Tuesday 15 March 2016

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Hawke (Cold Fury Hockey #5) by Sawyer Bennett


Title: Hawke
Series: Carolina Cold Fury Hockey #5
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 15, 2016

Book Description:

The New York Times bestselling hockey series featuring the Carolina Cold Fury continues as the team’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.

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Also Available:

The Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series 4-Book Bundle

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“I understand now how the young heart and mind fails to see reality and prefers to live inside a false sense of security all in the name of true love.”

I am a sucker for second chance romance and Sawyer Bennett really captured this with Hawke and Vale's story. Once again I was swept away in ice skates, testosterone and the Cold Fury team.

After a four-year romance Hawke and Vale split just before Hawke is due to leave for the NHL. Hawke was totally blindsided and so are you the reader. Hawke has no idea why and is devastated and it is the demise of this relationship that scorned this man’s heart going forward. Hawke had no heart to give, Vale had kept it.

“I did it because I was being loyal to myself.”

Fast forward seven years and Hawke has been drafted to the Cold Fury team, he is beginning to make his mark but once again he is totally blindsided when the newest team member is revealed…Vale.

Vale has been studying sports medicine and has joined the Cold Fury team, she knew what she was walking into but nothing could prepare her for coming face to face with Hawke once again. Old memories and old feelings resurface but she is determined to keep them and Hawke at arm’s length. The trouble is with true love is that it never goes away, it seems that these two have some soul searching to do and some explaining.

“I wasn't the same.
She wasn't the same.
What we had was different now...”

When their paths cross once again, can the pain of the past be forgotten? Will grudges be harboured or will that deep connection they had before come to the surface once again? Sawyer Bennett slowly ekes out what happened when they split and while Vale made rash decisions it seems that fate just wasn't on their side at the time…but is it now?

“It only reinforces that my love survived hurt and betrayal but yours wasn’t strong enough.”

This is a book about second chances but most of all forgiveness. Learning to trust once again and opening yourself to potential obliteration, putting your heart out there and understanding but most of all working together. There are some real tender moments in this book and the majority of these are between Hawke and Vale’s dad. I loved their back story, I loved the part that Vale’s dad played and it was mesmerising to watch this man whore party animal change before your eyes. Vale was fiercely protective, extremely independent and she had a lot of soul searching to do to. She needed to learn to take a step back, that sometimes she couldn’t control everything and most of all communication is key.

“We have a great history. We had one bad moment. But it’s clear that’s never going to be forgiven, so let’s just call a spade a spade and realize that you and I are not meant to be.”

I love this series and I love Sawyer Bennett’s writing, I cannot wait for Max’s story, who is up next. One thing you cannot deny is that Sawyer Bennett creates the most adorable male characters who are only too eager to hand in their man card for the heart of a good woman.

About the Author:

New York Times 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 that lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Bennett would like to report that she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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