My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Zack is the 3rd book in Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series and one I’ve book looking forward to since book 2. Zack is another hockey player on the Cold Fury team. He’s a family man. He has his son, Ben- and he had Ben’s mom, Gina. After a terrible car accident, he doesn’t have Gina any longer and he finds himself a single dad full of pain and guilt. Zack didn’t take Gina’s death well. He was driving the car when she died, so he feels guilty about her death as well as other things in their relationship.
Zack’s career is on hold till he can finish healing, but he’s trying to prepare for going back to work. So he hires a nanny who can look after Ben when he’s at practice or traveling for games. Enter Kate. Quirky, funny and completely goofy. She is the perfect person for Ben. So she’s hired. At first, Zack doesn’t know what to think of this crazy woman dressed in baggy clothes who wears glasses and constantly makes up wild nicknames for everyone.
As time goes on, Zack finds himself slowly working through is guilt and his feelings. He finds himself feeling something for the first time in months. Something for Kate. But he won’t let himself go there with her, not completely. He can’t give her a relationship. He can’t go there again. Not yet. Maybe not ever. But it doesn’t change the fact that under her geeky facade there is a beautiful woman, inside and out. A woman he desperately wants.
I’ve got to give it to Sawyer Bennett. In Kate, she wrote a heroine that completely stole the show. This woman was fantastic! Not only was she wonderful with Zack’s son and treated him as her own, she was great with Zack. Even when he didn’t deserve it. She was understanding, fun, charming and had this ability to make everyone around her smile. This couple had amazing chemistry and a connection from the start. Zack had his moments where he was a bit of a jerk. But I think it can be overlooked. People tend to lash out on those they care about most when they’re in pain and I get that. And of course Ben- I adored that little boy! Such a sweet kid.
Zack is a story about moving on from grief and guilt and not only finding love, but finding yourself- forgiving yourself and moving past it. This is a great addition to Sawyer’s Cold Fury sports romance series. After getting to meet Ryker in this book and seeing him with his daughters, I’m very excited for the next book in this series!
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