Author: Sawyer Bennett
Tour Company: AToMR
Source: ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest 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 façade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.
Flirty Review: FIVE LIP BITES
We get to meet Alex Crossman and Sutton Price. Both characters are very well developed and well-rounded. We get a rich backstory for both of them and Bennett gave a real sense of the struggle that each character had to go through. Alex is the hockey stud hellbent on being very unlikeable. So unlikeable that his coach makes him shape up his image or else. Faced with not wanting to really lose his career in hockey (even though he many not know it yet) he is sent to be a spokesman for a support group for children of alcoholic or drug addicted parents. There he meets the organizer Sutton Price. Sutton knows all too well what it's like to grow up with a parent addicted to drugs. Her father put her mother and her through a lot of turmoil until they could get out. Years later she's healed and adjusted to a healthy life. All seems good but there is one thing missing: love, support, compassion, sex, and a man who embodies all of those traits. Enter Alex. He doesn't hide that he's a jerk but Sutton sees through his mask. Soon they build a friendship and what is better than a seemingly solid friendship than some strong sexual tension? Not much, I tell you.
But of course every book romance isn't without it's heartaches and hiccups. Through the course of the book both characters are healing, Alex is trying to overcome is painful childhood, and Sutton is learning to heal her heart. The balance these characters have is very good and the romance between them is very substantial. The only thing that irked me in this book was that Alex seemed too hung up on his past and the fact he couldn't heal. Even when he was telling himself he was healing because of Sutton, it was a constant nag in his mind that he was unredeemable. I wanted to shake him, but then again, who doesn't want to shake a stupid man when he's being ridiculous?
I would highly recommend this book. It looks like a start to a really good series that I will most definitely be reading. I mean, come on! Hockey hunks! What's not to love?