Alex by Sawyer Bennett
(Cold Fury Hockey #1)
Date of Publishing: October 14th, 2014
Publisher: LoveSwept (Random House)
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★
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.
I have seen the cover for Alex more times than I can count—it was made me pick up the book anyway—and this is me. Even now.
No, really. It’s not even funny how accurate this picture is.
Sutton Price is just…something else entirely. The girl could be a saint! She’s dealt with drug abuse and it’s consequences and at 22 years old, she works at a Drug Crisis Centre and she’s used to dealing with stubborn, defiant, difficult people.
But no experience in the world could have prepared her for Alexander Crossman.
Alex Crossman is a Canadian hockey player—one of the best hockey players in the world, but here’s the catch; he hates hockey. Loathes hockey with a passion I’ve never seen in a sportsman and the only reason he continues playing it is because he knows nothing else.
Alex is…pfft. He’s really mean and cruel and kind of a jerk to everyone for no apparent reason. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Alex is an asshole. But there’s also a small part of me that feels really sorry for him, because what he’s been through? I wouldn’t that for anyone. I can understand why he is the way that he is. But it’s like sometimes he behaves cruelly intentionally to cause hurt.
But again, there’s also this:
“…I like Sutton Price. I like her a lot and for probably a million other reasons. I probably like her most for the fact that she is getting me to re-evaluate the way I look at things.”
And there’s also this:
“I can’t let you go. I don’t want to hurt you, but I don’t want to be without you either.”
Alex is written in a dual POV, which is something I’m starting to believe that Miss B is really good at. There’s something called a transition—where you shift from POV A to POV B but it still feels/reads like you’re in POV A. This is something that I really fucking hate—but I’ve got nothing to worry about so that’s a huge-ass relief!
And now the part—the only part—I disliked about this book: The Dreaded Misunderstanding. Every book has it, it’s got to be resolved in order to pave the way for the I love you’s but in Alex, I didn’t like this part one bit. Not at all, no sir-re. No matter what, I though Alex was smarter than this.
I haven’t made the big reveal of who or what exactly Alex’s past is, because that’d be a big, fat spoiler, but Alex. Listen to me, my friend. You are NOT to listen to aforementioned spoiler. You are to think for yourself, no matter how much you may love aforementioned spoiler.
The epilogue was just…there are no words. NO. WORDS. You have to see for yourself.
Alex is my second Sawyer Bennett book and vastly different from what I’ve read by her before. And boy, am I so fucking glad I picked up this one. She has a writing style that keeps you hooked and addicted and right there with the characters. You feel like a part of their lives and for almost the whole duration of the book, Alex and Sutton’s problems were my own. It was incredible!
An absolute must-read for lovers of the schmexy 😀
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About the Author
Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.