Series: Cold Fury Hockey #1
Published by: Loveswept on October 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports & Games
Source: The Publisher
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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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Garrett, Zack, Ryker, Hawke
Also by this author: Off Chance, Forever Young, If I Return, On the Rocks, Mitigation, Reparation, Affirmation, Make it a Double, Confessions of a Litigation God, Sugar on the Edge, With a Twist, Garrett, Shaken, Not Stirred, Clash, Grind, Yield, Zack, Wicked Fall, Ryker, Friction, Hawke
One Line: Bennett makes me love those Hockey boys!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Yay! Another Bennett book that I thoroughly enjoyed. She never fails to deliver an exceptional romance story between two alluring characters. You’ve got yourself a rough-around-the-edges guy with a troubled past and a strong, independent girl with an equally troubled past who happen to fall in love. Bennett did a great job with explaining each character’s story and creating their personalities. Of course, these two have amazing chemistry and their romance is quite addicting, but they also have a great sense of compatibility overall. I love it when that happens.
Sutton is such a great female character. I loved how passionate she was about her career. I also loved how, despite the craziness of her past, she used it in a positive and inspirational way, fueling her passion. Alex definitely needed someone like Sutton in his life, considering how he grew up and how he responded to it. Sutton was so nice, compassionate, and patient – the perfect balance to Alex’s personality. She definitely didn’t take any of his crap and went toe to toe with him on all accounts, which I appreciated. It was so refreshing. I also adored her family dynamic and especially her little brother.
Alex takes a bit to warm up to. He definitely has the “hard-ass jerk” act down pact, but with good reason. Given how he grew up, I understood it completely. I also understood why he lost his love of the game, despite being very talented. For the most part, the jerkiness that Alex is known for doesn’t affect their relationship as much as I had expected, and I liked that because it showed how much Sutton affected him and how differently he viewed her. He did have his moments, especially towards the end, but the way he makes up for it was pretty fun to watch.
Alex is a great story for all romance or NA fans. The hockey aspect was flawlessly incorporated into the story and I loved learning a bit about the sport myself. It was so funny and cute seeing Sutton learn about it, too. I’m excited to give Garrett’s story a try next.