Alex by Sawyer Bennett

Alex

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...

Title:Alex
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ISBN:0553393006
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:224 pages

Alex Reviews

  • Mysza

    I love reading sport themed books, especially about hockey. I'm a proud puck lover:) And I really enjoyed reading this one. There was not unnecessary drama, there were hot steamy sex scenes and finally there were wonderful charachters.

    Alex, named MVP - Most Valuable Prick, is an incredible hockey player, too bad he doesn't give a shit about a game, his team and fans. To fix his and team's reputation, Cold Fury's management sends him to participate in a drug awar

    I love reading sport themed books, especially about hockey. I'm a proud puck lover:) And I really enjoyed reading this one. There was not unnecessary drama, there were hot steamy sex scenes and finally there were wonderful charachters.

    Alex, named MVP - Most Valuable Prick, is an incredible hockey player, too bad he doesn't give a shit about a game, his team and fans. To fix his and team's reputation, Cold Fury's management sends him to participate in a drug awareness program. That is where he meets Sutton, a drug counsellor he is supposed to cooperate with. What they both have in common, is their rough past, the difference is she moved on and is doing well, while he still lets the past rule his present. They can't deny mutual attraction and slowly their professional relationship turns into something more. There was a slight slip-up on Alex's part along the way, but nothing major, not the drama I couldn't deal with and enough grovelling made me forgive him fast (and yes it was soooo grovelling). Also, believe me when I say that Alex is sex on skates! That man is hawt and lickable, not kidding! Just imagine those ice hockey bodies and you'll get the picture:) A little example maybe?

    Sawyer Bennett has an incredible talent of creating asshole heroes, that I fall for, and this one was no exception. Alex is mean and bitter, he has no friends or social life, always sarcastic and cocky bastard you would say, but he is not that man when it comes to Sutton. He is caring and attentive, she seems to know how to bring the best part of him to the surface.

    I also liked that Sutton didn't steal the show here, the title is "Alex" and it was a book about Alex, though she played an important part of the story. With her help, he slowly changed from unlikable person to friendly team-mate, loving boyfriend and good role model for his young fans.

    Aww, and I loved the ending and epilogue. Using the motive from "Love actually" was a brilliant idea. It was sweet and heart-warming. Ok, I saw this gif in other reviews, but it is just asking to put it here, I can't help myself using it too, sorry girls;)

    We also got to meet Garret (Smart. Mother. Fucker.), Alex's team mate, who is womanizer, but the one that is respectful to women he "has fun with" and I can't wait to see him being struck by cupid's arrow.

    Oh, one more thing, I almost forgot, total cover lust !!! I hope Garrett's book will have as hot cover as this one, seriously drooling here;)

  • Lisa Jayne

    At the risk of sounding like I'm repeating myself, once again I have to express the fact that nothing attracts me more to a book than the words 'sports related and romance' in the same sentence. Sawyer Bennett blew me away with her romantic story telling and I can tell you right from the start that although the cover to this book is delicious all by itself it

    At the risk of sounding like I'm repeating myself, once again I have to express the fact that nothing attracts me more to a book than the words 'sports related and romance' in the same sentence. Sawyer Bennett blew me away with her romantic story telling and I can tell you right from the start that although the cover to this book is delicious all by itself it does not give what's inside justice. If you are expecting an easy going romance with all the usual ingredients for a book in this genre then you'll be pleasantly surprised because not only do you get all of the above but you get a whole lot more. Bennett has packed her pages full of heart felt sentiments and a journey of two characters that completely stole my attention. 'Alex' is a gorgeously written tale of healing, love and fulfilment and I for one am fully convinced by this authors talent.

    Alex Crossman is a NHL superstar with an attitude as big as his talent. Winning hockey games has never been his problem but fighting his past so that it doesn't affect his future is becoming a living nightmare. Following the demands of his management team Alex must start to change his public image and make some drastic changes. When Sutton price first meets the famous hockey star she finds herself attracted to this difficult man with more secrets than she is able to unravel, but as this duo start to work together the attraction is undeniable and they soon start to feel more for each other than they both dare to admit. But sadly when broken pasts and an unwillingness to love gets in the way of a happy ending they both have to make the decision to fight for what they love.

