Alex: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel [NOOK Book]

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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: ...
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Overview

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.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/17/2014
Alex Crossman is the North Carolina Cold Fury hockey team's MVP—Most Valuable Prick. He treats both his teammates and the fans like crap, and the organization hands down an ultimatum: reform his public image or get benched. The team also insists that he become its spokesperson for a youth drug-treatment program. Enter Sutton Price. She'll be running the program, but she knows nothing about hockey. Her lack of recognition of the star is just the first jolt to Alex's ego. She shows Alex that there is another way to take on the world when you've survived an addicted parent, a way that lets other people in and gives you a circle of friends and caring—how to be a functioning human being. The only thing that Alex really has to teach Sutton is the game he loves.
Verdict This latest from Bennett (Make It a Double) is Alex's story, and his change from jerk to nice guy is a larger part of the novel than the romance—not that the romance isn't hot, because it is. But Alex's redemption is what makes the happy ending possible and will make readers smile. Recommended for sports romance fans who enjoy seeing the frog turn into a prince.—Marlene Harris, Reading Reality, Seattle

(c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553393002
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Series: Carolina Cold Fury Hockey Series, #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 155
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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 three 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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  • Posted October 15, 2014

    I never thought I'd say these words, but I think Sawyer Bennett

    I never thought I'd say these words, but I think Sawyer Bennett may have made me a hockey fan. The way she described the game though Sutton's eyes was beyond amazing. I really want to go to a hockey game now! Or maybe it was just Alex Crossman that is peaking my interest. Alex is the angry broody type, I actually really didn't like him at first. However, once Ms. Bennett started pealing back all of his layers I was done for. Underneath that angry man was a heart of gold.




    Sutton was an amazing leading lady. Strong and confident, despite her own demons. She was exactly the type of woman I've come to expect from Bennett. Sutton had a hard start in life, but through her family she found a way to over come it and help others though similar situations. Learning about Sutton's past, and Jim-Dad's role in her life really warmed my heart. I wish every kid who has to struggle for even a second in life could have a Jim-Dad. I'm hoping that one day Sawyer will decide to treat us all with a little novela (heck, I'd even take a short story) about Jim-Dad coming into Sutton and her mom's life.




    Book two in the Cold Fury Hockey series is due out on February 17, 2014, and this time we get to learn all about Garrett! In Alex, Garrett really stole the show for me. He quickly became my favorite character for his snarky comments, tender heart, and his pushy, yet caring ways. The glimpses we got of Garrett in Alex were great, I am betting his story is going to be fantastic!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2014

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    ALEX: A COLD FURY HOCKEY NOVEL is the latest from bestsellin





    ALEX: A COLD FURY HOCKEY NOVEL is the latest from bestselling author Sawyer Bennett and details the romance between Alex, a cold, hard and tough hockey ace and Sutton, a drug abuse counselor with a kind heart who meet when Alex is forced to work with an local anti-drug abuse campaign in an attempt to improve his public image. 




    Both Alex and Sutton have dark pasts that include abuse as children, but while Sutton has managed to rise above her dark days, Alex’s dark days are still upon him as he deals with the father who pushed him too far and his hatred of the game he plays. 




    Emotion plays the biggest role in the book and much of it is raw, from love to hate to anger to forgiveness. Sawyer Bennett tears Alex’s character down and rebuilds him before our eyes into a man who deserves the woman who loves him unconditionally.




    Supporting characters are great in the story. I especially enjoyed Alex’s friend Garrett, who plays a big part in keeping Alex and Sutton together. Sutton’s family is fun and I found the family dynamic of Alex’s family fascinating.




    I have to admit the best part of the whole story is the ending. The scene at the hockey game is great fun. The whole book was hard to put down; it’s that good. I’ll be looking forward to Garrett’s story in GARRET: A COLD FURY NOVEL to be released in February. 




    A definite must-read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2014

    5 Stars for the MVP Sawyer Bennett never disappoints and





    5 Stars for the MVP




    Sawyer Bennett never disappoints and this time she has another winner with the first book in The Cold Fury Hockey series. Alex is the bad boy star of the Fury. Due to a past highlighted by an abusive alcoholic father, Alex hates the sport he is amazing at, and he can care less about the fans that adore him. Going a little too far, Fury management gives Alex an ultimatum, community service or lose his job.




    Sutton is thrilled with the opportunity to start up a program for kids at risk due to drug and alcohol abuse and she is not going to be discouraged by the jerky attitude of her partner in this endeavor, Alex. Unfortunately, she finds herself attracted to Alex despite his personality and her caring nature actually has her seeing past it in an effort to help this troubled man. Like Sutton, Alex cannot believe his interest in Sutton goes beyond some mindless pleasure, he really has taken an interest in her and eventually he finds himself wanting to change for her. 




    I loved Sutton and Alex both as characters and even more as a couple. Sutton was truly a caring heroine and even though she goes a little easy on those she loves when they hurt her, I never saw her as a doormat. Alex was simply one of those jerks you can't help but love. I loved his POV. Seeing his transformation during the story was great and at no point did I find it unrealistic. Like all great stories, the couple needs to get past some challenges and I was so pleased that Bennett did not draw this out nor did she make Alex a complete jerk. On top of everything, she gives us some excellent secondary characters. Sutton's family, especially her brother Glenn, were absolutely adorable. The there is Garrett. I can only hope this sweet bad boy is the focus of the next book. 




    Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2014

    An exciting read to kick off a new series! I loved, loved, loved

    An exciting read to kick off a new series! I loved, loved, loved this book. Incredible writing and characters. Alex is a big man with a big attitude that is taken down by a small loving woman. What more do you want? Can't wait to read Garrett's story. I highly recommend you start this series with Alex and then hang on!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2015

    Wow

    ## Wow. Sawyer is really trying to block my review.

    This book is exhausting. Not all bad mind you, but not all good. This hero is mean. Really harsh. Even later after the two leads get together, his words and thoughts are unforgivable. But forgive she does....every freaking time...way too easily. The perfect end to me would've been Sutton kicking Alex to the curb after he breaks up with her. He barely went after her 2 weeks later. Only with a lot of pushing from a friend.
    "Is it my heart that wants you, or my c*ck?"
    "It's the realization that I don't love Sutton back."
    "It's why I didn't call you. I was thinking of ending things."
    "I'm going to keep her til I'm ready to destroy her"
    All this after they've been together pretty seriously and all on seperate occasions. And mind you there is much more where that came from. Some things just can't be unsaid. The hurt that Alex caused was conveyed extremely well. By ready with tissues!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    Good

    It was a little silly at times, and the ending was abrupt and cheesey, but the story was good, and I appreciated that the main female character was strong without being a "b". I loved Garrett and am going to find his story now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2015

    A well written fun story - I loved the hero and heroine and they

    A well written fun story - I loved the hero and heroine and they were perfect together.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2014

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    Great start for new series!

    What is not to like about a hot hockey player falling in love? A great book to start a new series...totally loved it...can't wait for Garrett's book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

    Honestly...I loved it!!!! **4.5 Stars** We start off with an an

    Honestly...I loved it!!!! **4.5 Stars**

    We start off with an angst riddled hockey playing hero who is the best player yet hates it with a passion. We find out He comes from a harsh and cruel childhood. He has been labeled MVP (Most Valuable Prick) by the fans. To turn his image around the Hockey Team's Management sends him to work with social worker Sutton and help promote an anti-drug program for kids. We find that Sutton also came from an an abusive childhood but she turned out to be more well rounded than Alex. They meet and sparks fl. He treats her differently from the other women he is used to. Alex has immersed himself in a relationship for the first time.

    This novel progresses into a fulfilling and engrossing story that I couldn't put down. And when I did I couldn't wait to get back to it. It was smart and engaging. The use of first person narrative was interesting and it made it more appealing when the POV changed with each chapter. I was hesitant at first but it worked very well. I felt the whole story line led to the right path, a natural progression. It was intensely sexual yet sweetly romantic. It makes my heart sigh. I think the only negative thing I have to say was I thought the resolution with his father was a little too neat and tied with a pretty bow. But then again, this is a romance and that is what I want...a Very Happy Ending.

    I also loved the secondary character, Garrett! He was perfect!...I just don't know how I will wait for his story in Feb 2015!!

    Sawyer Bennett is a new author for me and she is now snuggly in my auto-buy pile!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Wow!!

    I loved this book from start.to.finsh. i liked that it wasnt a man that always spent his money on a women.buying her everything. It had me on the egde of my seat and hot and bothered from the connection that Alex and Sutton had together. It was nice to have both pov's to read. It was nice that i couldnt figure everything out. Cant wait for the next book to be out. I am always pleased with Sawyer's books. I have almost read them all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2014

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    5 star This books pulls you right in. Alex is a true alpha. N

    5 star

    This books pulls you right in. Alex is a true alpha. Now he needs to clean up his image. They pair him up with Sutton. Sutton is a beautiful lady who is in charge of the project the team wants Alex to help out with.

    With all the chemistry between these two can they work together? Or is Alex not really interested in cleaning up his image? Loved the interaction between these two characters and even the secondary characters. You will laugh and get frustrated with in the same chapter. This author knows just how to keep you turning the pages.

    I recommend this story, and this author. Can’t wait to read more of this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

    Love It

    Great story. Can not wait for the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2014

    Holy cow! This book grabs you from the start. Alex is bad boy ho

    Holy cow! This book grabs you from the start. Alex is bad boy hockey player who doesn't fit the mold for his hockey team, the Carolina Fury. When they threaten to bench him indefinitely if he doesn't help with a drug abuse awareness program, he actually thinks that's ok. Sutton, our heroine, is a social worker that needs help with her at-risk kids and is used to bad attitudes. But she sees the vulnerable side of Alex, and it is hot from the start. Can't wait to read the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2015

    Ana

    Frowns

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2015

    Best Series Yet!

    Very energenitc

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  • Posted April 7, 2015

    I love the Cold Fury Hockey series!

    I love the Cold Fury Hockey series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2015

    Really Enjoyed!

    I have read a number of Ms. Bennett's books and I enjoy her writing style, her characters and her story lines which somehow seem original... This story of bad boy Alex and good girl Sutton is a good flow of life as it happens... Both principle characters had a very tough beginning and it made Alex hard and bitter while Sutton became soft and worked hard to help others to rise above life as she knew it as a child... Drug and alcohol addictions are dealt with realistically and the HEA was a hard time coming but no less sweet... Supporting characters are very good and add a lot to the story... Garrett appears often enough that we know his book is also going to be "special"...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2015

    Hooked

    Great book.

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  • Posted February 28, 2015

    Two characters with a lot of baggage get a HEA. Sutton has reall

    Two characters with a lot of baggage get a HEA. Sutton has really had a crappy childhood but survived and is now making a difference. Then there is Alex, a very unhappy man who also had a crappy childhood. They need each other to have a better adulthood. Liked the connections, didn't like some of the nonsense that the heroine had to put up with, and really loved the groveling Alex had to do to get Sutton back. Nice read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2015

    Incredible!

    Such a great book! This was a new author for me and she was definitely worth taking a chance on. This book made me laugh, cry, and it definitely had some steamy scenes. I will be reading more from this author! 299 pages, worth every penny.

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