Review ~ Alex by Sawyer Bennet


I won Alex by Sawyer Bennett from the fantabulous Ana’s Attic book blog a while back and finally got time to read it! After reading Friction, I needed more SB so I dove right in. 

Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1) by Sawyer Benett

alexHockey 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 facade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers

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I love sport romances. LOVE THEM. Granted, there aren’t many romance sub-genres I don’t love, but let’s not get picky here. Alex is a fantastic example of badass sports-god turned ooey-gooey puddle of love-mush. Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but Alex’s transformation will leave you with warm and fuzzies like no other.

Main characters…

“Don’t fall into the mold that people put you in. You are only what you want to be. If you want to be nice, be nice. If you want to be mean, be mean. But don’t do it because anyone expects it of you. Do it for you.”

Sutton Price, sweet, smart, sexy drug-counselor out to help everyone, one person at a time. she gets a prime project (unthinkable for her age and experience) thrown in her lap and she is bass-to-the-wall excited. Then she meets Alex and he is a d-i-c-k. Fo’ sho’. And hot. Fo’ damn sho’. What to do, what to do…. Take the bull by the horns! DUH!! Sutton makes me love her so freaking much throughout the entire book. I want to be her best friend.  I want to hang out with her. I want her to hook me up with Garrett 😉

“I do have something specific in mind”

“Define specific” she says her voice light and breathy.

“I think it might involve me putting my hands all over you.”

Alex Crossman, gorgeous, angry, hateful, and so down on himself I wanted to crack open a beer and wallow right along with him. His back story, holy wow it is sad! I hated that he had to go through so much for so long (yes, I am aware he is fictional, no I don’t care). And he does some stupid, bonehead, I-want-to-smack-you crap, so be aware.

Things I liked:

  • Can you say chemistry? Sawyer Bennett can.
  • I love books with personal growth.
  • Snark begets snarky and some people just have it coming.
  • The freaking ending. **gushing** so sweet!!
  • The pace of the story. Think insta-attraction that grows, not insta-love.
  • Glenn.

Things I didn’t like as much:

  • Sutton is really nice. Like super, duper, accepting/forgiving nice. To A LOT of people. BUT I kinda liked it too. It made me want to be a better person. Alex totally understands when I say I’m jealous and I kinda hate her, but love her more for it.
  • There’s this chick. She gets off too easy. ‘Nough said

One the whole, Bennett pulled me in, and I needed to know what would happen, but some sort of “zing” was missing for me, so I really waffled back and forth with the rating between 3.5 and 4. The story is good, the characters are good, I sneaked a few peeks at work (sshhh don’t tell), but I wasn’t blown away. This is a fun read with enough emotion, sexy scenes, anger, and love to fill up a weekend. So, do the clicky-click and start hanging out with Cold Fury this weekend 🙂

3.5 Cups

 About the Author


New York Times and USA 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 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.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Wicked Horse Series. She also writes the Cold Fury Series for Random House.

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