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Alex

Alex

Écrit par Sawyer Bennett

Raconté par Graham Halstead et Cris Dukehart


Alex

Écrit par Sawyer Bennett

Raconté par Graham Halstead et Cris Dukehart

évaluations:
4.5/5 (24 évaluations)
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9 heures
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Mar 3, 2015
ISBN:
9781494579302
Format:
Livre audio

Description

Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the ice. Pushed into the sport by his 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 Fury's effort to clean up his image. What she doesn't expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips stirring 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.
Éditeur:
Sortie:
Mar 3, 2015
ISBN:
9781494579302
Format:
Livre audio


À propos de l'auteur

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.  A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.  Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two. 

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  • (5/5)
    Alex is the first book in Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey series. This is the first time I have read a sports romance from this author. I have only read her erotic romance so I was very curious about these books and frankly, I have become addicted to hockey romance lately. I found this book to be very fantastic and WAY better than I was expecting. In fact it just might be one of my favorite sport romances and one of the best books I have had a chance to read from this author. There is something very unique about this author and how she pens a romance. In this story, we see some difficult issues brought into play and so I do want to warn future readers that its not a light and fluffy romance because that is just NOT Bennett’s style in any way.Now Alex begins with our hero who is being a very bad boy. Alex is a jerk at times, alright most of the times. He does have his friends on the team of course, but he has a “no care” attitude especially towards the fans. The management of the team are very upset with his attitude and manner and want to change what he is doing or his career in hockey is over. They want him to change his manner towards the fans and also to be in a partnership for a drug outreach program for kids. As much as he doesn’t want to do this or change who he is and even though he hates hockey….its the only thing he has ever known which is where our heroine enters the picture.Sutton Price, has been working in a program to help children and teenagers deal with drug abuse in the home. Sutton has personal knowledge and understanding. Her father is a drug addict and became very abusive when her mother was away. Once her mother found out the truth though, they lived in shelters until her adoptive father took them away from that life and showed Sutton a home that is full of love and laughter. So Sutton has risen above just painful experiences and become a better person for it. She is really excited to be helping out with an outreach program which has been her dreams as she is a counselor. At first Alex is rude to her, but Sutton is calm and cool with him without being insensitive. She understands him more than he realizes. Alex and Sutton have some powerful chemistry, but Alex knows that Sutton is the real deal, and he wants to court her and show her how genuine his interest in because he sees her differently than any other women in his past. The trust is slow but their desire for each other is real and they are honest about who they are and what they expect. But sometimes the past can get in the way of the present and future happiness.I Simply adored Alex SO MUCH. Now I gave this book such a high rating because I have NO complaints about this book. It really just worked for me in every way. This was an audiobook so I first want to mention the narrators for this story. It had dual POV, so there were two narrators and they both did a SUPERB job. In fact, our female narrator, is one of my favorites to listen to, she hasn’t done too many books though but I love her voice and inflections. She is just lovely to listen to. They both worked so well together and really displayed the love story and the emotional reflections in such a positive way.Alex is a story that deals with some challenging issues like abuse, drugs, alcoholism. So its really just not easy at its moments. But to be honest, its not overshadowed by all these complicated issues that we don’t see too much in romance. There is a endearing love story, and such charming characters. I especially gravitated towards Sutton’s family. Her parents are just wonderful and her younger brother is AWESOME. His character makes you want to be a better person and really look at yourself and see if you can be more like him. I just wanted to cry all these happy tears whenever he entered a scene, because his character feels SO real. It isn’t very often that we have a supporting character that you feel so much emotion for but I really admired this kid that is so full of gratitude and so humble.The actual romance that develops between Alex and Sutton is slow in some ways. Because Sutton is full heart and open with Alex. But Alex, has his own demons that he has to fight but thankfully Sutton knows how to handle him when he gets into his “jerk” mode. She truly sees him and understands him and I love that. She doesn’t judge him or anything, even when he hurts her because she understands why and I loved how accepting she is of Alex. Alex is slow to trust, because everyone he has loved and trusted has abandoned, abused or criticized him except for a few of the guys on the team. So he isn’t one to be fully open with Sutton but he does make an effort and even though he makes his own mistakes, he learns from them and becomes a hero you can cheer on.Overall I found Alex to be a tale that is full of complexities, a unique relationship dynamic and charming scenes to make you full of happiness!! AN AWE INSPIRING EXPERIENCE OF A READ!
  • (4/5)
    A professional hockey player who hates hockey? I have to admit, the idea sounded more than a little far-fetched. But Ms. Bennett made me believe it could happen with Alex Crossman's story. Fortunately, she also gave him a way to pull himself out of the misery that his life had become--Sutton Price. I loved the connection the two had right from the start, when she didn't have a clue who he was (other than gorgeous, and late for their appointment) and knew nothing about hockey.She had to Google "hat trick". After Alex got one.I loved watching him start to like, and then love the game again, almost as much as I enjoyed watching their relationship grow. It did take an awful lot of work for Alex to finally get himself to the point where he realized that he actually did need to work on his relationships--with his teammates, with his family, and with Sutton. But when he finally committed himself? Watch. Out.And his grand gesture to get Sutton back after he nearly ruined it all? Priceless. I'm going to be watching Love, Actually again very, very soon. :)(And for the record, Alex, Garrett is in no way "a girl". I've already read his book, and I can attest to that fact wholeheartedly. Though that part was very amusing as well.)Rating: 4 stars / A-
  • (5/5)
    Loved it. I'm trying to decide if it was entirely on its own merits or if some of that love came from my luke warm to active dislike of Taking Shots by Aleo (which I'm stuck at 80% on ).

