Cold Fury Hockey # 1
By: Sawyer Bennett
Releasing October 14th, 2014
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.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21794306-alex?ac=1
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/125350-cold-fury-hockey
* A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley for the Blog Tour *
~~ 3.5 ” MVP Cold Fury” Stars ~~
I have read many books by Sawyer Bennett and I have enjoyed everyone of them, some more than others, and this was no different. I am a sucker for the sports themed books, especially Hockey Themed stories. So I was so excited when I saw Sawyer was creating a Hockey based series and couldn’t wait to read this book. I did really enjoy this story and I loved the Hockey aspect of it, but for some reason I didn’t LOVE it, it feel short for some reason and I really can’t tell you why. I just felt like something was missing. I think the biggest thing was that I couldn’t connect with Alex that well. I loved Sutton (what an amazing and unique name), and I connected to her, but for some reason Alex was missing something. Now don’t get me wrong this was a great storyline and I liked how Sawyer tackled some really serious subjects. (Abuse and Alcoholism) I also liked that she gave the reader the chance to believe that if you try hard enough you can make something better out of your bad situation and that your past doesn’t have to dictate your future. I will say that at times I got a little lost/confused because she would switch between past and present without any really warning or segue.
Alex and Sutton actually had quite a bit in common. They both struggled in their childhoods. Sutton had a dad who was addicted to heroin and was an abuser. Alex had a dad who was an alcoholic and an abuser. You would think that this would draw these two even closer, but for some reason it actually divided them. A lot of it had to do with how they handled it as they got older. Sutton’s family life changed once her and her mom leave her dad and eventually meet Jim and create a new family life. Being that she was raised in that type of environment, Sutton knew she wanted to help other kids like her and chose to be a drug counselor for at risk teens. Alex on the other hand had it drilled into him from a young age that he was going to be a hockey player and a darn good one too. Which leads him to going pro, but ultimately hating the sport, which in turn turns him into a pr*ck. Now normally I don’t mind the a$$holish type Hero, but Alex just pushed it to far at times and I had a hard time looking past it as the book went on. What I did like about their relationship was that the little side drama that was added (Brandon and Cassie) was pretty short lived and always nipped in the bud before it started. Truly the main source of drama in this story was caused by Alex himself. He was his own worst enemy and let his head get in the way of things.
I loved Sutton’s family (Jim, Penny and Glenn) they were such a great support and shows that even with a bad start Penny and Sutton turned out okay. I also loved Garrett (another member of the hockey team) I loved that he saw past Alex’s surly side and broke down his walls. Garrett is a womanizer, but he had some finesse about him that made you swoon. I really hope he gets a book in this series.
Now just because this wasn’t one of my favorites by Sawyer, I would still recommend it to anyone who is a hockey fan and a Sawyer fan, because what bugged me about the book may not cause another reader problems. I will also continue on with this series, because I really do enjoy Sawyer’s books.
USA Today bestselling 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. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three 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.