New Release Review and Giveaway! BREAKAWAY by Sophia Henry (Pilots Hockey #5)

Breakaway
Sophia Henry
Published by: Random House: Flirt
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

In a standalone hockey romance that tugs at readers’ heartstrings, a broken ex-pro learns to live and love again—all thanks to the complicated, wonderful nurse who gives him a second chance.

Brianna Collins needs to break away from her overbearing family. Her parents expect her to “fix” her brother after a series of concussions derailed his hockey career. Unfortunately, no doctor will give him clearance to play, and she’s finished with being the person they rely on to perform a miracle that will never happen. For Bree, a six-month nursing assignment at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the perfect escape.

Luke Daniels, former forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent close to a year rehabbing a career-threatening injury—and distracting himself however he can. Worlds collide when Luke realizes that the girl from his latest one-night-stand happens to be the new nurse at the hospital where he volunteers in the pediatric unit. What’s more, Bree’s the only person who makes him excited about life again.

Despite her initial reservations, Luke can’t help pursuing sweet, beautiful Bree. Then he realizes it was her brother whose career he ended with an accidental hit, and he falls back on the thing that’s always helped suppress his demons: alcohol. But if Luke doesn’t kick his old habits, he just may lose the one thing he loves more than hockey.

 

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Don’t miss any of Sophia Henry’s exhilarating Pilots Hockey novels:
DELAYED PENALTY | POWER PLAY | INTERFERENCE | UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT | BREAKAWAY

Praise for Sophia Henry:
“Sophia Henry’s hockey novels are fun and flirty, warm and sweet, with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy hockey heroes. They’ll bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.”USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

 

Review:

Breakaway wasn’t exactly what I was expecting (I don’t think I read the blurb too closely–or maybe at all? I just saw “Pilots Hockey, #5” and got grabby hands)–there wasn’t too much hockey here, though both MCs have had some connection to it their whole lives–but I still ended up liking it a whole lot. Neither Bree nor Luke are looking for a relationship, and in fact they spend a good half the book as f*uck buddies and are more than okay with that, but of course that eventually morphs into something else–this time for him before it does for her, which was a refreshing change.

I really liked Bree and Luke together and was rooting for them from the first page (not to mention from the cover, though I don’t know who that guy is, because you sure as heck couldn’t put that hair into a ponytail…) though it did feel a bit at the end like things were resolved a bit too easily, especially with the family issues they both had. Still, the actual ending was very sweet. Previous series characters make brief appearances in the book–mostly in the beginning–which was fun for those who have read their books but shouldn’t cause a problem at all for those who haven’t.

Now all we have to do is wait for book #6… 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

Author Bio:

Award-Winning Author, Sophia Henry, is a proud Detroit native who fell in love with reading, writing and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts.

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Power Play
Sophia Henry
(Pilots Hockey #2)
Publication date: February 16th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

In Sophia Henry’s blistering follow-up to Delayed Penalty, hailed as “sexy, fun, and full of angst” by L. P. Dover, a good girl and a hockey hunk face off against expectations—and this match is guaranteed to see plenty of action.

Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family’s market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.

Landon isn’t afraid of telling Gaby that he’s got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It’s his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.

One minute Gaby’s tempted to give in; the next, she’s getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who’s destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now.

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Rule One: There’s no such thing as love at first sight.

Lust at first sight, sure, but not love. Don’t get me wrong. I love love. I love love so much, I’ve dressed up as Cupid for Halloween. But real love takes time.

Just some unsolicited advice from Gabriella Bertucci, Queen of Having It All Figured Out, except my own life, of course. It’s easy to give advice and boast lofty ideals when no one pays attention to you.

“Hey!”

I knew the voice, but I had to do a double take after looking up from the “Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, oh MI” T-shirt I’d been folding. “You got your haircut.”

Landon Taylor ran a hand over his dark blond faux-hawk and grinned. “Yeah. It was time to lose the mop top.”

“Looks nice.” I grabbed another shirt out of the cardboard box filled with our most recent shipment of T-shirts from Totally Detroit, a local screen printer. If I held the shirt up and folded it in front of my face, Landon might not notice my annoying habit of hyperventilating whenever I talked to him.

