In Delayed Penalty (Pilots Hockey #1) by Sophia Henry, Auden Bezerin hasn't had the best of times growing up. She's lost those most important to her, and now maybe her chance to go to college after losing her soccer scholarship. Needing a job to pay her tuition, she thinks translating for a Russian hockey player will be easy. Until she discovers he's the deliciously sexy man that shamelessly flirted with her at the bar the previous night.
There's something about Auden that has Aleksandr determined to get to know her better. Maybe it's the emotional scars she does her best to hide, and yet somehow he sees right through them. It's hard not to, especially when he has his own after losing his family too young. Hockey, vodka and women helped him to deal with his grief. Can he find some way to finally help her conquer hers once and for all?
I loved the opening chapter. It certainly sets the steady-pace of the plot, and introduces the main characters really well. I thought the pick-up line used was quite cheesy, yet I couldn't help but laugh. The dialogue provided both amusement and sadness. I really enjoyed their playful banter. Some of Aleksandr's lines, I couldn't help but shake my head at though. Do men really say those sorts of ridiculous lines, and expect women to actually fall for it? It probably does work when it's said with an accent like I imagined Aleksandr had. While their back stories provided the emotional side of the dialogue.
I really liked both characters. Neither are afraid to speak their minds to the other, and that's what I liked so much about them. But that wasn't the only thing. Both have suffered tough times through their lives, and yet, have somehow managed to keep moving forward. Taking things day by day. While with the sex scenes, they were hot, passionate, and illustrated their strong chemistry pretty well. Aleksandr shows Auden what love should be like. Unconditional.
Overall, this was a good start to this series, and I can't wait for the next one. I would recommend it to fans of New Adult Romance, and hot Russian hockey players.
Publication Date: September 1, 2015 / Loveswept / Pilots Hockey #1
She closed her heart long ago. He just wants to open her mind. For fans of Toni Aleo and Sawyer Bennett, the debut of Sophia Henry’s red-hot Detroit Pilots series introduces a hockey team full of complicated men who fight for love.
Auden Berezin is used to losing people: her father, her mother, her first love. Now, just when she believes those childhood wounds are finally healing, she loses something else: the soccer scholarship that was her ticket to college. Scrambling to earn tuition money, she’s relieved to find a gig translating for a Russian minor-league hockey player—until she realizes that he’s the same dangerously sexy jerk who propositioned her at the bar the night before.
Equal parts muscle and scar tissue, Aleksandr Varenkov knows about trauma. Maybe that’s what draws him to Auden. He also lost his family too young, and he channeled the pain into his passions: first hockey, then vodka and women. But all that seems to just melt away the instant he kisses Auden and feels a jolt of desire as sudden and surprising as a hard check on the ice.
After everything she’s been through, Auden can’t bring herself to trust any man, let alone a hot-headed puck jockey with a bad reputation. Aleksandr just hopes she’ll give him a chance—long enough to prove he’s finally met the one who makes him want to change.