Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: ALEX BY SAWYER BENNETT





Cold Fury Hockey Series

New Adult Contemporary

Released October 14, 2014

Published by LoveSwept (Random House)


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 fa├žade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.





OUR REVIEW:

I think it's safe to say that this novel was/is classic Sawyer Bennett--and that's a great thing. So what does that mean? Well, in general it means you're going to find yourself so engaged in the story that hours go by and you're still in bed at noon on a Saturday because you cannot seem to put it down.  <--- or maybe that's just me...on a recent Saturday...ahem. Don't know what you're talking about. *yeah, we were both still in bed after noon because we loved ALEX that much. 

Oh..so you want specifics? Well here are some things to know about book 1 in the Cold Fury Hockey series. 

  • Alex and Sutton are both strong characters. Sutton has this amazing confidence and refuses to take Alex's crap for even one second but she's not an asshole about it; she simply, calmly, and directly responds to his obnoxiousness. Alex, king of cold snark, starts out showing just what a prick he can be and continues to remind her of his prickishness for the duration of the novel. Of course, the root of his poor behavior is evident very early on and instead of hating him, I understood why he'd hide behind snark and be fearful of a loving relationship. And to be fair, he isn't always a dick..I found him to be overwhelming sweet and caring and thoughtful.  I really loved these two. They've both been through a lot, and are so different in their ways of coping. It was like two sides of a coin to me, and I loved watching how things unfolded. Sutton, you're right, wasn't like nee-ner, nee-ner, look how grown up and adjusted I am...she just laid her honest thoughts out there, and only asked for honesty in return. That was super refreshing.

  • Something I love that Sawyer always includes is a connection to a great community program. In this case, Sutton works for the county center for drug addicts and the care with which Sawyer wove that part of the story into this novel was evident. I loved how passionate Sutton was and how Alex became an integral part (and supporter) of her career. That is so amazing. She takes an issue, and makes it almost like a character in the story, but in such a subtle way...nothing preachy or pretentious about it. I love how she has that innate ability to please me so, while teaching me about something that I might not've known or realized. I feel like a lot of well thought out research goes into it, and that isn't always easy to get across. 

  • The secondary characters help enhance how we know Sutton and Alex. Sutton's family and their love for each other is so warm and sweet..and interesting to see Alex with them. And Alex and his dad + brother? Well, it explains a lot. And then there's Garrett--we'll get his story soon and I'm very curious about this guy. The secondary characters are always something that I LOVE Sawyer for so much, and you said it. I loved their families' but omigod that Garrett. I've already added that to my to-be-read-list, because I cannot WAIT to see what that guys is hiding, and how hard he falls! 

  • There's a little angst but not too much--it really could've been a LOT worse. I kept waiting for certain characters to make a lot of trouble...and some of them did and some of them were more of a nuisance than anything else (thankfully Alex and Sutton were written to be adults who communicate about their exes).  Yes. I didn't think it was terrible. Just the right amount. However, even though my heart didn't almost explode from worry, I was not bored in any way by the events and how they played out. I was right there in the story, the entire time, and I really, really enjoyed it. Helped me get out of a bad mood funk I was having, and that is always special. 
So, if you're new to Sawyer Bennett I think this would be a great book to start with. If you're a fan of Sawyer Bennett, I know you'll more than enjoy this novel. Totally. Check it out! Live and there for you to purchase!! 







About the Author

USA Today Best-Selling 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. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have 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.

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