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

Alex

Holy Hockey Pucks – Alex is HOT!  

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 301 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

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.

 

YAY – Double Review!

 

Mindy’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Alex Crossman is known to the world as the MVP of the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team. And when I say MVP I mean “Most Valuable Prick”, but that doesn’t mean much when he is also the best hockey player on the ice. He gets his job done, but management is not amused and wants him to clean up his reputation with himself and his fans. Alex must participate in community service or be benched for the season. His past makes him hate the one and only thing that he is good at, but can a stunning fireball of a red head make him change his ways?

Sutton Price is used to dealing with complicated people as she is a counselor at a rehab facility. She has been assigned to work with Alex Crossman to design a drug-abuse awareness program for kids. Not knowing a thing about hockey or even who Alex is makes for a very interesting first meeting. Sutton also coming from an abusive background knows how to stand tall and not let her past dictate her future. Too bad the man in front of her can’t seem to understand that. However, spending personal time with Alex might just be what rubs the good vibes onto his image and his game.

I really enjoyed reading this story. I have found that I really like reading sport themed stories. The storyline is definitely not for the faint of heart as we watch them deal with personal abuse from their past and how to deal with it and lead the life that you want. The way the author handled the situations was very powerful and courageous. Alex is a mess in his personal life but at his best in his professional life. Being an arrogant, cocky star will get you nowhere with Sutton fast, no matter how HOT you are. The chemistry between the two will have you cheering one on and wanting to yell at the other. When Sutton shows her true self and what she has come from, Alex finds himself enjoying playing the game again, hanging out with his teammates and actually being nice to people. However to overcome your past you must deal with it head on.

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great romance story about overcoming your past and learn to enjoy living with who you are and not what you were molded into.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: I had to laugh when Sutton goes to her first hockey game and she has to sit by not only a seasoned fan but one that has no filter. Yes, this will definitely have you laughing out loud.

My Favorite Moment: I really love how Sutton takes charge of this arrogant man. When she wants something she will stop at nothing to get it accomplished.

“That’s not dirty talk,” I tell him as I give him a squeeze. “That’s what I’m telling you is going to happen.” 

Mindy 4 Star

  

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Alex, Most Valuable Prick, knows he’s an awesome player. He just doesn’t care. His father turned him into the player he is today, but he’s also the reason he hates the game. A hockey star who hates playing hockey – it’s kind of sad.

Sutton is a counselor at a rehab facility and just got handed the opportunity of a lifetime, working with Alex on a drug awareness campaign for kids. That is until she meets Alex and realizes he has issues and she’s not sure if she likes him or hates him.

Forced to work with a woman he finds sexy as hell, Alex notices he’s changing. He’s starting to enjoy hockey, he’s not such an ass all the time, and it’s all pointing to Sutton as the reason. He knows he should stay away from her, but he’s a selfish bastard and nothing can keep him away.

Sutton hadn’t expected to fall for Alex. Nor did she expect for it to happen so quickly. But no matter what shields he puts up, she’s determined to break them down one at a time, because if she knows anything it’s how to rise above a broken parent.

Alex is a heartwarming story filled with an unlikely connection, saddened pasts, and sex so hot it’ll warm the air around you. I enjoyed the book, the only downside was that there was so much focus on their messed up childhoods. It kind of popped my happy balloon.

My Favorite Moment: Alex and his boards. I enjoyed the sweetness along with the humor…even if the humor was directed at Garrett.

Jenn 4 Heart

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