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’s new season is just about to start and with each new season comes new additions to the team. Hawke Therrien has played hockey since he was a kid with the singular goal in mind of playing for a team like the Cold Fury. His game has never been better and with the Cold Fury coming off a Stanley Cup win, the team’s enthusiasm and motivation are at an all-time high. Hawke is living the dream and it is a pretty perfect dream until the new team trainer is introduced. In an instant, Hawke’s dream life becomes something of a waking nightmare.
Seven years after pushing Hawke Therrien out of her life with no explanation, Vale Campbell finds herself face-to-face with the one man who can crush her soul. The interceding years have been good Hawke but Vale can’t risk getting involved. Her dad is sick and needs her, she has a long-distance boyfriend, and working two jobs leaves little time for socializing. Unfortunately, Vale’s heart, mind, and body aren’t all on the same page and from the moment she locks gazes with him, all of those parts begin warring with one another. Just being near Hawke stirs up feelings Vale thought were long gone and she finds herself questioning every decision she has made about him since the very beginning.
Vale Campbell is the one woman Hawke never got over. Oh, sure, he has spent many a night (and day) in other women’s beds but none of them have ever been able to extinguish memory of Vale. For four glorious years in their late teens, Hawke and Vale burned hot and bright but then, Vale kicked him to the curb and never contacted him again. For seven long years, Hawke has wondered about that night, why Vale broke things off, and what could have possibly gone wrong to end such an affair. With she and her dad back in his life, Hawke has every intention of getting some answers and getting Vale back in his bed. In order to do that, Hawke has to get to know this new, more mature Vale and that isn’t going to be easy given her skittish nature.
With her dad’s illness and Hawke’s presence, Vale feels constantly on edge. Hawke is very different than he was seven years ago but in some ways he is very much the same. As they grow closer to one another, Vale finds she likes both the changes and the sameness of Hawke and she begins to think maybe they can get beyond their past, all the anger and hurt feelings. In order to do that, Vale has to come clean about the night she broke up with Hawke and hope he can forgive her.
The Bottom Line: I’m still very much enjoying the Cold Fury series and while Hawke doesn’t have quite the same heat or urgency as the previous books in the series, it is still a very good read. Hawke and Vale have such a complicated and sad history that is laced with passion and intense sexual chemistry. Their lives were irrevocably altered in a single night and getting back to some semblance of happiness takes so much time and so much effort. Navigating life isn’t easy and with all the pressures surrounding Hawke and Vale, it is a wonder they can find the time to be together. This truly is a second chance at love story but it is also a past meets present read. In the end, everything comes together as it should with Hawke and Vale finding their long-awaited happily ever after.
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 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, Cold Fury Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.