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.
Sports-themed stories are usually hit or miss and for me, more often than not, they miss. I'm happy to report this is not the case with this book. I actually really enjoyed it. Alex was such a deliciously flawed character that got caught in a trap of his own making (via his bad attitude) and therefore had to suffer the consequences. It was fun watching him have to deal with the fallout of his actions and how it changed him. Sutton was the perfect foil for him. She was nice, sweet, and really just wanted to help people. It was nice to see how she was able to get to Alex and open him up, which in turn, led him to be able to open up to others (somewhat). Their relationship is kind of unconventional and it might not seem plausible, but it just works somehow. They are the perfect foils for each other. So it was heartbreaking to see what they had to go through in order to get their happy ending together. Another great book by someone who is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors.