Copy received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: – Contemporary Romance
Series: – First in a yet to be completed series
Writing – First person Dual POV
Main Characters: Hockey star Alexander Crossman, is the player the fans love to hate. He gets the job done, but that is it. His teams management have had enough of his bad image and are determined to do something about it and make him volunteer for a drug programme to reach children.
Sutton Price, is a newly qualified social worker, who has no clue about hockey or who Alex is. But she is determined that the programme she is to form with Alex will be a success.
Love triangle? – No – there is another “love interest” to start but there is no question about it going anywhere.
Cheating? – No.
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author? – Yes
Rating – 5
I have to say, I loved this book.
Both main characters were great, but it was very much Alex’s book.
I loved Sutton, but for me, Alex had the biggest change and growth here, and I just found myself falling in love with him so much more. And I loved Sutton for him. They were a great couple.
The pacing and growth of their relationship was excellent. And I am glad the author avoided (even though I worried it would be added) the oh so predictable in romance plot device of the “HUGE MISUNDERSTANDING” where one of the main characters, usually the heroine happens to be hiding behind a wall/tree/life-size statue of Yoda, right as the Hero is kissed by another woman, and runs off just before the hero pushes said other woman away! None of that here!
It is very much a character/relationship driven story, and any issues come from the characters themselves and their feelings of unworthiness/guilt/self hatred etc.
And Alex, Alex is a man, not afraid to admit when he was wrong. In fact, this book has one of the best bits in a book ever, and it just made me love Alex and his story more.
A hugely enjoyable 5 stars for me.