Series: Cold Fury Hockey #1
Published by Loveswept on October 14th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Cris Dukehart, Graham Halstead
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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