Sawyer Bennett’s does it again with Hawke, the fifth book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series. Star defenseman, Hawke Therrien, is excited about being recently acquired by the Cold Fury. What he isn’t expecting is the girl who broke his heart over seven years ago, Vale Campbell, to be the team’s new assistant trainer. Hawke is a contemporary sports romance that takes place in Carolina. It is suitable for new adult and adult audiences.
I love Hawke; both the book and the man. He is protective, determined, and talented. I like that Hawke played with Garrett Samuelson in Pittsburgh; that made for a nice little transition into the group of players from the previous books.
Hawke and Val met and dated for four years in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where Hawke was playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Cape Breton Oilers. The two were very much in love but not necessarily the best influence on one another. They pushed each other to extremes and were a little too carefree. Their breakup was exceptionally painful on both sides. The two changed over their seven-year separation but never got over each other. Val matured considerably in their time apart. She dealt with a lot in this story. I like Val’s dad. He is a good father and man. I appreciate the relationship he had with Hawke.
I enjoyed the plot. It was complex and believable. Sawyer Bennett did a great job making me feel emotionally connected to the characters. I love the Cold Fury Hockey Series. I cannot wait to hear Max’s story next. I highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys sports romances. While this book works as a standalone, I would read them all and in order.
Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.