    Determination, courage, love and full of heart this book made my reading time a pleasure. 'Alex' was a superb love story that had plenty of depth and emotion attached to it. One of things I appreciated most about this authors story telling and what stood out to me most was that the author didn't add any additional, unnecessary drama to sensationalise the story telling instead Bennett has created a story line that turned out to be a fantastic page turner and fabulous love story. As for the characters, they also thoroughly impressed me. I have no qualms about admitting that a hero with a moody, brooding self confessed prick persona is always going to be winning brownie points in my camp. I love that 'love to hate' you feeling and this author has captured that perfectly in this book. Alex Crossman has more than his fair share of demons to fight, and I enjoy nothing more than a tortured hero who discovers he may be falling in love. The heroine was perfectly relatable she had her insecurities without ever being overbearing or irritating in fact she was the star of the show as she showed her strength through her difficulties. Everything from the hockey playing to the passion and heartache was played out so well there was little to find fault about. If you like to read about affairs of the heart that have a great plot to go alongside it then you won't go far wrong picking up this book. And as always when I read a book as good a this one I'm now going on the hunt for books that are similar. Sawyer Bennett has well and truly earned my attention and I can happily add this couple to one of my favourites.

    I battled a little with myself over the rating of this book. There is undeniably no question as to whether I loved this book or not and I'm sure I'll not be for forgetting this authors name for future releases. However (it's a small however) there were times when the story slowed down somewhat and I felt a lull in the plot progress that made consider the full five star rating. But make no mistake I enjoyed the journey from chapter one until the end and I was a little forlorn to say goodbye to the two characters that I had most certainly grown to love.

    I'm not sure what this author plans on working on next but I have no shame in admitting that I will beg, plead and stalk Mrs Bennett for a book to be written about Garrett. As a secondary character in this book he stole just a little of the limelight and I'm now desperately in need for that hero to find his own happy ending. As for 'Alex' this will be a novel that I have no doubts about revisiting. Sexy, heartwarming, romantic and completely read worthy this book had me from the moment I picked it up right up until the end. If you love the books you read to include a charming heroine with plenty of heart and a hero that gets your heart pounding then this story will be a treat for you. I'm still thinking on this story days after finishing it and I'm hoping other readers will love it just as much as I did. Readers don't miss out on meeting Alex Crossman he's a hero I'm sure you'll love to hate and by the end I can guarantee he will have won you over. Enjoy, kisses.

  • ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥

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    Sutton Price works as a counsellor at a crisis centre. She’s there for the kids and is passionate about making a difference in their lives. Sutton herself has experienced and overcome a great deal of difficulty, giving her wonderful inner strength and a quiet, all knowing confidence that's contagious. Sutton is both endearing and inspiring.

    Twenty-six year old

    is our HOT Hockey playing hero and the MVP of the team.

    He’s a complete asshole to everyo

    It's

    Sutton Price works as a counsellor at a crisis centre. She’s there for the kids and is passionate about making a difference in their lives. Sutton herself has experienced and overcome a great deal of difficulty, giving her wonderful inner strength and a quiet, all knowing confidence that's contagious. Sutton is both endearing and inspiring.

    Twenty-six year old

    is our HOT Hockey playing hero and the MVP of the team.

    He’s a complete asshole to everyone, fans and team mates alike, but he's also their superstar gifted player so he gets away with it, until now..... Now, he's been ordered to improve his reputation by working on a project with Sutton.

    Sutton knows nothing about Hockey so she's not overwhelmed in anyway by his persona. Something about Sutton, her honesty, her care, her attitude towards life inspires Alex to think and feel differently about everything, including the game of Hockey. They change things for each other in a beautiful, inspiring way.

    Sutton aims to keep things as business only and he doesn't 'do' relationships of any kind but they have a strong pull to one another, an undeniable attraction both physically and mentally.