Though Landon and his family had been clients at my family’s produce stores for years, my palms still broke out in a sweat whenever he walked through the door.

“Do you guys have any more of the Tigers Legos?” Landon asked as he dug through a tiny box of toys next to the register. “My brothers are obsessed with them.”

“Yeah, I know. Your mom was in here last week and bought us out.”

“Damn.” His dark blond eyebrows knit in defeat and he turned his attention to a rack of kids’ T-shirts.

“You could buy him an actual tiger,” I suggest.

“Animal or baseball player?” Landon glanced up to shoot me a wink, then resumed pushing the hangers quickly aside, obviously not impressed with our selection.

I grabbed a stuffed tiger with the state of Michigan embroidered in pink across its chest from a nearby table and threw it at Landon. “RAWWR!” It bounced off his freshly shorn head and landed on the floor.

“Geez, Gaby! You’ve gotta tell a guy when you throw a damn tiger at him.”

“Now I see why you play hockey,” I joked before rushing behind the register to help another customer. He couldn’t retaliate while I rang up someone’s purchase, but I’d have to remember to take cover after.

The Taylor family had shopped at Eastern Market, Detroit’s historic, outdoor public market, religiously every Saturday morning for as long as I can recall. They always bought a bushel of apples from our stand and ate them as they wove through the aisles under the covered sheds. Once they would finish browsing, they would come back and load their old red wagon with enough produce to last the week.

That was back when Bertucci Produce was just a small, but thriving, stand in Shed One at Eastern Market. Years before my mom and dad decided they wanted to open 313 Artisans, the small store I currently run, which began as a way to feature local artists as well as my mom’s own artistic creations.

This was back when Landon was just a kid strolling through the streets in one of Detroit’s oldest communities, not Landon Taylor superstar defenseman for the Detroit Pilots. Detroit’s next NHL-bound player.

Rule Two: Real love is between two people. If it’s one-sided, it’s just infatuation; a crush.

Which is why I couldn’t call my feelings for Landon Taylor love. Sure, my forehead broke out in a cold sweat and my heart pumped and thumped like a rock ’n’ roll drumbeat every time I watched him walk through the door. But since I didn’t seem to have the same effect on him, it couldn’t be love.

In defense of my hormonally charged reaction, every time I saw him now he looked like a fitness model who’d just left a photo shoot. Today, for instance, a blue Detroit Pilots Under Armor shirt skimmed the curves of his chiseled chest, and black basketball shorts swished against his muscular thighs. I even knew he had on little white ankle socks inside his gray and blue Brooks running shoes.

Because I’m that obsessed observant.

 

Author Bio:

Award-Winning Author Sophia Henry is a proud Detroit native who fell in love with reading, writing and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts.

Sophia’s writes heartfelt and flirty fiction for readers who love the Mature Young Adult and New Adult genres. Check out her emotional and engaging Pilots Hockey series from Random House Flirt.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT by Sophia Henry (Pilots Hockey #4)

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UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
Pilots Hockey #4
Sophia Henry
Releasing Oct 18th, 2016
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The author of Delayed Penalty returns with the story of a free spirit who believes she’s found forever with a playboy on a singles cruise. Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series “fun and flirty, warm and sweet.” 
 
Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.
 
Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate, fueled by something much deeper than lust.
Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.
 
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“So, what’s your story?” I asked.

“My story?” He lowered his head and gazed at me over his sunglasses.

My heart flittered fast, waiting for him to tell me to move or ask why I had chosen to sit next to him, given all the open seats surrounding the pool. But he didn’t.

Had I really chosen this spot because these were the only three empty chairs next to each other? I could have dragged another lounger next to two others.

“You’re not Greek. I can tell that by your accent.” Under the ruse of trying to figure him out, I twisted my torso and leaned toward his chair. Subconsciously I relished the opportunity to study his features more closely. “So you can’t be one of the Detroit-area Greek singles I’m supposed to be hanging out with.”

“I am. I came here with a friend.”

“Who’s your friend?” I asked, tucking my hair behind my ears.

