Expected Publication Date: October 14, 2014
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.
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Alex is my second novel written by Sawyer Bennett. I have only read Legal Affairs which is a contemporary while Alex I believe is still borderline New Adult genre. I really liked Legal Affairs and I like NA so I am excited to read this. Probably it is my high expectations that somehow Alex fall just a little flat for my taste. Don't get me wrong, Alex is hot and all the people who love Sawyer Bennett's trademark of Hero Assholeness is there. :D It's probably just my own personal taste.
Alex Crossman is a star player of a hockey team (a game I knew nothing about so pls. pardon me, maybe this is also one of the reason this one is kind of lukewarm for me). He's really got his game going and the MVP (Most Valuable Player / Prick of his team. He's utterly gorgeous but he needed to clean up his act otherwise it was bench for him for the whole season. On Alex's defense, he's got some issues why he was acting this way and it's because of a difficult childhood and abusive father while growing up.
Alex's coach and team owner decided to clean up his act by arranging for Alex to be a spokesperson for a project about fighting Drug Addiction and this is how he meet the lovely Sutton.
Sutton is a knock out redhead and she was a counselor that helped teenagers fight drug addiction. She doesn't know anything about Alex or Hockey at all, so it is refreshing for Alex to meet somebody who doesn't swoon and not on his beck and call because of his fame and fortune. As they continue to work together, Alex and Sutton can't deny the strong attraction they felt for each other.
Sutton make everything better for Alex. slowly making him fall in love not only with life but with the game that Alex has learned to hate, but Alex felt he got a lot on his plate and got more than he could chew, and so he had to let Sutton go. Kind of lame for me but it is kind of romantic and yes, cheesy, when Alex made all his effort to win Sutton back.
A solid 3.5 stars for me. I recommend this novel to all hockey fanatics and those who love a good New Adult genre.