Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog Tour Giveaway & Review: Alex by Sawyer Bennett

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.

My Review:

Hockey Players and Romance. Score! Though I wouldn't call myself a sports fan in general there is just something about a good sports romance that just calls to me. Alex was no different.

Alex kicks off a new series, about the Cold Fury Hockey team. This book introduces us to not only Alex and Sutton, but also other members of the hockey team.

Alex has had a hard life and he feels stuck in a position he doesn't really want to be in, but he also feels trapped because he doesn't know how to do anything else. When his team lays down the law and basically tells him to Fly Right or Get out, he has some serious thinking to do. Forced into the sport by his abusive father, Alex no longer takes pleasure in it.

He's forced to team up with Sutton on an image cleaning project, and at first very very negative about this enforcement. That is of course until he meets Sutton. Suttons starts him to thinking about things in a different light and finally he can see a bit of fun in the sport he's come to hate.

Sutton, having dealt with her own familial issues and come to grips with them, sees that hiding inside Alex is an underlying Good hearted man. But Sutton is worried about crossing a line and causing problems with the good deed she's trying to do, helping at-risk children who are in the same bad position she has been in and Alex too. She wants her "kids" to pull out and make something of themselves instead of falling back on bad habits that have been ingrained in them.

I loved Alex, he was brash, honest to a fault, and dedicated. Watching as he works through things himself with gentle pushes and comes to learn more about his identity and what Hockey is to him was wonderful. Yes, Alex is the "bad boy of Hockey" but he's not a BAD guy, he's just been through a lot and hasn't opened up to let anyone understand him. Sutton is such a fun character too, because while she is afraid, she's also doesn't let that hold her back. She doesn't falter or run away when things get a little tough, on both a professional or personal level.

Alex was a wonderful introduction to what I can tell is going to be a Steamy Sports romance series. I loved that Alex brings to light some heavy things, while also keeping you firmly rooted in the developing relationship between Alex and Sutton. I can't wait for more of the Cold Fury.

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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