My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the fifth book in the Cold Fury Hockey and it is a standalone. Hawke is a new member of the Cold Fury hockey team and this is his story. This is a second chance romance story between Hawke and Vale who were wild and in love in their teenage years. On the day Hawke leaves to play professional hockey, Vale, unexpectedly and without explanation, breaks his heart. Seven years later Vale and Hawke find themselves both working for the Cold Fury hockey team. Despite the anger and bitter resentment towards each other, they find themselves gravitating towards each other once again. Hawke and Vale’s chemistry and bond remain all these years, but they struggle to forgive each other for the past and rebuild their future. Can they move forward? Well, you’ll just have to read to find out. =)
I’m a fan of second chance love and hot hockey players so what’s not to love right. No actually, there were some things I liked and some that bothered me. First, though, I did enjoy the book. It was a lighthearted read with a good ending. I enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters. I could feel their love and it was nice to watch them fall in love again.
“I’m falling in love all over again, and it’s just beautiful to me.”
I also genuinely liked Hawke. I felt he was a good person and more mature than Vale. I liked that he was the first to extend the olive branch when he was the one that was wronged.
However, I’m not going to lie; I found myself extremely frustrated with Vale and Hawke…more so with Vale than Hawke. The mystery is why did Vale break up with Hawke? A simple conversation would have cleared the air up, but Vale was very obstinate and refused to discuss the issue with Hawke, even SEVEN years later!! Then she harbors a lot of resentment towards Hawke, which is puzzling since she broke up with him and told him she didn’t love him. She’s mad because when she finally did decide to reach out to him, he didn’t respond. I found Vale so completely unreasonable. I can sympathize a little bit with her, as she was young and did go through something that was a bit traumatizing.
“I knew that what happened that night was my fault because I couldn’t see past you. Nothing else matter to me.”
In the end, they both mature and learn to forgive. As they grow, I really started to like both characters and I rooted for them to find their happy ending. So, If you are looking for a nice easy read and a hot hockey player, this book will do the job.
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