Audio Review: Alex by Sawyer Bennett

Audio Review: Alex by Sawyer BennettAlex by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #1
Published by Loveswept on October 14th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Cris Dukehart, Graham Halstead
Source: Library

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 facade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.

Sometimes it’s so difficult to pick out my next read. I’m such a mood reader, and it’s hard, sometimes, to find the right book for whatever mood I’m in. I picked up Alex by Sawyer Bennett because it was available from Hoopla, and I had a vague memory that others liked this author. Almost immediately I was addicted to this story, and I couldn’t put Alex by Sawyer Bennett down!

While I do enjoy a bad boy hero, usually I have a super soft spot of the nice guy hero. But every once in awhile I come across a Bad Boy hero that I fall for immediately, and that is definitely Alex. Alex starts off as kind of an ass. He excels at hockey, and is playing professionally, but he hates the sport, and has absolutely no joy in it, even when he makes amazing plays. It’s understandable why Alex hates hockey so much, given his past, but it doesn’t really excuse his piss pore attitude. When his hockey team attempts to improve their star player’s image, he meets Sutton. Even when Alex acts like such a jerk (moreso in the beginning of the novel) I couldn’t help but love him. It’s so easy to see how much he just wants to be loved by someone.

Sutton is a social worker, and she is devoted to her job. Sutton is just such a nice woman, and I loved her immediately. While her job takes so much of her time, and she doesn’t make a lot of money doing it, she loves that she is able to help people. She is especially passionate about helping those with drug problems. Sutton and Alex’s first meeting was AMAZING! Like seriously, I was giggling so much.

It was just so wonderful to see Sutton and Alex slowly get to know each other and then start dating each other. Alex starts explaining hockey to Sutton, who doesn’t know anything, and by doing so he rediscovers a love for the game, and it’s amazing. But, of course, things do happen. There does have to be a conflict. I cannot tell you how hard I was shipping these two. I mean, for real, people! Sutton and Alex NEEDED TO BE TOGETHER FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES!

The audiobook was fantastic, and I absolutely loved the narrators, Graham Halstead for Alex’s POV chapters, and Cris Dukehart for Sutton’s POV chapters. I finished the audiobook so quickly because I just couldn’t stop. I had to find out what would happen next. So, if you are a sport romance lover, or a contemporary romance lover, you absolutely have to read Alex!


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18 Responses to “Audio Review: Alex by Sawyer Bennett”

  1. Nick

    I’m glad you loved this one! I really loved reading this one as well and I definitely shipped Sutton & Alex! They were hot together and I thought their emotional connection was great. I really need to catch up on the rest of the books in this series.
    Lovely review, Quinn!

  2. Lover Of Romance

    oh wow…so glad you loved this one. I do like this author but haven’t picked up this series yet. I love couples that you just know they need to be together.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Oh I definitely want this one! Like you I’m normally a fan of the nice guy but every so often I stumble across a bad boy who is just the right combination of bad and redeemable. It’s been awhile since I read one but this definitely sounds like a good one. Plus I love the hockey player angle. I’m definitely adding Alex to my TBR. It sounds awesome!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Yes, you HAVE to read this, Katherine. I liked it so much. And I think you will like Alex. He’s definitely redeemable. And Sutton is adorable. And the Hockey aspect is hot.

  4. Sophia Rose

    I read this one a while back and enjoyed it too. Yeah, he was something in the early part of the book, but got it together. I still need to go back and finish the series though I might skip a few books that didn’t appeal.

  5. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    Ooh so curious about this now, since you loved it. Even though I’m not very into sport or contemporary romance, but Alex does sound yummy. I guess that cover helps too LOL. I hope you’ll love the other books by the author just as much!

  6. kimbacaffeinate

    Quinn this is the second review for Bennett I have come across today and wow..I need to grab an audio and listen. The other review was for Friction..not sure if it is the same series. I am added both though to my audio wishlist!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      The audiobook is EXCELLENT! I haven’t read anything else by Sawyer Bennett, but I want to. I think Friction might be from another series. I think most of this series, the titles are the heroes names.

  7. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Okay I may have to give this series another go. I did not enjoy the last book that came out in it so had pushed the others way down my list but it does sound like a good start to things and I do tend to like hers. That’s awesome he found his love of it again through teaching her about it 🙂

  8. Cris Dukehart

    OhmyGOODNESS, Quinn! I just found this lovely review of Sawyer Bennett’s Alex and it positively MADE MY WHOLE DARN NIGHT!

    Alex and Sutton absolutely captivated ME from the start… Every single time word comes that there’s a new Cold Fury book on its way to me I go silly with squeeeee! It’s such an easy and fun series to work on!

    And that Graham Halstead… SUCH a great guy and talent… And pshew does that guy have some PIPES!

    SO pleased you enjoyed this first book, and hope you’ve found the other books just as fabulous!
    Thanks so much!

    Cris Dukehart

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