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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Marek (Cold Fury Hockey #11) by Sawyer Bennett

 A Review by Wendy
 3.5 Letting Go Of the Pain Stars
* * * 1/2  
Spoiler Free

We humans are a complicated bunch. We have all of these desires and emotions and we are supposed to be able to handle them without hurting the ones we love...Easier said then done...

Sawyer Bennett uses her 11th entry of the Cold Fury Hockey Series to take on how hard it is to let go of past hurts and betrayal. She uses Marek's and Gracen's painful past and guilt ridden present to illustrate how very complex relationships can be.

This is not a textbook read of a touchy-feely love story with a few hiccups and then Bam, an HEA. Nope, these two have a very rocky road. It does have a financially secure Hockey Star and a woman who worked hard to become a neonatal nurse so that makes them in a good place. There is undeniable chemistry between them that never died and there wonderful moments where Marek discovers new love for his daughter.

But there is more to this tale then that.

The approach Bennett uses to tell this story has huge doses of reality because in everyday lives, the ones you, your family and friends live... things do not always come together after a few conversations, dates or fights. Nothing just falls into place like in the books we read... no, it takes lots of steps, hard work, miscommunications and tough times. Then maybe if we are really lucky, we can mature and own up to our responsibilities... we can then have a second chance HEA.

Sawyer Bennett has created many characters for the Cold Fury Series and all of them have been people we wanted to know. This time Bennett gave us people we may already know... or at least parts of them... people who have real emotional challenges and need to understand how to overcome them. They may not always be kind or fair...but we know the goodness in them and pray the good wins out overall.

Marek and Gracen is a process, just like life...and then we win, too.

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

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