare tactics to drag her and Lilly home with him to North Carolina! Yes, she realizes she made a huge mistake, but he dumped her just so he could live a wild and free lifestyle in the NHL, so what was she supposed to think? Seeing how angry and hurt he is over missing out on so much has her crumbling under the guilt. She never stopped loving him, no matter how much he let her down ... and even though the attraction and desire is still right there between then, can Marek ever forgive her enough to want any type of relationship with her?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic addition to the Fury series!!
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series is one of my absolute favorites, and the fact that it’s still going strong after 11 books speaks to Bennett’s ability to write great sports romance stories that entertain readers and introduce them to a bevy of hot alpha males whose athletic prowess matches their dirty talking and swoon worthy personalities. At the end of Reed’s book, readers were offered insight into Marek Fabritis’ past and the girl he left in order to pursue a professional hockey career, but one anonymous email brings his past into his present and as Marek crashes Gracen’s wedding, he learns a secret that irrevocably changes his life, proving that his love for hockey just might come in second place, which is not something he would have ever thought possible. I get why Gracen Moore made the decision she did after she let Marek go so that he could fight for his dream, but I definitely do not condone her keeping Marek’s daughter from him or the way she handles everything when Marek re-enters her life and learns the truth about his daughter, Lilly. I hate to say it but Gracen frustrated and annoyed me because I just couldn’t figure out why she did the things she did and why she couldn’t see things from Marek’s perspective or at least learn to communicate with him in a mature way. I have to admit that even after reading Marek, I’m not completely sure how I feel about Marek or Gracen. Both of them were extremely immature and had unrealistic expectations when it came to their relationship with each other and their daughter. Their inability to address all of the issues between them and simply remain singularly focused on the fact that Gracen kept Marek’s daughter from him for the first three years of Lilly’s life was counterproductive and it was a huge obstacle for them to get through if they truly wanted a second chance with the true love of their life. I loved watching Marek with Lilly. She ‘humanizes’ Marek for lack of a better word and she makes him want to be a better man even if it takes a while for that concept to sink in. I would have liked to understand Marek’s actions a bit more because I feel like who he was back when he was with Gracen and who he became without her only presented him as young and wanting freedom that he wouldn’t have if he didn’t break things off with Gracen. Even though I had some issues with this installment of Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series, I’m still a huge fan of the characters and the story lines that she created, and I will be waiting impatiently more of her hockey sports romances! 3.5/4 Poison Apples
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Sawyer Bennett’s latest installment in her Cold Fury Hockey series —Marek— delivers a heartwarming story about forgiveness and second chances. Marek Fabritis got everything he ever wanted. The fame and fortune an NHL career affords him along with a hoard of fawning fans. But when he decided to stop his ex-girlfriend’s wedding to a douche canoe and take both her and the three-year-old daughter he didn’t know he had, he needs to face the fact that his life has tilted on its axis and that his job is not his life and it might take a backseat to the sweet love of his little girl, but can he forgive her mother in order to start a new happy chapter in his life? When Gracen Moore decided to let Marek go so he could chase his NHL dream, she did so hiding the fact that she was pregnant with their daughter thinking it was for everyone’s benefit. After he prevented her from making a huge mistake she’s now faced with the fact that keeping Lilly a secret was not just epic it was inexcusable. But how many times can she ask for forgiveness and how long can she hide the fact that she never stopped loving him? Gracen and Marek are in uncharted territory. The spark, the memories, the shared emotions are still very much present but they must also find a way to face the past that broke them and the decisions that are currently threatening them. Not an easy task for either of them. Their story takes us through a gamut of feelings from frustrating to very sweet, tender and definitely sultry. Bennett’s skilled storytelling grips you from the start with a motivating plot, attractive characters and a wide range of emotions which make all her stories a wonderful reading experience. Marek is no different. It’s an enjoyable, sexy escape that explores family, friendship, forgiveness, love and second chances. Marek is book #11 of the Cold Fury Hockey series by Sawyer Bennett. It is a standalone, contemporary hockey romance. Told from both points of view with a hand ending.
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! You know, you would think that after ten books about hockey players finding romance the stories would stale or tropes would be recycled, but that is not the case for The Cold Fury series. Sawyer Bennett continues to come up with new and engaging stories. This time, we get Marek's story and it is a doozy. This book is more emotional than most of the others in the series and involves the cutest little book kiddo! Marek finds out he has a child he knew nothing about by his former high school sweetheart, Gracen. Their relationship did not end well and he left to play hockey. She never told him about their child. Fast-forward three years and now he has busted up her wedding and practically kidnapped Gracen and his daughter, Lily, and brought them to NC. Bennett does an amazing job developing the relationship between Gracen and Marek, allowing the reader to experience their frustrations and longing. But, even better was Lilly. That little girl stole everyone's hearts! She was the catalsyt that drove the entire book. The book is steamy, as we have come to expect from Sawyer Bennett, but it also has a ton of heart and soul. Another amazing addition to the Cold Fury Series!
