Book 5 in the Cold Fury Hockey series
Author Sawyer Bennett
Narrated by Cris Dukehart, Graham Halstead
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Mar 31, 2016
Running time 8 hrs
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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.
Contains mature themes. https://tantor.com/hawke-awyer-bennett.html
The way this story started gave me a feeling of dread; it was also different from what I have read before. And it gave me a less than awesome view of both Hawke and Vale. Frankly, I thought it had drunken disaster in store. And, I felt the emphasis at the start on partying was a little strange for athletes. I also found the way the first chapter ended really sad. I could imagine how perplexed and angry I would be if my life changed so inexplicably.
As the story goes on it becomes obvious that Vale has grown up; Hawke, it seems, has also matured, but unevenly. With pals he’s still a partier, but when he’s with a role model he is much more dependable. Do athletes party hard in the playing season?
Bennett does a good job with the first person present tense; she is one of only a few writers I have read who can pull it off without it feeling amateurish. She spends a little less time telling us what the characters are wearing than the last book in the series, RYKER. The narrators do a good job too, providing voices consistently but with a high degree of acting in the acting to narration ratio.
I’ve enjoyed these books with a few exceptions. It must be really hard to come up with a different and believable scenario for so many guys on a hockey team. I think Sawyer is full of ideas for the Cold Fury series and seems to be pulling it off with some interesting and different approaches. If you like hockey, and stories where couples face internal and external obstacles, with lots of sexy times, then this could be a good choice for you.