    Alex is closed off emotionally but, as in all good romances, the love and care of a wonderful heroine is a balm to his wounds. The way he responds to her is blissfully mixed with a dash of angst. I felt his presence and charisma and their first time together is... WOW... magnificently hot! In fact the story is a whole load of yumminess!

    Things hang in the balance….. Alex has the power to screw things up or let himself feel. He’s burdened by the weight of his past and present.

    One small thing,

    equally I like that this author approached it in a slightly different manner than one would expect.

    I found myself smiling my way through the read and feeling the warm fuzzies, it appealed to my romantic side in a big way.

    is perfectly paced and lightly angsty which is perfect for the story presented. I loved the narrative of the heroine, her inner voice is effortless on the mind and Alex is just dreamy, I loved being inside his brooding head. I felt a wonderful subtlety to the writing, there are no over dramatics which I greatly appreciated. This is one of those stories that I picked up with little expectation. I’ve never read a book by this author and I’m not a Hockey fan, partly due to the fact that it’s not a big sport in the UK. I have to say after reading ALEX, I wish it was.

    Arc provided by Random House Publishing group, via NetGalley, for an honest review

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  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    (stand-alone, book 1) follows bad boy and star ice hockey player for the Carolina Cold Fury,

    . Closed off to

    (stand-alone, book 1) follows bad boy and star ice hockey player for the Carolina Cold Fury,

    . Closed off to the world, he has settled into a life of

    ,

    and playing it well while the

    . His attitude and public image is suffering and so team management

    for an anti-drug abuse campaign.

    Recent College graduate and drug counselor at Wake County Drug Crisis Center,

    has been assigned to

    . Alex’s reputation typically precedes him, but Sutton, however is not a hockey fan. At first, she cannot help but be

    of his imposing

    and

    . That is until Alex

    ! Things go downhill from there…

    Alex is

    and Sutton on trying to keep things

    . Besides Alex does not do relationships. Story, told from

    goes onto follow them

    while the

    . Along the way they discover that they both hide

    and a friendship of sorts is formed as they both

    … and the many

    are peeled…

    Eight words to describe

    .

    Eight words to describe

    .

    picked up around 40% and

    . Other than Sutter feeling

    I thoroughly

    and where it

    .

    is ladies’ man, Garrett Samuelson’s story,

    , whom we met quite a bit in this story.

    journey!

    and oh so

    hero!

    story-telling! Uhm, did I mention hot hero, hehe…

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    Hero rating: 4 stars

    Heroine rating: 3.5 stars

    Sexual tension rating: 4 stars

    Sex scenes rating: 4.5 stars

    Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars

    Plot rating: 4 stars

    Dialogue rating: 4.5 stars

    Storytelling rating: 4.5 stars

    Story ending rating: 4 stars

    Book editing rating (5 = no edits spotted): N/A

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  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

    After reading two very intense and powerfully gripping books, I turned to this book as it seemed like a light and straight-forward read, something I was in the mood for. I guess I shouldn’t judge a book by its

    cover because it wasn’t just all fun and steamy. Behind Alex’s cold indifference and Sutton’s bubbly enthusiasm lie issues that are common in many households: abuse and alcoholism. I deeply admire the author for tackling both of these tough subjects in this book and giving thes

    After reading two very intense and powerfully gripping books, I turned to this book as it seemed like a light and straight-forward read, something I was in the mood for. I guess I shouldn’t judge a book by its

    cover because it wasn’t just all fun and steamy. Behind Alex’s cold indifference and Sutton’s bubbly enthusiasm lie issues that are common in many households: abuse and alcoholism. I deeply admire the author for tackling both of these tough subjects in this book and giving these characters, albeit fictional, hope that no matter how harsh their past, no one has control over their present and future. It is a beautiful message. However, there are a few things I wasn’t too fond of that were present in this book and kept me from fully enjoying it.

    When I first got a glimpse of Alex’s childhood, I wanted to hug the man. I also understood his loathing for hockey, his father, and relationships in general. Yet it still doesn’t give him a reason to treat others – and especially Sutton – like trash just because he’s in a shitty mood. My biggest complaint would be his momentary lapse in judgment near the end of the book:

    This part was annoying because I felt like it was completely unnecessary – I mean if Alex is going to

    at least make the reason good. Oh and this:

    What an unnecessary

    What a waste of book page space.

