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.
Zack is, without a doubt, one of my favorite reads of 2016. Though it’s only the beginning of May (or mid-May once this posts) I have no doubt that Zack will still be one of my favorite reads at the end of 2016. It was so heartbreaking and beautiful, both emotionally draining and intoxicating. All I can say is…..my heart. My poor, fragile, broken into small little pieces, heart.
I fell in love with Zack’s story from page one. Hell, from the first word. I loved everything about it; the writing, the characters, the emotions, hell…I even loved it when Zack was putting the ass in class. I don’t cry very often during books, but I was an emotional WRECK throughout this whole thing. Seriously, I do not know how I survived this book.
Most of all, I LOVED Kate. Like, seriously, I wanted to kidnap Kate and lock her in my house to spend eternity with me. Kate is one of the best females leads in a book that I have ever read about. Kudos to Bennett for being able to write such a strong, funny, powerful, and understanding female lead. I have mad respect for her right now.
There were a few times that I wanted to punch Zack in his perfect face, but my emotional trauma for him outweighed any hate that I might have been feeling. Yes, there were times that Zack was the biggest asshole on the entire universe, but I felt so bad for him. I kind of wish that there would have been a more emotional scene with him. For instance, I would have liked to see Zack break down into tears maybe once. That would have made for a really emotional scene. Seriously, though, this book is jampacked with heartache.
One thing that I would have changed was the short time between Gina’s death and when Zack hooked up with Kate. Five months didn’t seem long enough to grieve. I’m sure that Zack continued to grieve after he finalized things with Kate, but I felt more time was needed. Maybe the storyline would have been more successful had it been like a year or so after Gina’s death. It’s not something that took away from the book, but it is something that I raised my eyes at quite a few times during reading it.
Another thing that slightly bothered me (and slight spoiler here,) but we didn’t get to read about the big “I love you” scene. It’s mentioned in the epilogue, but it’s not actually written into the story. Personally, I would have enjoyed reading that scene, and I felt hugely disappointed and let down that it was taken away from me.
Zack is, by far, my favorite book in the Cold Fury Hockey series. I still have two more books in this series to read, but I highly doubt I’ll love any of the books as much as this one. I read it in less than 24 hours, which is something I just never can accomplish. I’m grieving right now, because I’m really sad it’s over, but I’m highly anticipating the next two books in this series.
If my review doesn’t get my message across, then let me make it more simple. GO READ THIS ENTIRE SERIES RIGHT NOW. Seriously, just go buy the whole series STAT!
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Rating: [rating: 5]