Zack by Sawyer Bennett
New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett goes for a hat trick with the latest romance in a sexy series about cool-as-ice hockey players and the women heating up their lives.
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.
This series has always has me on the fence. I never know if I’m going to like the next book in this series. I’ve been wanting to read Zack’s story ever since the last book when the accident happened and I had absolutely no idea what to expect.
I was hesitant about this book through the first few chapters. While I understood why the characters were the way they were, I didn’t fully connect with them and I didn’t really get their relationship. Zack was a borderline character for me because there were a lot of things that I didn’t like about him especially in the beginning. And this is totally understandable because of the accident, but while his character evolved, some of the traits stayed with him, and there were a couple of comments he made that I thought were rude and unnecessary. Now I did say he was a borderline character and that is because I really liked his relationship with Ben and eventually Kate. And again with Kate, I didn’t connect with her. I couldn’t really feel for her and her situation and it didn’t change as the book went on. I did enjoy her talkative and dorky personality, but overall, I found Kate a little dull.
The chemistry between the two characters wasn’t really electric to me. There was obvious attraction and passion, but aside from the bedroom, I don’t feel like their connection as strong as it should have been especially since most of the plot was about their relationship.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this book. I really wanted to love it, but it fell short of the expectations I had for it. I did enjoy Ryker’s character so I probably will read the next book. In conclusion, I would read this book if you are really into the series, but I don’t think it will be a huge loss if you skipped it.