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.”
Out of all of the Cold Fury Hockey books, Alex was probably the most disappointing of the bunch. Of course, I haven’t read Garrett’s book, yet, but I’m holding on to my high hopes for that one. Super underwhelming because books 3-5 were phenomenal. Alex was just a little cliché, boring, and not so much my personal cup of tea.
I think my biggest problem with Alex, well, okay, I had 2 problems. 1) I didn’t like Sutton very much. That’s sort of weird to me, because I liked Sutton in the other books. Granted, she doesn’t play a very big role in the other books, but I DID like her. In this book, though, Alex comes on a little too strong. She says what she wants to say and pesters Alex consistently regardless of the consequences. Sutton doesn’t care if she’s making Alex uncomfortable or that he doesn’t want to talk about all of the details in his life. She just pushes and pushes and pushes until she can gather any information possible. Personally, I would dump somebody over that. Just because you are in a relationship with somebody does not mean that they don’t have a right to their own privacy. If you really care about someone, then you respect them and love them for who they are. It’s perfectly okay to make it clear that you’re there for them and will do anything for them. It’s not so much okay to sit there and badger them for your own personal gain. I really couldn’t stand that about Sutton. She also came off rather clingy and emotional in several scenes. I just didn’t really like her…
Another problem I had with Alex was that it was a little underdeveloped. I’ve noticed in several of these books that there were certain things that occurred that were sort of just pushed aside and never really carried through. It hasn’t been such a big deal in the other books, but it was a bit too much in this one. For example, Alex’s relationship with his dad and brother, as well as Sutton’s relationship with her father, were either forced at the end or were just pushed aside. Alex thinks that his dad is using at the end, but then nothing comes of it. Another example, is Alex’s temper. The whole book talks about how Alex is eventually going to hurt Sutton with his roguish, bad-boy behavior. While they do have a moment toward the end, that behavior didn’t make an appearance toward Sutton. If you’re going to spend all that time talking about it, then it needs to actually happen. Readers notice when you push stuff to the side.
Another thing that I found really awkward was Sutton’s ex-boyfriend. Both my mom and I read this book and neither of us could understand 1) why Sutton was ever thinking about getting back together with him. Come one, if a guy breaks up with you because they want to sleep with other people, you’re not going to even consider taking them back. You will HATE them. So, that didn’t make sense. and 2) where did he go? He was there and then he wasn’t. There needed to be some sort of climax with his character rather than just having Sutton relay what happened in a later scene. There needed to be some big scene either between Alex and the ex-boyfriend or Sutton and the ex-boyfriend. It needed to be an actual scene that we read about.
An additional scene that needed to be further explored was the break up between Alex and Sutton. Yes, we did get to see it, but it was two weeks in the past. That needed to be front and center in the present.
So, there were just a bunch of scenes that needed to be further explored and edited just a little bit better than they were. Unfortunately, it just happened so many times that I reached my limit. Fortunately, I LOVED books 3-5. So this wasn’t the biggest deal ever!
rating: [rating: 2.5]