Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Alex (Cold Fury, #1) by Sawyer Bennett ~ Review & Giveaway

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Cold Fury Hockey Series
New Adult Contemporary
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 fa├žade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.


I love that bad boy and Alex can be that.  He's a cranky pants for sure.  A professional hockey player who is so good at what he does but hates the game?  Yeah, he's that too.  But he has his reasons.  And his attitude isn't going to change.  Well, until Sutton gets hold of him.

These two are clearly drawn by chemistry.  It's clear where they're going and Alex isn't even resisting.  Sutton puts up a minor fight.  Her ex-boyfriend comes back in the picture to make things interesting.  I think mostly as a contrast for her attraction to Alex.  What I loved about them together was the honesty.  Alex is painfully honest.

What I loved about Sutton was her ability to take what Alex gave her.  Maybe it was the counselor in her but she didn't put up with his attitude and always had a comment that made him think.  She made him better and I loved that about her.

While the plot is somewhat predictable, I enjoyed watching it unfold.  I loved how Sutton got to Alex.  How small changes in him popped up just from spending time with her.  I loved how he treated her family.  And I enjoyed the hockey.  While I am a football girl, any sports in books make me happy.  And what is it about a hockey player that just screams "throw me up against the glass and let's do this thing".

This author does a good job with bad boys and hot scenes.  These two definitely know how to bring the pleasure to each other.  Some of the pages were smokin' hot.

Fans of Sawyer Bennett and perhaps Abbi Glines books will enjoy this one.


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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  1. This sounds like a good one, and I love hockey so thats a plus! Gotta check this one out. Great review!

  2. Reading this one now. Great Review!