I love reading romance books (can't get enough of them) any sub genre of romance PNR/UF, RS , YA and NA. Most of my free time is spend reading because I view it as a hobby and entertainment.
ARC generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Rating ~ 3 stars.
Alex Crossman is an NHL player. He had an abusive childhood his mother died when he was young and his father was a hockey player who couldn't make it in major league and became a drunk and forced Alex to play hockey and beat him up when he made a single mistake hence Alex become an asshole who played a game he hated and was a prick to everyone around him. Hence the reason everyone calls him MVP (most valuable prick)
"I'm a player they love to hate and I could give a fuck."
Sutton Price is young woman who works at Drug crisis center. She's 22 years old and has a master's in sociology of course. Sutton father was an alcoholic and he was abusive so her mother left him and took Sutton with her. Her mother eventually married a really nice guy and they are very happy even with the tough financial situation.
Sutton and Alex meet when Alex is forced to do community service. They are both attracted to each other. They both start caring about each other and soon become involved.
The thing is while I liked the individual story line for characters with Alex abuse with his drunk father and Sutton's father. It just didn't live up to the potential that it showed at the start.
Quibbles: I could understand their attraction to each other, they are both opposites in personalities, attractive looking hence the lust at first sight but I didn't feel the love. There was just something missing. Secondly, I just never saw what was extremely Special about Sutton that changes Alex in a couple of days. Alex was supposed to be this asshole but we don't see that behavior apart from at the start of the book where he is the guy who doesn't care much about anything, he plays a game he hates because of his father who he despises and he's extremely anti-social/crude to everyone around him especially the women he sleeps with. This behavior just went away, he become the guy who loved playing hockey and become a guy who wanted to nice for Sutton but I didn't understand the progression. Furthermore, Alex needed to grovel more, he behaved appalling towards her near the end and then just comes back and she just takes him back. Sutton's behavior regarding her ex-boyfriend and the way how she behaved after Alex's behavior was weird to me. Lastly the resolution of Alex father was too easy, Alex suffered so much and at the end of the day the conflict was solved to easily.
The book showed not only how children who are abused can turn out so differently but that there is always help available for those going through tough times dealing with addiction. I do like Miss Bennett's writing style and I have liked her other books so I will continue to read her future books especially with the next book in this series which is about Garrett.