Monday, March 14, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

(Cold Fury, Book #5) 

Sawyer Bennett 

Publication: March 15, 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports, Second Chance


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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.

There is just something about second chances and sports. When Sawyer Bennett combines the can be pretty amazing romance. Second chances are quite interesting because it gives the characters an opportunity to figure out their lives without the other. It can be heartbroken at first, especially if the break wasn't mutual. But overall, it gives the characters a chance to grow. If they are meant to be together, that second chance comes into play. And sports...I'm in it for the fit and sexy men who are in control, on and off the field/ice. ;)

Hawke Therrien was ready to make the move to the major leagues...hopefully with his girl by his side. Instead, when she breaks up with him out of the blue without an explanation, it left him frustrated and heartbroken. Of course there is a reason why Vale Campbell had to leave him that day. The day that will eventually make him a star. The thought of holding him back, didn't sit well with her. The only way to make him leave was to push him out in the worst way, saying the most hurtful words no man wants to hear. But, when they met again seven years later, it seemed like nothing changed, except the anger that lingered after the break. 


PLOT LINE - As two people unexpectedly meet again, a charge sparking when their eyes aligned, Hawke does anything he can to figure out what went wrong in the first place. This is a well-written story filled with kept secrets, slight twists, and a burning love that never went away. It was a very quick read because everything flowed well. Of course there a few bumps along the way when they try to smooth out the patches. Overall, second chances can help them find a happy ending they deserve. 

CHEMISTRY - It was magnetic. If it was there the first time around, it's definitely there the second time around. Even stronger after the time apart. That pull Vale has on Hawke has him transfixed the moment he heard her name and locked eyes with her. You just can't wait for that first kiss, that first touch ever since everything fell apart. 

Oh, Sawyer Bennett knows how to write those sexy times. Sometimes romances can be repetitive and makes you want skim it. But with Bennett, she builds that tension between Hawke and Vale. When all those misunderstandings are cleared up, the love that was there all along begins to grow.

It's very understandable how Hawke's trust issue with Vale. It's hard to build that trust with a person who broke his heart. You get that hesitancy from Hawke for opening to love again. And when that connection is still there after seven years, he might as well try to mend those broken bridges he thought were burned.

This is one of my favorite sports romance series by one of my favorite authors. When I saw the words  second chance, I had to read it. It's not my favorite of hers but it checked the marks I needed for a reuniting romance. 



Bennett_photo_2014New 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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