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.
“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.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*