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.
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.
4 out of 5 stars
I saw this and thought “a book about a hot hockey player”. I’m all in. Alex is about way more than hockey. Alex is an NHL player who hates the game he plays. Alex spent his childhood being abused by his alcoholic father, forced to play a game by a man he hates. His demeanor on and off the ice gets him in trouble, and he is forced by the team to assist with a drug outreach program aimed at kids.
Alex shows up late to his first appointment with Sutton Price, social worker, and Alex was expecting a man. He was shocked to find a beautiful red head who was the most caring person in the world. Their first meeting does not go well, but eventually, Alex starts to soften. Sutton, too, has suffered abuse, having spent the first 9 years of her life with a drug addicted, abusive father. Sutton, however, has been able to overcome the trauma of her abuse – Alex has not.
There are some great supporting players in this book, most notably, Sutton’s younger brother Glenn, who idolizes Sutton. Sutton’s parents were great too, as was her co-worker Minnie, and Alex’s teammate Garrett (who the next book is about).
This book moved at a nice pace, was told in the first person and alternating POV’s, and dealt with abuse in a real way. The characters were endearing and likable. Overall, a very good read, and I will read the next book for sure!