The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team proves that love is a power play. As Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling series continues, the league’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.
Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.
Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.
Being held captive by a Sawyer Bennett story is not an uncommon occurrence in my book world. It happens quite a bit, and happens a lot with this series specifically. She knows how to get you hooked on the story and characters and gets you so invested in them that putting the book down even for a few moments is difficult to do and Hawke’s book was no different. That little glimpse of what happened between Hawke and Vale whetted my appetite and I had to know what the secret was and if two people who were so obviously in love could come clean about ripped them apart, forgive the transgressions and trust in each other again. And while I loved watching as their second chance HEA unfold, I found that I loved their journey more than I actually liked Hawke and Vale personally.
I know it sounds absolutely crazy because how can you love the journey but only like the people who are on the journey? Well, I can and that’s what gave me the hardest time with this review because I found that while I liked Hawke and Vale and really wanted them to get back together I didn’t love them as much previous couples. They both had me smiling and laughing along with them and by their actions showed that they have huge hearts and are simply good people regardless of what happened between them. But they both had me wanting to reach out and smack them upside the head in frustration at some of the things they did, or didn’t do. And while Hawke was the one who was the hurt first, I found that it was Vale that I sided with more often than not because while she may not have been right in breaking up with Hawke the way she did, which I put under the whole ‘missteps of youth’ thing, I felt that she had actually grown up more, matured more if you will, because of it whereas Hawke hadn’t gotten there just yet.
But though I had my issues with Hawke and Vale, I really did enjoy how their romance unfolded, I did think it took a damn long time for Vale to reveal the ‘secret’ that had her breaking up with him, but each step they took towards each other was done well. There was a good mix of sweet, sexy and angsty moments that made their story work for me and rooting for them to work their issues out so they could be together.
The Bottom Line: While not my favorite of the series, Hawke is still a great read and I can’t wait for Max’s book!
~ ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series.