Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1) by Sawyer Bennett [Audio Review]

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 facade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers."

4 Oh my Hockey Stars
Sawyer Bennett is easily becoming my favorite go-to contemporary read. Her books are steamy, light and super fun! I’m working my way backwards in this series. I read the fifth book and now I’m reading Alex’s story. This is a standalone.

I’m pretty sure I will try to do mostly audio books by Sawyer Bennett because I really like the narrators and the books are so light it’s easy to follow. Thankfully this one is in dual POV and I love listening to the male narrator.

I really liked the female narrator. I thought she fit the voice perfectly, her voice was sweet, girly and I liked her reading pace. The male’s voice isn’t my favorite, but I didn’t dislike it. I just found it not too masculine, but it never took away from the story.

Alex is a star hockey player, he’s voted as the jerk Hockey player. He doesn’t really give time to the fans and he doesn’t really care. The main big thing with Alex is that he has a HUGE chip on his shoulder. Alex’s daddy issues are a huge focal point in the book. I kind of wished it was pushed to the background a bit, but I get Alex’s issues. His father is abusive and it has left him kind of messed up.

Sutton is a social worker and she’s caring. She wants to better people and she’s working on a program with Alex. I really liked Sutton because she has a bad past too, but it does not define her. She doesn’t have bruises from her past and she’s working her way to becoming the best person she can be. I love that she doesn’t completely fall for Alex’s charms.

The banter between Alex and Sutton is cute. Sutton has no idea who Alex is and he even teaches her some hockey stuff. I laughed at those parts and I couldn’t get enough of it. The tension comes from Alex’s father issue. It has left Alex really guarded so it’s hard for Alex to get close to Sutton. It was a bit frustrating and you felt for Sutton.

Overall, it’s a cute book and I really liked listening to it. I think I enjoyed listening to it more than I would have reading it because I felt like the narrators really brought life to the book, especially, the parts where Alex would talk about his past and being abused.

I will definitely work my way through the series.


Alex #1 AMAZON
Garrett #2 AMAZON
Zack #3 AMAZON
Ryker #4 AMAZON

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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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