*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Alex is your typical hotshot hockey player. He has a very large chip on his shoulder and believes the world owes him a favour. But as I began to read on, I discovered the real Alex and why he gave off that persona to the outside world. Alex has troubles that has plagued him for years, and it’s only after meeting Sutton, that he finds the strength to face his demons head on.
Sutton is the kind of female character I like to read about, she’s fiery and can stand up for herself. When Alex is assigned to help her with a new outreach program, Sutton is less than impressed. She can do without the rich, uninterested hockey player, but the more she learns about Alex, the more she discovers his image is a façade. And Sutton has to remind herself to keep it professional between them.
“I need to stop fantasizing about Alex and me naked, I practically shout to my vagina.”
I really enjoyed the banter between Sutton and Alex when they were starting out, it’s always fun to learn the dynamics of a couple and these two were no exception. Alex believes his past actions mean he doesn’t deserve any good things to happen to him and Sutton reassures him that everyone, including himself deserves a second chance.
“I’ve been a pr*ck far longer than I’ve been charming. You’re seeing a new side to me, but you know the old is bound to come out.”
“We all have days when our monsters come out, Alex. You’re not going to scare me off if I see yours.”
As always, Sawyer Bennett’s writing style never fails to capture my interest, I always find her stories easy to read and I am guaranteed an enjoyable story. Sutton really had Alex tied up in knots and she changed his perception of his life and how people seen him. She was just what he needed. And let’s face it, when a guy starts declaring his true feelings it makes us go all gooey.
“I stare at her a moment more, my heart giving that sweetly painful squeeze that comes more often than not when I’m looking at Sutton. She’s precariously close to becoming my everything.”
“She is the most important person in my life and always will be because she showed me that life is about overcoming struggles and opening yourself up to possibility. She brought colour into my otherwise gray existence and for that I owe her everything.”
I think as I had just previously read another book by Sawyer very close to this one, Alex felt almost tame in comparison. I know they were of two different romantic genres but I longed for the connection I felt in the first book between the two characters, to be felt amongst Alex and Sutton. The conflict was very mild in this book also, and I felt had we gotten a little more, it would have had a greater impact. Nonetheless, Alex was an easy read and many readers will devour it in one sitting. It has a sassy, independent girl and a hot hockey guy to swoon over.
“I’m not exactly sure what is happening here but I suppose an outsider would say I’m developing a relationship with someone. My first. Sadly, my only, and I hope I don’t screw it up.”
I went into this story believing it was an adult novel it definitely has that feel to it, I now see it is marketed as New Adult. I think the lines are beginning to blur between the two. Whichever category you would class it as, it is worth checking out.
If it were Sawyer’s writing that attracts you to this book, the hockey element or simply the hot guy on the cover, I have no doubt you will enjoy this story regardless.
USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
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