Goodreads blurb: 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.”
The first in the Cold Fury Hockey series, once I started reading I was addicted. Could not put it down and immediately purchased the others in the series. Alex is the bad boy of the team, doesn’t care if everyone hates him. When he is forced to work with Sutton, he shows her more than the bad boy image he wants everyone else to see. She is tempted by him and can’t quite keep professional footing and the lines become blurred. He cares about the program she wants to start even though at times he does his best to appear like he doesn’t. I enjoyed this book immensely.