Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Tour for Hawke by Sawyer Bennett (REVIEW)

Fans of sports-themed romances should have the Cold Fury series on their go-to list for its perfect blend of action-packed sports scenes and steamy sexual encounters.  With the recent release of this fifth installment, and its tale of reunited loves, readers will be enlightened as to why it continues to be a beacon of entertainment and satisfying HEAs.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of Hawke by Sawyer Bennett, along with my impressions of it, and then add it to your bookshelf!

The New York Times bestselling hockey series featuring the Carolina Cold Fury continues as the team’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.




When it comes to delicious athletes, through four previous installments the men of the Cold Fury hockey team have made for decadently delightful reading. With his sensual actions and open honesty Hawke is a wonderful addition to the group and is the highlight of this story for me.  The pain he felt over being dumped, and his intense desire to reclaim the only woman he's ever loved, endeared him to me and had me feeling sympathetic towards him throughout the story.  Like his teammates, Hawke's larger than life with interactions between him and the other players that were both playful and brotherly.  I enjoyed the scenes off the ice too that showed familial bantering between the players that was sweet, charming, and a bit humorous when they tried to discuss feelings.  The action on the ice wasn't featured as much this time around but the few scenes that were depicted were exciting and action-packed. This was definitely a story fueled by emotions though, with forgiveness and the power of love being the crux of the journey to HEA.  Misunderstandings and miscommunications further fueled this story which made for some frustrating moments as things could've been settled much sooner if only Vale had spoken up.  With Hawke wearing his heart on his sleeve he's the epitome of a romantic hero and I was enamored of him from the first page to the last.

While Vale had some appealing qualities to make her a worthy heroine, her actions years ago in leaving Hawke were hard to get past as the story progressed.  Certain actions now further frustrated me but the happy feelings Hawke inspired in me kept me enjoying the story despite my frustrations with her.  Vale was a wild child growing up with a personality ruled by her childish emotions.  When fate threw her an unexpected curve ball she reacted by pushing Hawke away despite their intense connection.  Fate conspired to keep them apart for seven more years before throwing them back together and allowing them to pick up where they left off.  Her actions long ago showed a lack of maturity and trust in the feelings between her and Hawke.  Though she knows she did wrong she still tries to justify her actions by playing the victim and making Hawke feel guilty which angered me as he was the injured party through it all.  Though she frustrated me when it came to her love life, Vale's a loyal daughter as she devoted her life to her cancer-stricken father, completely changing her life to get him the medical care he needed.  The realistically depicted scenes between the two of them were heartbreaking early on at the height of his illness but ultimately uplifting as they supported each other unconditionally.  I also admired her desire to move on from the past once Hawke extended the olive branch which allowed them to start a relationship based on who they are as adults without letting the past define them.

From start to finish Ms. Bennett weaves a compelling tale of forgiveness and the power of love with an engaging hero and an all to human heroine.  While Hawke was all I could want in a hero because of his willingness to bare his soul, Vale often left me frustrated despite her commendable care of her father.  Despite my feelings towards her though I still found myself engrossed in their hard-fought reconciliation.  Their reconnection started off slowly with them as friends but it quickly morphed into steamy and intensely erotic encounters that left me parched as Hawke is clearly an Alpha male who likes to be in charge.  Along with two strong lead characters Ms. Bennett introduces readers to the secondary character of Max who's charming but unlucky in love as his obsession with being the best had him losing his hometown love.  I'm excited to read his story next as he was a good and loyal friend to Hawke with a sweet and charming nature. I also enjoyed seeing familiar faces and relationships growing even stronger which further enhanced the feeling of family permeating the Cold Fury organization.  Readers who enjoy second chance love stories will be rooting for Hawke and Vale and eagerly anticipating the next installment in this emotional and exhilarating series!

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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 two 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.

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