Book Review: Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

February 10, 2016 Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Hawke by Sawyer BennettTitle: Hawke by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #5
Published by: Loveswept on March 15, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports & Games
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 275
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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.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also in this series: Alex, Garrett, Zack, Ryker
Also by this author: Off Chance, Forever Young, If I Return, On the Rocks, Mitigation, Reparation, Affirmation, Make it a Double, Confessions of a Litigation God, Sugar on the Edge, Alex, With a Twist, Garrett, Shaken, Not Stirred, Clash, Grind, Yield, Zack, Wicked Fall, Ryker, Friction, Jilted

One Line: Not as good as the others, but I still enjoyed it.

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

I was so excited to jump back into the Cold Fury world. I love this team! Hawke is a decent addition to the series, and Hawke as a character is an awesome character that I really liked getting to know. The story itself didn’t wow me like I was hoping though. It moved at a staggering pace at times and I didn’t see as much progression with the couple or their story like I would prefer. And, I was also a little disappointed at how little we saw of the other couples, which is always something I like to see in companion novels.

Ever since the beginning of the book, I couldn’t really connect to Vale and what she did to Hawke. It was all just so sudden and I could easily tell it was out of anger and immaturity, so I didn’t like it at all. Later on, when the truth comes out (which I kind of sensed from the beginning) I sympathized with her situation, for sure, but her reasoning and logic just made me shake my head. Even as a proper adult, she rubbed me the wrong way with her logic and way of thinking. She knew what she did or how she handled things was wrong, yet she still harbored resentment towards a guy who had no clue what was really going on. It would be one thing if the guy ever did anything to her in the past to make her feel like he would or could be a jerk, but Hawke was a loving and thoughtful boyfriend. And it’s not like she had a horrible past that would make her distrust men easily or anything like that. I just couldn’t see where her feelings were coming from. I felt like she didn’t grow and develop enough for me to appreciate or like her much at all. I will say that at the very end she showed that she matured a bit, so it redeemed her character for me.

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I still love this series whole-heartedly, but Hawke was definitely not my favorite book of the series. Hawke himself was great, but also not my favorite Cold Fury guy. As far as second-chance love stories goes, this one kind of veered off the mark for me. In any case, I am very curious about Max and am so happy to hear that there will be a book on him. I can’t wait!

About Sawyer Bennett

USA Today and New York Times Best-Selling 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 three 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 and the Last Call Series. She will be releasing her third book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, June 2015.

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