“Blake Panikos.”

I didn’t recognize that name. And after spending the majority of my life around people in the Greek Orthodox community, I pretty much knew anyone close to my age, whether we went to the same church or not.

“How do you know Blake?” I settled back into the lounge chair, flicking back a corner of the towel that had fallen onto my shoulder.

Adonis’s lip curled into a smirk. “Panikos worked with me when I lived in Detroit.”

“Where do you live now?”

“North Carolina.”

“Really?” I sat up. “My best friend just moved to Charlotte.”

“Charlotte. That is where I live.”

“What a small world. She lives downtown, in the Avenue condos.” I paused to correct myself. “Well, I guess you guys call it uptown instead of downtown.”

“Why did she move to Charlotte? Did she get a job there?” Adonis leaned sideways and picked up a plastic cup from the ground next to his chair. He took a sip of his drink.

“No. She moved in with her fiancé. He’s a hockey player.”

Adonis didn’t respond, but he choked on his drink and diverted his eyes toward the pool.

“His name’s Aleksandr Varenkov,” I added. “Do you know him?”

“No,” he answered quickly, and adjusted his aviator sunglasses, which had slid down his nose. “I never heard of him. Maybe if I saw him, I’d know his face.”

“If the Internet worked here, I’d show you a picture on my phone.”

“The ship has Internet,” Adonis corrected me.

“Yeah, but I can’t afford the hundred dollars a minute they charge to access it.” A hundred dollars a minute was only a slight exaggeration—the ship charged enough that I didn’t feel the need to waste my money. I’d wait until we docked somewhere with a restaurant or a bar that offered free Wi-Fi. “So what do you do?”

His gaze veered from my lips to my eyes before he answered. “I am a Pilot.”

“Really? So you’re always traveling, eh? Do you love it?” I reached over and grabbed my water bottle off the tiny table next to my lounge chair.

“I like to fly. To travel. It is, um, a good job for me.” Adonis took another swig from his drink, something clear with a cluster of crushed ice floating in it. “Where do you work?”

I leaned back in the chair and bent my knees slightly—perfect position to soak up the sizzling sunshine. “I’m the assistant to one of the owners of Motor City Bar Management. It’s a company that owns a group of bars around Detroit. I coordinate all the volunteers and employees for events that our bars host or sponsor.” I finished my water and set the empty bottle on the table.

“What kind of events?”

“Concerts. Bar crawls. Promotional events before games,” I said, rattling off a few of the things I’d helped plan recently.

“Wonder if I’ve seen you around,” he said. “I go to a lot of concerts.”

“Probably not,” I said. “I just started two months ago. Before that I was at Central State.”

Adonis’s eyes darted toward something behind me. “You like the party life?”

“Sure. It’s fun right now while I’m young.” I wiggled my toes, watching the pink glitter polish sparkle in the sunlight. “My goal is to learn the ropes of event planning, then turn it into something more professional in a few years when I don’t want to be immersed in the bar scene anymore.”

Suddenly he sat up and swung his legs over the side of the chair, planting them on the ground facing me. Then he leaned close, his face inches from mine.

Was he going to kiss me?

My heart hammered, excited and eager to accept a kiss from this stranger. I licked my lips and closed my eyes. But instead of feeling his mouth on mine, I felt his breath against my face.

“The guy you are trying to avoid is behind you,” he said.

My eyes flickered open. “Huh?”

“The guy you ran from.” Adonis nodded. “He is behind you now.” He leaned back, resuming his original lazy, reclined position. Then he tilted his cup and drained his drink.

How did this guy already have my heart pounding and my mind begging for his lips on mine? I figured the salty ocean air must be permeating my brain and breaking down my common sense.

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My favorite of the series so far!

I absolutely loved Pasha and Kristen’s story–it was totally worth being sleepy all day at work today for! They both go into their relationship knowing it has an expiration date–needing it to have an expiration date–and even playing it as a fake relationship at first. Though they mostly keep up the facade while they’re on the cruise, it’s not really a “fake relationship” story at all, that is, it doesn’t have any of the trademark elements that you usually see in that troupe. Rather, it’s all about the we’ve-only-got-a-short-time-so-let’s-enjoy-the-heck-out-of-it-while-we’re-here vibe going on.

