Alex (A Cold Fury Hockey Novel), Sawyer Bennett
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
My second Sawyer Bennet novel..I loved the fabulous Confessions of a Litigation God so was hoping for good things from this one, and I wasn’t disappointed.
It’s a tale of two people who’ve had horrific childhoods, and who’ve taken a very different path in adulthood. Alex is a top hockey star, still inwardly suffering from his controlling, dominatiing father’s cruel childhood abuse. His dad was determined to make hima top hockey player and was so OTT in the things he did to poor Alex from when he was very young. He was punished for every tiny mistake, even if the team thought he’d done really well. His dad still phones after every match to ream him about what he thinks he did wrong. Never praise just the lecture. Alex copes by closing himself off from everyone and by being a jerk. He’s not ashamed when he gets the MVP awards and the fans name him Most Valuable Prick….it all rolls off him. He does his stuff, plays the game and suceeds, and he doesn’t care what others think. Not the fans, not the players or managers, no friends, he just does physical sex, not relationships. Then he meets Sutton. His team managers have tired of his antics, and punish him by making him take part in a drug, alcohol and addiction outreach project. It’s actually somehing he’d do anyway, as it involves visiting schools etc to talk to youths and maybe stop some from getting stuck in the spiral he was caught in by his alcoholic father. He needs the money from the sport, otherwise he’d tell management what to do with their attempts to rein him in, but though he doesn’t enjoy it Hockey is all he has ever done, and he’s unqualified for anythng else…
Then he meets Sutton and he’s attracted straight off, but she shooots down his attempts to get her to his house ( she knows what he means by his offer to cook dinner at his house!!) They have a couple of false starts where they irritate each other, but then a corner is turned and Alex finds that its not just Sutton’s body he likes but her mind too. Gradually he finds himself talkiung to her as a friend – and he’s never had one of those. She makes him look at things in a different way, and he begins to change. They get closer too til they are finally immersed in a fully fledged, hot and sensual relationship. That Alex has some great moves…. As always though there’s a worm in the apple and Alex gets scared…I’d have liked that part to have been more drawn out – I like to really feel the hurt, to get upset for the characters, to wallow with them in their sorrow – then when they make up it makes me so much happier. It was still good though, still a terrific read and one full of drama and emotion, one that made me look at the characters and how their pasts affected them differently.
Stars: Almost a five, a four and a half.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.