Series: Cold Fury Hockey #5
Genres: Sports Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Max, Roman
Also by this author: Ryker, Sugar Daddy, Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll, Max, Roman, Sex in the Sticks, Code Name: Sentinel
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.
Its no secret I LOVE sports romance. Seriously, just look through my review archive and you will see what I mean! While I haven’t read all the Cold Fury books, I have previously read Ryker and fell in love. So, of course I was psyched for Hawke.
So, the book starts with a glimpse into the past for Hawke and Vale. They dated and were hot and heavy for 4 years. Then he gets drafted into a minor league team in the states and Vale dumps him the next day. You spend about the first 40% of the book wondering WHY she did this. I was beginning to think it was going to be some lame ass reason and I was gonna be pissed. It was NOT a lame ass reason. Anyway, Vale reconnects with Hawke when she takes a job with the Cold Fury Hockey team as their assistant AT. This forces Hawke and Vale to confront their feelings and issues and she eventually comes clean about what happened. They start to slowly rebuild a relationship. Then he goes and FUCKS IT ALL UP!
Now, I am not usually one for spoilers, but I am going to put one here: read at your own risk! View Spoiler »So, they get past the miscarriage stuff, are back to dating, she finally comes out and says she loves and he says…..I’m not sure. WTF?! So, naturally, she gathers whats left of her pride and leaves. She moves back to Canada. While he is in Canada visiting a friend, he finds out that after the miscarriage and consequent dumping many years ago, Vale tried to contact him and he never returned her calls. He feels miserable and goes to win her back. And he actually makes HER feel guilty about not believing he really does love her. Are you fucking kidding me?!? She takes him back no questions asked. I’m screaming at my kindle “Are you fucking kidding me?!?” My husband took my kindle away because he was afraid I was going to break it. And thats how the book ends. He gives her a LAME ASS apology after giving up on her AGAIN and then the book is over. Ok, you didn’t fight for her the first time. You were young. Its forgivable. But to not fight for her the second time?! If Avery hadn’t told him about the attempts to contact, he wouldn’t have done anything to get back with Vale. Only because someone else told him what he should have already known about Vale does he actually attempt to do anything. Vale deserves better. She deserves someone who will fight for her. Who won’t give up or get scared. Okay, rant over…for now. « Hide Spoiler
I loved Vale. She is such a unique character who really changes over the course of the book. You see her in her wild youth and its a drastic difference from her demure adulthood and you can’t help but wonder why. She is working 2 jobs, taking care of a dad who is in a clinical trial, and dealing with her ex who isn’t very kind. I didn’t dislike Hawke until the end. He was okay. I didn’t love him though. Usually in Sawyer’s books I LOVE the hero. I mean, Ryker….sigh….Ryker. But, with Hawke, I was like “Meh”. But by the end, I totally fucking hated him. I wanted Vale to ditch his ass. Even the dentist in Columbus would have been a better choice!
Ok, so you have heard me rant about this book for several paragraphs now, and you are probably wondering why in the hell I still gave it 4 stars. Lets be honest, if a book can get me this riled up and I read it in one sitting, even if I wasn’t happy with the outcome, its still gotta be a pretty good book. If you have read Gone Girl, you know what I mean. I hated every motherfucker in that book but by the end I was still like “Damn, that book is messed up” and I realized that even though I hated them, the book was still good. So, this is like my hockey version of Gone Girl. Without the psychopaths.
- POV: Dual
- Tears: No
- Trope: Second Chance, Hockey
- Triggers: None
- Cliffhanger: No
- HEA: View Spoiler »Vale and Hawke end up together. They are happy. Am I? No. But, I suppose one would call this an HEA. I am still not happy… « Hide Spoiler
Also, check out my Best Sports Romances! (You know, where I tell you about sports romance books with heroes that I don’t hate!)
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 two 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 Wicked Horse Series. She also writes the Cold Fury Series for Random House.