Which makes sense, because that’s pretty much Kristen’s motto. She has cystic fibrosis, and has known since high school that she probably won’t make it past her mid-thirties. Finding that out drove her high school boyfriend away (right before prom, the a$$) so ever since she’s focused on short term relationships and resigned herself to not having anything more, since it wouldn’t be fair to her partner.

Pasha had a pretty wretched childhood–his father was verbally and physically abusive–with his mother and sister (and hockey) as its only bright spots. But his mother was taken away from him too early (car accident) and his fear of turning into his father has also made him decide that temporary is the way to go. Anyone he loves is likely to leave, and those that might stay probably deserve better than him.

But both Kristen and Pasha act differently with each other than they ever have with anyone else. Pasha’s lie–omission of the truth, whatever you want to call it–lets them start with a clean, blank slate with each other and it’s plain to see that they both bring out the best in each other. When the vacation’s over, though? It all goes south pretty fast. Do they have the strength and courage to pull things back together?

(Spoiler alert: it’s a hockey romance. Of course they do! And in pretty dramatic–and thoroughly romantic–fashion.)

There isn’t a whole lot of hockey in this one, but I honestly didn’t mind. I thoroughly loved just reading about these two together…and kept turning the pages until they were back together, knowing it would bring a smile to my face again when they were.

I only wish I hadn’t read so many books between Auden and Aleksandr’s story ( Delayed Penalty ) so Pasha’s a$$holic behavior would have been fresher in my mind. Though maybe it’s better that it wasn’t, because I wasn’t distracted for 90% of the book thinking about his jerkiness. Though he does do a fine job of reminding us of what a jerk he is–through his thoughts for most of it, by his actions later on–so if you haven’t read the rest of the series you should be fine. It’s just that I have read them all, and I really wish I remembered the details better right now. Darn those 250+ books I’ve read in the meantime!

Ah, well.

Ms. Henry has definitely set the bar pretty high on this one (no pressure ;)) and I can’t wait to see what’s up next for the guys of Pilots Hockey!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.


Sophia Henry, 
a proud Detroit native, fell in love with
reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with a BS in English from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.
She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing
heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings and rocking out at concerts with her husband.
 

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INTERFERENCE 
Pilots Hockey #3
Sophia Henry
Releasing June 7th, 2016
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“Sophia Henry tackles real issues that tug at your heartstrings,” raves bestselling author Rachel Harris. Now, in this sweet, sensual Pilots Hockey novel, a young single mom falls for a damaged coach pulling double-duty as a cop.
 
Linden Meadows doesn’t back down from anyone, especially if her family’s involved. So when her little brother’s new hockey coach benches him in the middle of a game, Linden lets him have it. She also notices that the coach is way hotter than she expects, but Linden won’t let herself get burned by another athlete. Been there, done that—and had a kid at seventeen to show for it.
When Jason Taylor isn’t taking abuse from hockey moms, he’s patrolling the streets as a member of the Bridgeland PD. After Jason pulls Linden over for speeding, he begins to see that there’s more to her than a big mouth . . . or a lead foot. Their chemistry leads to good company, intense conversation, and an intimacy that pushes beyond the boundaries of friendship. And yet Linden’s decision to keep her now three-year-old son, Holden, is a painful reminder to Jason that his own mother gave him up for adoption.
Linden’s sure she’s found the man to round out their family. But when Holden’s deadbeat dad forces his way back into the picture, Jason starts to back off. He needs time—to heal, to grow, and to love with all his heart.
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After my verbal altercation with Damien’s coach, I trudged up the stands to the seat Mom had saved for me. Tonight’s was the first game I’d been able to attend since a new coach took over my brother’s hockey team. In all honesty, I don’t know much about hockey, but I know people. And that pretty boy behind the bench had “cocky idiot” written all over him.

“Mama!” Holden, my three-year-old son, jumped into my arms from his spot standing on the bench next to my mom.

“Hello, my sweet boy!” I hugged his warm little body to me, sniffing his silky, brown curls as I squeezed. “I missed you today.”