Arys More than 1 year ago
Marek by Sawyer Bennett is part of the Cold Fury Hockey series. We met Marek Fabritis in the previous book, Reed, and learned about Gracen Moore, the girlfriend he left years before in order to pursue his hockey career unhindered and the daughter he never knew about, Lily. Threatening and dragging Gracen away from the altar before she got married, Marek his furious about missing out on the child he never knew he had, but also guilty from leaving Gracen behind. He is not the same person he was four years ago and neither is Gracen. There is a lot of strife and anger between them, but the connection they have runs deep. Neither pulls any punches but they have to move forward for the benefit of their child. I liked Marek better in this novel than in Reed and felt that the progression that the characters go through to work out their issues, a lot of steps forward followed by steps back, felt realistic and worked with these characters. The support structure that Reed and Josie, from Reed, represented added depth to the story and helped develop the characters. Ms. Bennett creates characters who you can really feel for with a cast that just adds to the story. Overall I enjoyed Marek by Sawyer Bennett and recommend this next Cold Fury Hockey book. Gracen and Marek are complex, dynamic and passionate characters who lost each other but need each other to be whole. A very good addition. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
StephB More than 1 year ago
I really like this series. I loved the struggles as Marek adjusts from being single to becoming the father of a little girl. I do wish there was a bit more hockey in the book. But overall a well written book. If this happens to be the end of the series, it stops on a brilliant note.
slsuhr More than 1 year ago
Marek's story started with a bang at the end of the previous book Reed. While technically I think this one works as a standalone, I think you will be better off if you've read Reed first because the bang really happens there, and then Marek picks right up where that one left off. And it was immediately gripping as Marek and Gracen adjusted to the ways their lives were suddenly reconnected, and the revelation of the long kept baby secret. Emotional and compelling - this wasn't exactly a fairytale romance, but it was a rather lovely romance nonetheless. I was afraid I would find Marek unlikeable, but I felt like the way he was written was very realistic and while he certainly has a temper and a whole lot of anger, it didn't get in the way of my connecting with him or his re-ignited feelings for Gracen. And there is literally nothing sexier than a man who is in love with being a dad, so even if there were issues elsewhere, Marek's relationship with Lilly would have sold me on him immediately. I also loved Gracen. I felt like she handled her role in their messed up situation with grace and dignity and a satisfying amount of humility. I also appreciated how she guarded her heart and that her fears were taken into account and handled respectfully as well. I identified with her and warmed to her easily. I loved the way she easily settled into a friendship with Josie, and how this story tied in so nicely with Reed. While I overall enjoyed the story, there were some awkward transitions that pulled me out of it and left me confused on occasion. I felt like the characters were as lovable and engaging as I have come to expect from Ms. Bennett's characters, but the pacing and the storytelling was sometimes just a little bit off for me. Not enough to ruin the story, by any means, but enough so that Marek was perhaps not my favorite Cold Fury story. In the end, it's emotional and sexy and easy to read. I loved the little family these characters made in the end (and good grief, but the ending was completely adorable). It's safe to say that, eleven books in, I'm still crazy about my Cold Fury men! ~ 3.5 Stars
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but I do have to say that it is my least favorite book in the series so far. I was really excited about this book from the set up of the story that occurred in the previous book in the series, Reed. This book is the eleventh book in the series but it would read perfectly well as a stand alone because everything that is important to the story is included in this volume. That being said, the previous book got me really excited about this book despite the fact that I knew there was going to be a secret baby, which is a trope that only rarely works for me. I did enjoy this book even though I had a few issues with it. My biggest problem with this story is that Marek and Gracen have the same argument over and over throughout much of the book. I get it that this is a really big deal to get over and it could never happen overnight. It just became a bit tiresome to read about this pair having the same issue coming up time and time again. I would have loved to see a little more of Marek getting to know Lilly or maybe a bit more of the three of them together. We do get to see some of this happening but I think that would have been a more powerful way of seeing them come together instead of the rehashing the same argument time and time again. My other issue with this book was that Marek was a bit of a jerk at the start of the book. He brings Gracen and Lilly to his house and then promptly makes sure that he is never home to spend any time with them. I understand that he didn't know how to deal with the situation but how on earth can you get to know a child you are never home