Cold Fury Hockey Series
Released October 14, 2014
Published by LoveSwept (Random House)
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.
About the Author
USA Today 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.
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My Thoughts: I love Sawyer Bennett's novels and when I saw the Cover of Alex......let's just say I was sold and would have read it based on that. Seems shallow I know, but OMG look at it. I seem to also have a thing for books about hockey players. Sawyer Bennett writes the most amazing Alpha male characters in her books, something she does yet again in Alex. Although he initially comes off as a big jerk, he has his reasons that have made him that way, not that it excuses his behavior, it just helps you understand it. He is also "painfully honest," something you'll come to appreciate as you read the book. The powers that be have set some stiff requirements for him, not leaving him much choice but to shape up or sit down on the bench. This is how he meets Sutton Price. Sutton is a counselor who works with addicts and despite her own sordid past, is excellent at what she does. She also isn't rattled at all by Alex's attitude, giving as good as she gets, despite the fact that she is blown away by his hotness and the chemistry they share. Their assignment is to work on a project together revolving around drug-abuse awareness. Alex has never needed a female in his life. He is pretty much a big a** to them so he is more than surprised by how attracted he is to Alex. One thing leads to another and these two just can't deny their feelings or their attraction, but will Alex's past and his reluctance to deal with it or let anyone it destroy it all in the end?
Sutton is an amazing female lead in this novel. You can't help but love her. She doesn't come from a lot of money and doesn't expect a lot, having had a very hard childhood. I loved her family also. Her mom, step-dad and especially her 11-year-old brother, Glenn, added so much to the book. The love they shared, despite the past, was precious. I also loved watching the person Alex becomes when around her and as their relationship develops. Not to mention that the romance is sexy and fan-your-face hot to boot. Alex's dad was a jerk, and when things seem to get too serious, he finds himself torn and must finally face his past head on, or run from it. One of the other wonderful characters in the book is Garrett, Alex's fellow hockey player and he is just awesome and I am dying to read his book coming on in February 2015. If you love contemporary romance, hot sexy alpha male hockey players, and a downright great story, then Alex is a book you will definitely want to check out.