“I miss you, Mama,” he responded.

“Bad day at work?” Mom asked as she scooted over to give me room.

“Nothing crazy. Why?” I set Holden down and sat next to Mom, close enough to press the outside of my thigh against hers. I hadn’t had time to change after work, and the cold air of the arena had the bare skin not covered by my skirt popping with goose bumps.

“You just walked in the building and you’re already up in arms.” Mom threw her arm around my shoulders and squeezed me. “I’ve been here the entire game. You don’t hear me making a fuss.”

“You don’t care that he’s swearing at D?” I said, defending myself.

“You tell Damien to get his ass off the couch all the time.” Mom reached across me to pull the sleeves of her fleece jacket over her fingers. “How is this any different?”

“I’m his sister.” I shrugged. As Damien’s older sister, swearing at him was my birthright.

“He’s a good coach. Don’t stick your nose where it doesn’t belong.” Mom coughed, the throaty rumble and deep hack of a thirty-year smoker. Then she stood up and grabbed Holden’s hand. “Come on, sweetheart.”

My entire body shivered, protesting the loss of heat when she left my side.

“Mama. I pease go with Gramma?” Holden pleaded with huge, brown eyes.

“Sure, sweet boy.” I reached out and ruffled his hair.

Holden tugged at my mother’s arm. “I get popcorn, Gramma?”

“No one gets anything asking like that,” I called out as Mom led him down the steps slowly.

“Pease,” he added. “Pease, Gramma?”

Holden had my mom wrapped around his finger, but I never stopped trying to instill manners in him. Technically, he had me wrapped around his finger, too. That happens when your family is your entire life. And my son, my mom, and my brother were my entire life.

Once Holden and Mom turned the corner toward the snack bar, I shifted my eyes back to the new hockey coach. I couldn’t stop myself. I hadn’t expected him to be so young.

And hot.

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I am really enjoying this series!

You do have to overlook the fact that this installment has even less hockey in it than usual (Jason’s a coach for high school age kids, though his brother’s Landon from the second book, Power Play ). The characters go to a few hockey games, and watch at least one on TV, but the focus in this book is far more on the characters’ non-hockey existence than Pilots hockey.

Fortunately, I liked Jason and Linden so much that it didn’t really bother me. But consider yourself warned–if you’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms because your team once again didn’t even make it into the postseason, let alone into the Cup finals, this book isn’t going to fill the void.

But if you’re looking for a story about a strong female single mother protagonist and the really great guy she’s dating? (Though he definitely tarnishes his halo toward the end…not only during their relationship black moment, but holy crap in the bar. I was not crazy about his behavior in the bar, no matter how much it was provoked. Fortunately, though, he’s pretty awesome for about 95% of the book, including a great ending, so that makes it mostly better.) Then this could be the book for you.

I really liked Indie, and am totally in love with her little boy, Holden. I loved how she completely changed the focus of her life when she got pregnant with him at seventeen, and how her mother and younger brother rallied around to help her raise her son right. She’s working two jobs and finishing up her college degree and is managing to raise a three-year-old who’s not only adorable but has darn good manners and is just an all-around good kid. Can I say how much I loved that she made him add a “please” onto each of his requests? And that he remembered to do so after only one prompting?

Ah, fictional children…

I also loved how she got Jason to see his birth mother, who also got pregnant as a teenager, in a new light. He’d long resented the fact that he’d been “given up” at birth, even more so when he learned that his mother had kept Auden, his younger sister (and heroine of book one in the series,Delayed Penalty ), born four years later. Obviously, the topic of teen pregnancy was a hot button one for both of them, and I was so glad that Indie was able to help Jason to get over his hangup with him mom–essentially by taking him down a couple of pegs.

Indie is darn good at doing that to Jason, which was something the guy definitely needed every now and then. You know, just to keep him humble 😉

I so absolutely love Jason’s adopted family, though. Especially his relationship with his mother–So. Awesome. They ways in which they all interact with each other, actually, makes for some really fun reading.

