Professional athlete, Alexander Crossman is a phenomenal hockey player, unfortunately the fans hate him. Cold Fury Management gives him an ultimatum to fix his reputation through a community service campaign as the Furies spokesman. Little did they know how the program they chose would hit close to home.
When I first started reading this story, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I love hockey and Alex, the main character who is an excellent professional hockey player hates the game – sacrilege! As I continued reading there was a very good explanation for his feeling that alter by the end of the novel. To be quite honest, if having gone through Alex’s childhood, I would have felt the same way.
I felt for Alex. He had a horrible childhood being raised by an alcoholic abusive father who had affected him into adulthood. I could not believe some of the things he suffered through. After meeting social worker, Sutton Price, and seeing how she handled a similar upbringing, he wants to become a better person. I appreciate that he admits his jealousy and faults. Although not an easy journey, Alex transforms throughout the novel into a person that he wants to be.
Sutton is a remarkable character. She turned a negative situation into something positive, trying to help others that suffer through similar abusive upbringings. No longer living with her birth father, her step-father and family have a strong supportive relationship that helps make that possible. She is a light for Alex, that came along at the perfect time.
Sawyer Bennett wrote a powerful story, with real-world issues. Alex is a compelling and emotional novel that is well worth the read. I really enjoyed the ending, it was quite clever.
I truly liked Alex’s teammate, Garrett, in this book. He became a good friend, something that Alex wasn’t used to. I look forward to reading his story in: Garrett (Cold Fury Hockey #2) which is expected to be released on February 17, 2015.
Complimentary copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.