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Publisher's Summary

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 20. As crazy as she had been about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking had started to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that never would have happened 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.

©2016 Sawyer Bennett (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" Hawke is sexy, emotional, and fantastic!" (Sandi Lynn, author of Forever Black)

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Another great story

Hawke is a part of the Cold Fury storyline and is book five in the series. As with each of the other books, this can be read without reading the other books in the series, but be aware that you may have spoilers about other teammates. I really enjoyed the voices of the narrating duo as they are able to really get into the characters and bring them to life. For me, this story was more of a second chance romance. Hawke and Vale were serious back before he was drafted and the night before leaving she breaks it off. Now seven years later, they end up both with the Cold Fury team. Hawke is still hurt over the sudden break up so will they be able to get along?

Several things in this book took me by surprise. I kept guessing as to what happened all those years ago and things were not what I expected and then there were even a few more unexpected twists in the plot. I also enjoyed having a few glimpses into the prior teammates and what was going on in their lives. I personally would have enjoyed even more than a glimpse of these players. They are like a big family and the author makes you want to be able to keep in touch with them as the become like friends. I’m looking forward to book six in the series which is also narrated by the same duo.

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Just OK

This was my least fave of the series. The connection wasn't real for me not like the last books. Skip this one if you can and save your credit.

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Trials and Tribulations of a very immature hockey couple

This was probably the weakest of this series so far. It was hard to get invested in their story because they were both so immature and reckless when younger, and 7 years later little had changed. Hawke was so juvenile and self absorbed it was hard to have much sympathy when he whined about being hurt. His response for disappointment is not to persevere or work through issues be to find the nearest bottle to get drunk. Vail also behaved very immaturely, continually reacting before thinking and being ruled by emotions in a negative way and never did communicate her concerns, anger, and annoyance verbally. Running seems to be her response. Both thought nothing about using others and seems to not give much in return. Maybe they both needed more discipline as children as both were clearly over indulged and spoiled. Vail’s father was only marginally interesting and the character was not very well developed Not a promising future if they don’t learn to really communicate and by the end you are left not really caring if you see this couple again. Not going to continue with this series unless the remaining end up in the Romance Package because this one would not be worth the credit and not willing to take a chance on others. Too bad because the previous on Ryker was good.

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Dear Sawyer Bennett - "NO" means "NO"

I was enjoying this book, right up until our "hero" Hawke pressures Vale into a sexual situation she does not want. Vale clearly says "no" out loud multiple times and Hawke keeps pushing. Vale physically moves Hawke's hands away to stop him, and yet he pushes and pushes and pushes her into an ever more sexual situation. The reader knows that Vale is conflicted, but what she is telling Hawke is a big fat NO and yet he still doesn't respect her refusal. Vale was not teasing; she wasn't inviting his touch. She was saying "no." I have huge problem with this in any character, but especially the "hero" of a romance. Even the most alpha of males needs to understand that No means No. The chapter was resolved and everyone was fine, but it was too late for me. I am done with this book. I can't root for a man like that. I will try Sawyer Bennett again, but only if her heroes show more respect to the women they claim to love.

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A great listen!

I love hockey player books !! The men are always sooo HOT and Hawke was no exception! I also love second chance romances so win win for me! I really enjoyed this story - Hawke and Vale were so perfect together yet both had to get over their past mistakes to move on.

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Loved this!

Listening to this 5th audiobook in the Cold Fury hockey series was so entertaining! The hero, Hawke, is a defensive player for the Cold Fury. He's a guy who sleeps casually with women and likes to go out for beers with the guys. But it wasn't always this way, as before starting his Pro hockey career he was deeply in love with a girl named Vale. She broke up with him the night before he left for his first real job and he's been hurt and bewildered ever since. Now suddenly Vale is back in his life working as a trainer for his team and his life gets tilted off his axis. Vale had her reasons for breaking things off, serious reasons, but she was really young seven years ago when it happened. Now Hawke and Vale have to try to build a friendly relationship, complicated by the reason she's in Raleigh to begin with- her dad has brain cancer and is there for treatment. In the course of things, truths come out and both have to decide if they can forgive. Great narration!

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Fun series.

I've really enjoyed this series. Well written and real characters. I hope that there will be more.