to be around. It just didn't make sense to me. Thank goodness Reed was there to put him in his place. Marek and Gracen did have some great chemistry together and I really did like their interactions when they were not arguing with each other. These two have been through a lot and they really had to take some time to be able to be together while staying positive. I would say that the last third of the book or so was when things started to work for me a bit better. I liked the way they eventually were able to appreciate each other again. I think that other readers might like this one a bit more than I did. This story did have some great points with a cute kid. a few rather romantic moments, and some pretty hot interludes. I can't wait to read more from Sawyer Bennett very soon. I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
BookObsession07 More than 1 year ago
Sad situation and stressful, youthful choices set the backdrop for this, the final story in this series. I warred with myself about this story as I really disliked Marek and his selfish ways for a lot of the story... however, I am sure this is actually something that happens a lot and probably why I struggled so much - it was a little too real and tugged me out of the 'romanticism' of the story. However it IS a good story and it pulled at my heartstrings a lot! Sweet ending and HEA (hopefully)
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
42600055 Jennifer Cowan's review May 22, 2018 · edit it was amazing Over three years ago, Marek leaves the love of his life to pursue his dreams of becoming a NHL player. When leaving, he indicated he didn't want to be "tied" down. Although it broke Gracen's heart, she understood and let him go. While Marek has seen success as a starter on The Cold Fury, when he receives an anonymous email saying Gracen is getting married and he may have a daughter he never knew about...Marek crashes the wedding. Marek takes Gracen and Lilly home with him, only to ignore them. He's stunned, hurt, and angry. Marek can't understand why Gracen would keep his daughter from him. It isn't until his best friend and teammate takes him aside, that he makes an effort to build a relationship with his daughter. Gracen tries to make amends with Marek, but he ignores her at every turn. It's not until Gracen threatens to leave, taking Lilly with her, that Marek starts to listen and see things from Gracen's point of view. I loved this story! It's messy, heartbreaking, selfless all rolled into a second chance love story. Sometimes we make decisions that we truly believe are for the best, only to find out we messed up. It takes courage to admit you're wrong, but even more to open yourself up to possible heartbreak again. I truly thought it was one of the best Cold Fury stories yet! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
jeanmarie8 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this addition to the Cold Fury Hockey series. I love a second chance romance especially when everyone involved thinks their doing what's best. Marek and Gracen are young sweethearts when Marek gets his break in the NHL. He really wants to focus on doing well and doesn't want the responsibility of a relationship. Since she's younger than him, he also wanted her to fulfull some of her dreams like finishing school and becoming a nurse but knew she wouldn't if she followed him around. So he dumps her. Gracen is pregnant but doesn't want to tell Marek because he broke up with her to enjoy the benefits of being in the NHL. She doesn't want him to feel obligated to her. After 3 years, Gracen is about to marry Owen when Marek finds out and comes to stop it. Marek and Gracen have a lot of unsettled business. Both were in love with each other and too young. But can they put their past behind them and find a path together? Can Marek get over the fact that Gracen kept his daughter from him for over 3 years? Can Gracen get over the fact that Marek picked his career over her? Don't forget their daughter Lily who is a fun piece to this whole puzzle. You can't help but route for them to overcome these obstacles, but can they? Another great read by Sawyer Bennett!
Vero-Stro More than 1 year ago
This is Book 11 in the "Cold Fury Hockey" Series. This time we read about Gracen and Marek. In the previous book Marek finds out that his ex girlfriend is getting married to someone who is a complete idiot. He stops the wedding and discovers that he has a 3 year old daughter named Lilly. Four years ago Marek left Gracen to pursue his hockey career. Now he brings her to her place to know his daughter. The resentment between them is huge and things seem to get worse by the day. The book is entertaining. The characters are very well done and the chemistry between them is just amazing!!! A really enjoyable read, full of tender moments, some very emotional and others super hot! Great book!
charlligirl More than 1 year ago
I'm sitting here, a day after I finished reading this book, wondering whether I should hate or love Marek and Gracen. Both of them did things in the past that make me hate them, but I understand why they did them. I'm not saying that makes it ok. I'm just saying I get it. Obviously this is a HEA, but I really enjoyed alot of the real life moments, and not all were happy. I respect Gracen for realizing that forgiveness doesn't mean forgetfulness and that even with the forgiveness you can't always forget it. I think this is one of the best books I have read about having to work at a relationship and overcoming obstacles, pain and past hurts.