Zack by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury – book #4
Genre: contemporary romance
Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief ever since the car accident that left him a single dad and put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury and still crippled by emotional baggage, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding under those baggy clothes.
Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.
Cold Fury fans rejoice – this one goes right in the net of feels! As always, Sawyer’s writing is smooth and she casts a web of layers throughout this tale. She masterfully tackles sensitive subjects like death, survivors remorse and learning to have faith in trust again. Zach is a broken man. I thank Sawyer for giving us the head’s up that this was going to be an emotional read from Garrett with the loss of Zach’s partner. I took a deep breath and happily let the story whisk me away.
Zack was a hard one for me to like. Sure, I liked him, he’s had it tough – not disputing that. The things that annoy me about are the things he was very upfront with so this left me conflicted. I really wanted to hate him but how could I be cranky when the heroine accepted these terms. He is in many ways, struggling with his reality. It’s easier to isolate and avoid than to put his trust back out there to have his heart broken again. Love it when an author makes me stop and think about the theme. Score one for Bennett J The heroine Kate is another complex character. In some areas of her life, her self-esteem is rock bottom and yet her pride is bountiful. She’s hard working, she’s ethical and she’s committed to making a life for herself on her terms. I think I could feel my heart fracture when her’s did but like I mentioned before – she signed up to those terms and conditions. I am loving this series. The men are perfectly flawed, the women are the ones that set them straight but I love the comradery of the support from the team mates. I am really keen for Ryker and can’t wait for it to come out.