We did get to see the main characters from the first two books a bit–mostly because Jason’s related to two of them–which was a lot of fun. If you haven’t read the others, though, this one should work okay as a standalone. (Though things will “click” slightly better for you if you have read them, and one of Indie and Jason’s lunch dates in particular will be even more awesome if you’ve at least read book 1. It’s not necessary, but it will give the scene more meaning.)

I’m really hoping Ms. Henry has more from this series to come. I really enjoy her writing, though if she’d put a bit more hockey in her books, you wouldn’t see me complaining.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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 Sophia Henry
Sophia Henry, a proud Detroit native,fell in love with reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to North Carolina, where she spends her time writing books featuring hockey-playing heroes, chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts with her husband.

 

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POWER PLAY
Pilots Hockey #2
Sophia Henry
Released February 16th, 2016
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In Sophia Henry’s blistering follow-up to Delayed Penalty, hailed as “sexy, fun, and full of angst” by L. P. Dover, a good girl and a hockey hunk face off against expectations—and this match is guaranteed to see plenty of action.
 
Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family’s market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.
Landon isn’t afraid of telling Gaby that he’s got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a
cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It’s his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.
One minute Gaby’s tempted to give in; the next, she’s getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who’s destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now.

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Sophia HenrySophia Henry, a proud Detroit native, fell in love with reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to North Carolina, where she spends her time writing books featuring hockey-playing heroes, chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts with her husband.

 

 

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New Release Review! POWER PLAY by Sophia Henry (Pilots Hockey #2)

Power Play
by Sophia Henry

About POWER PLAY:

In Sophia Henry’s blistering follow-up to Delayed Penalty, hailed as “sexy, fun, and full of angst” by L. P. Dover, a good girl and a hockey hunk face off against expectations—and this match is guaranteed to see plenty of action.

 

Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family’s market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.

Landon isn’t afraid of telling Gaby that he’s got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It’s his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.

One minute Gaby’s tempted to give in; the next, she’s getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who’s destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now.

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Review:

Though it wasn’t without its issues, I enjoyed the second book in Ms. Henry’s Pilots Hockey series, Power Play, quite a bit. I thought Gaby and Landon were very cute together, and liked that each had been crushing on the other for quite a while (they were friendly but not really friends for many years) before they actually did anything about it. It was adorable that they both went around for so long thinking that the other wasn’t at all interested in that way…(though kind of hard to believe that Landon was so surprised that Gaby liked him. I mean, come on, he’s a star defenseman. Who doesn’t love a super-hot star defenseman? Exactly.)

Landon was a really great guy–prime book boyfriend material. He was very understanding of Gaby’s issues, gave her space and time when she needed it, and stood up for her when no one else did. Gaby was determined to make her family’s new business succeed, even when she felt like no one would listen to her ideas about the store. I liked how Landon helped her to be able to stand up for herself in ways that she wouldn’t have dared to before. They were all kinds of cute together.

The parts that were less-than? For one, Gaby’s family’s attitude toward her and the family business bothered me. Especially when there was an issue with one of their distributors and Gaby’s mother–her mother, who didn’t really have anything to do with any of the family’s businesses on any given day–jumped all over her about it, calling her irresponsible and accusing her of trying to sabotage things to make her oldest brother look bad. It made me see red. Totally out of line, and no apology was ever made for it. Grrr. And when the Gaby’s family doesn’t respect her role in the family business issue was resolved (mostly) in the end, it felt like an easy out. It wasn’t quite believable that that was the real explanation.

Gaby and Landon’s relationship “black moment” seemed more manufactured than genuine. It didn’t make sense that they wouldn’t have talked more about it right then and there given what their relationship had been like up to that point. Though I did like what it prompted Gaby to do in the end–that was a nice touch.

Both Gaby and Landon had a tendency to act a bit more YA than New Adult throughout much of the book. They were supposed to be 19 and 21 (maybe 22?), but they often acted more like high schoolers–a bit too immature to be out in the world on their own.

Three words: needed. more. hockey! Though I loved that Landon was a defenseman. Have I mentioned I’m partial to defensemen? 😉

Overall there was more I liked here than I didn’t, though, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series, Interference.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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