    What is her middle name, doormat? Don’t get me wrong, she’s a good woman but at the same time she was so…obtuse.

    Old boyfriend breaks up with her for lousy reasons and crushes her heart? ...oh whatever.

    Alex is an ass to her? ...Forgives him.

    Other people piss her off? ...*shrugs*

    Quite frankly, I think it’s just eerie that someone like Sutton exists. Call me cynical or whatever…but I’m going to quote from another book that explains what I think of her:

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    Additionally, the wrap-up of all the loose ends in this book (Alex’s dad, Sutton’s ex, etc…) was just

    perfect and all jammed together I felt like the author was rushing to give them an HEA. However, she does have a very simple yet addictive writing style that I liked and the ending was sweet but it wasn’t enough because I didn’t really love any of the characters. All in all, an easily forgettable story that provided temporary enjoyment.

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  • Christy

    I’ve been told many times I need to read Sawyer Bennett, that I would love her stuff. Finally, I did it. Read my first book by this author. I have to say- I really enjoyed it. I’m not a sports fan. Not even a little… but for some reason, I like books about hockey players. There is just something about them. Alex is one of those guys thats a straight up bastard- and you know those are my favorite kind!!!

    Alex Crossman is good at hockey. No, he’s great at hockey. One of the best. Th

    I’ve been told many times I need to read Sawyer Bennett, that I would love her stuff. Finally, I did it. Read my first book by this author. I have to say- I really enjoyed it. I’m not a sports fan. Not even a little… but for some reason, I like books about hockey players. There is just something about them. Alex is one of those guys thats a straight up bastard- and you know those are my favorite kind!!!

    Alex Crossman is good at hockey. No, he’s great at hockey. One of the best. The problem? He doesn’t give a shit about hockey. It’s just something he’s always been pressured to do his entire life. The pressure to be perfect makes him hate the game. His hockey team can tell he doesn’t care and coach is getting a lot of pressure for him to have a better attitude. Alex is mandated to help with a drug awareness program to give his image a makeover. That is where he meets Sutton.

    Sutton Price is the opposite of Alex. She’s a drug counselor, and even though her job is difficult, she loves it. Sutton hasn’t had the perfect life either, but she did not let it define her like Alex. She rose above it and is a wonderful person and role model. When she meets Alex, sparks fly. They get along better than expected. Alex likes that Sutton calls him out when he does something stupid. He likes that she's passionate about her job, that she cares about her kids and her family. He likes everything about her. Thats never happened to him before. Hockey is his only focus. Women are just there on the side. Sutton is different, and he wants to explore it.

    For the first time in his life, Alex is actually enjoying playing hockey, starting to care again. Sutton is the reason for that change.

    
It is so out of the norm for Alex, but he’s starting to care not only about hockey, but about Sutton too. The thing I love most about Sutton is that she doesn’t put Alex in this box of hockey player with an attitude. She shows him that he is the only person who can decide who he is. Not others.

    Alex really cares for Sutton. Sutton is falling hard for Alex. Alex is conflicted. Things from his past that surface make him question if he can ever be in a relationship. He’s worried his demons will show and drive Sutton away. The last thing he wants to do is hurt her, but he can’t be away from her either.

    Alex could be a jerk, but he could also be a really great guy. I loved seeing how much he grew in this story. He was a jerk in the beginning, but turned out to be really sweet and swoony by the end. Sutton was a fabulous heroine. She was kind, understanding and sweet. Almost seemed too perfect at times, but regardless- I really liked her. Another character I really loved was Garrett. I’m hoping he gets his own story down the line!

    The ending was perfection. Hockey rink and cards- I loved it! Then the very end… the sweetest!

    This was an easy read for the most part. There were some emotional moments, but it was a lot of sweet and sexy too.Getting both Alex and Sutton’s pov really helped with seeing Alex’s struggles and growth. I enjoyed this authors writing style. I’m looking forward to reading more of her hockey boys!


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