The Blurb: 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.
I hadn’t read anything by Sawyer Bennett before, and this series intrigued me because it is about hockey players. I am so glad I picked this one up. I loved it. Wow. Just wow.
Alex Crossman is a prick. He freely admits that. He’s not close to his teammates, and he hates the sport he excels at. Because he is so difficult and uncooperative team management comes up with a plan to get him in line. He’s assigned to work on a drug outreach program with a social worker.
Sutton Price is a breath of fresh air. She calls Alex on his bullshit and gives as good as she gets, usually deflecting his grumpiness with humor. Her ex is back in her life after asking for a year off to sow some wild oats. Sutton deserves better. Sutton is a strong person. She’s had a less than picture perfect upbringing, but she rose above it. Alex let his horrendous upbringing make him bitter and twisted, but once he meets and gets to know Sutton he begins to change. They begin to forge a relationship together, but it’s not without its ups and downs.
The scene where Alex wins Sutton back is one of my all-time romance novel favorite scenes. It was very swoon-worthy, and it was so out of character for Alex that it showed how much he really loved her.
I highly recommend this one.