Series: Pilots Hockey #2
Genres: New Adult
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Interference
Also by this author: Delayed Penalty, Interference
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.
Advance praise for Power Play “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 “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 Praise for Sophia Henry’s Delayed Penalty “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! Everything I love about the New Adult genre is right here: a captivating premise, a fresh new setting, and a scorching hot hero who constantly keeps you guessing. 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! I loved watching Aleksandr and Auden work through their broken pasts together. Delayed Penalty is a unique New Adult romance that packs an emotional punch.”—Cindi Madsen, USA Today bestselling author of Getting Lucky Number Seven “Auden and her hot Russian hockey god, Aleksandr, really heat up the pages in Delayed Penalty—a touching story about growing up, moving forward, and ultimately finding love.”—Renita Pizzitola, author of Just a Little Kiss “Henry’s debut novel evokes the image of a culture characterized by a stoic exterior, only to reveal deep love as the characters dissolve their emotional walls from the inside out. [Readers] looking for heartfelt romance will feel the warmth emanating from this page-turner.”—Library Journal
Power Play is book 2 in the Pilots Hockey series. If you followed the blog last year, you know that I FLOVED Delayed Penalty (Book 1). It was one of my Best of 2015! Power Play was almost as good. I loved Gaby and Landon even though they are very young (19 and 21) and a bit immature at times. Both are desperate for praise from their parents (another trait typical in characters this young) and the story sort of forms around this fact. Gaby was raped several years ago and has been through a lot since then, so she is dealing with a different stage of PTSD and it was very well written. I loved that they both have been secretly in love with each other since they were kids. Landon was pretty swoon worthy and I loved that he did whatever he thought was best for Gaby. It was a bit alpha without being all macho alpha. And here was my favorite line; this is Landon describing Gaby:
Boring book nerd who rocks out at concerts and throws mints at hoes like it’s rice at a wedding.
So, there is swoony moments, funny moments, and real character growth that comes with NA books. I really enjoyed it and I loved the cameo by Auden from book 1! Can’t wait for the next book!
- POV:1st (Gaby)
- Tears: No
- Trope: Hockey, Friends to lovers
- Triggers: Rape
- Cliffhanger: No
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes « Hide Spoiler
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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, reading, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings and rocking out at concerts with her husband.