Review & Giveaway: ALEX by Sawyer Bennett

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*Sawyer is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for an Alex Crossman/ Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Jersey

AlexTitle: Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: October 14, 2014 (from Loveswept)
Buy Links: AmazonB & N | iTunes | Kobo

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. add-to-goodreads-button

My Review:

This is only the second book of Sawyer Bennett that I’ve read, the other one being her serial, Legal Affairs. And even though I found that the two do not have the same writing style, I still found both  books to be enjoyable reads and I still love how she writes romance.

 

What worked for me?

I really, really liked Alex and Sutton, how they met, how they came together, how they were so conflicted about where their feelings were going to take them.

Alex is an infamous hockey player who’s been dubbed MVP or Most Valuable Pr*ck because he could care less about anything else: not the victory, not the team, not the fans, not the fame. The thing is, he’s not so fond of the game at all (and that’s me putting it lightly). He plays hockey because he thinks he can do this the best and he needs to save up all that he can for that time when he can no longer play. Sutton works at a facility that provides help and counseling for people suffering from addiction and her passion is helping at-risk youth. Because as it turns out, she knows first-hand what addiction can do to a person and to those closest to him or her. When Alex makes the juxtaposition of how different their worldviews are despite the fact that both he and Sutton underwent horrible experiences when they were growing up: he became cynical while she became something good, I loved that they were able to talk about this stuff and were able to rise above it in the end.

I also love that the author did not stop the story when the two finally got together. Sawyer Bennett explored their relationship more and delved into the subtle conflicts that they both had. I found this direction refreshing and realistic because I guess in real life you don’t magically lose or erase your faults or your emotional baggage just because you become involved with someone else. And so it was more satisfying to read when the real and honest commitment happens.

 

What did not work for me?

There were a few scenes where I wanted to shake the characters in frustration but then I realize that I can accept these mistakes from them because the mistakes make them seem more real and therefore more accessible.

 

One of my favorites quotes (from my eARC)

“You should have seen your face, Alex,” she murmurs into the phone. “After you scored that goal. It looked like the sun had just risen for you.”

Her words punch me in the gut and my chest constricts. That’s exactly how it felt: like a brand new sunrise, and I know exactly what my face reflected. That she understood that… that she got me. That’s what punched me in the gut.

 

My over-all take on it?

I wanted Alex and Sutton to get their happy ending and while I am happy they did, I was also glad to have journeyed with them as they went about making mistakes, accepting each other’s faults, letting their emotions fill the gaps in their lives. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out. More, Sawyer Bennett. More, please.

 

My rating:

 4 stars

 

DisclaimerI received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange  for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.

 

About the Author:

Sawyer BennettUSA 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.

Connect with Sawyer Bennett:

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*Sawyer is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for an Alex Crossman/ Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Jersey

 

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