Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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.”
Alex is a d*ck. No, seriously, he really is and to be honest it was kind of obnoxious. But I’ll prob read the rest of the series ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I’m all for the brooding, chip-on-his-shoulder type, but I also need to feel some sort of connection and sympathy for the character and though Alex does come from a rough background, he seemed more whiny than broody and it was kind of annoying at times.
There were definitely some great, butterfly-worthy pieces of this book that I enjoyed, but they were pretty even with little things that I just couldn’t get into.
If I’m being completely honest, I couldn’t help by compare this book to Pucked. I mean, it’s a hockey romance and the main character’s name is Alex (just like it is in Pucked), but Pucked got me from the first few paragraphs and this one fell a little flat in comparison.
I think I put a more expectations into this book than it could live up to because I was really excited to read about a super famous hockey player who straight up hates the fame, but I think I was hoping for a bit more depth and less cocky immaturity from Alex.
Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars
Both audiobook readers were pretty good. Nothing outstanding, but their performances and their voices were, unfortunately, better than the content.
Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars
Since Alex kind of annoyed me, it was hard to get any warm fuzzies about the relationship.
Re-read Worthiness: No
Bookshelf Placement: No
I do like the cover, though!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 1 star
Sorry, Alex, but no thanks!
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