    This is really a good one for sporty luciousness. I'm usually fairly annoyed by the she's so sweet and good and he's so so bad, but her sacchariney goodness can turn him into a guy with a heart of gold story. But this one worked. I think it's because she seems real. She has dealt with the crap she was raised through and come out on the other side with some hope and optimism but enough of a sense of how the world actually works to not be too surprised when the crap still hits. She knows life isn't all rainbows out of unicorn arses.

    He's flawed, deeply so from his upbringing as well and can't seem to shake it off as he grows. It's actually a little heart breaking to see how, we, all of us, yearn for parental approval--even when we as adults know that what our parent wants is not necessarily what is actually best. Alex is a complicated character. And Bennett takes the time to let them explore friendship a little. There's certainly instant attraction and chemistry, but you can buy into the progression and you have a little time to do it. I think it also helps that you get the sense that Alex was finally read for a major life/attitude change. Which *I* know is a real thing... you can have every special snowflake come across your path for days upon days, but until you're ready to let your guard down a little and let life change around you, the special snowflake is meaningless. Goodness, Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy!

    In any case, it was sweet, it was riveting and the characters were multi-faceted. I plan to read more in this series and other work from Bennett.
  • (5/5)
    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!
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed this hot 'sports' romance very much, I say sports, but theirs not much in the sports action in the story at all really, but theirs plenty of hot steamy romance to keep the reader happy.Alexander Crossman is the hot professional hockey player who's had a tragic past, being forced by his alcoholic father to be the best on the rink. Now that he is, he doesn't relish playing at all, and management want him to clean his public image up with community service or he's out on the bench.Social worker Sutton Price can't believe her luck when she's told the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team are going to aid her in her drug-abuse awareness program until she meets Alex, who's very arrogant and doesn't really want to be there at all.These two characters had a lot in common as both had had difficult upbringings with drug abuse being the common factor. And as their relationship gets closer and they get to know one another I loved how story unfolded and we get to see the true characters, and Sutton's brother Glenn and family were great.If you like a little sports fun with hot romance I highly recommend this book and I'm looking forward to the next book in this very entertaining series.
  • (5/5)
    I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.

    First things first I have to say I loved MVP and the meaning, it's fantastic.

    This book is like a breath of fresh air and so easy to follow and get involved in the story. It is well written and has fantastic characters.

