Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.
As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people—like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries—and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this story from NetGalley for an honest review.
Typically when I write a review I share what I loved about a story as well as anything I didn't love. Alex: Cold Fury Hockey #1 by Sawyer Bennett was a 5 star read for me so I thought I'd try something a little different. Here are 5 reasons I loved Alex and I think you will to:
1. Alex Crossman - The MVP of Carolina Cold Fury hockey team, otherwise known as Most Valuable Prick, is in turns infuriating and heartbreaking. The amount of self-doubt that author Sawyer Bennett infuses in the character helped me quickly connect with the hero even when I wanted to smack him upside the head.
2. Sutton Price - Beautiful inside and out, Sutton let her dark past define her in the best way possible by becoming a counselor out to help those in need. When forced to babysit Alex on her passion project for at risk youth, Sutton not only refuses to tolerate Alex's horrible attitude but calls him on every bad behavior he displays. Sutton is no damsel in distress and I love that she actually becomes the knight in shining armor for Alex.
3. Hockey - I married a Michigan boy who took me to hockey game for one of our first dates. I was hooked in the first 10 minutes. Sawyer Bennett captures the excitement and energy of the sport and had me looking for tickets to a live game.
4. North Carolina - That Michigan boy I mentioned? Well I met him in North Carolina at college. Bennett sets a great scene and I found myself grabbing my husband and pointing out scenes going "I think we went there." I really felt like I was back walking around Raleigh.
5. New Series - Alex has well-developed, fully dimensional characters, steamy heat between the leads, a meaningful plot about acceptance and forgiveness, and one hell of a happy ending. If this is the way Sawyer Bennett starts off a new series count me in for the rest of the books.