I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Random House Publishing Group on 2014-10-14
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett scores big-time with the first novel in a sexy new series hot enough to melt the ice. 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. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Awhile back I was part of the cover reveal for Alex, and since Hockey is totally my thing? I was jumping up and down when I received my eARC from Netgalley! This being my first book by Sawyer Bennett, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I have to admit that I started out skeptical. For the first few chapters, Alex had ZERO redeeming factors and was a big jerk-face. Luckily? It didn’t last long, and as we learned his backstory it was even somewhat understandable. As I dove into this book, I grew to love Alex for all that he had overcome and his exceptional character growth throughout the book. Sutton was a fantastic leading lady as well! Not only has she overcome some amazing things in her life, but she helps others to overcome the same struggles! (Being the child/loved one of an addict is NEVER easy, and this book brings many of those issues to light. In fact, I have to give Sawyer Bennett huge kudos for writing such a tough topic and putting all the facts out there. The writing in “Alex” is strong, the plot is absolutely fantastic, and it’s even a great introduction to those with limited hockey knowledge! As I was nearing the end I found myself anxiously hoping that there will be a second book, and it really sounds like there will be!! With lots of emotion, some incredibly steamy scenes and lots of hockey? This book is a win for fans of sports romance!