21 October 2014

Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | ALEX by Sawyer Bennett

Cold Fury Hockey Series
New Adult Contemporary
Releasing October 14, 2014
Published by LoveSwept (Random House)

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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.

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my review

Sawyer Bennett knows how to make her readers swoon and so far, she hasn’t failed yet. She nailed another one with ALEX. I so love these hot, complicated, and crush-worthy hockey players which makes a fourth of my book boyfriend list.

Sutton is not hard to like – she’s pretty, intelligent, passionate, independent and family oriented. She didn’t have that air of drama around her, one of the reasons I love her. Despite the fact, she came from a bad past, she had came through it, had a loving perfect family and was living her life happily. You will come to admire her family as well. Adore Glenn so much, I’d wonder if he’d star in one of the novels. I like this kid, he’s humble, he didn’t ask for more than what was offered to him, and simple things make him happy. But once someone hurts his sister, that is another story.

As for Alex – he plays the sport he despises way better than those who love it. His father made sure of that. His fans couldn’t hate him, even though he can be a prick because he plays really, really well. Until, the management finally steps its foot down and tells him to clean up his act and sends him to do outreach works as penance. He went grudgingly since he was forced, until he saw the social worker assigned to be his partner in the program.

Sutton didn’t want to cross that boundaries with Alex – but who could resist this hockey God? Not me surely. He was so painfully honest, that Sutton knows entirely what she was going in to. What she didn’t expect was to see a different side of Alex. As for our hockey god, teaching the hockey-virgin stuffs about hockey somewhat made him a little closer in enjoying the sports he used to despise. The closer they get, the more complicated it becomes for him. Sutton knows what she wants, but will Alex finally realize what he wants before he looses the best thing that might have happened to him? Nevertheless, I loved his big gestures. Makes me forgive him for being a prick.
A lot of sexual tension was hanging in the air, and I was watching, waiting the whole time for it to explode. As anticipated, there were a whole lot of sexy, steamy stuffs in between – heck if you know how Sawyer Bennett does this, you know you have to prepare extra sets of underwear.  

One thing I loved about this novel is the fact that family would always be family. Both Alex and Sutton have the right to turn their backs on those who have hurt them the most- but they didn’t. Instead, they become the bigger person by helping out and just not out of obligation, but apparently love.

Alex is a perfect blend of sports, (family) drama, steam, humor and romance. Something that Sawyer Bennett’s fans and first-time readers would love. I was drawn to it from the cover, and right down to the wonderful epilogue. This is one of Sawyer’s best and I’d gladly recommend this book to friends.

*Copy given from Publisher/Author thru Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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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