Series: Cold Fury Hockey #5
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch
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 just got traded to the Cold Fury. One of the new trainers is his ex, Vale. Hawke is stunned at first. See, he and Vale were together for a while years ago and Vale broke up with him for reasons unknown. He hardly recognizes her because of her physical appearance and it’s changes. Where is the pierced and tatted party girl? Why did she leave him all those years ago?
Vale is trying to be who she feels she needs to be. Juggling these changes, her father’s devastating illness and bills that just keep piling up. She doesn’t have time for any distractions. Especially a distraction like Hawke. He’s still everything she remembers. Gorgeous, built and a partier. When Hawke decides that he wants her back and some answers, Vale realizes that a second chance at love might not be a bad thing.
I wanted to love it but I didn’t. I never really connected to the story and never totally bought the reason for their break up. The book was okay but the weakest offering to the series yet in my opinion.
Book given in exchange for an honest opinion via the publisher and NetGalley.