(Pilot’s Hockey #4)
by Sophia Henry
Available Oct 18th 2016
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.
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.
“Delayed Penalty is sexy, fun, and full of angst. Not only does Aleksandr dominate the ice, but he fights for what he wants outside of the rink as well. Will definitely read again!”—New York Times bestselling author L. P. Dover
“Delayed Penalty is such a rush! The romance is off the charts and Sophia Henry tackles real issues that tug at your heartstrings.”—New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris
“Hot Russian hockey player meets feisty tutor? Yes, please! Delayed Penalty is a unique New Adult romance that packs an emotional punch.”—USA Today bestselling author Cindi Madsen
“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.”—Kelly Jamieson, author of the Aces Hockey series, on Power Play
“With a strong heroine, a sexy hero, and a refreshing plot, Sophia Henry has scored a hat trick!”—Ashley Suzanne, author of the Fight or Flight series, on Power Play
Sophia Henry is yet another new-to-me author that I am so happy I took a chance on. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT is the fourth book in her Pilots Hockey series, however it was easy to read as a standalone without having read the first three books. I think it actually helped that I had not read the first three books because I was able to take Pasha at face value without the bias of his character’s behavior in the previous books.
Her main characters, Pasha and Kristen were both very likeable, easy to connect with and root for. I felt the storyline was very well- developed and the author did a good job of taking on a serious health issue with Kristen, but not allowing it to take away from the romance of the story. I liked that they literally ran into one another at the beginning of the story and then how the author realistically develops their attraction considering they only have one week on the cruise ship to get to know one another.
Pasha and Kristen might be strangers (and the intense sexual attraction between the two of them is definitely key) however they actually have a lot in common which speeds along the emotional bond they form. They both carry a lot of emotional baggage and are typically unwilling to make theirselves vulnerable enough to give love a chance. They both use a bold no-nonsense attitude as a defense mechanism. On the lighter side, they both have a strong sense of adventure, a dry sense of humor, and a healthy respect for living each day as it comes and to the fullest. Neither is truly carefree, but they bring out the best in each other and had a lot of fun together. It was easy to see how they just worked and why they fell in love in such a short time.
This book is definitely very steamy, but also has some great dialogue/banter, and well-developed characters, keeping the story moving along at a steady pace. I read this book in one sitting… I could not put it down until I knew these two had worked things out and were giving their love a chance. 4.5 stars
~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. Review comments are my honest opinions.
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 the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.
Sophia spends her days chasing after her two, high-energy sons and writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. In her free time she enjoys watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings and rocking out at concerts with her husband.