Sawyer Bennett is my go to author for charismatic and tenacious heroes who are strong yet sensitive and that makes her Cold Fury series such a rush to read. In Hawke you have the quintessential first love that never panned out and now that Hawke and Vale have met up again is the spark still there? Well, it is a romance novel so that’s an easy guess. The early chapters capture the melancholy of young love and I enjoyed the look back. It’s only when the Hawke and Vale reconnect that it loses some of its shine. Hawke and Vale are incredibly mature about moving on and having a friendly relationship. But Hawke never got over the abrupt breakup with Vale and neither did she. We find out why much later, but it’s kind of an afterthought. Vale has her sick father to care for and much maligned long distance boyfriend. Hawke has….well just his hot career and carefree lifestyle – not bad if you ask me. Still we know the two are going to get back together, but is it going to be explosive or cool? I think somewhere in the middle. The ‘between the sheets’ is plenty hot (nothing to complain about there), but the chemistry was tepid. Vale was a spitfire when she was younger but now, she’s just careful. Hawke, a good time Charlie, now a bit of a banal Bob. Where’s the spark, the fire, heck even the anger? Hawke barely seems pissed at Vale for leaving him and while I admire his chivalry and courtesy I wanted a just a bit of the old Hawke to come through. Hawke adopts some tried and true conflicts that romance is known for (i.e. miscommunication and misunderstanding) but one that seems to pop up a lot in this series is the sick character/relative (with mad recovery skills). Ms. Bennett always delivers with the emotional turmoil of this ploy, but it feels old hat now like we’ve seen this before (see book 2, Garrett)
I still enjoyed Hawke and I love an HEA, but a little more edge/spark would have been welcome.
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