Series: Cold Fury #3
Published by: Random House Loveswept
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Sports
New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett goes for a hat trick with the latest romance in a sexy series about cool-as-ice hockey players and the women heating up their lives.
Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief ever since the car accident that left him a single dad and put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury and still crippled by emotional baggage, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.
Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.
It never freakin’ fails. Never. Once I start one of Ms. Bennett’s books I can’t put the damn thing down. Even when I want to smack/strangle/gut the characters for things that I think they should do but don’t and tell myself to toss the ereader into the freeze for a few hours to calm down, I just can’t put the damn thing down and that’s what happened here. I was just going to read a ‘little bit’ and ended up trying to be sneaky at work and read it on the app on my phone. And then when I was done, and immersed in a slight book hangover decided to hold off on doing my review and a few weeks later read it again at a much slower rate and ended up with the same conclusions as the first: I loved the story as a whole and the journey Zack took to heal and both Zack and Kate drove me bat shit crazy.
Let me start off by saying that in the end I liked Zack and Kate, but I definitely had my ups and downs with both of them. Zack is going through a lot and is doing his best to be a good father to Ben, which he is and you never doubt his love for his son, Ben, who is a major cutie pie and the scenes with him show just how important Ben is to Zack, but his guilt over Gina’s death, how it happened and what he never gave her is riding him hard and I definitely I empathized with him over it all. But as he is dealing with all of that he does have a few moments where he was just a complete asshat to Kate, whether he said it outloud or not, and while part of me could understand where he was coming from, the other part growled and wanted to smack him.
Adorkable is a pretty apt description of Kate and I couldn’t help but admire how comfortable with it she was. She actually reveled in it and owned it and her dorkiness as well as her honest bluntness was something I enjoyed. But it’s funny because I’ve always felt that Sutton, Alex’s Sutton, was too good to be true, but Kate has pretty much kicked her out of the spot. Her sunny, positive outlook was almost too much for me, so in that respect I sided with Zack at time and I kept asking myself how anyone could be THAT positive and bubbly, but it was just the way she was.
As far as their budding romance, I have to first say that I had no issue with the whole her being the nanny and him being her employer and I thought that it was handled well and I liked the fact that there was no insta-ness between them, Kate found Zack attractive but outside of that it took some time for them to get comfortable with each other before they hooked up. What I had an issue with was when Zack was an asshat to Kate and she almost too readily forgave him. She’s not a total pushover, and there are many times when she stood up for herself, but there were times when it was just too easy for Zack to get out of shitstorm he found himself in.
But while I had my ups and downs with Zack and Kate, I really enjoyed how Zack’s grief and his road to moving on with his life was handled. We got to see the good, the bad and the ugly and it felt real. There is no one sure fire way to handle the loss of a loved one and each journey is unique. Of course we get to catch up with Alex and Sutton, who are still my favorites of the series, Garrett and Olivia and got to meet Ryker, who could very well end up kicking Alex out of the top spot.
Overall: Sawyer Bennett serves up another winner and I can’t wait to get my hands on Ryker’s book!
~ ARC received from Random House Publishing Group ~ Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
USA Today and New York Times Best-Selling 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 and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her third book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, June 2015.