Alex: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel
Alexander Crossman, a star hockey player for the Carolina Cold Fury, is a jerk. To improve his image, team management forces him to pair him up with social worker Sutton Price on a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth. Sutton, who spent her childhood with a drug addicted and abusive father, is beloved by all who know her and determined to help as many at-risk youth as she can. She doesn’t know anything about hockey or Alex before they meet, and when he cancels their first appointment and then shows up late to the second, she’s annoyed but impressed with his dedication to the project. She’s also attracted to him.
These two ended up having hot, amazing sex (the author says so) and falling for each other. Alex, in his PoV, can’t get over how beautiful, smart, mature and sensitive Sutton is. Sutton, in her PoV, can’t believe this hot, famous and sexy hockey player wants her.
Ms. Bennett relentlessly reminds us that Alex’s troubled childhood and dysfunctional family made him the closed off, angry man he is. The fact that he’s done nothing to redeem himself or heal those emotional wounds is apparently irrelevant. In Sutton’s PoV, we’re reminded that despite her terrible early years, Sutton has managed to overcome her past and use it to help others. In case you missed the obvious, only Sutton’s love has the power to heal and redeem Alex. I didn’t miss it (really, you can’t because Ms. Bennett keeps telling you), and I also didn’t buy it.
Everything about this novel was a cliché, I didn’t like Alex or Sutton and the dialogue was terrible. I read romances because I love how they make me feel, and I hate novels that try to make the decision for me. Instead of writing interesting characters, witty dialogue and sexy love scenes, Ms. Bennett constantly reminds us they’re interesting, witty and the lovemaking is sexy. I didn’t agree with her.
Though I was excited to see how many books already make up this series when I started Alex, I have no plans to read any move of them.