Author: Sawyer Bennett
tl;dr recommendation: a Cold Fury hurricane of emotions, hockey, and buried secrets. 5 stars!
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.
HAWKE is a Cold Fury hurricane of emotions, hockey, and buried secrets. When Vale returns back into Hawke’s life it’s like she set fire to his veins, melting the ice that surrounded Hawke’s heart the moment she left, and igniting the spark of anger he’s felt for all these years. The history they shared is not for the weak of heart. OBVIOUSLY I’m not going to tell you what the secrets are because uhhh that’s the book. Duh.
But know this – Hawke and Vale twist so perfectly together. Seeing each other again was shocking but comforting but neither of them were entirely ready for the memories that assaulted their every sense. Hawke’s been at a loss for years trying to figure out why the one woman he ever loved left him; while Vale has been harboring her own resentment for all that she went through without him. Neither of them were right. Neither of them were wrong. Things just happen. They just ARE. They just can’t be changed.
But they can move forward. Bennett styles this book in her quintessential way, full of sex and sexy banter -but she also injects her words with feelings and her characters with life. Hawke’s bitterness is often on full display and they toss barbs at each other like grenades in an effort to soften their own blowback. There’s angst and angry sex, sweetness and tender sex, a full display of alpha male tendencies, and a stubborn woman who refuses to rely on a man to get by. It’s GREAT.
This is more than just a hockey book – it’s heartbreaking and honest and makes you FEEL. Hawke and Vale have to put in a little overtime to get their HEA but it’s so worth it – 5 stars!
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]