Monday, October 6, 2014

Review of Alex (Cold Fury #1) by Sawyer Bennett


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.

Leia's Review: 

Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver. Alex is no different. 

I read this book straight through in one sitting, and loved every minute of it. What Ilove about Sawyer’s books is that they are never heavy on unneeded angst and outside drama. Just like with Alex and Sutton – I respected them and their decisions. Regardless of whether I agreed with them all of the time, I still knew where they were coming from. 

Alex Crossman is the #1 NHL player. He is excellent at what he does. He is also a hugeass. He doesn’t care about his game. He doesn’t care about his teammates. He doesn’t care about anything really. Hockey is a means to an end. His father and his childhood shaped him into the man he has become. Being emotionless is easier than dealing with the demons he’s had locked away for years. But, his head coach thinks differently. So he is assigned to do community service in the form of becoming the new spokesperson for an anti-drug campaign within the community. 

Sutton Price has worked hard to overcome her past. Being raised with a drug addicted father spurred her to become a drug counselor for the county she lives in. Her passion, however, is helping the youth. Imagine her excitement when she gets the chance to lead a new anti-drug campaign for the youth! And to top it all off, she has the backing of a local hockey team – not that she knows anything about hockey, but who cares as long as it gets the word out. 

Alex and Sutton immediately hit it off. Sutton challenges Alex. She makes him start…caring again. As their relationship starts growing into something more….personal, Alex starts changing. But breaking free of the lessons that have been drilled into you for a lifetime is easier said than done. And when the past starts to surface for Sutton and Alex, things become harder to deal with. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies anymore – do they have it in them to make it through the storm? 

I loved, loved, loved Sutton. Honestly – she was so understanding and completely drama free. 
Even though Alex has his faults, he was completely swoon-worthy. The characters were well rounded and the story was so well written that I immersed myself in their world and didn’t want to crawl out. And Alex was super sexy. I mean, their times together were just…. hot . Whew - *fans self*

Overall, this book was great. I supremely enjoyed it, as I do with all of Sawyer Bennett’s books. And I am looking so forward to Garrett’s story! 

4.5 Stars 

ARC was kindly provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

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