[575]: Alex by Sawyer Bennett

21794306 Alex by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury, #1
Loveswept | October 14th, 2014
Kindle Edition
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 1 out 5 Stars

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.”

As a Canadian, being a hockey enthusiast/fan is as natural as futbol is to South Americans. So it is only logical that reading romance novels starring hockey players would be instinctual for someone like me. And you know what? You would be right to assume so. In my defence, I enjoy any books about athletes. My favourite ones are football players (not to be confused with soccer players…mind you, soccer players are hot, too. But, I digress). I’ve heard of the name, Sawyer Bennett floating around the blogosphere. But I’ve just not really made a concerted effort to check out her work. So when I saw this book on sale over at Audible, I didn’t hesitate to download it right away. Unfortunately, this book and I didn’t really get on as good as I would like.


Alex is a household name in the NHL. He’s a skilled player on ice who never even had to try. Because of this, he’s loved and hated by his peers and fans alike. He goes through the motions; he’s uninspired and he makes it a point to antagonize his coaches, his teammates, the team owners and the fans. After another one of his antics, the owners have had enough. They ordered him to a community service of sorts. Fail, and he’ll be suspended and get fined. Hockey is all he’s ever known. If he lost his career, he’ll have nothing.

Enter Sutton Price. The poor social worker who has to endure a difficult task. Through her, Alex hopes to change his image. Sutton is used to handling difficult people. But one look at Alex and she knew she was in trouble. Despite knowing how bad it would be to cross professional lines, she can’t deny their inherent mutual attraction towards the other. Layer by layer, she sees the past that made Alex who he is now. And since she’s a sucker for hopeless cases, she knew that resistance is futile.


I have a huge thing for bad boys in books. But the badass-ness has to come as easily as breathing. I don’t like manufactured bad boys.  Alex is the kind of character who was unfortunate enough to made into a bad boy that didn’t feel as natural as say, Martin Sandeke. Gratuitous cussing does not a bad boy make. Perma-scowl does not make you a candidate for the next Mr. Darcy.  There was just something really off about the kind of tortured character Ms. Bennett conjured up for me. And unfortunately, it’s one of the primary reason why I didn’t enjoy this book.

The project that they were supposed to work on together didn’t really happen, to be honest. There was no image facelift here. So he made a speech in front of a gymnasium full of high school kids, but I don’t think it made a difference considering there was no media attention to the kind of good deeds he was doing – admirable though as it was. Besides, the bad boy thing was so superficial, y’all. I mean, he wasn’t going around getting into bar fights and taking enhancement drugs. He wasn’t caught beating on a girlfriend in an elevator (Ray Rice). Or carrying around a concealed weapon (Plaxico Burress). Or worst, killing someone (Aaron Hernandez)! So he wasn’t friendly with his teammates. So he ignores the accolades he so rightfully deserves. So the freaking what?! That’s not really a bad boy thing. That’s just him being an introvert.

And as far as Sutton Price goes, I’m not really a fan of timid characters. She’s so…er…rice cake. She’s bland and one-dimensional.


In some ways I think Sutton and Alex are perfect for each other. Because only Sutton can put up with the kind of unpredictability and instability Alex go through sometimes. There was no chemistry between these two. I didn’t buy into their relationship from the get-go. I don’t know if I’ll be continuing on with this series, to be honest. The next book is about Garett. From what I’ve read about him, he’s the easy-going version of Alex. So not really my type.


  • Yuck. Sounds like an awful book, lol. You are amazing for reading it sweet girl 😀 But aw, I’m so so sorry that it was so crappy : That is never any fun. The cover is pretty awesome, lol ;p Thank you for sharing Joy. <3

  • I am a die-hard hockey fan so I must say… the hell did I just read? Okay.. I get why you didn’t like this now

    • Hahahah! I love hockey players. Man, those are one of the most temperamental creatures on Earth!

  • I had similar problems with my two last reads- one-dimensional characters and no chemistry romance. Hope your next read rocks!

    • Thanks, hun! A good M/M romance will do the trick!

  • You can’t beat a vampire or werewolf for a bad boy-at least in my mind. Of course I read way too many paranormal books. So sorry this was such a pitiful read for you!

    • Hahah! Pitiful is right. And yes, they win the bad boy award. 😀

  • Melliane

    Sorry to see this one wasn’t for you and I hope yournext read is better my friend.

