Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Marek by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Marek
Author: Sawyer Bennett
My Rating: A-

Genre: Sports Romance
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #11
Main Characters: Marek and Gracen
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
When the Carolina Cold Fury’s hottest young star gets blindsided by an ex with a scandalous secret, it’s game on.

“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey.

Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .
My Review: 
I love second chance at love books, but wow...I'm not sure I could have given Marek this second chance. He really started out the book as a real jerk, and it sounds like he was that way four years ago when he dumped Gracen. Personally, I felt she owed him a little bit more pain over that. Seriously, the dude dumped her so he could live his NHL life to the fullest...i.e. bang all the puck bunnies. UGH!!

But the rest of the book was good enough that I could forgive the author for writing him so vile in the beginning, but grrr. I do feel like Gracen deserved so much more. And yes, Marek did see the error of his ways, but it didn't feel like it was quite enough. 

Gracen screwed up, too, and her remorse is obvious from day one...Marek's...not so much...and that drove me nuts. 

But moving on...this was a good book. I did enjoy the overall setup because I adored Gracen and felt so badly for her (which is why his attitude bugged me so much...I loved her character). She knows she screwed up and is willing to let Marek abuse her mentally because of that. She also knows that she can't go back and make a different decision so she just deals. Seriously, this woman is so strong and she has raised such an exceptional daughter. Loved. Her!

Marek isn't as easy to love, but he does eventually come around...thankfully. 

As you can see...my emotions were fully involved with this story, which is why I rated it as high as I did even with my personal issues with Marek. I was fully invested in these characters and loved getting to read their story.

This whole series has been phenomenal and Marek was no exception to that rule. I love this team and its group of bad-boy players and management. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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