Series: Cold Fury Hockey #1
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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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 façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.
Hockey romances are certainly becoming one of my go-tos when I am looking for a sports related romance book. Just something about the whole hockey guy just really appeals to me, maybe it’s the attitude of hockey guys, who maybe just the writers who write hockey just really love it, but it works for me. I honestly think a lot of what appealed to me about this book had to do with the quality of the writing, and the reason why I say that is because I wasn’t completely sold on Alex as a character in the beginning, but the writing was just so captivating and Sutton was just so likable that I couldn’t put the book down.
So when the book starts we have Alex, who lets face it is coming off a rather crappy reputation for fighting, and he is now in the position that he has to do whatever the front office tells him to or risk his employment. And one of the things they want him to do is get involved in an anti-drug campaign, which is how he ends up meeting Sutton. Even though Alex is kind of a brooding and rather moody guy early on, he definitely starts to come around, and meeting Sutton and being a part of her life really kind of helps him work through his own issues.
I thought it was great the way the two of them interacted, I felt like neither one of them was dependent on each other, but instead they were two very independent people who enhanced each others lives instead of being one of those couples who can’t function without the other person.
I thought the secondary characters in this book were very strong, I’m guessing because this is the first book in the series that the secondary characters are strong because they are going to be future books (come on Garrett). Also I thought that the hockey in this book was really well done, like I have said before hockey is not really my sport, but the author really did a great job in incorporating it and making it fun to read about. If I had one bone to pick about the book were there were a couple of moment in the book where the story kind of slowed down for a little while, but it really wasn’t that often, and definitely didn’t take away from the book.
If you love sports related romances, and are looking for some awesome characters and great writing then I think you should check out Sawyer Bennett’s book, I know I will be on the lookout for future books.