Author: Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #1
Release Date: October 14, 2014
My Rating: 5 Stars!
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.
Sawyer Bennett keeps winning my heart with her books, and Alex is no exception. I'll be upfront, up until this book I had taken a hiatus from sports related books, for the most part. I thought I had read them all. Boy was I wrong. Only because this book is SO much more than that. This book holds humor, love, and a story line that will captivate you from beginning to end.
Alex is a world class jerk. He knows it, his fans know it, his teammates know it. Everyone. Yet, even from page 1 there was something about his character that drew me to him. I didn't think he was a total loss. Certain characteristics I learned from being in his head eluded to there being much more of this hunky hockey star than to be believed. Enter Sutton Price. I'm convinced she has magic powers. When her and Alex are teamed up on a drug abuse awareness program all bets are off. She is literally what heroines aspire to be. A tough, no holds barred badass, with a heart made of gold. She may have come from a tough background, and still deals with her problematic father, but she holds herself and others to standards that we all should. Thus, why Alex gets away with nothing in her presence. He's finally gifted with someone who just wants him, not the star hockey player, and who can accept him faults and all without trying to change him. That in and of itself allows Alex to let down the guard he holds so tightly. And while they both bring something to each other's world, along with the hot sex, they find themselves falling deeper than they ever intended.
This book is simply fabulous. Alex revealed his true self to everyone, made peace with the past. And while it seems that Sutton did all the teaching, Alex actually had a few moments of his own, bringing Sutton out of her shell, and into the limelight. I really couldn't handle the two of them together. It was so incredibly adorable I just wanted to girly scream. The perfect blend of sweet, sexy, and seduction. Sutton and Alex are one of those couples that's a true forever match. It was probably within the first few chapters that they just clicked. And while my heart may have been shattered at one point during this book, I picked it back up and enjoyed every single page. I will say that along with the humor and romance, this book also brings home a very strong subject matter. Flawlessly the author has woven in a depth most books don't reach. End of story - this is an absolute must read for me!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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