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.
Hawke is a third chance love story that took my heart ran it over the coals once or twice until it finally put it back together, providing a much deserved HEA.
Young love doesn't always last. Hawke Therrien and Vale Campbell had a falling out and their relationship painfully ended. Life moved on and they became different people. Vale has joined the training staff for Hawke's team. She's no longer a wild child, she's become conservative and has taken on more responsibilities. Hawke has changed, he's hardened his heart after the fall out with Vale. Now that they find themselves on the same team, Hawke extends an olive branch to Vale and they soon find themselves reconnecting. It doesn't take long for the secrets of their past soon rise to the top and boil over.
The moral of the story, Love hurts. I hurts for the good and for the bad. Hawke struggles with the pain from the past. He's hardened his heart and can't find it in himself to relive the pain all over again. Vale has secrets that could have changed the course of their relationship on several occasions. Vale holds back, it drives me nuts and I find myself sympathizing with her at the same time. She does the womanly action of taking on all the pain and suffering. Hawke really was clueless most of the story, no fault of his own. He's a man with a big ego and high walls. I enjoyed the emotional ride, it's a tough one but well worth the HEA. 5 Stars