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.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars
The 5th book in the Cold Fury series is about Hawke, who is new to the team, after having been traded during the offseason. Hawke is a party hard, love ’em and leave ’em kind of guy. Why? He was crushed by his one true love when he was 20 and starting his career.
Vale Campbell is the girl who broke Hawke’s heart. We find out why later in the book, and I have to say the reason was totally predictable and kind of dumb, but I digress. Vale moves to North Carolina because her father is ill and has been accepted into a trial study at Duke University. Her father knows the owner of the Cold Fury and gets Vale a job with the team. Hawke is stunned to see Vale after all these years.
I somewhat understood Vale’s decision to end things with Hawke years ago – it’s hard to know when you’re 20 whether the person you’re dating is your forever person. They had been dating since Vale was 16 too. That I understand. What I had a hard time handling was how Hawke dealt with things. He acted like a petulant child who had his candy taken away. But on the other hand, Hawke was a really great guy; he was really great with Dave, Vale’s father, befriending him and offering to pay for his medical expenses. But I wanted to slap him a few times.
Overall, this was a decent read, and I will continue to read this series. I wonder who the next book will be about…..