  • Thankfully I’m not into sports romance so I’m spared from reading this. Thanks for reading it, now I don’t have to 😀

  • This author name sounded familiar when I was searching potential NA reads a while back. And damn Joy, 1/5? I should read this BECAUSE HOCKEY. If it’s shit…well, then, I guess I should have listened to you. And can you not chirp rice cakes? They’re delicious. Unless they’re stale. Then we’re all losing here.

    • Noooo. If you’re looking for a good, hilarious, hockey NA book, then you should read PUCKED by Helena Hunting. She’s Canadian! She knowssss.

  • Sometimes I literally do an eye roll when I hear the premise describe a character as a bad boy because I have high expectations of what it really means to be a bad boy and if they don’t live up to them…meh…I no buy. Too bad this one wasn’t a good one for you girl and hopefully you do try to pick up the next one? With luck maybe it’ll be better. :/

    • Have you met Martin Sandeke? You’ll love him. But HE’S MINE, mmkay?

  • Ugh, sounds like your average NA hero. Beautiful Disaster and that train wreck Travis made other NA follow a very unfortunate character idea. Sorry this wasn’t that great! Fun cover, though. 😉

    • Hahahah! Sadly enough, Travis Maddox was the first real bad boy I’ve ever encountered *coughsandenjoyedcoughs*.

  • Sadly this sounds incredibly typical NA. I tell you, Travis Maddox has a lot to answer for and why do so many authors keep using the same bad boy / plain Jane type romance. I neeeeed something deeper and that breaks the template that these authors all tend to keep recycling. I love books about characters finding redemption, but he’s hardly a ‘bad boy’ is he, just a quiet possible jerk. I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this one Joy, although I’m not surprised as it sounds as though it really lacked substance. Wonderful review nonetheless hun <3

    • So true. Nowadays, my new standard for bad boys is Martin Sandeke. If you ever feel like going over the darkside, you must check out Penny Reid’s Elements of Chemistry. 😀

  • Wow, a 1 star, yikes

  • Oh lordy, I can tell this book is not for me! Ha. There’s a very limited selection of romance books that I can enjoy, sadly.

    • Yeah. You probably won’t enjoy this one, Hannah. But, strangers things have happened. 🙂

  • I am someone who is working really hard and aspiring to my dreams. I once met an author who had the off chance to hit it big and even sat down to dinner with them. And what turned me off most? When he said he doesn’t really like writing, but simply is something to enjoy off the side. DOESN’T LIKE IT?! I could tell him countless names of others who love it and would love to make the amount of money he does from it. I do get that the publishing field can be unfair like that, but just knowing his attitude about his sport makes me think this isn’t for me 🙂 Be effortlessly good at it – sure – but at least have a good attitude about it then as well.

    • Okay. Kinda random. As of the author who doesn’t like writing, someone once said to me that if you’re not doing the thing you love, you’re wasting your time.

  • That sucks you couldn’t buy into the relationship aspect of the book. I hate when you get cheated out of a good love story. Ugh!

    • Some would get a kick out of this book, but not me. *shrugs*

  • kindlemom1

    I’m with you on the bad boys that need to be authentic. I think the two main characters would have irritated me a bit in this or maybe not, maybe I wouldn’t of, hard to say really. Either way. I don’t think I will be making it a priority to be picking this one up even if it does sound good. 😉 Great review though, I loved your honesty!

  • We no longer have a hockey team in GA, but I always like to read about them in sports romances! I love a good bad boy but there is a fine line between bad-ass and asshole! I also agree that timid characters are bland (except for the occasional “timid for a good reason” type character). Probably wouldn’t enjoy this one either, but damn that cover isn’t hard to look at 😀


      • BWAHAHAHA! OMG I completely forgot about that!! They moved to Canada 😀 It was a well thought out move… not much in the way of hockey fans in the south. 😛

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I have a huge thing for bad boys too Joy, but like you, I want them to feel authentically bad. Not bad on the surface with a few swear words and some alpha possessive behavior. I like the ones that I should hate but for some reason are written so perfectly I’m helpless to do anything but love them:)

    • Yes! It’s so fake. Even the cussing sounded so fake.

  • Aww boo. Sorry this didn’t work for you! But sometimes some authors are just not meant for you no matter how well loved they are in the community. For me that author is Jennifer L Armentrout.

  • Rice cake… that made me chuckle. 🙂 Your thoughts about this book are exactly why I’ve stayed away from New Adult lately. Hopefully your next one is better.

    • Thanks! Hopefully. I’ve got a thing for them lately. Sigh.