    Another fabulous read from this author

  • (4/5)
    Cold Fury Hockey series...I am your newest fan! If you like a slightly potty-mouthed, smoking hot Alpha males - you have found your book! A contemporary, sports romance that doesn't disappointed. Sutton and Alex have great chemistry and the story, while nothing shockingly new, is still interesting. Bad boy neeeds reforming, good girl needs his help. Favorite moments (after you read it, you will totally get it!): tapping on the glass (yep - you got my attention!!), the door scene (I honestly think that was one of the hottest moments I've read in a while) and last but not least, the signs...oh, those signs. *sigh* And there are LOTS of steamy scenes too, if that's your thing. I definitely recommend this book and can't wait to read more in this series myself.I received this book in exchange for an honest review for Netgalley.
  • (5/5)
    I've got to admit, I really didn't like Alex when he was introduced. He was exactly what all the fans thought of him, MVP, which in this case stands for most valuable prick. But I can say with all honesty, even though there were still times I wanted to shake the crap outta him, I fell head-over-heels for him right along with Sutton. He turned from complete jerk to compete heart throb. Sutton was a great character, too. She had a bad childhood that she turned into a fantastic career instead of wallowing in a pity party the way a lot of people might do. I just loved everything about this book and can't wait for more of these guys from the Cold Fury. And of course, there was a good balance of actual hockey in there, which is always a bonus.Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book. I found myself rooting for the characters, and feeling the ups and downs with them. Very well written, I cant wait to listen to the rest of the series by Sawyer Bennett. I married a hockey player so I get really into books that understand hockey and what it takes to be in love with a hockey player. Highly Recommend this book!!
  • (5/5)
    Major hockey fan here and Sawyer scored a hat trick on this one. Loved how she took a star that hates the game and a girl that knows nothing and puts them together and makes it work. Alex was a real ass, and needed a serious attitude adjustment so his team’s management threw him into this community project that paired him up with Sutton. She was totally into her job and could care less that he was a famous hockey star, until she started to get to know the real him. The totally hotness that is Alex is not something that is pushing her off either. It was fun to read about Sutton learning about the game. I loved how her family took in Alex and treated him like any other normal person, except for her brother of course. And I loved how Alex took to Sutton’s brother and treated him like he was something special. This book was really great and I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2.
  • (5/5)
    Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1) by Sawyer BennettProfessional athlete, Alexander Crossman is a phenomenal hockey player, unfortunately the fans hate him. Cold Fury Management gives him an ultimatum to fix his reputation through a community service campaign as the Furies spokesman. Little did they know how the program they chose would hit close to home.When I first started reading this story, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I love hockey and Alex, the main character who is an excellent professional hockey player hates the game – sacrilege! As I continued reading there was a very good explanation for his feeling that alter by the end of the novel. To be quite honest, if having gone through Alex’s childhood, I would have felt the same way.I felt for Alex. He had a horrible childhood being raised by an alcoholic abusive father who had affected him into adulthood. I could not believe some of the things he suffered through. After meeting social worker, Sutton Price, and seeing how she handled a similar upbringing, he wants to become a better person. I appreciate that he admits his jealousy and faults. Although not an easy journey, Alex transforms throughout the novel into a person that he wants to be.Sutton is a remarkable character. She turned a negative situation into something positive, trying to help others that suffer through similar abusive upbringings. No longer living with her birth father, her step-father and family have a strong supportive relationship that helps make that possible. She is a light for Alex, that came along at the perfect time. Sawyer Bennett wrote a powerful story, with real-world issues. Alex is a compelling and emotional novel that is well worth the read. I really enjoyed the ending, it was quite clever. I truly liked Alex’s teammate, Garrett, in this book. He became a good friend, something that Alex wasn’t used to. I look forward to reading his story in: Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey #2) which is expected to be released on February 17, 2015. Complimentary copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • (5/5)
    Alex by Sawyer BennettSeries: Book #1:Cold Fury Hockey SeriesSource: ARC from authorMy Rating: 4½/5 starsHoly hockey puck, Batman!!! Alex is the first book in Sawyer Bennett’s new Cold Fury Hockey series and it is one smonkin’ hot read that has me seriously considering becoming a HUGE hockey fan. This character-driven read is full of action, drama, lust and, some ice-melting (yeah, I went there ) naughty bits. Alex: Super-asshole Alex Crossman is hands-down this is my favorite character!! From the minute I met Alex I knew I wanted to both punch him and lick him. Alex’s past, and in particular his childhood is one I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Alex’s father was – and still is - a drunk bastard with little to no regard for his son’s well-being. The only interest Alex’s father has ever had in him relates to how good of a hockey player he is. In the years since he left his father’s house, Alex has hardened himself against any and all attachments. He is painfully clear about his feelings toward humanity and, everyone, including his long-time teammates know to steer clear. Alex is a self-described asshole with absolutely no desire to change until the second he meets Sutton Price.Sutton: Sutton Price is the kind of character you either absolutely love or absolutely hate. She is pure sunshine with an effervescent personality that is hard to tame. Sutton works as a drug counselor and though she sees a lot of back sliding and falling off the wagon, she is optimistic and determined to stay positive and help where she is able. Like Alex, Sutton had a pretty terrible childhood but unlike Alex, she didn’t let it define her. Given what she has overcome in her life and what she faces on a regular basis with her job, Alex Crossman is nothing she can’t handle. In fact, Sutton makes it very clear the day she meets Alex that his asshole attitude is not only completely unintimidating but less awful than what she faces on a regular basis. Alex is difficult and testy while Sutton is optimistic and able to give as good as she gets. Sutton refuses to let Alex shirk his responsibilities where their project is concerned and Alex refuses to allow Sutton to go one more day knowing nothing about hockey. Though Sutton is not at all confused about she feels for Alex and what she wants with him, Alex is definitely confused. Sutton opens Alex’s world and before he knows it, he is experiencing life in a way he never knew possible. On a purely physical level, Alex and Sutton are volcanic in their hotness. Once those two decide the time is right, there is no stopping them and it is some damn good reading. Of course, it wouldn’t be a truly good (dare I say great?) read without some drama and Bennett certainly heaps it on her characters. The Bottom Line: I’m not afraid to say this twice – HOLY HOCKEY PUCK, BATMAN!! Alex is a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish. While I don’t generally care for assholes, Alex owns his attitude and more importantly, when he meets Sutton, he proves to everyone that he can be a better man, he can change. Alex’s struggle with his past and his future plays a heavy role in this read and I liked watching his evolution. Bennett doesn’t make Alex perfect and she doesn’t give him an easy road filled with roses, bunnies and, chocolate. Alex’s road is hard and he screws up, a lot!! Sutton is completely delightful and yes, I fall on the side of loving her. She doesn’t take any sh*t off Alex and more importantly, she is patient and willing to help Alex. Sutton’s optimism is infectious and she has a wonderful impact on Alex and his world. If you haven’t already figured it out, I sort of really, really, really enjoyed this read. In fact, I actually squeaked a few times while reading this one P.S. I don’t often comment on the covers of the books I read but I feel compelled to in this instance. The cover of Alex is so completely tied to the read and I love it. The model and the pose both describe the character perfectly and I really do like it when a cover synchs up so perfectly with the read.