Series: Cold Fury Hockey #1
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 224
Published: Loveswept, 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.
Well, here’s a sport I know I’m interested in now. I like to watch all sports really, and I do like variety in my romances, so here we go. Hockey players make good heroes? We’ll see. But I can say they had a pretty good start with Alex.
Despite the fact that this book surprised me with its fist person point of view, I found that it actually suited the story well. I’m not a big fan of this kind of narration in general, but when done right, it can help a lot in getting to know the characters well. And since the book dealt with a delicate matter like addiction through some side characters, I think it was the right choice to let Alex and Sutton voice their own feelings themselves. Besides, I think it’d be fun to read a series with heroes and heroines talking right at us, don’t you think?
As much it got me interested in hockey-and even first person view- this book also impressed me with its plot. The sports, we get through Alex and his team dynamics, but the stuff about addiction and the hardships it causes to those involved, we get through both Alex and Sutton. And it wasn’t used lightly too. The subplots involving the drug abuse issue were important for the plot in general, and they were handled carefully and nicely. I don’t want to give much away since they contribute to Alex and Sutton’s story, but the only complaint I’d have would be the way Alex finalized things with his dad in the end. Everything concerning their problems-both Sutton’s and Alex’s- were dealt with so nicely so far that I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed because I felt as if some things were swept under the rug. It wasn’t a game changer, but I thought the author came so far building the tension, yet fell short in delivering a satisfying conclusion.
But of course, this has nothing to do with Alex and Sutton’s relationship, because I really liked the pace the author chose for them. Not once did I feel rushed, and the balance in both their friendship and romance was just right. I was already in their head all the time so I knew where they were coming from when they did things otherwise I’d disapprove, but then again, their subject matter was a tough one that they could be given time for fixing things.
The two of them were also pretty damn hot together. I liked the level of sexy in this book very much, in bed, in other people’s bathrooms, in hotel rooms, you get the idea.
So to sum up, I now like hockey as a sport and will probably start looking it up on the internet, seems I can be persuaded to reading first person narration in series romance, I will clearly have more good books and pretty covers to look at from this author, and I remembered how much I liked the movie Love Actually.
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this solid romance into my hodgepodge and bringing the laptop in the kitchen for a little hockey video marathon. Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t have passed on those ice skating classes my parents wanted me to take when I was a kid? What are the chances of this gal landing herself a sexy single hockey playing teacher?
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