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Review: Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

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Hawke (Cold Fury Hockey #5)
   by: Sawyer Bennett

Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC received via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 275 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 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.

 
 
The Cold Fury Hockey series is one of my favorites, so I've been anxiously awaiting diving back into this world! When I saw Hawke's story would be a second chance romance, I was even more excited because it's one of my favorite tropes! As always, Bennett's writing sucked me in from the beginning and before I knew it, I was already done.
 
After a heartbreaking start to the book, we get to see Hawke reunite with Vale, his first love, after seven years apart. Things are definitely a bit awkward and tense, especially since Hawke is holding on to some serious anger and resentment over how everything went down between them. After having his heart shredded, he hasn't once looked back and did everything in his power to put Vale and their past behind him. However, now that she is working as an athletic trainer for his team, he has no choice but to face her and the feelings he thought were long gone.
 
I liked Vale and Hawke together for the most part. They have an explosive, passionate past as two, wild, crazy kids in love and now have settled down a bit, with Hawke wanting to make a good impression on his team, and her taking care of her dad. They still have some seriously hot chemistry though. I wasn't crazy about how Hawke handled some things toward the end, however. I get that he was hurt, but so was she, and despite it all, she made the decision to move forward and forgive. Hawke wasn't able to do that and that definitely caused some extra issues. It bothered me that one bit of information was enough to make Hawke realize that his feelings were still as strong as ever, but without that information he didn't feel that he could have those feelings again. That was hard for me to buy into.
 
Vale wasn't without her mistakes though. Her reasoning for not telling Hawke the truth when they were younger was kind of ridiculous and seriously immature. I really can't blame him for feeling the way he did initially towards her. How he treated her father though absolutely melted my heart and I loved that Bennett included that friendship in the story.
 
I did like seeing the few interactions with Max, as the next book revolves around him. I am definitely interested in his character, especially since he's been described as a serious guy, who isn't big on the party scene. I do wish we had seen more of our previous couples, but I did enjoy seeing what we did of them during the epilogue, as it gave us an idea as to how a few of them were doing. Overall, I am looking forward to the next book, as I cannot get enough of Bennett's romances!
 

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8 comments

  1. One of these days I will get to her books. This series especially intrigues me because I love me some hockey! Great review!

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    1. I think you'd really love this series because of your hockey love! It's definitely a favorite of mine! This one was ok, but the others... SO GOOD.

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  2. I just read a spoiler about that ending and what Hawke did, and I am not happy at all. That would probably piss me off to be honest if I read the book! I do love the sound of their chemistry though and you know I'm a sucker for second chance romances.
    Lovely review, Jess! :)

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    1. Yeah, I wasn't a big fan either. It made me really mad. This was probably my least favorite of the series, but I don't regret reading it. I am super excited for Max's book next though.

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  3. Lovely review

    I don't read many books around hockey. But I do like the sound of the characters and I'm a sucker for second chance romances! Glad you enjoyed this one

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    1. Thanks Magen! Hockey isn't my sport, but I have really enjoyed the ones I've read! Second chance romances are my kryptonite!

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  4. How have I not read any of this series?! It sounds awesome! Glad this one was hot!!

    Max sounds great and definitely going to look into the next book and this series!

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    1. Oh it's wonderful Eva! I especially love the first three books! This one wasn't bad, but omg the others. SWOOOOOON.

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