Welcome to the Blog Tour of Alex (A Cold Fury Hockey Series) by Sawyer Bennett! I am so thrilled that I am participating in this blog tour – You can find the rest of the Tour Schedule here.
Alex (Cold Fury Hockey Series) – Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: 14th October 2014
Publisher: Random House – Loveswept
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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.
This is my first novel I’ve read about Ice Hockey players and this did not disappoint me one bit! The story between Alex and Sutton (I did kept thinking I was reading a nickname or last name…) was quite sweet. Alex who is the team’s MVP (Most Valuable Prick) is being put on the spot by the management – he is a superb hockey player but he is basically a prick. To remedy that they send him on a mission to do a Drug-Abuse awareness programme where he gets in contact with Sutton – who intrigues him from the start. I like it that their romance first started off as friends, getting to know each other, before diving head first in everything. Alex is quite gentleman like with his courtship whilst not really sure, or rather denying, that he might feel ‘more’ for Sutton.
Sutton and Alex basically had roughly the same upbringing, very violent with abusive parents. Where Sutton turned that into a positive turn (a bit sickly sweet sometimes with her little brother) Alex decided to use it to be forever a prick whilst playing a game he hates. Sutton brings the passion back in his life by not even knowing who he is or knowing nothing about hockey – this was good for me as I don’t know anything about ice hockey myself so it felt for me that I was experiencing this journey together with Sutton.
I like Garrett in this book as well, the very first person who can prick straight through Alex’s skin and looks out for him a bit as well. But Alex’s attitude changes loads towards his team mates thanks to Sutton – Sutton has such a positive influence on him that he doesn’t know really what to do with that. He worries, he also worries about his dad who keeps putting negative thoughts in his head about his game – how superb that was or not. But then Alex does the most stupidest thing ever on the planet right towards the end! It felt a little bit unnecessary, but then the make-up scene in the training area soooooooo made up for that!! I loved that, it made me grin and smile!
I can highly recommend this book to everyone who loves an Ice-Hockey Contemporary Romance – love the romantic Alex and the down to earth Sutton.
Sawyer Bennett is definitely on my list of authors who I would read more books from!